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Study links brain anatomy, academic achievement, and family income

Many years of research have shown that for students from lower-income families, standardized test scores and other measures of academic success tend to lag behind those of wealthier students. A new study offers another dimension to this so-called “achi…

Self-affirmations may calm jitters and boost performance, research finds

When the stakes are high, people in positions of low power may perform better by using self-affirmations to boost their confidence, according to new research published by the Society for…

Teachers more likely to label black students as troublemakers

Teachers are likely to interpret students’ misbehavior differently depending on the student’s race, according to new research findings published in Psychological Science, a journal of the…

Mentally stepping back from problems helps youth deal with negative emotions

Adolescence is a time of frequent and intense emotional experiences, but some youth handle their emotions better than others. Why do some young people react adaptively while others ruminate?

Children who understand others’ perspectives found to be more popular among peers

Preschoolers and school-age children who are good at identifying what others want, think, and feel are more popular in school than their peers who aren’t as socially adept.

Male competition boosts men’s online donations to attractive female fundraisers

A new study finds that when it comes to donating online, men are likely to donate four times more money to attractive female fundraisers in response to a donation from another man.

Age-related changes in the brain can have significant impact on individuals, society

Report identifies 3 top actions to help promote cognitive healthGradual and variable change in mental functions that occurs naturally as people age, not as part of a neurological disease such as…

Violent video games not linked to aggression in adults with autism

Effects of violent games on aggression are similar for adults with and without autism, study findsFollowing the 2012 shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, some in the media and the public speculated…

Epilepsy drug may preserve eyesight for people with multiple sclerosis

A drug commonly taken to prevent seizures in epilepsy may surprisingly protect the eyesight of people with multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a new study.

How do we hear time within sound?

How does our auditory system represent time within a sound? A new study investigates how temporal acoustic patterns can be represented by neural activity within auditory cortex, a major hub within the brain for the perception of sound.