Science news articles about 'learned behavior'

  • Political participation is partially rooted in genetic inheritance

    ... . "These findings are extremely important for how we think about political behavior," said Fowler. For example, it is widely known that parents and children exhibit similar voting behavior, but this has always been interpreted as learned behavior rather than inherited ...
  • Medical student gender and self-confidence

    ... as increasing faculty sensitivity and changing some simple learned behavior, but we will need more research to fully understand this phenomenon and its implications for medical education," said Dr. Frankel ...
  • 10 years on, high-school social skills predict better earnings than test scores

    ... for success in the workplace. "You could argue that the reason these behaviors matter is that kids who display them are more likely ... teach kids different kinds of skills and learned behaviors," she said. Lleras also emphasized the importance ...
  • New findings shed light on why smokers struggle to quit

    ... McClernon, an associate professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke University Medical Center ... nicotine proved successful at breaking the learned behavior. "The smoking behavior is not reinforced because the act ...
  • Mother's experience impacts offspring's memory

    ... , this study is a step forward, suggesting that the enhanced learning behavior and plasticity can be transmitted to offspring long ... demonstrate that maternal experience can impact offspring behavior. "A striking feature of this study is that enrichment took ...
  • First neuroimaging study examining motor execution in children with autism reveals new insights

    ... and guiding actions, which has important implications for all learned behavior, including complex communication and social skills. Researchers at the Kennedy Krieger Institute have been using the study ...
  • Mockingbirds in fickle climates sing fancier tunes

    ... aren't born knowing their songs, however: they have to learn them over time. Since birdsong is a learned behavior, Botero and colleagues ...
  • ADHD genes found, known to play roles in neurodevelopment

    ... ADHD. Many of those genes were already known to be important for learning, behavior, brain function and neurodevelopment, but had not been previously ... genes important in psychological and neurological functions such as learning, behavior, synaptic transmission and nervous system ...
  • Blood stem cell growth factor reverses memory decline in mice

    ... and both of these actions led to improved memory and learning behavior in the Alzheimer's mice. "The beauty in this less ... clearly improved memory, performing as well on behavioral tests as their non-Alzheimer's counterparts. The Alzheimer ...
  • Finding fear: Neuroscientists locate where it is stored in the brain

    ... looked at taste aversion, another associative learning behavior, and found that neurons critical to how people and animals ... were individually returned to the chamber and the researchers observed them for freezing behavior. Freezing, or not moving, is the most common ...
  • Why anorexic patients cling to their eating disorder

    ... that measured their capacity for flexible behavior modification of recently learned behavior. In this test, the subjects were shown ... patients that specifically targets the flexible modification of behavioral responses," says Dr. Friederich. In this way, the researchers ...
  • Self-sacrifice among strangers has more to do with nurture than nature

    Socially learned behavior and belief are much better candidates than genetics to explain the self-sacrificing ... ethnography to estimate statistically what social learning behaviors people have in general that may explain the distribution ...
  • The terrible teens of T. rex

    ... 's unique about this work is we learn something very, very specific about juvenile dinosaur behavior," Scherer ... was not likely over sexual conflict or competition but might have been a learning behavior for young dinosaurs prompted by a show ...
  • Cognitive dysfunction reversed in mouse model of Down syndrome

    ... copy did not restore normal contextual learning behavior. "Simply deleting the third App doesn't fix the behavior, so probably other gene products play ... the pro-drug to the mice rescued cognitive behaviors in a very dramatic way." He noted ...
  • Prion leaves lasting mark on memory

    ... . Scientists long ago traced that simple learned behavior to a specific set of sensory and motor neurons, which are stimulated by the nerve messenger serotonin. But Si ...

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