Polarized speech: A function of self-persuasion

Journal Reference: Peter Schwardmann, Egon Tripodi, Joël J. van der Weele. Self-Persuasion: Evidence from Field Experiments at International Debating Competitions. American Economic Review, 2022; 112 (4): 1118 DOI: 10.1257/aer.20200372 “Politicians are in the business of persuasion,” said Peter Schwardmann, assistant professor in social and decision sciences at Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences and … Read more

Blood pressure medications impact brain function

Journal Reference: Brian H. Trieu et al. Angiotensin-converting enzyme gates brain circuit–specific plasticity via an endogenous opioid. Science, 2022 DOI: 10.1126/science.abl5130 The research team discovered that drugs used to treat blood pressure unexpectedly increase the effect of opioids that the brain naturally produces. This can fine-tune the function of a specific brain circuit and counteract … Read more

Exoskeleton-assisted walking may improve bowel function in people with spinal cord injury

Journal Reference: Peter H. Gorman, Gail F. Forrest, Pierre K. Asselin, William Scott, Stephen Kornfeld, Eunkyoung Hong, Ann M. Spungen. The Effect of Exoskeletal-Assisted Walking on Spinal Cord Injury Bowel Function: Results from a Randomized Trial and Comparison to Other Physical Interventions. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 2021; 10 (5): 964 DOI: 10.3390/jcm10050964 The authors of … Read more

Using internet in retirement boosts cognitive function

Journal Reference: Colin P. Green, Likun Mao, Vincent O’Sullivan. Internet usage and the cognitive function of retirees. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 2021; 190: 747 DOI: 10.1016/j.jebo.2021.08.013 Researchers from Lancaster University Management School, the Norwegian University Science and Technology and Trinity College Dublin examined the cognitive function of more than 2,000 retired people from … Read more