Our behavior and decisions are greatly influenced by dopamine, a brain chemical that associates different actions with pleasure. By using the brain’s reward system, we can learn more about compulsive behaviors and possibly correct them.
Neuroscience March 7, 2017
Prolonged sleeping could indicate chemical changes in the brain that occur with the development of dementia. Besides longer sleep, here are other warning signs that may hint at an increased risk for the neurological condition.
Neuroscience February 26, 2017
Despite living in social groups, meerkats have been named the most murderous mammal known to science. Nearly 20 percent of all meerkat deaths were caused by murder of their own kind.
Animals September 29, 2016
Women who took acetaminophen, or paracetamol, during pregnancy are more likely to bear children with behavioral issues such as hyperactivity and conduct problems. Should pregnant women stop taking this painkiller?
Neuroscience August 17, 2016
The American Academy of Pediatrics tells parents to limit their children's exposure to screen violence. The group cited studies linking violent media exposure and aggressive behavior in kids.
Neuroscience July 18, 2016
Like humans, pea plants can also call the shots. A new study has demonstrated these plants' incredible ability to take risks and gamble, all for the sake of nutrients.
Earth/Environment July 1, 2016
Parents of children with ADHD are urged to try behavior therapy first before medication. What makes behavior therapy better than drugs?
Healthy Living/Wellness May 4, 2016
There’s a lot that could frustrate an air traveler but researchers have found that one thing in particular increases the likelihood of air rage incidents: first-class cabins.
Life & Style May 4, 2016
Human curiosity is a quality that allows us to face the unknown and make exciting discoveries. However, it may also lead us to unpleasant experiences, a new study has revealed.
Society April 12, 2016
'Difficult' patient behavior increases the risk of doctors making a wrong diagnosis, according to two new studies. The quality of health care is inevitably affected when problematic attitudes distract doctors from the task at hand.
LIFE March 15, 2016
Your little one may look cute and harmless, but a new study revealed they may be conscious enough to know the difference between large and small social groups. In fact, they probably expect larger groups to be dominant than smaller ones.
March 7, 2016
Australian kids exposed to environmental lead are more likely to manifest aggressive behavior in later life. A new study sheds light on the importance of preventing lead exposure in populous areas especially where kids live.
LIFE February 19, 2016
Winning is great and anyone would want to continue the feeling. This may be why researchers have found that winners have a tendency to engage in dishonest behavior after a competition.
Internet Culture February 5, 2016
Concentrating on a demanding visual task can make a person momentarily deaf, as revealed in a new UK study. Researchers at the University College London called this deficit "inattentional deafness."
LIFE December 9, 2015
Patients of behavioral-type frontotemporal dementia (FTD) inappropriately laughed at tragic situations or those not normally funny, and tended to favor slapstick more than satire. Researchers said the study of dementia needs to move from pure memory loss to behavioral shifts.
LIFE November 11, 2015
Avoiding temptation may be more situational than dependent on personality, according to a new study. So, what makes good people do bad things?
LIFE May 26, 2015
A couple of coyote studies are being conducted by researchers, which will help understand some behavior of the animals. Coyotes are present in all states apart from Hawaii.
Earth/Environment February 23, 2015
Don't you hate it when things go wrong? This lady sure does. After missing her ferry boat, she flips out completely. Lucky for us, someone caught it on tape.
Internet Culture January 20, 2015
Behaviors such as addiction and depression could be predicted through the use of brain scans. What else could this technology be used for in the future?
LIFE January 14, 2015
Someone unexpected has made it onto the naughty list this year. It's a dark and terrible day when the venerable Elf On the Shelf has been caught in all sorts of shocking situations. Enter at your peril — you can't unsee this.
Internet Culture December 23, 2014
Shyness and antisocial behavior could be triggered by three gene variants, but how does environment affect personalty?
LIFE December 15, 2014
Data science based on social media is often flawed, as researchers often overlook basic variables, according to a new study. Data scientists are missing factors such as demographics, bias and spammed content.
Internet December 2, 2014
It sounds crazy, but it's real. New Mexico's stretch of Route 66 is now a 'singing road,' ringing out the tune to 'America the Beautiful' as your tires drive across special rumble strips.
Internet Culture October 3, 2014
Chimpanzees learn new skills by observing other chimps, a trait that influence chimpanzee culture and explains the animals' varying behaviors.
Earth/Environment October 3, 2014
Chimpanzees are violent and kill their own kind not as a consequence of human influence but because it is their natural behavior, study finds. Researchers said findings could shed light on man's own inclination for violence and warfare.
Earth/Environment September 18, 2014
Blasting feel-good music has previously been linked to positive emotions, but music lovers now have a reason to turn up the bass. Researchers connected the deep sounds of the bass to feelings of power.
Internet Culture August 9, 2014
A study at the University of Illinois found that insects--specifically bees and fruit flies--exhibited increased aggression when oxidative phosphorylation, a significant step in the metabolic process of generating energy, was suppressed.
Animals August 6, 2014
New study says bad video game behavior may be increasing the moral sensitivities of video game players. So what your momma says about violence in gaming could be all wrong.
Video Games July 8, 2014
Latest study says those cereal box characters are talking children and adults into buying them. Read what these researchers have to say.
LIFE April 7, 2014