Unsupervised habits

OCDgraphicThe life-disrupting habits of a person with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) may stem from a lapse in supervision by the brain’s control centers, according to a study in American Journal of Psychiatry.

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Lonely, but alive

smalltalkWe humans are social creatures – so much so that isolation shortens our lives. But what is it about solitude that kills us? Could it be that the emotional pain of loneliness spurs us to an early demise? Not necessarily, according to a study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which found that social isolation itself — not  loneliness — was the critical factor.

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Video Games to Treat Dyslexia?

kids-playing-video-gamesAttention training might trump language practice in treating dyslexia, and video games might provide just that, according to a recent study in Current Biology. Researchers at the University of Padua in Italy found that 10 kids with dyslexia who played an action-filled video game for nine 80-minute sessions increased their reading speed, without introducing mistakes.

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Love that knows bounds

oxytocin,apartOxytocin, the so-called love hormone, activates feelings of trust and attraction between people when it is released in the brain, and it rises in the early stages of romantic love. Yet it is not just a Cupid’s arrow that spurs you to fall in love with the nearest person, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Neuroscience. Instead oxytocin’s social magic depends on whether or not a person is in a monogamous relationship.

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