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Written By: grant on April 16, 2014 No Comment

Nature reveals how parents who live through something horrible can have children who inherit depression and anxiety – biologically, through their RNA – from traumas they never personally experienced:

A study published this week in Nature Neuroscience finds that stress in early life alters the production of small RNAs, called microRNAs, in the sperm of mice (K. Gapp et al. [...]

Written By: grant on April 8, 2014 No Comment

Science Daily tries to find the evolutionary roots of …oooh, shiny! I’ll finish this tomorrow:

From an evolutionary standpoint, impulsivity makes sense: Our ancestors should have been inclined to seek immediate rewards when the next day was uncertain.

Procrastination, on the other hand, may have emerged more recently in human history. In the modern world, we have many distinct goals [...]

Written By: grant on February 28, 2014 No Comment

New Scientist takes a surprisingly nuanced look at the way things like oysters and shrimp might actually be responding to trauma. They’re not all the same. Research shows that, as much as we want a guilt-free crab boil, invertebrates do feel pain… some of them:

Unlike crustaceans, insects seem to have no pain-related behaviours. If an insect’s leg is [...]

Written By: grant on February 19, 2014 No Comment

Science magazine reaches out with new research showing that elephants don’t just mourn their dead, but also try to comfort those in anguish:

The study “is the first to investigate responses to distress by Asian elephants,” which “is inherently difficult to assess because one has to wait for opportunities to arise spontaneously,” says Shermin de Silva, a behavioral ecologist [...]

Written By: grant on January 28, 2014 No Comment

Seems kinda obvious to anyone who’s been picked on, but Outside is taking a long-term look at how bullying affects kids’ will to work out:

The study, spearheaded by BYU psychology professor Chad Jensen, found that children of all weights who were bullied in P.E. classes or other physical activities displayed an aversion to exercise for as long as [...]

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Written By: grant on January 20, 2014 No Comment

Laboratory Equipment explains why moving the morning bell a little later makes education more effective:

Julie Boergers, a psychologist and sleep expert from the Bradley Hasbro Children’s Research Center, a division of the Lifespan health system, recently led a study linking later school start times to improved sleep and mood in teens. The article appears in the current issue [...]

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Written By: grant on December 9, 2013 No Comment

Shades of Philip Larkin…. Washington Post has more on how mice, at least, pass fear down with their DNA:

In the experiment, researchers taught male mice to fear the smell of cherry blossoms by associating the scent with mild foot shocks. Two weeks later, they bred with females. The resulting pups were raised to adulthood having never been [...]

Written By: grant on October 31, 2013 No Comment

Laboratory Equipment reveals that there’s a plus to experiencing trauma. Your kids will have a lower risk of PTSD:

Last year, junior investigator Sharon Dekel and Prof. Zahava Solomon of [Tel Aviv University's] Bob Shapell School of Social Work found that individuals with Holocaust-survivor parents may be less likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder in the wake of [...]

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Written By: grant on September 25, 2013 No Comment

Washington Post rousingly reports on a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed and, um, aromatic approach to deep-seated anxiety – with a psychological trick to beat fear with smells while you’re sleeping:

Scientists at Northwestern University say they have lowered levels of fear in people by using certain odors to trigger and rechannel frightening memories into harmless ones during a deep slumber.

“Sleep sort [...]

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