Findings debunk the common theory that attention is the only cognitive function affected by sleep deprivation. Lack of sleep also hinders a person's ability to complete activities that require following multiple steps.
Longitudinal study reveals for most people narcissistic traits such as sensitivity to criticism and imposing your opinion onto others, decreases as we age. However, having high aspirations for yourself increases over time.
Greater hippocampal volume is not always a reliable predictor of learning and memory ability in older adults. Faster learning was only found in older adults who had both greater hippocampal volume and more uniform white matter connections to other parts of the brain.
Many of us feel obligated to perform acts for loved ones, such as calling more frequently or running an errand for an elderly friend, during this time of social distancing. Researchers report low-level obligations and acts of kindness can help strengthen relationships, while more substantive obligations can put a strain on relationships.
Placebos reduce biomarkers in the brain of emotional distress, even when a patient knows they are taking one.
People's reasoning for "swiping right" on dating apps are based on attractiveness and the race for a potential partner, and these decisions are made in less than a second, a new study reports. Users who perceived themselves to be more attractive swiped less more often, demonstrating themselves to be more picky when it came to partner selection.
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While seeking support via social media doesn't necessarily harm mental health, it doesn't help it either. However, real-life social interactions can have a positive effect on mental health.
People with a poor sense of smell are 50% more likely to be hospitalized for pneumonia than those with a good sense of smell.
A caffeine jolt may give you a little more energy following a restless night of sleep, but it doesn't necessarily help with boosting cognition. Researchers found that while caffeine helped sleep deprived students to perform better at some simple cognition tests, it had no effect on improving performance on more challenging tasks, like placekeeping tests.