Health

Eating when we are not hungry is bad for our health

With the wide availability of convenient foods engineered for maximum tastiness— such as potato chips, chocolates, and bacon double cheeseburgers— in the modern food environment and with widespread advertising, the contemporary ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Dyslexic adults have more trouble if background noise levels are high

Dyslexia affects up to 17.5% of the population, but its cause remains somewhat unknown. A report published in the Nov. 23 issue of the online journal PLoS ONE supports the hypothesis that the symptoms of dyslexia, including ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Mindfulness helps undergraduates stay on track, study shows

Few situations present as much distraction and time pressure as the college experience. In this environment, attention can be elusive and difficult to sustain even when it is attained. This lack of concentration interferes ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Babies time their smiles to make their moms smile in return

Why do babies smile when they interact with their parents? Could their smiles have a purpose? In the Sept. 23 issue of PLOS ONE, a team of computer scientists, roboticists and developmental psychologists confirm what most ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

A change in perspective could be all it takes to succeed in school

Knowing the right way to handle stress in the classroom and on the sports field can make the difference between success and failure for the millions of students going back to school this fall, new University of Chicago research ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Does awe lead to greater interest in science?

"The joy of science lies in pondering the magnificent and seeking answers to the unknown," writes Jonathon McPhetres, a Ph.D. candidate in psychology at the University of Rochester, and the author of a new study published ...

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