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Children who have been spanked by their parents by age 5 show an increase in behavior problems at age 6 and age 8 relative to children who have never been spanked, according to new findings. The study, which uses a statistical technique to approximate random assignment, indicates that this increase in behavior problems cannot be attributed to various characteristics of the child, the parents, or the home environment - rather, it seems to be the specific result of spanking.
Posted: November 16, 2017, 11:57 pm
Negative school experiences can have harmful long term effects on pupils with Autism Spectrum Conditions, a new study reports.
Posted: November 16, 2017, 11:56 pm
A new data mining approach reveals the secrets behind the development of five anti-cancer drugs. Basic research can lead to cures, drugs and other scientific breakthroughs through collaboration, confirms a new study.
Posted: November 15, 2017, 7:53 pm
High quality preschool is one of the most effective means of preparing all children to succeed in school. This review of research indicates the need to expand our definitions of quality.
Posted: November 15, 2017, 7:48 pm
A new study has found that eating nuts on a regular basis strengthens brainwave frequencies associated with cognition, healing, learning, memory and other key brain functions.
Posted: November 15, 2017, 7:48 pm
Researchers have shed new light on sleep's vital role in helping us make the most of our memory.
Posted: November 14, 2017, 11:03 pm
To retain more undergraduate women in geoscience majors, a supportive network that includes faculty mentorship seems to be a key driver, according to a new study.
Posted: November 14, 2017, 9:12 pm
Researchers have demonstrated in a pilot study that cognitive training improves innovative thinking, along with corresponding positive brain changes, in healthy adults over the age of 55. The study reveals that a specific strategic cognitive training program enhanced innovation in healthy adults.
Posted: November 14, 2017, 9:12 pm
Aerobic exercise can improve memory function and maintain brain health as we age, a new study has found.
Posted: November 14, 2017, 6:20 am
More than one-third of Latinos interviewed in a recent study believe science education may have a negative impact on the religious faith of their children.
Posted: November 14, 2017, 6:20 am
Neuroscientists call for ethical guidelines to cover the evolving use of computer hardware and software to enhance or restore human capabilities.
Posted: November 13, 2017, 9:40 pm
People with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder tend to tweet using words like 'hate' or 'disappointed,' messages related to lack of focus, self-regulation, intention and failure and expressions of mental, physical and emotional exhaustion, according to recent research. Better understanding this condition can help clinicians more effectively treat patients.
Posted: November 13, 2017, 9:40 pm
Preschool children who engage in math activities at home with their parents not only improve their math skills, but also their general vocabulary, according to research from Purdue University.
Posted: November 11, 2017, 3:10 am
Recalling the names of old classmates 50 years after graduation or of favorite childhood television series illustrates the amazing abilities of human memory. Emotion and repeated exposure are both known to play a role in long-term memorization, but why do we remember things that are not emotionally charged and have only been seen or experienced a few times in the past? To answer this question, scientists decided to challenge the memory of individuals they had tested in the laboratory a decade previously. They discovered that participants recognized images seen for only a few seconds ten years earlier.
Posted: November 11, 2017, 12:01 am
Boys are more likely to perform well in schools with a higher proportion of girls, shedding new light on why girls continue to outperform boys in many educational subjects.
Posted: November 10, 2017, 7:16 pm
New research is analyzing how a new screening tool, which is completed by students, can help teachers identify potential academic, social and emotional problems. The data might help give teachers better tools to improve children's lives in the classroom and beyond.
Posted: November 10, 2017, 9:10 am
A study that tracked the eye movement of twins has found that genetics plays a strong role in how people attend to their environment.
Posted: November 9, 2017, 11:41 pm
Successful implementation of preschool to third grade programs yields benefits in increasing school readiness, improving attendance, and strengthening parental involvement in school education -- strategies that can close the achievement gap for children at risk, according to a new study.
Posted: November 9, 2017, 11:41 pm
Poor academic performance, measured as grade point average (GPA) at age 16, was a robust and strong predictor of suicide attempt up to middle age.
Posted: November 8, 2017, 7:53 pm
A kinesiology and community health professor's analysis suggests that nationwide expansion of a program in New York City schools that encouraged children to consume water with their lunches could reduce child and adult obesity rates in the US significantly, saving billions in medical costs and other expenses over children's lifetimes.
Posted: November 7, 2017, 9:54 pm
Chinese driving schools are currently experiencing a strong demand, the number of learner drivers is growing constantly. A new type of driving simulator based on a car modified for virtual training of learner drivers in advance and an automatic feedback is to help meet this demand. For the close-to-reality driving exercises, complex projection technology and virtual-reality hardware and software are applied.
Posted: November 7, 2017, 8:05 pm
People attribute more humanlike qualities to those expressing opinions they disagree with when the opinions are spoken as opposed to written, according to new research. The findings explore how specific aspects of speech, such as intonation and frequent pauses, may serve as cues that humanize the people who are speaking, making them seem more intellectual and emotionally warm than those whose opinions are written.
Posted: November 6, 2017, 9:52 pm
Young adults dependent on marijuana and alcohol are less likely to achieve adult life goals, according to new research.
Posted: November 6, 2017, 6:00 am
Scientists and researchers often find it challenging to get people interested in their work. It is possible to be a leading expert in a field and still be unfamiliar outside the modest circle of colleagues in the same field.
Posted: November 3, 2017, 8:28 pm
Specialists in language development in children have studied a traditional population in the Bolivian Amazon, the Tsimane. They show that, on average, less than one minute per hour is spent talking to children under the age of four. This is up to ten times less than for children of the same age in industrialized countries. This observation should prompt us to conduct more studies of this kind in various cultures.
Posted: November 2, 2017, 6:41 pm
A study of one Texas school district reveals one of the best evidence-based ways ever found to close the educational achievement gap between black and white students. The research found that teachers' sense of collective efficacy in any one school -- the belief that they had the capability and support necessary to educate their students -- was closely connected to the achievement gap.
Posted: November 2, 2017, 12:40 am
Citizen science projects, such as ClimateWatch, can boost engagement in undergraduate courses, according to a new study.
Posted: November 1, 2017, 11:47 pm
In a new study, infants as young as 6 months old demonstrated that they can rapidly integrate learning, memory and attention to improve their search for faces in a simple scene.
Posted: November 1, 2017, 6:49 pm
Almost 10 percent of the world population suffers dyslexia. Establishing an early diagnosis would allow the development of training programs to palliate this disorder. We now may be nearer to reaching this goal thanks to a study associating auditory processing in children to their reading skills. The results offer a new approach for detecting the risk before the children learn to read.
Posted: October 31, 2017, 10:33 pm
For students in preschool, speaking two languages may be better than one, especially for developing inhibitory control. That idea isn't new, but a new study took a longitudinal approach to examine the bilingual advantage hypothesis, which suggests that the demands associated with managing two languages confer cognitive advantages that extend beyond the language domain.
Posted: October 31, 2017, 9:33 pm
Researchers find that children in Montessori preschools show improved academic performance and social understanding, while enjoying their school work more. Strikingly, children from low-income families, who typically don't perform as well at school, show similar academic performance as children from high-income families. Children with low executive function also benefit from Montessori preschools.
Posted: October 30, 2017, 6:18 pm
Greater numbers of marginalized young people report having a 'sense of purpose' in their lives, compared with those in mainstream education.
Posted: October 26, 2017, 6:38 pm
Canadian immigrant parents, refugees, women and minorities are at greater risk of mental health issues and socioeconomic challenges, with their children more likely to suffer learning setbacks before kindergarten, a pair of studies have shown.
Posted: October 25, 2017, 11:41 pm
A new study suggests that daydreaming during meetings isn't necessarily a bad thing. It might be a sign that you're really smart and creative. People with efficient brains may have too much brain capacity to stop their minds from wandering.
Posted: October 24, 2017, 8:58 pm
Teenagers who do not access healthcare when needed are at greater risk of dropping out of high school. Dropouts are more likely to have combinations of the following traits: low conscientiousness, neuroticism and introversion. The study examined data from the US National Longitudinal Study of Adolescents to Adult Health, a nationally representative sample of 90,000 students in grades 7 to 12 at 132 schools.
Posted: October 24, 2017, 8:27 pm
Ever been stuck in a rut? Researchers found that stimulating a region of the brain called the posterior cingulate cortex can lead to changes in routine behavior. Neurons there ramp up their firing rates, then peak just before a pattern shifts. Knowing this could help businesses better understand how to spur employee innovation, exploration and creativity.
Posted: October 24, 2017, 8:26 pm
Across very different cultures -- Ghana and the United States -- when parents acknowledge the perspectives of their adolescent children and encourage them to express themselves, the youths have a stronger sense of self-worth, intrinsic motivation, and engagement, and also have less depression. Yet having the latitude to make decisions appears to function differently in the two cultures, with positive outcomes for youths in the United States but not in Ghana.
Posted: October 24, 2017, 8:03 pm
Deliberate practice is essential for improving a wide range of skills important for everyday life, from tying shoelaces to reading and writing. Yet despite its importance for developing basic skills, academic success, and expertise, we know little about the development of deliberate practice. A new study from Australia found that children spontaneously practice skills to prepare for the future starting at the age of 6.
Posted: October 24, 2017, 8:03 pm
A team of researchers has devised a mathematical equation that can explain how our self-esteem is shaped by what other people think of us.
Posted: October 24, 2017, 8:03 pm
Employers will face tough competition for talent in the 2017-18 job market, thanks to a seven-year growth streak in the college labor market.
Posted: October 23, 2017, 9:59 pm
Few scientists regard the 1997 movie Volcano, in which flaming magma suddenly spews from the La Brea tar pits and incinerates much of Los Angeles, as a means to foster scientific literacy. After all, Southern California has no magma to spew. But one geophysicist sees it differently.
Posted: October 23, 2017, 7:16 pm
Students, and people in general, can tend to overestimate their own abilities. But new research shows that students who overcome this tendency score better on final exams. The boost is strongest for students in the lower 25 percent of the class. By thinking about their thinking, a practice called metacognition, these students raised their final exam scores by 10 percent on average -- a full letter grade.
Posted: October 20, 2017, 10:26 pm
A biologist examines the benefits and drawbacks of virtual and augmented reality in teaching environmental science.
Posted: October 20, 2017, 2:12 am
According to a recent study, parental support for the autonomy of young people promotes the well-being of the latter in all major educational transitions: from primary to lower secondary school, from basic education to upper secondary school, and from upper secondary school to university.
Posted: October 19, 2017, 7:39 pm
Daily, people spend over three hours on their phones. While ever-smarter digital devices have made many aspects of our lives more efficient, a growing body of evidence suggests that, by continuously distracting us, they are harming our ability to concentrate. Studies across the world show that students constantly use their phones when they are in class. A strong body of evidence suggests that media use during lectures is associated with lower academic performance.
Posted: October 19, 2017, 7:38 pm
Boys involved in school shootings often struggle to live up to what they perceive as their school's ideals surrounding masculinity. When socially shunned at school, they develop deep-set grudges against their classmates and teachers. The shooters become increasingly angry, depressed, and more violent in their gendered practice. A shooting rampage is their ultimate performance, according to experts.
Posted: October 19, 2017, 7:37 pm
Students who attend a middle school compared to a K-8 school are likely to have a lower perception of their reading skills, finds a new study.
Posted: October 17, 2017, 4:35 am
College students considering careers in fields like archaeology or geology that require extensive work at remote field sites might want to find out how potential supervisors and advisers conduct themselves in the field. Do they establish clear ground rules for the behavior of everyone on the team? Are the rules consistently enforced? According to a new report, such factors likely influence whether students will witness or experience harassment while working far from home.
Posted: October 16, 2017, 9:51 pm
An international team of researchers suggests that one way to reduce implicit racial bias in young children is by teaching them to distinguish among faces of a different race and identify them as individuals.
Posted: October 12, 2017, 6:40 pm
With the U.S. economy less reliant on manufacturing, creativity and innovation are of increasing value. Arts graduates, and others who have developed and honed their creative skills, can be critical assets.
Posted: October 11, 2017, 9:34 pm
Today's college students are slightly less narcissistic than their counterparts were in the 1990s, researchers report in a new study - not significantly more, as some have proposed. The study analyzed data from 1,166 students at the University of California, Berkeley in the 1990s, and from tens of thousands of students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of California, Davis in the 2000s and 2010s.
Posted: October 10, 2017, 8:27 pm
Younger primary school children are more likely to be diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) than their older peers within the same school year, new research has shown.
Posted: October 10, 2017, 4:45 am
Two brain regions -- the medial frontal and lateral prefrontal cortices -- control most executive function. Researchers used high-definition transcranial alternating current stimulation (HD-tACS) to synchronize oscillations between them, improving brain processing. De-synchronizing did the opposite.
Posted: October 10, 2017, 1:19 am
A new study found 25 percent of its young participants who had reading difficulties showed mild or moderate hearing impairment, of which their parents and teachers were unaware.
Posted: October 6, 2017, 4:32 am
New brain research shows that reading stories generates activity in the same regions of the brain for speakers of three different languages.
Posted: October 5, 2017, 11:47 pm
A new study has demonstrated that exposure to air pollution on the way to school can have damaging effects on children's cognitive development. The study found an association between a reduction in working memory and exposure to fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and black carbon during the walking commute to and from school.
Posted: October 5, 2017, 10:20 pm
Homework may have a positive influence on students’ conscientiousness. Students who do more homework than their peers show positive changes in conscientiousness, according to new research. Thus, schools may be doing more than contributing to students’ learning, but they may also be effecting changes of their students’ personality.
Posted: October 4, 2017, 7:37 pm
Everyone needs a good teacher -- including teachers. Two new studies show how digging deeper into what STEM education means and strategically designing online classrooms can enhance teaching science, technology, engineering, and math.
Posted: October 4, 2017, 7:21 pm
Effective early intervention is crucial for young children with ADHD, due to the unfavorable short-term and long-term outcomes associated with the disorder.
Posted: October 3, 2017, 7:09 pm
A pilot program reduced absenteeism in elementary schools by an average of 10 percent, according to a new study.
Posted: October 3, 2017, 5:53 am

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Chimps show increased latencies to feed, and tendencies to maintain greater distances from possible contaminants and/or outright refusals to consume food in test conditions, hinting at the origins of disgust in humans.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 9:08 pm
Researchers find that the relationship between prairie vole couples suffers when the male has access to alcohol, but his female partner doesn't - similar to what has been observed in human couples. The researchers also found changes in a specific brain region in the male voles. The results could help researchers find strategies to overcome the negative effects of alcohol on human relationships.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 7:22 pm
A link between young people's ability to perform well at two popular video games and high levels of intelligence has been uncovered.
Posted: November 16, 2017, 2:06 am
Skilful voice impersonators are able to fool state-of-the-art speaker recognition systems, as these systems generally aren't efficient yet in recognising voice modifications, according to new research. The vulnerability of speaker recognition systems poses significant security concerns.
Posted: November 14, 2017, 9:18 pm
A social psychologist reports on two studies that examined why some people are inclined to believe in various conspiracies and paranormal phenomena.
Posted: November 14, 2017, 6:19 am
Neuroscientists call for ethical guidelines to cover the evolving use of computer hardware and software to enhance or restore human capabilities.
Posted: November 13, 2017, 9:40 pm
Recalling the names of old classmates 50 years after graduation or of favorite childhood television series illustrates the amazing abilities of human memory. Emotion and repeated exposure are both known to play a role in long-term memorization, but why do we remember things that are not emotionally charged and have only been seen or experienced a few times in the past? To answer this question, scientists decided to challenge the memory of individuals they had tested in the laboratory a decade previously. They discovered that participants recognized images seen for only a few seconds ten years earlier.
Posted: November 11, 2017, 12:01 am
New research shows that challenging situations make it harder to understand where you are and what's happening around you. Researchers showed participants three clips from feature films -- one neutral, two challenging. After watching the challenging scenes, the participants were less able to acquire spatial and sequential context -- that is, they became worse at mapping out where objects were and the order in which things happened.
Posted: November 9, 2017, 8:03 pm
Deep brain stimulation eases the effects of Parkinson's disease and tremor. A new study indicates no demonstrable difference in clinical outcomes between patients who underwent the implantation under general anesthesia versus those who went through it while awake.
Posted: November 2, 2017, 6:41 pm
Previous studies have shown that animals can remember specific events, use tools and solve problems. But exactly what that means remains a matter of scientific dispute. Now one researcher suggests the evidence shows a wide range of animal species exhibit so-called 'executive control' when it comes to making decisions, consciously considering their goals and ways to satisfy those goals before acting.
Posted: November 2, 2017, 12:42 am
Read a few lines of Chaucer or Shakespeare and you'll get a sense of how the English language has changed during the past millennium. Examining collections of annotated texts dating from the 12th to the 21st centuries, researchers found that certain linguistic changes were guided by pressures analogous to natural selection -- social, cognitive and other factors -- while others seem to have occurred purely by happenstance.
Posted: November 1, 2017, 11:46 pm
A new form of self-harm in youth has emerged and is cause for concern. The behavior: 'digital self-harm' or 'self-trolling,' where adolescents post, send or share mean things about themselves anonymously online. The concern: it is happening at alarming rates and could be a cry for help. A new study is the first to examine the extent of this behavior and is the most comprehensive investigation of this understudied problem.
Posted: October 30, 2017, 8:52 pm
Sleepwalkers who are awake may have a multi-tasking advantage over non-sleepwalkers, according to recent research that uses virtual realilty.
Posted: October 27, 2017, 11:45 pm
Researchers have provided scientific evidence for what lap dancers and those who twerk probably have known all along -- men are captivated by the arched back of a woman. A team used 3-D models and eye-tracking technology to show how the subsequent slight thrusting out of a woman's hips can hold a man's gaze.
Posted: October 25, 2017, 8:01 pm
Researchers have demonstrated how to decode what the human brain is seeing by using artificial intelligence to interpret fMRI scans from people watching videos, representing a sort of mind-reading technology.
Posted: October 23, 2017, 10:50 pm
Scientists have found that T cells -- immune cells that help to protect the body from infections and cancer -- change the body's metabolism when they are activated, and that this activation actually leads to changes in behavior.
Posted: October 23, 2017, 10:08 pm
Newly published research suggests that common psychedelic drugs -- such as 'magic mushrooms', LSD and mescaline (a substance derived from the peyote cactus) -- may reduce criminal offenses. The new study found that psychedelic drugs are associated with a decreased likelihood of antisocial criminal behavior.
Posted: October 23, 2017, 7:47 pm
This study examines how small-world networks occur within bigger and more complex structures.
Posted: October 19, 2017, 8:40 pm
Snakes and spiders evoke fear and disgust in many people, even in developed countries where hardly anybody comes into contact with them. Until now, there has been debate about whether this aversion is innate or learnt. Scientists have recently discovered that it is hereditary: Even babies feel stressed when seeing these creatures - long before they could have learnt this reaction.
Posted: October 19, 2017, 8:39 pm
When it comes to financial investments, hedge fund managers higher in 'dark triad' personality traits -- psychopathy, narcissism, and Machiavellianism -- perform more poorly than their peers, according to new personality psychology research. The difference is a little less than 1 percent annually compared to their peers, but with large investments over several years that slight underperformance can add up.
Posted: October 19, 2017, 7:40 pm
New research has found that a specific combination of techniques will increase people's chances of having lucid dreams, in which the dreamer is aware they're dreaming while it's still happening and can control the experience.
Posted: October 19, 2017, 7:38 pm
A study of the use of pronouns by French speakers with agrammatic aphasia shows that grammatical pronouns are significantly more impaired in speech than lexical ones. The findings support a new theory of grammar which suggests that grammatical elements contain secondary information that speakers with limited cognitive resources can omit from their speech and still make sense.
Posted: October 11, 2017, 9:33 pm
Two brain regions -- the medial frontal and lateral prefrontal cortices -- control most executive function. Researchers used high-definition transcranial alternating current stimulation (HD-tACS) to synchronize oscillations between them, improving brain processing. De-synchronizing did the opposite.
Posted: October 10, 2017, 1:19 am
Scientists have identified changes in signaling pathways associated with neural plasticity, inflammation and neurodegeneration triggered by a compound from the family of dimethyltryptamine known as 5-MeO-DMT.
Posted: October 9, 2017, 6:14 pm
After humans and Neanderthals met many thousands of years ago, the two species began interbreeding. Recent studies have shown that some of those Neanderthal genes have contributed to human immunity and modern diseases. Now researchers have found that our Neanderthal inheritance has contributed to other characteristics, too, including skin tone, hair color, sleep patterns, mood, and even a person's smoking status.
Posted: October 5, 2017, 9:41 pm
A new study suggests that both the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat can have a substantial effect on the cardiovascular system. Investigators took the pulse of fans during a hockey game and found that on average, their heart rate increased by 75 percent when watching on TV, and by a whopping 110 percent (more than doubled, equivalent to the cardiac stress with vigorous exercise) when watching in person.
Posted: October 5, 2017, 7:57 pm
Pigeons are capable of switching between two tasks as quickly as humans -- and even more quickly in certain situations. These are the findings of biopsychologists who had performed the same behavioral experiments to test birds and humans. The authors hypothesize that the cause of the slight multitasking advantage in birds is their higher neuronal density.
Posted: September 26, 2017, 6:35 pm
A 35-year-old man who had been in a vegetative state for 15 years after a car accident has shown signs of consciousness after neurosurgeons implanted a vagus nerve stimulator into his chest. The findings show that vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) -- a treatment already in use for epilepsy and depression--can help to restore consciousness even after many years in a vegetative state.
Posted: September 25, 2017, 10:59 pm
Researchers have found a new link between the brain's immune system and the desire to drink alcohol in the evening.
Posted: September 16, 2017, 12:11 am
Marijuana may bring on temporary paranoia and other psychosis-related effects in individuals at high risk of developing a psychotic disorder, finds a preliminary study.
Posted: September 14, 2017, 5:00 am
Scratching may have evolved as a communication tool to help social cohesion, new research suggests for the first time.
Posted: September 11, 2017, 7:29 pm
Music touches. Until recently, this was only meant in a figurative way -- now it can also be taken literally. Scientists have now found that touch is perceived differently, depending on the music being played. The sexier we perceive the music we are listening to, the more sensual we experience the contact if we think we are touched by another person.
Posted: September 5, 2017, 7:08 pm
Like some bats and marine mammals, people can develop expert echolocation skills, in which they produce a clicking sound with their mouths and listen to the reflected sound waves to 'see' their surroundings. A new study provides the first in-depth analysis of the mouth clicks used in human echolocation.
Posted: August 31, 2017, 11:43 pm
Researchers devised a system that allowed zebrafish to self-administer doses of hydrocodone, an opioid commonly prescribed to people for pain, to study drug dependency behavior.
Posted: August 25, 2017, 11:36 pm
People who see animals as people and assign human traits to non-human objects are more likely to travel to destinations that are presented as being human-like, according to research. A study has found that writing about a destination as if it were human could boost its appeal as a travel destination.
Posted: August 22, 2017, 6:52 pm
New research highlights the usefulness of video game players as unmanned aircraft operators.
Posted: August 21, 2017, 8:44 pm
People who see colors while perceiving smells are better at distinguishing between different smells and different colors, and are better at naming odors, compared to a group without synesthesia.
Posted: August 21, 2017, 8:25 pm
Decades of research has shown that apes, in spite of their proverbial aping abilities, are rather poor imitators, especially when compared to human children. Current theories hold that apes are worse imitators because they lack this social and communicative side of imitation. A new study has instead targeted the interactive side of imitation directly, and finds that the divide between humans and chimpanzees is less clear cut.
Posted: August 21, 2017, 7:57 pm
People who hear voices that other people can't hear may use unusual skills when their brains process new sounds, according to new research.
Posted: August 21, 2017, 6:27 pm
Scientists have used magnetism to activate tiny groups of cells in the brain, inducing bodily movements that include running, rotating and losing control of the extremities -- an achievement that could lead to advances in studying and treating neurological disease.
Posted: August 16, 2017, 11:16 pm
Testosterone directly impacts financial decisions that drive prices up and destabilize markets, research has shown for the first time.
Posted: August 16, 2017, 7:33 pm
Hot weather can affect human behavior and has been linked to political rebellions and riots. A new study, the first to examine the influence of changes in temperature on peaceful and democratic political behavior, finds that voter behavior can change with increases in state-level temperature. For every 10C rise in temperature, voter turnout increased by 1.4 percent. In addition, when the weather was warmer, citizens chose to vote for the incumbent party.
Posted: August 16, 2017, 7:32 pm
A new computing technology called 'organismoids' mimics some aspects of human thought by learning how to forget unimportant memories while retaining more vital ones.
Posted: August 15, 2017, 8:41 pm
Human eye contact is an important information source. Nonetheless, so far, possibilities to recognize eye contact in everyday situations have been very limited. Computer scientists have now developed a method by the aid of which it is possible to detect eye contact, independent of the type and size of the target object, the position of the camera, or the environment.
Posted: August 11, 2017, 7:07 pm
Cells compete for nutrients. Political campaigns compete for voters. According to new research general principles may begin to explain how differing strategies play out where groups compete for resources.
Posted: August 11, 2017, 12:27 am
Scientists have created an artificial intelligence (AI) that uses internet searches to help co-design a word association magic trick.
Posted: August 10, 2017, 12:44 am
When an electric circuit breaks down, we can repair it by restoring connections in the circuit. Is it possible to restore the connections in our brain? And by doing so, is it possible to restore declining cognitive functions? Numerous regions of the brain are connected together and constitute a huge network. Researchers have developed a learning method to change cognitive function by manipulating connections in the brain.
Posted: August 7, 2017, 5:38 pm
Researchers have examined how people react to robots that exhibit faulty behavior compared to perfectly performing robots. The results show that the participants took a significantly stronger liking to the faulty robot than the robot that interacted flawlessly.
Posted: August 4, 2017, 7:34 pm
Scientists have used the 'mirror box' illusion -- an old magic trick - in a number of neuroscience studies. Researchers are using a new version of the illusion to study how the brain processes multiple sensory inputs to perceive our bodies and the world around us.
Posted: August 2, 2017, 12:12 am
If it's the thought that makes a gift count, here's a thought that can make your gift count extra: Get a little something for yourself. Research shows that gift recipients are happier with a present when the giver got themselves the same present.
Posted: July 28, 2017, 8:43 pm
The world needs new foods, and we are gradually getting used to the idea of having to eat seaweed and insects. So jellyfish on our plates would not put us off. Right?
Posted: July 27, 2017, 8:00 pm
Researchers reported their latest brain research on ADHD in a scientific journal targeting -- and peer-reviewed by -- children.
Posted: July 26, 2017, 7:59 pm
New research examines how frequently and in what order different aspects of self-reported near-death-experiences occur. By analyzing written first-hand accounts of near-death-experiences, the researchers looked at whether specific aspects of these experiences tend to occur in the same order for different people. They found that even though some events are more common, and some are more likely to follow one another, near-death-experiences tend to be unique to the individual in terms of chronology.
Posted: July 26, 2017, 7:59 pm
The simple act of silently talking to yourself in the third person during stressful times may help you control emotions without any additional mental effort than what you would use for first-person self-talk -- the way people normally talk to themselves.  
Posted: July 26, 2017, 7:59 pm
Researchers have produced the first direct evidence that parts of our brains implicated in mental disorders may be shaped by a 'residual echo' from Neanderthal DNA in our genomes. Evidence from MRI scans suggests that such ancient genetic variation may affect the way our brains work today -- and may hold clues to understanding deficits seen in schizophrenia and autism-related disorders.
Posted: July 26, 2017, 6:45 pm
The Twitter messages of Donald J. Trump, the entrepreneurial businessman turned US president, show that he is creative, competitive and a rule-breaker, but also has neurotic tendencies. An analysis of Trump's tweets and what implications his personality traits have for political leadership are the focus of a new study.
Posted: July 25, 2017, 9:50 pm
Language patterns could be predicted by simple laws of physics, a new study has found. A theory using ideas from physics predicts where and how dialects occur.
Posted: July 25, 2017, 1:26 am
Pain sensitivity associated with alcohol withdrawal may activate the same brain region in both drinking and non-drinking mice, finds a study.
Posted: July 24, 2017, 11:00 pm
Drinking alcohol improves memory for information learned before the drinking episode began, new research suggests.
Posted: July 24, 2017, 8:21 pm
Data from a longitudinal study of over 500,000 people in the United Kingdom indicate that having higher levels of the personality trait neuroticism may reduce the risk of death for individuals who report being in fair or poor health. The research further revealed that a specific aspect of neuroticism related to worry and feelings of vulnerability was associated with lower mortality, regardless of self-reported health.
Posted: July 24, 2017, 6:00 pm

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GKToday's Daily Quiz November 15, 2017 with questions and answers on Current Affairs and Important National and International events for SSC, Bank Clerical, Bank PO, State PSC, CLAT, Railway etc. Competitive Examinations.
Author: Megha
Posted: November 15, 2017, 7:28 pm
GKToday's Daily Quiz November 14, 2017 with questions and answers on Current Affairs and Important National and International events for SSC, Bank Clerical, Bank PO, State PSC, CLAT, Railway etc. Competitive Examinations.
Author: Megha
Posted: November 14, 2017, 7:27 pm
GKToday's Daily Quiz November 12-13, 2017 with questions and answers on Current Affairs and Important National and International events for SSC, Bank Clerical, Bank PO, State PSC, CLAT, Railway etc. Competitive Examinations.
Author: Megha
Posted: November 13, 2017, 7:29 pm
GKToday's Daily Quiz November 11, 2017 with questions and answers on Current Affairs and Important National and International events for SSC, Bank Clerical, Bank PO, State PSC, CLAT, Railway etc. Competitive Examinations.
Author: Megha
Posted: November 11, 2017, 7:06 pm
GKToday's Daily Quiz November 10, 2017 with questions and answers on Current Affairs and Important National and International events for SSC, Bank Clerical, Bank PO, State PSC, CLAT, Railway etc. Competitive Examinations.
Author: Megha
Posted: November 10, 2017, 7:30 pm
GKToday's Daily Quiz November 09, 2017 with questions and answers on Current Affairs and Important National and International events for SSC, Bank Clerical, Bank PO, State PSC, CLAT, Railway etc. Competitive Examinations.
Author: Megha
Posted: November 9, 2017, 7:51 pm
GKToday's Daily Quiz November 08, 2017 with questions and answers on Current Affairs and Important National and International events for SSC, Bank Clerical, Bank PO, State PSC, CLAT, Railway etc. Competitive Examinations.
Author: Megha
Posted: November 8, 2017, 7:14 pm
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