Attention, college students cramming between midterms and finals: Binging on soda and sweets for as little as six weeks may make you stupid.
A team led by psychology professor Ian Spence at the University of Toronto reveals that playing an action videogame, even for a relatively short time, causes differences in brain activity and improvements in visual attention.
Research published by Keele University shows that while swearing (or cursing if you prefer) can produce effective short-term pain relief, the effect is much greater for people who do not swear regularly in day-to-day life.
If you electrically shock a person’s brain, their math skills can greatly improve for up to 6 months. It’s barely enough to light a light bulb, but passing a very mild current of electricity through the brain can turn on a metaphorical light bulb in a person’s brain.
Previous studies have found a link between body tattoos or piercings and risky behavior. However, these studies only examined survey data but not real behavior. In a new study published in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, French researchers approached people leaving bars and asked if they’d be willing to take a breathalyzer; they also asked if the respondents had tattoos or piercings.
About 80 milliseconds in the past, to be precise. Use one hand to touch your nose, and the other to touch one of your feet, at exactly the same time. You will experience them as simultaneous acts. But that’s mysterious — clearly it takes more time for the signal to travel up your nerves from your feet to your brain than from your nose.
A 30-year-old woman suffered massive brain injuries after a motor vehicle accident at 15 weeks’ gestation. The patient was diagnosed as brain-dead on her tenth hospital day.