Psychology & Psychiatry

Imagining an object can change how we hear sounds later

Seeing an object at the same time that you hear sound coming from somewhere else can lead to the "ventriloquist illusion" and its aftereffect, but research suggests that simply imagining the object produces the same illusory ...

Neuroscience

Looking deeper into brain function

To uncover connections between brain regions and specific cognitive functions, neuroscientists have long made extensive use of techniques like functional resonance imaging (fMRI). First introduced in the 1990s, the method ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Building tolerance to anxiety is key to OCD symptom relief

Excessive hand washing, out of a fear of contamination or germs, is one of the most common and best-known examples of obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD. Though OCD can't be "cured," symptoms can be significantly reduced ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Research links locus coeruleus activity with hyperarousal in PTSD

A new study in Biological Psychiatry has linked signs of heightened arousal and reactivity—a core symptom of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)—to overactivity of the locus coeruleus (LC), a brain region that mediates ...

Neuroscience

Brain imaging results skewed by biased study samples

Any scientist who studies groups of people knows that the characteristics of the "sample"—the group of people selected for the study—can profoundly impact the study's findings. To produce the most accurate findings, a ...

Neuroscience

Psychologists simplifying brain-imaging data analysis

Neuroscience research has made incredible strides toward revealing the inner workings of our brains – how we make decisions, plan for the future or experience emotions – thanks in part to technological advances, but barriers ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Sequential options prompt future thinking, boost patience

When faced with a tempting choice, it can be hard to stop and think through the potential consequences, but new research suggests that framing the choice as a sequence of events can help us exercise patience by prompting ...

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