App that tracks bipolar manic, depressive episodes wins award

A team led by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago, along with collaborators at the University of Michigan and Sage Bionetworks, has won the Mood Challenge for ResearchKit, a contest that called on researchers to come up with new ways to study mood...

Marijuana use tied to poorer school performance

When high school students started smoking marijuana regularly they were less likely to get good grades and want to pursue university, according to a new study from the University of Waterloo. The study, published in the Journal of School Health, found that when...

Is ketamine a panacea for depression?

Researchers have long been intrigued by the antidepressant qualities of the club drug ketamine. Known on the street as “Special K,” the drug is taken by partiers for its brief dissociative hallucinogenic effect, but it is also used medically as an anesthetic. It...

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Could Help Stress in Sport

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) could be a powerful tool to help elite sportspeople improve their performance by handling stress more effectively, new research has found. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) could be a powerful tool to help elite sportspeople...

The surprising science of fidgeting

Harriet Dempsey-Jones, University of Oxford Hand-held toys known as “fidget spinners” – marketed as “stress relievers” – have become so popular and distracting in classrooms that they are now being banned in many schools. And it’s not just kids who like to fidget....

Classroom study measures vision and NAPLAN achievement

QUT researchers have investigated how vision can affect a child’s ongoing learning, with results showing 30 per cent of Year 3 students tested had uncorrected eye problems that could affect their NAPLAN performances. Importantly, the children referred for...

The power of picturing thoughts

Visual images often intrude on verbal thinking, study says, suggesting that pondering with images may be hardwired By Peter Reuell, Harvard Staff Writer Harvard scientists are beginning to provide answers to one of the thorniest questions in psychology: How do we...

Why Facebook may fuel new mothers’ insecurity

Social media can lead to comparisons, which often can be depressing, a study finds. Africa Studios via www.shutterstock.cm Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan, The Ohio State University You haven’t showered in a few days, and you haven’t brushed your teeth yet this morning. But,...
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