Touchscreens may make toddlers more distractible – new three-year study

Young children may find it harder to control their attention if they use touchscreens regularly.

Tim J. Smith, Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences, Birkbeck, University of London • conversation
Feb. 1, 2021 ~7 min

Brain connectivity reveals ADHD in kids with 99% accuracy

Researchers have found that specific communication between brain regions is an accurate way to see if a child has ADHD, which is usually tricky to diagnose.

Bert Gambini-Buffalo • futurity
Jan. 29, 2021 ~7 min

Your wandering mind is a ‘feature,’ not a bug

Researchers have a way to show whether our minds are focused, fixated, or wandering. They've found that a wandering mind might actually be helpful, too.

Yasmin Anwar-UC Berkeley • futurity
Jan. 19, 2021 ~7 min

Your pupils show whether you’ll remember stuff

" now has tools that allow us to explain why an individual, from moment to moment, might fail to remember something stored in their memory."

Ker Than-Stanford • futurity
Nov. 2, 2020 ~7 min

Stress shows up in your spit after work interruptions

Lots of interruptions at work can raise the level of stress hormones our bodies produce, researchers report. But not all interupptions are the same.

ETH Zurich • futurity
Oct. 27, 2020 ~6 min

Kids with autism tend to visit doctor more before 1

Patterns of doctor and ER visits during a baby's first year may indicate a future diagnosis of autism and/or ADHD, say researchers.

Sarah Avery-Duke • futurity
Oct. 19, 2020 ~6 min

Auditory attention works alike in birds and people

Our ability to focus on one voice in a noisy room is an example of auditory attention. New research finds commonalities in birds.

Bert Gambini-Buffalo • futurity
Sept. 16, 2020 ~6 min

Awkward glances show your brain can ‘read minds’

"This shows how the brain is specialized not to perceive others' eyes, but rather to perceive the mind behind the eyes."

Bill Hathaway-Yale • futurity
Aug. 21, 2020 ~4 min

Collision avoidance systems affect a driver’s gaze in 4 ways

Reactions to alerts from collision avoidance systems, which are rarely tested in open road scenarios, fall into four categories, researchers say.

Eric Stann-Missouri • futurity
Aug. 6, 2020 ~5 min

Daydreaming at work can be an asset or a flaw

New findings link daydreaming at work and creativity, though only for those who identify with their profession.

Chuck Finder-WUSTL • futurity
July 17, 2020 ~7 min