Category: Behavior Modification

The current state of psychobiotics

Public Release: 25-Oct-2016   Cell Press   IMAGE: This is a systems level overview of psychobiotic action. Credit: Sarkar et al./Trends in Neurosciences 2016 Now that we know that gut bacteria can speak to the brain — in ways that affect our mood, our appetite, and even our […]

What free will looks like in the brain

Public Release: 13-Jul-2016   Johns Hopkins University   IMAGE: An illustration of the human brain indicates where researchers found activity relating to free-will decisions. Credit: Johns Hopkins University Johns Hopkins University researchers are the first to glimpse the human brain making a purely voluntary decision to act. Unlike […]

Brain modification can prevent Bullying

“When we artificially induced the rapid GABA neuron activation between the basal forebrain and lateral habenula, we watched in real time as the aggressive mice became docile and no longer showed bullying behavior,” Public Release: 29-Jun-2016 Motivation to bully is regulated by brain reward circuits The Mount Sinai […]

Emotion detector

Public Release: 27-Apr-2016   Facial expression recognition to improve learning, gaming Inderscience Publishers A computer algorithm that can tell whether you are happy or sad, angry or expressing almost any other emotion would be a boon to the games industry. New research published in the International Journal of […]

The first happiness genes have been located

Public Release: 25-Apr-2016   Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam scientists have found a genetic overlap between happiness and depression   For the first time in history, researchers have isolated the parts of the human genome that could explain the differences in how humans experience happiness. These are the findings of […]

Boost fundraising with something simple: Sandpaper

Public Release: 25-Mar-2016   Society for Consumer Psychology Not getting enough charitable donations? Try having people to touch sandpaper before you ask for money. A new study shows that touching rough surfaces triggers the emotion of empathy, which motivates people to donate to non-profit organizations. “We found that […]

Tracing the scent of fear

“a new technique that uses specially-engineered viruses to uncover the nerve pathway involved” Public Release: 21-Mar-2016 Study identifies neurons, brain region involved in rodent stress response Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center SEATTLE – The odor of bobcat urine, if you ever get a chance to take a whiff, […]

The human brain uses several frequency bands for the flow of information between lower and higher areas

Public Release: 28-Jan-2016 The brain communicates on several channels Max-Planck-Gesellschaft Caption The human brain ‘fires’ on different channels: nerve cells are active in alpha, beta and gamma channels with different frequencies. This ensures that information can be exchanged between differing brain areas — also, in opposite directions, without […]

Brain waves may be spread by weak electrical field

Public Release: 14-Jan-2016   Mechanism tied to waves associated with epilepsy Case Western Reserve University Researchers at Case Western Reserve University may have found a new way information is communicated throughout the brain. Their discovery could lead to identifying possible new targets to investigate brain waves associated with […]

Magnetism and Thought Control ?

Public Release: 14-Oct-2015 “people in whom the targeted brain region was temporarily shut down reported 32.8% less belief in God, angels, or heaven. They were also 28.5% more positive in their feelings toward an immigrant who criticised their country.” Research that is simply beyond belief University of York […]

Researchers profile 4 types of non-vaccinators

Editors Note: Report generalizes that the benefits will may always outweigh the risk. I am posting this research, as an excellent example of groupthink. Those striving for safer or cleaner vaccines are defaulted to being misguided and or misinformed. Public Release: 1-Oct-2015 SAGE Publications   Credit: Betsch et […]

Children on an antidepressant were 11 times more likely to harm themselves over a placebo. The criminal cover up of Study 329

Public Release: 16-Sep-2015 University of Adelaide A University of Adelaide led study has found that a psychiatric drug claimed to be a safe and effective treatment for depression in adolescents is actually ineffective and associated with serious side effects. Professor Jon Jureidini, from the University of Adelaide’s newly […]

Changing behavior through synaptic engineering

Public Release: 8-Sep-2015 University of Massachusetts Medical School WORCESTER, MA — Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School are the first to show that it’s possible to reverse the behavior of an animal by flipping a switch in neuronal communication. The research, published in PLOS Biology, provides […]

How music alters the teenage brain

Public Release: 20-Jul-2015 Music training initiated during high school might hone brain development Northwestern University Music enhances the teenage brain’s response to sound; sharpens language skills Band class had larger effect on brain than fitness-based ROTC training Results highlight music’s place in the high school curriculum Kraus: ‘Music […]

Common Medications associated with Homicide

The newly published study analysed the pre-crime use of prescription drugs among all persons convicted of a homicide in Finland between 2003 and 2011 “Benzodiazepines can weaken impulse control, and earlier research has found that painkillers affect emotional processing. 1. Anti-psychotics was not associated with a significantly increased […]

A ‘cingular’ strategy for attack and defense

Public Release: 20-Apr-2015 RIKEN IMAGE: Attack value was associated with the posterior cingulate cortex (PCC), defense value with the rostral anterior cingulate cortex (rACC), and the difference in value with the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC). Credit: RIKEN We often make quick strategic decisions to attack an opponent or […]

Your pain reliever blunts positive emotions

Public Release: 13-Apr-2015 Acetaminophen reduces both pain and pleasure, study finds Ohio State University COLUMBUS, Ohio — Researchers studying the commonly used pain reliever acetaminophen found it has a previously unknown side effect: It blunts positive emotions. In the study, participants who took acetaminophen reported less strong emotions […]

Leaders and their followers tick in sync

Public Release: 24-Mar-2015 Leaders of a group synchronize their brain activity with that of their followers during communication Max-Planck-Gesellschaft Great leaders are often good communicators. In the process of communication, the relationship between leaders and their followers develops spontaneously according to new research from the Max Planck Institute […]

Drug that makes us more sensitive to inequality

Public Release: 19-Mar-2015 “giving a drug that changes the neurochemical balance in the prefrontal cortex of the brain causes a greater willingness to engage in prosocial behaviors, such as ensuring that resources are divided more equally.”   Altering brain chemistry makes us more sensitive to inequality Study finds […]

Moral decisions can be influenced by eye tracking

Public Release: 18-Mar-2015 Lund University Our opinions are affected by what our eyes are focusing on in the same instant we make moral decisions. Researchers at Lund University and other institutions have managed to influence people’s responses to questions such as “is murder defensible?” by tracking their eye […]

Lavender aroma increases trust in anyone

Lavender aroma increases trust in anyone – Inexpensive way to increase trust -Test persons gave significantly more money to the other person when they were exposed to the aroma of lavender, compared to persons who had been exposed to the fragrance of peppermint. – “Our results might have […]