Scientists look beyond the individual brain to study the collective mind

In a new paper, scientists suggest that efforts to understand human cognition should expand beyond the study of individual brains. They call on neuroscientists to incorporate evidence from social science disciplines to better understand how people think. “Accumulating evidence indicates that memory, reasoning, decision-making and other higher-level functions take place across people,” the researchers wrote […]

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Partnering with traditional healers boosts HIV testing in Uganda

Collaborating with traditional healers to deliver point-of-care HIV tests to individuals in rural Uganda quadrupled testing rates compared with standard referrals to HIV clinics, according to a trial by Weill Cornell Medicine and Mbarara University of Science and Technology investigators. The healer-delivered HIV testing model has the potential to significantly improve the uptake of HIV […]

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Research team launches mobile depression app to aid clinicians in treatment planning

Columbia Psychiatry faculty, in partnership with avoMD, a next-gen clinical decision support platform, have developed an interactive smartphone application that provides point-of-care treatment algorithms for major depression. The app—known as Columbia Psychiatry Pathways—supports and strengthens the ability of clinicians to provide critical mental health services in an outpatient setting. “Depression is fast becoming the leading […]

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Researchers map neurons in the brain involved with social interactions with others in groups

Meaningful social interactions are critical to an individual’s well-being, and such interactions rely on people’s behaviors towards one another. In research published in Science, investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have mapped the neurons in the brain that allow a monkey to process and remember the interactions and behaviors of another monkey to influence the […]

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Study finds breast cancer survival increases with early diagnosis and treatment

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to a recent Cleveland Clinic study, breast cancer survival increases when treatment involving surgery, chemotherapy and radiation are completed within 38 weeks of the initial diagnosis. “Most of the original time to treatment studies were looking at individual aspects of care. So what was the time frame, time […]

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