What effect does drinking water have on cognition? This write-up looks at a study which finds that drinking water increases reaction times.
BPS Research Digest has these psychology links from the past week.
Evolutionary Psychiatry, Evolution & Culture
The world’s oldest calendar was found in a Scottish field and dates back 10,000 years.
Linguists have discovered a new language in the early stages of developed in the village of Lajamanu in Australia.
A recent study suggests that up to 5% of the genes in the human genome are functional on the basis of a comparative analysis of several genomes.
This hypothesis states that gesticulations in humans may be related to fish fins as there is evidence that they are used for communication.
The researchers in this study conclude that Dogs imitate and remember human actions.
Difficulties with social cognition were associated with psychosis in this comparison of people with psychosis and affective disorders.
There is an interesting write-up of a study which looked at the factors that influenced whether female Bonobos would win conflicts with male Bonobos.
A PNAS study shows that Neolithic farmers were using manure in their farming approximately 8000 years ago. The research has implications for assessing the dietary habits of people at that time and there is a discussion in the write-up.
(1) The Lancet, Early Online Publication, 17 July 2013. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(13)61570-6. A two-decade comparison of prevalence of dementia in individuals aged 65 years and older from three geographical areas of England: results of the Cognitive Function and Ageing Study I and II
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