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A fluid concept: Finding the most productive time of the day

When are we most likely to do our best work? New research shows that, on average, our brains work best in the middle of the day – if asked to perform abstract, logical or problem-solving tasks. Monash economist Denni Tommasi and University of Granada economist Alessio Gaggero came to this conclusion after studying 500,000 exam [...]

By |2020-11-09T15:32:44+11:00November 9th, 2020|Categories: Science & Research|0 Comments

No, the extra hygiene precautions we’re taking for COVID-19 won’t weaken our immune systems

Vasso Apostolopoulos, Victoria University; Maja Husaric, Victoria University, and Maximilian de Courten, Victoria University During the COVID-19 pandemic we’re constantly being reminded to practise good hygiene by frequently washing our hands and regularly cleaning the spaces where we live and work. These practices aim to remove or kill the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, and thereby [...]

By |2020-08-24T15:03:30+10:00August 24th, 2020|Categories: Science & Research|0 Comments

Children who nap are happier, excel academically, and have fewer behavioral problems: study

Nighttime sleep is important of course, but daytime naps matter just as much. New research emerging from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California, Irvine, published in the journal Sleep reinforces the benefits of naps for children. This comprehensive study found children who took naps not only experienced positive changes in mood and [...]

By |2020-03-09T11:29:22+11:00September 9th, 2019|Categories: Science & Research, Sleep, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Too much love: helicopter parents could be raising anxious, narcissistic children

The Age newspaper recently highlighted the issue of so-called “helicopter parenting” at universities. The report talked of parents contacting lecturers to ask about their adult children’s grades, sitting in on meetings with course coordinators and repeatedly phoning academics to inquire about students’ progress. Over-parenting involves parents using developmentally inappropriate tactics that far exceed the actual [...]

By |2019-05-13T17:10:04+10:00May 13th, 2019|Categories: Science & Research, Society & Culture, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Are You Facebook Dependent?

What drives you to Facebook? News? Games? Feedback on your posts? The chance to meet new friends? If any of these hit home, you might have a Facebook dependency. But that's not necessarily a bad thing, says Amber Ferris, an assistant professor of communication at The University of Akron's Wayne College. Ferris, who studies Facebook [...]

By |2018-12-17T14:08:08+11:00December 17th, 2018|Categories: Science & Research, Technology|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The NDIS hasn’t made much difference to carers’ opportunities for paid work

Myra Hamilton, UNSW The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) began a full national rollout in July 2016 with a fundamental objective to give those with a disability choice and control over their daily lives. Participants can use funds to purchase services that reflect their lifestyle and aspirations. Two years on, how is the scheme faring? [...]

Why Do Some People Have a Pessimistic View About Everything?

Our brains are wired differently and this is the reason why we think, dream and behave in a particular way without being a clone of each other. The brain is the organ which is responsible for inducing one’s perception and outlook on life. It is the functioning of this organ that makes certain people have [...]

Warning Over Link Between Depression and Video Game Addiction After MRI Scan Shows Proof

Psychiatrists have issued a warning over the link between depression and video game addiction, after MRI scans revealed for the first time the potential damage caused to young brains. The images showed the signals between the different parts of gaming addicts’ brains were disrupted, driving them to continue playing but also worsening their depression. The “emotional” [...]

Scientists Just Found The Neurological Link Between Poor Sleep And Depression

Research has long associated poor sleep with an increased risk of depression, but scientists have just identified the neural mechanism responsible for this link – a discovery that could lead to better treatments in the future. Researchers found a strong connection between the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (responsible for short-term memory), the precuneus (linked with ideas [...]

The Same Genes May Underlie Different Psychiatric Disorders

People who have autism, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder may have different challenges, but the ailments might arise from a common set of genes. Researchers compared genetic analyses of 700 human brains from deceased individuals who had one of those three disorders, major depression or alcoholism with brains of individuals who had none of the conditions. They [...]

By |2018-07-30T14:15:30+10:00July 30th, 2018|Categories: Science & Research|Tags: , , |0 Comments
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