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Computer sensing game identifies bullying behavior among players

A social computer game designed by researchers in computer science and educational psychology at the University of Illinois can identify bullies in elementary school classrooms and help scholars…

Female bosses ‘more depressed’

Research shows that women with job authority are more likely than men to display symptoms of depression.

Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation studied for stroke rehab

Researchers are trying to help patients who have suffered a stroke to improve arm movement by stimulating the brain using a device called a Transcranial Magnetic Stimulator (TMS). The idea is that when one side of the brain is damaged by a stroke, the …

Brain injuries in mice treated using bone marrow stem cells, antioxidants

For the first time, researchers have transplanted bone marrow stem cells into damaged brain tissue while applying lipoic acid (a potent antioxidant), with the aim of improving neuroregeneration in the tissue. This new way of repairing brain damage, whi…

Mental disorders due to permanent stress?

Activated through permanent stress, immune cells will have a damaging effect on and cause changes to the brain. This may result in mental disorders. Medical researchers are studying the effects of permanent stress on the immune system.

Serotonin’s early role in the assembly of brain circuits

A lot of research has shown that poor regulation of the serotonin system, caused by certain genetic variations, can increase the risk of developing psychiatric illnesses such as autism, depression…

Counseling on genetic heart disease risk makes patients feel they have more control over their fate

Adults counseled on their genetic risk of coronary heart disease believe they have more control over their fate, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific…

Epidemic spreading and neurodegenerative progression

Researchers have used a model inspired by patterns of epidemic disease spreading to map how misfolded proteins propagate within the brain.

Imagination, reality flow in opposite directions in the brain

As real as that daydream may seem, its path through your brain runs opposite reality. Aiming to discern discrete neural circuits, researchers have tracked electrical activity in the brains of people who alternately imagined scenes or watched videos.

Most heavy drinkers are not alcoholics

A government study reveals that nine out of 10 people who drink too much are not addicts, and can change their behavior with support.