Lots of sports action with Wimbledon on – and the prospect of some people under pressure getting the yips – failing through nerves. But there may be a simple solution? We’re used to athletes making trademark gestures – look for the left hand fist clench – it relieves the nerves. Throwing – so important in cricket, netball, so many sports, is a uniquely human adaptation – and may have been responsible for our continuing evolution. We’re the only animal that throws with speed and accuracy. And that has made a big difference to our evolutionary path.
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By applying light stimulation to highly specific neurons in the brain, the researchers managed to re-establish normal behaviour in mice
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Long-term, but not short-term, SSRI treatment impairs extinction learning, which is the ability to learn that a conditioned stimulus no longer predicts an aversive event.
The next time you're faced with a high-pressure situation in sport, try squeezing your left fist tight for thirty seconds
Both the UK and Canada have experienced huge falls in diabetes-related mortality since the mid-1990s, with the result that the gap in mortality risk between those with and without diabetes has narrowed substantially
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Older adults who regularly used a brain-fitness program on a computer demonstrated significantly improved memory and language skills.
While men tend to match their partners' emotions during mutual cooperation, woman may have the opposite response