The synchronization — or “inter-brain coherence” — is even stronger when the listener enjoys the music, the study found.
It’s been an up-and-down (weather-wise) month, but April has produced a steady shower of interesting health articles. Here are a few that you may have missed.
The neural activity of friends’ brains was more similar than that of people who knew each other less well, researchers found.
“Our core finding is that caffeine cannot be recommended as therapy for movement symptoms of Parkinson’s disease,” said Dr. Ronald Postuma, a neurologist.
Musicians react faster to sensory stimuli — specifically, sound and touch — than nonmusicians, a recent study of university students found.
The theory is that sleep reinforces negative memories in the brain. So if disturbing thoughts are on your mind when you drift off to sleep, you may have more difficulty suppressing them later.
“Our findings show that you can to some extent predict which songs are going to get stuck in people’s heads based on the song’s melodic content,” said Kelly Jakubowski, the study’s lead author.
Specifically, the study found that dishonesty gradually increases with repetition and that this escalation is associated with a progressive decline of activity in the amygdala.
A new study has found that when we’re in an unfamiliar place, such as a hotel room, one hemisphere of our brain tends to stay vigilant as we sleep.
The FTC’s 28-page complaint cites a long list of false claims that Lumos Labs has made about its Lumosity games.
Researchers warn: “something as magical and complex as the Christmas spirit cannot be fully explained by, or limited to, the mapped brain activity alone.”
As science writer Ed Yong points out in The Atlantic, the latest research calls into question oxytocin’s reputation as a direct promoter of trust or other virtuous social behaviors.
Overall, the secular children in the study were also less judgmental and punitive about perceived infractions in social behavior.
Five to 20 percent of students experience at least one concussion in a season of play, the professors point out.
As British psychologist and journalist Christian Jarrett points out, the results of research on the topic “just don’t seem to come close to supporting the grandiose claims being made.”
In its online “Science of Us” column, New York Magazine recently published a fascinating interview with a 47-year-old woman with developmental prosopagnosia, or face-blindness.
“The findings suggest that limiting contact in practices is an important strategy for controlling the risk of concussion to football players,” the study’s authors conclude.
It turns out that our feelings of “rightness” that accompany our religious and political beliefs tend to be rooted in basic biology.
“Correctly distinguishing left from right is assumed to be an inherent skill that we all use correctly on a daily basis,” write the authors of the study. “This is not the case.”
“What was known was unlearned, forgotten, pushed away into a corner,” writes Emily Harrison of Harvard.