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In this article, the author discusses the role of music therapy in enhancing social and communication skills among individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Music therapy provides a comfortable medium for self-expression and emotional regulation, particularly important during adolescence. The author highlights the universal appeal of music and its ability to help individuals with ASD express themselves in socially acceptable ways. The paper also discusses how group music therapy sessions can foster essential social skills like cooperation and teamwork, emphasizing music’s role in breaking down communication barriers and promoting inclusive social participation.

Alex Yeghikian (Author) and Sonya A. Ashikyan (Mentor) Walking around UCLA, you might hear the trill of a Bewick’s wren, the clicks of a California towhee, or the chirping of a dark-eyed junco. With a careful eye, you might even see one perched on a br …

ANDREW LEE

Mind wandering is linked to psychopathological conditions, such as anxiety and depression, as it can contribute to rumination and negative thoughts. Mindfulness practices, on the other hand, aim to reduce mind wandering and have shown promise in improving mental well-being by promoting present-moment awareness and emotional regulation.

This article discusses the therapeutic benefits of pets on human health, emphasizing their role in enhancing physical activity, improving mood, and providing emotional support. Through personal experience and scientific research, it underscores the transformative impact of pet ownership on individuals’ well-being.

The article discusses how lying can lead to the subconscious reconstruction of memories, causing individuals to believe their own falsehoods and blur the line between truth and deception. It explores factors like fabrication inflation, the anchoring effect, and motivated forgetting, highlighting the malleability of memory and the potential consequences of false memories resulting from deceptive acts.

In third grade, my mom handed me a frail copy of Are You There god? It’s Me, Margaret (AYTGIMM), by Judy Blume. The pages were discolored, the binding hanging on by a thread (literally). The state of the book mirrored my feelings after having “the pube …

4.4% of Adults in the United States are clinically diagnosed with ADHD, and 32.7% of ADHD adults rely on stimulants for treatment. However, in 2022 the FDA announced that there was a drug shortage, which also impact Adderall production. Adderall is the most common medication prescribed to ADHD patients and a lack of this medicine leads to both physical and mental withdrawal effects.

What does an analogy between origami and the mind tell us about the current state of cognitive science?

EMILY NEER
Metal statue of Lady Justice, blindfolded and holding scales up high

The weapon focus effect can help us understand how people remember highly emotional events. Could this change how we think about eyewitness testimony?

What do older cognitive models of categorization tell us about memory that state-of-the-art neural networks do not? The difference between past and present is not just one of performance, but also of psychological insight.

SONYA ASHIKYAN

One characteristic of autism that has been scarcely researched is manifestation differences between biological sexes, with damaging consequences. Moreover, male social rejection is much easier to detect than the more passive female exclusion in the autism population.

Non-sleep deep rest (NSDR) and Yoga Nidra are two trendy practices that are typically grouped together because they are both utilized to reduce stress, achieve deep relaxation, and induce sleep. In this blog post, I will outline the empirically demonstrated benefits and future potentials of Yoga Nidra.

What role does failure play in learning? While students tend to be aversive to failure, it plays a natural and important role in the learning process.

Today, we talk about the National Science Foundation and our experiences with applying for fellowships and working with the NSF.

MICHAEL WOLLER