Neuroscience

The relationship between looking/listening and human emotions

Researchers at Toyohashi University of Technology report that the relationship between attentional states in response to pictures and sounds and the emotions elicited by them may be different in visual perception and auditory ...

Medical research

Newly discovered memory process influences decision-making

Learned connections between stimuli and reward—like the positive emotions associated with popular brands—have a powerful influence over our future decisions. Scientists have started to discover why.

Medications

Short-term use of opioids increases subjective pleasure

The human opioid system contributes to the regulation of emotions, pleasure and pain. Opioids are strong analgesics. In addition to effectively relieving pain, external opioids may improve mood and reduce negative emotions. ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Appetizing imagery puts visual perception on fast forward

People rated images containing positive content as fading more smoothly compared with neutral and negative images, even when they faded at the same rate, according to findings published in Psychological Science, a journal ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Early family system types predict children's emotional attention

The type of family system during pregnancy and the baby's first year predicts the way the child processes emotional information. The results of a ten-year longitudinal study conducted at the University of Tampere highlight ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

In a bad mood? Change the channel

If a war scene, horror flick, or some other negative image appears on the television, older adults will tend to avert their eyes.

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