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August 20, 2009

Recruitment of new neurons slows when old brain cells kept from dying

Like clockwork, brain regions in many songbird species expand and shrink seasonally in response to hormones.


August 17, 2009

U.S.-born Asian-American women more likely to think about, attempt suicide

Although Asian-Americans as a group have lower rates of thinking about and attempting suicide than the national average, U.


August 10, 2009

Life and death in the living brain: Recruitment of new neurons slows when old brain cells kept from dying

Like clockwork, brain regions in many songbird species expand and shrink seasonally in response to hormones.


July 23, 2009

Screening for childhood depressive symptoms could start in second grade

New research indicates that screening children for symptoms of depression, the most common mental health disorder in the United States, can begin a lot earlier than previously thought, as early as the second grade.


Vanderbilt researcher, clinician named director of UW Autism Center

Wendy Stone, a researcher and clinician who has focused on the early identification of and early intervention with children with autism, has been named the new director of the UW’s Autism Center.


Learning is social, computational, supported by neural systems linking people

Education is on the cusp of a transformation because of recent scientific findings in neuroscience, psychology, and machine learning that are converging to create foundations for a new science of learning.


July 21, 2009

Screening for childhood depressive symptoms could start in second grade


New research indicates that screening children for symptoms of depression, the most common mental health disorder in the United States, can begin a lot earlier than previously thought, as early as the second grade.


July 16, 2009

Learning is social, computational, supported by neural systems linking people


Education is on the cusp of a transformation because of recent scientific findings in neuroscience, psychology, and machine learning that are converging to create foundations for a new science of learning.


July 15, 2009

Vanderbilt researcher, clinician named director of UW Autism Center

Wendy Stone, a researcher and clinician who has focused on the early identification and early intervention for children with autism, has been named the new director of the University of Washington’s Autism Center.


July 9, 2009

Child with autism triggers greater parental stress than one with developmental delay, study shows

Ask any mother and she’ll tell you that raising a preschooler is no easy task.


Finding fear: Neuroscientists locate where it is processed in mammalian brain

Fear is a powerful emotion and neuroscientists have for the first time located the neurons responsible for fear conditioning in the mammalian brain.


Changes in brain architecture may be driven by different cognitive challenges

Scientists trying to understand how the brains of animals evolve have found that evolutionary changes in brain structure reflect the types of social interactions and environmental stimuli different species face.


July 8, 2009

Mothers of children with autism have higher parental stress, psychological distress

Ask any mother and she’ll tell you that raising a preschooler is no easy task.


July 6, 2009

Finding fear: Neuroscientists locate where it is processed in mammalian brain

Fear is a powerful emotion and neuroscientists have for the first time located the neurons responsible for fear conditioning in the mammalian brain.


June 25, 2009

Pre-pregnancy depressed mood may heighten risk for premature birth

Researchers trying to uncover why premature birth is a growing problem in the United States and one that disproportionately affects black women have found that pre-pregnancy depressive mood appears to be a risk factor in preterm birth among both blacks and whites.


Obsidian ‘trail’ provides clues to how humans settled, interacted in Kuril Islands

Archaeologists have used stone tools to answer many questions about human ancestors in both the distant and near past and now they are analyzing the origin of obsidian flakes to better understand how people settled and interacted in the inhospitable Kuril Islands.


Study supports validity of test that indicates widespread unconscious bias

In the decade since the Implicit Association Test was introduced, its most surprising and controversial finding is its indication that about 70 percent of those who took a version of the test that measures racial attitudes have an unconscious, or implicit, preference for white people compared to blacks.


If the shoe flits, duck: A real-life example of humans’ dual vision system

It’s rare when real-world events perfectly mirror experiments that scientists are conducting.


June 23, 2009

Changes in brain architecture may be driven by different cognitive challenges

Scientists trying to understand how the brains of animals evolve have found that evolutionary changes in brain structure reflect the types of social interactions and environmental stimuli different species face.


June 22, 2009

Obsidian ‘trail’ provides clues to how humans settled, interacted in Kuril Islands

Archaeologists have used stone tools to answer many questions about human ancestors in both the distant and near past and now they are analyzing the origin of obsidian flakes to better understand how people settled and interacted in the inhospitable Kuril Islands.


June 17, 2009

Study supports validity of test that indicates widespread unconscious bias

In the decade since the Implicit Association Test was introduced, its most surprising and controversial finding is its indication that about 70 percent of those who took a version of the test that measures racial attitudes have an unconscious, or implicit, preference for white people compared to blacks.


June 11, 2009

If the shoe flits, duck: A real-life example of humans’ dual vision system

It’s rare when real-world events perfectly mirror experiments that scientists are conducting.


June 10, 2009

Pre-pregnancy depressed mood may heighten risk for premature birth

Researchers trying to uncover why premature birth is a growing problem in the United States and one that disproportionately affects black women have found that pre-pregnancy depressive mood appears to be a risk factor in preterm birth among both blacks and whites.


June 4, 2009

More costly private model of foster care could save $6.3 billion in long term

In these times of trillion-dollar budgets and deficits, $6.


June 3, 2009

140 Washington, Oregon, Idaho families needed for UW autism studies

Families throughout Washington and parts of Oregon and Idaho have two opportunities to help University of Washington researchers unlock some of the secrets of autism, a spectrum of developmental disorders that now affects about one out of every 150 children born in the United States.


June 1, 2009

More costly private model of foster care could save $6.3 billion in long term

In these times of trillion-dollar budgets and deficits, $6.


May 14, 2009

Parental guidelines, consequences may be why fewer black teens smoke than whites

It’s a curious paradox.


Parental guidelines, consequences may be why fewer black teens smoke than whites


It’s a curious paradox.


May 7, 2009

UW, state launch project to improve understanding, coverage of mental illness

A new program designed to improve public understanding and news reporting of mental health and mental illness is being launched by the UW’s School of Social Work and the Washington State Mental Health Transformation Project.


May 4, 2009

UW, state launch project to improve understanding, coverage of mental illness

A new program designed to improve public understanding and news reporting of mental health and mental illness is being launched today by the University of Washington’s School of Social Work and the Washington State Mental Health Transformation Project.


April 30, 2009

Autism genes discovered; help shape connections among brain cells

A national research team including six present and former UW researchers has connected more of the intricate pieces of the autism puzzle, with two studies that identify genes with important contributions to the disorder.


Behind the stereotypes: Research with students from Mexico, U.S. shows difference in sociability

Stereotypes often paint a partial or false picture of an individual or group.


Finding a stereotype that is true: Mexicans more sociable than Americans

Stereotypes often paint a partial or false picture of an individual or group.


April 28, 2009

Autism genes discovered; help shape connections among brain cells

A national research team including six present and former University of Washington researchers has connected more of the intricate pieces of the autism puzzle, with two studies that identify genes with important contributions to the disorder.


April 16, 2009

People’s misperceptions cloud their understanding of rainy weather forecasts

If Mark Twain were alive today he might rephrase his frequently cited observation about everyone talking about the weather but not doing anything about it to say, “Everyone reads or watches weather forecasts, but many people don’t understand them.


April 14, 2009

People’s misperceptions cloud their understanding of rainy weather forecasts

If Mark Twain were alive today he might rephrase his frequently cited observation about everyone talking about the weather but not doing anything about it to say, “Everyone reads or watches weather forecasts, but many people don’t understand them.


April 2, 2009

Do Americans have an identity crisis when it comes to race and ethnicity?

Say goodbye to Italian-Americans and German-Americans and say hello to Vietnamese-Americans, Salvadoran-Americans and a bunch of other hyphenated Americans.


Brain abnormality found in boys with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

Researchers trying to uncover the mechanisms that cause attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and conduct disorder have found an abnormality in the brains of adolescent boys suffering from the conditions, but not where they expected to find it.


Support for racial equality may be a victim of Obama’s election

“You’ve come a long way, baby.


Heightened level of amygdala activity may cause social deficits in autism

Something strange is going on in the amygdala — an almond-shaped structure deep in the human brain — among people with autism.



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