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How Caffeine Can Negatively Impact Your Performance

A study by Staffordshire University and Shiraz University found that caffeine improves pass accuracy in football players but negatively affects decision-making and performance in complex tasks, suggesting a careful consideration of caffeine use in sports training and the need for further research.New research indicates that caffeine can negatively affect the decision-making skills of football (or soccer) players.A study by Staffordshire University and Shiraz University in Iran has found that while consuming caffeine…

Hearing Loss Linked to Increased Risk of Dementia

A study from the University of Southern Denmark involving 573,088 participants over 50 years old found that hearing loss is linked to an increased risk of developing dementia, with severe hearing loss individuals facing up to a 20% higher risk. However, using hearing aids can reduce this risk, suggesting a potential preventative measure against dementia.A recent study by the University of Southern Denmark has found a correlation between the loss of hearing and an increased risk of dementia.Individuals with hearing…

New Study Links Optimism To Lower Cognitive Abilities

Research from the University of Bath indicates that excessive optimism, particularly among those with lower cognitive skills, often leads to poor financial decisions. In contrast, individuals with higher cognitive abilities exhibit more realistic expectations, challenging the conventional emphasis on positive thinking.Research highlights adverse effects on financial well-being.Optimistic thinking, often celebrated in self-help literature as a pathway to happiness, health, and longer life, can also lead to poor…

New Research Indicates That Statins Could Slow Dementia

New research indicates that statins may slow cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s patients. This observational study, which doesn’t confirm a causal relationship, suggests that statins could be beneficial for some dementia patients. Future research aims to identify specific patient groups that might benefit from this treatment.Statins, which reduce blood fat, might decelerate Alzheimer’s disease in certain patients, according to recent research from Karolinska Institute that was published in the journal Alzheimer’s Research…

Observing the Processes of Memory and Cognition in Real Time

By The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) January 21, 2024A research team developed SynapShot, a novel technique for real-time observation of synapse formation and alterations. This breakthrough, allowing live monitoring of synaptic changes in neurons, is expected to transform neurological research and enhance understanding of brain functions. Credit: SciTechDaily.com SynapShot, developed by an international research team, marks a major advancement in neuroscience by enabling real-time, live…

Pulling an All-Nighter? Scientists Recommend You Shouldn’t Do This the Next Day

New research highlights the detrimental effects of sleep deprivation on decision-making and emotional well-being, emphasizing the importance of adequate sleep, especially for those in high-stress jobs. The study suggests that sleep loss impairs neural response to risks and decisions, underscoring the need for effective sleep management in critical professions.Research highlights the significance of sleep for cognitive performance and emotional well-being, particularly for individuals experiencing stress.Politicians,…

How “Cognitive Fossils” Reveal Ancient Psychologies

Modern computing techniques are transforming historical research by enabling the analysis of cultural artifacts to uncover societal mindsets and psychological trends. However, these methods, mainly validated with contemporary content, face challenges in accurately representing the diverse strata of historical societies. Juvenility in baby faces and in historical artwork. Credit: Trends in Cognitive Sciences/Baumard et al.No two civilizations throughout history have identical thought patterns. The way a society thinks at…

The Promising Future of Eye Movement Therapy

A new study reveals that Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), traditionally used for treating PTSD and other mental health conditions, shows promise in treating addiction cravings. The study focused on using Addiction-focused EMDR, alone or with cognitive behavioral therapy, to transform dysfunctional memories associated with addiction. Results indicate a significant reduction in cravings and irrational thoughts, suggesting EMDR as a valuable addition to existing addiction treatment methods.Researchers…

Wordle Today: Wordle answer and hints for January 2

We have the solution to Wordle on January 2, as well as some helpful hints to help you figure out the answer yourself, right here. We’ve placed the answer at the bottom of the page, so we don’t ruin the surprise before you’ve had a chance to work through the clues. So let’s dive in, starting with a reminder of yesterday’s answer. Yesterday’s Wordle answer Let’s start by first reminding ourselves of yesterday’s Wordle answer for those new to the game or who don’t play it daily, which was “MURAL.” So we can say that…

Scientists Shed New Light on Mystery of Infant Consciousness

An international research study reveals that infants might possess conscious experiences from birth, integrating sensory and cognitive responses to understand their environment. This pioneering work, published in Trends in Cognitive Science, offers novel insights into infant consciousness and perception.An international research team from Trinity College Dublin, along with collaborators in Australia, Germany, and the USA, has discovered evidence suggesting the presence of some form of conscious experience from birth, and…