Common test for mental health understanding is biased

RMET test is biased against less educated, less intelligent and certain ethnic and racial minorities Credit: Dodell-Feder et al. and University of Rochester Communications How do clinicians rate how well a patient understands what other people are thinking and feeling? That is to say–how does the patient assess another person’s mental state? An accurate tool […]

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iMT: Creating a blueprint for cortical connectivity

Researchers at Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience have developed a novel technique capable of tracing intricate neural connections with unprecedented sensitivity Credit: Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience With a bit of light, a few photo sensitive compounds and specialized paper, the blueprint was born. As the favored type of technical drawing for over […]

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The energy implications of organic radical polymers

New technology could change the way we charge everything from phones to electric vehicles Credit: Texas A&M University College of Engineering Texas A&M University professor Dr. Jodie L. Lutkenhaus is one step closer to realizing her goal of creating a battery made entirely of polymers, which has the potential to charge and discharge much faster […]

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Tiny eye movements affect how we see contrast

Credit: University of Rochester photo / J. Adam Fenster It is often difficult for a driver to see a person walking on the side of the road at night–especially if the person is wearing dark colors. One of the factors causing this difficulty is a decrease in contrast, making it hard to segment an object, […]

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Kick-starting the genome in early development

Unravelling how instructions for new life are read Credit: Dr Melanie Eckersley-Maslin, Babraham Institute Key points: Researchers identify factors responsible for activating the zygotic genome A small number of mouse embryonic stem cells mimic the two-cell embryo stage, providing a valuable and adaptable cell model for studying the molecular regulation of early development Knowledge adds […]

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Train the brain to form good habits through repetition

Credit: University of Warwick You can hack your brain to form good habits – like going to the gym and eating healthily – simply by repeating actions until they stick, according to new psychological research involving the University of Warwick. Dr Elliot Ludvig from Warwick’s Department of Psychology, with colleagues at Princeton and Brown Universities, […]

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