Imaging Study Confirms Differences In ADHD Brains

Imaging Study Confirms Differences In ADHD Brains

The prestigious journal The Lancet has published a large study identifying differences in the brains of people diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It found ADHD is associated with the delayed development of five brain regions, and should be considered a brain disorder. This is vindication for people experiencing ADHD whose diagnosis is sometimes called…

You Really Can Read People's Emotions Through Their Eyes

You Really Can Read People's Emotions Through Their Eyes

In times gone by, they used to say the eyes were the gateway to the soul. Science now says they were probably onto something. A new study published in Psychological Science looked into how humans can communicate and infer emotional states simply by using their eyes. Of course, this is something we all do, sometimes consciously, every day….

Youngest Class Members At Greatest Risk Of ADHD Over-Diagnosis

Youngest Class Members At Greatest Risk Of ADHD Over-Diagnosis

Being among the youngest children in a school class increases the chance of being medicated for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Although the study reporting this is the fifth to produce similar results, it is the first in the southern hemisphere. This rules out seasonal effects, and supports theories of over-medication. Three previous studies in…

Stimulating the brain with electricity may reduce bulimia symptoms

Stimulating the brain with electricity may reduce bulimia symptoms

Key symptoms of bulimia nervosa, including the urge to binge eat, are reduced by delivering electricity to parts of the brain using non-invasive brain stimulation, according to new research conducted by our team at King’s College London. Bulimia is an eating disorder characterised by frequent bouts of binge-eating followed by attempts to counteract the increased…

Trump Supporters And The Emperor's New Crowd Size

Trump Supporters And The Emperor's New Crowd Size

At least one in seven people who voted for Donald Trump will reject the evidence of their own eyes in favor of endorsing the President’s claims, according to a study by two political scientists. In order to make them public while the findings are most topical, the study has been reported in the Washington Post…

A Better Way To Harness The Wisdom Of The Crowd

A Better Way To Harness The Wisdom Of The Crowd

When a group of people with differing levels of expertise disagree, it’s not easy to work out who is right. Several studies suggest the answer is to look for the unexpectedly common answer, something that might prove useful in much more important contexts than your next trivia night. Democracy works for value judgments, where my opinion…

Brain-Computer Interface Allows Locked-In Patients To Communicate

Brain-Computer Interface Allows Locked-In Patients To Communicate

Patients who are conscious, but completely paralyzed, have communicated with their doctors and families through a device that measures brain oxygenation. Surprisingly, the patients who have been given this opportunity apparently consider themselves happy. Although the technology is currently limited to yes-no answers, and not always accurate, it could enable significant improvements in quality of…

Think Swearing Isn’t Big Or Clever? Think Again

Think Swearing Isn’t Big Or Clever? Think Again

The use of obscene or taboo language, or swearing as it’s more commonly known, is often seen as a sign that the speaker lacks vocabulary, cannot express themselves in a less offensive way, or even lacks intelligence. Studies have shown, however, that swearing may in fact display a more, rather than less, intelligent use of…

Babies Have An Innate Sense Of Heroic Justice

Babies Have An Innate Sense Of Heroic Justice

Forget judges, parents, superheroes, and villains – the best arbiters of justice may actually be babies. As reported in a new paper in the journal Nature Human Behaviour, kids as young as 6 months old are able to comprehend who is a bully and who is a victim in certain situations, suggesting that unfairness is…