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Written By: grant on January 23, 2015 No Comment

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SOURCE: Based on “Naps Help Infants Form Memories“, Laboratory Equipment, 14 January 2015, as used in the post “Naps make memories (in infants).”

ABSTRACT:
I’m so tired. This is so late at night that I’m putting it in the queue.

Lots of delay (in […]

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Written By: grant on January 19, 2015 No Comment

Probably us too, but Laboratory Equipment is only looking at the way babies need naps to remember new things:

In a study, which is the first of its kind, researchers from the Univ. of Sheffield and Ruhr Univ. Bochum, Germany, found that the notion of “sleeping like a baby” is extremely important in declarative […]

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Written By: grant on January 2, 2015 No Comment

Scientific American‘s Michael Shermer gets at the root of why we’re so fascinated with the walking dead:

Zombies, for one thing, fit into the horror genre in which monstrous creatures—like dangerous predators in our ancestral environment—trigger physiological fight-or-flight reactions such as an increase in heart rate and blood pressure and the release of such […]

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Written By: grant on November 4, 2014 No Comment

I don’t normally go to Business Insider for science news, but they’ve actually got a pretty good rundown of recent research into the problems with taking smart phones to bed with you:

Blue light is part of the full light spectrum, which means we’re exposed to it by the sun every day. However, nighttime […]

Written By: grant on October 21, 2014 No Comment

Nature has more on how the veterinary tranquilizer-slash-rave drug can reverse “anhedonia” (the inability to feel happy) for 14 days – long enough to bust sufferers out of otherwise untreatable bipolar depression:

The present study used a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind crossover design to examine whether a single ketamine infusion could reduce anhedonia levels in […]

Written By: grant on October 10, 2014 No Comment

Nature breaks the news to behaviorists – and this is more important than it might seem – that fish don’t really think mirrors are uninvited strangers:

“There’s been a very long history of using a mirror as it’s just so handy,” says Robert Elwood, an animal-behaviour researcher at Queen’s University in Belfast, UK. Using […]

Written By: grant on September 16, 2014 No Comment

Daily Beast looks over Washington University research that’s found that the singular diagnosis of schizophrenia is actually a compound disease, caused by eight different genetic disorders that “cluster” into different combinations:

As senior investigator Dr. C. Robert Cloninger notes, “[genes] don’t work by themselves. They function in concert much like an orchestra, and to […]

Written By: grant on August 19, 2014 No Comment

Science Daily takes us humans out of the driver’s seat and puts the germs inside us in charge of the menu tonight:

In an article published this week in the journal BioEssays, researchers from UC San Francisco, Arizona State University and University of New Mexico concluded from a review of the recent scientific literature […]

Written By: grant on July 10, 2014 No Comment

It isn’t easy being alone with our thoughts. Nature makes monks seem manlier than ever with research that shows most people prefer physical pain to just sitting and thinking:

“We lack a comfort in just being alone with our thoughts,” says Malia Mason, a psychologist at Columbia University in New York, who was not involved […]

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