Neuroscientists explore how people with absolute pitch process sounds

Both light and sound travel as waves, with characteristics that allow people with typical vision and hearing to perceive and categorize them when they reach their eyes and ears: “That’s a small red dog barking,” someone might say. But while people can easily name most colors in different groups—distinguishing the specific frequencies and wavelengths of […]

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Study: Distressed, help-seeking couples rarely improve without assistance

Does relationship quality continue to worsen, stabilize, or improve for distressed, help-seeking couples before they receive assistance? A team of researchers sought to answer that question in a new study examining what happens to couples who seek online help for their relationship, but have to wait six months before beginning an intervention program. “Given the […]

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‘Toxic positivity’: Why it is important to live with negative emotions

It is almost impossible to go on Facebook or Instagram without seeing quotes or comments accompanied with motivational words such as, “Look on the bright side,” “Focus on the good things,” or “Be positive.” If anything, the pandemic has exacerbated the phenomenon of “toxic positivity.” In Québec, the famous catchphrase, “It’s going to be OK,” […]

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Patients with multiple myeloma with the shortest survival have the most kidney damage

Nearly 20% of patients with multiple myeloma have a form in which they make extreme quantities of one component of the abnormal antibody they are producing, and these so-called “free monoclonal light chains” pile up and damage the kidneys, investigators say. These patients likely could benefit most from early identification and additional interventions like plasmapheresis […]

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