Scans suggest how stereotypes affect the brain

A group of Mexican American college students watched stigmatizing news clips that reinforced negative stereotypes. Here's how that affected their brains.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB • futurity
June 30, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: brains stereotypes society-and-culture health-and-medicine college-students punishment stigma rewards race-and-ethnicity

Indecision can signal depression relapse after ending meds

How long it takes people to make decisions about effort and reward can predict a relapse into depression after they stop taking antidepressants.

ETH Zurich • futurity
Feb. 20, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: depression antidepressants health-and-medicine decisions rewards

Rewards improve visual learning, but only after sleep

Rewards can boost visual perceptual learning tasks but only after getting some quality shut-eye, new research shows.

Brown University • futurity
Jan. 20, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: vision sleep brains learning science-and-technology rewards

What happens in the brain when we give up?

New research with mice offers insight into the complexities of motivation and reward.

Bobbi Nodell-Washington • futurity
July 26, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: brains motivation health-and-medicine rewards

Treats during learning mask animal intelligence

In experiments with rodents, researchers show that getting rewards during learning may conceal what an animal really knows.

Chanapa Tantibanchachai-Johns Hopkins • futurity
May 14, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: learning intelligence rodents science-and-technology rewards

Teens aren’t actually bigger risk-takers than little kids

The evidence doesn't support the usual stereotypes about the out-of-control adolescent brain.

Michael Rozansky-Penn • futurity
April 24, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: teenagers brains science-and-technology decisions rewards

To unlock creativity, you need to step away

An "incubation period" is critical to fostering creativity, research finds. Here's what to do before that step.

Molly Dannenmaier-UT Austin • futurity
March 25, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: society-and-culture time creativity rewards

Musical surprises light up the brain’s reward center

When something unexpected happens in the song we're listening to, our brain's reward center lights up.

McGill University • futurity
Feb. 12, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: music brains society-and-culture rewards

You can do it! 4 tips to keep your resolutions

Whether you want to lose weight, get fit, or stop looking at your phone so much, these four tips could help you keep your new year's resolutions.

Gerry Everding-WUSTL • futurity
Dec. 31, 2018 ~2 min

Tags: holidays motivation featured health-and-medicine decisions rewards

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