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How Does Rewarding Safe Choices Affect Teen Decision Making In Peer Contexts?

The teen years are known (at least in part) as a time of rebelliousness and risk-taking. This may be the result of brain development. Compared to adult brain activity, teenage brains show heightened sensitivity to rewards, and teens seem to […]

Adolescent Self-Efficacy Is Shaped By Family, School, And Peers

Adolescence is rife with changes and challenges in preparation for the demands of adulthood. Teens are busy learning how to drive, date, and navigate their first jobs, all while gaining independence from their parents. This combination of autonomy and new […]

Does Morality Make Us Make God In Our Own Image?

According to a recent survey, almost half of all Americans suppose that belief in God is necessary in order to be moral. (In fact, this number is down from previous iterations of the survey.) But how, exactly, does morality relate […]

Many Youngsters Suffer From Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

A study suggests that one in 13 adolescents in England develops post-traumatic stress disorder before their 18th birthday. When one hears of post-traumatic stress disorder, many initially think of soldiers and war missions, but probably not of children and adolescents. […]

The Role Smell Plays In Sexual Arousal

Human olfaction is fairly sophisticated and sensitive. We can most likely detect approximately one trillion different odorants compared to several million colors and a half million different tones, and we are able to detect odors at very low concentrations, (e.g., […]

The Importance Of Addressing Insecure Employment To Improve Population Mental Health

Economic insecurity arises from a fear of being exposed to adverse economic events from which an individual may have difficulty recovering. Adverse events include unemployment, an involuntary reduction in working hours, or a sudden loss of income, among other things. […]

Why Are You Better Than Your Kids In Remembering The Grocery List?

Imagine you are on your way to the grocery store, but you forget to take the shopping list. Now, you are trying to recall the items from that list. You may recall a vegetable, a tomato, which cues your memory […]

Changing Luminance Levels Affects Color Discrimination Abilities In Dogs

A common myth suggests that dogs don’t see color, that they exclusively see the world in shades of grey. Dogs have two cone photoreceptors within the retina, compared to humans, who have three. The spectral peaks for these two cones […]

How Memory Processes Are Affected By Depression

Introduction Episodic memories, or memories for where/what/when information, is a dynamic process. Whenever we learn or encode information, it takes time and overnight sleep to stabilize and consolidate such information. When such consolidated memories are remembered, they become active in […]

How Well Do You Know Yourself? Measuring Brain Activity During Self-Recognition

What is the self? This question has been fundamental for many centuries, from Aristotle to Freud. Currently, neuroscientists are interested to know how self-related information, such as our own face and name, is processed in our cognitive system to determine […]