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  • Teen drinking may damage ability to cope with stress

    What’s the harm in a little beer? That’s usually how it starts. Teenagers often are tempted to try some alcohol. Many give in when they are just 12 to 16 years old. Although they know they should avoid alcohol, many don’t. Some will soon end up drinking a lot — and often. This is called binge drinking. And when it begins at a young age, it can have lasting impacts. That’s the conclusion of a...

    07:00 AM, June 13, 2016 Brain, Psychology, Behavior, Toxicology
    Readability Score: 6.5
  • Small region of brain recognizes facial expressions

    Raised eyebrows? Wrinkled nose? Curled up corners of the lips? Most people looking at such expressions would immediately recognize surprise, disgust or happiness. Scientists have known for some time that people tune in to specific facial movements as they read another person’s emotions. Now researchers at Ohio State University in Columbus have identified which part of the brain accomplishes...

    07:00 AM, May 24, 2016 Brain, Psychology
    Readability Score: 8.1
  • Teen girls start drinking earlier than boys

    Although tweens and teens should not drink alcohol, plenty do. So a major U.S. survey recently asked a large group of 12- to 24-year-olds how old they were when they had their first full alcoholic drink. Just a sip or two did not qualify, here. Girls, it now turns out, were more likely than boys to start drinking before age 18.

    In fact, 14- to 15-year-old girls were about 25 percent more...

    07:00 AM, April 25, 2016 Health, Behavior, Psychology
    Readability Score: 6.6
  • Cool jobs: Brainy ways to battle obesity

    About one in every six children and teens throughout the United States are very overweight, meaning obese. Some one-third of adults are, too. Those data come from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Ga. Carrying those extra pounds significantly ups the risks for disease. High blood pressure, diabetes, liver disease and breathing problems are just a few of the conditions...

    07:15 AM, April 7, 2016 Nutrition, Psychology, Brain, Behavior
    Readability Score: 7.3
  • ‘Mindfulness’ defuses stress in classrooms and teaching

    The bell rings at 7:40 a.m. in a public high school in New Jersey, and science teacher Laura McCluskey begins the first of what she calls “five shows a day.” On some mornings, those shows are more difficult than others. That’s due in part to a heavy load of paperwork, something that consumes large amounts of her time and energy.

    Then there are the other, outside events that happen in...

    07:00 AM, March 29, 2016 Brain, Teaching Science, Psychology
    Readability Score: 8.8
  • When smartphones go to school

    If you’re like most kids these days, you use a smartphone, and you use it often. You may even use that phone to text, tweet or go online during class.

    In the United States, 73 percent of teens own or have access to a smartphone. A mere 12 percent have no cell phone. Those numbers come from a 2015 survey by the Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C.

    Some 90 percent of teens with...

    07:15 AM, March 3, 2016 Brain, Computers & Electronics, Psychology
    Readability Score: 7.8
  • To control overeating: Slow down!

    Eating slowly might help teens maintain a healthy weight, a new study finds. “We often rush through the day and gobble down meals without fully enjoying them,” says Pedro Cabrales, one of the study’s authors. “A simple yet powerful change in our lives is to eat slower and stop eating when we no longer feel hungry.”

    Cabrales works at the University of California in San Diego. He and his...

    07:00 AM, February 8, 2016 Behavior, Nutrition, Psychology
    Readability Score: 7.6
  • Do dogs have a sense of self?

    When Spot answers to his name, does he realize that this name is his? Maybe he only knows that it’s a good idea to come when he hears “Spot” because he might get a treat. People know their names and realize that they exist separately from other people. Many have wondered what other animals share this type of self-awareness. A new study now suggests that dogs are aware of who they are. Their...

    07:00 AM, December 24, 2015 Animals, Brain, Psychology
    Readability Score: 6.0
  • Meditation may boost teen memory

    If you tend to forget your homework or are easily distracted, take heed. A new study shows that teens can improve their memory with a practice known as mindfulness meditation.

    Mindfulness involves paying attention to what is happening in the current moment. It requires pulling the mind back to the present when thoughts wander. No worrying about the future. Or over something that happened...

    07:00 AM, December 14, 2015 Brain, Psychology, Teaching Science
    Readability Score: 8.2
  • Too many Facebook friends?

    Facebook lets friends connect. They can give each other updates, share photos and post comments. But that’s not all. Facebook might also stress users out. The evidence: elevated levels of a tell-tale hormone in the saliva of users with lots of friends on the site.

    In a new study, researchers asked 12- to 17-year olds to complete questionnaires. The 88 volunteers reported how much time...

    07:00 AM, December 9, 2015 Behavior, Psychology
    Readability Score: 7.2

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