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Having a Purpose in Life May Improve Health of Aging Brain

Having a strong sense that your life has meaning and direction may make you less likely to develop areas of brain damage caused by blockages in blood flow as you age. This research is reported in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke.

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Changes in a Blood-Based Molecular Pathway Identified in Alzheimer’s Disease

New research identifies a bridge between the mechanisms that spur the destruction of neurons in Alzheimer’s disease - accumulation of the amyloid-β peptide (the main component of plaques found in Alzheimer’s patient brains) and chronic inflammation..

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Robot Model for Infant Learning Shows Bodily Posture May Affect Memory and Learning

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Using both robots and infants, an Indiana University cognitive scientist and collaborators have found that posture is critical in the early stages of acquiring new knowledge.

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Five Ways to Get More Helpful Feedback from Employees

Researchers have developed five tips for getting more useful employee responses

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Early Life Stress May Cause Excess Serotonin Release Resulting In A Serotonin Deficit Where the Brain Needs It Most

Mood disorder research suggests that early life stress may cause excess serotonin release, resulting in a serotonin deficit where the brain needs it most. The data suggest a reason why SSRI medications may fail in many patients, and why depressed patients may benefit from strategic SSRI-augmenting treatment approaches.

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Brain Makes Decisions with Same Method Used to Break WW2 Enigma Code

When making simple decisions, neurons in the brain apply the same statistical trick used by Alan Turing to help break Germany’s Enigma code during World War II, according to a new study in animals by researchers at Columbia University’s Zuckerman Mind Brain and Behavior Institute.

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Terrible at Remembering Names? Blame It on the Music, Not the Memory

Georgia Tech study challenged younger and older people to look at faces at names while either listening to non-lyrical music or nothing at all. The college-aged participants had no problems - the music didn't affect their performance. But the older adults remembered 10 percent fewer names when listening to background music or musical rain (as compared to silence).

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Study: Crocodiles Just Wanna Have Fun, Too

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Turns out we may have more in common with crocodiles than we'd ever dream. According to research by a psychology professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, crocodiles think surfing waves, playing ball and going on piggyback rides are fun, too.

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Pick a Card, Any Card

A team of Canadian researchers has combined the art of magic and the science of psychology to demonstrate how certain contextual factors can sway the decisions people make, even though they may feel that they are choosing freely.