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Smartphone Games Used to Detect Cognitive Decline

A new study from the U.K. finds that popular cellphones games could provide a new tool to help doctors spot early signs of cognitive decline. Cognitive decline refers to the...

Adult Support Tied to Less Violence Among Teen Boys in Urban Areas

Among teen boys in poor urban neighborhoods, the presence of adult social support is linked to far fewer cases of sexual violence, youth violence and bullying, according to a new...

Teens Who Spend Three Plus Hours on Social Media More Likely to Have Internalizing Behaviors

Teens who spend more than three hours a day on social media are more likely to report high levels of internalizing behaviors compared to adolescents who do not use social...

Drinking Tea May Improve Brain Health

Regular tea drinkers have better organized brain regions compared to non-tea drinkers, according to a new study led by researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS). In particular, participants...

Routine Sparring in Boxing Tied to Short-Term Cognitive Problems

Routine sparring in boxing can lead to short-term impairments in brain-to-muscle communication and decreased memory performance, according to a new study from the University of Stirling in Scotland. The researchers...

Distractions Can Change Perceptions of What is Real

A new study shows that distractions might change our perception of what’s real, making us believe we saw something different from what we actually saw. “We wanted to find out...

Many Aging Chinese Immigrants Struggle With Depressive Symptoms, Health Issues

More than half of older Chinese-American immigrants experience depressive symptoms, which in turn may be linked to increased disabilities and chronic health conditions, according to two new studies from Rutgers...

Born Bad or Just Learned Behavior?

Are people born bad? Or do they learn bad behavior from people around them, which means that it is possible they may change for the better? A new study shows...

Teen Fun-Seeking Has Social Risks and Benefits

A new study finds that participation in risky behavior during adolescence can lead to more risk taking, but it may also lead to an enhanced concern for the rights, feelings...

Parent Burnout Not Good for Parent or Child

For most people, the term “burnout” is associated with a job or career, but new research now suggests individuals can become burnt out when the daily stress of parenting becomes...
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