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Electric assist bikes provide meaningful exercise, cardiovascular benefits

July 7, 2016

A new University of Colorado Boulder study shows that using an electrically-powered bicycle on a regular basis can provide riders with an effective workout while improving some aspects of cardiovascular health, especially for riders who previously had been sedentary.Read more »
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Empathy for others’ pain rooted in cognition rather than sensation, CU-Boulder study finds

June 14, 2016

The ability to understand and empathize with others’ pain is grounded in cognitive neural processes rather than sensory ones, according to the results of a new study led by University of Colorado Boulder researchers.Read more »
A vial of morphine

Narcotic painkillers prolong pain in rats, says CU-Boulder study

May 31, 2016

Brace for another shot across the bow: Opioids like morphine have now been shown to paradoxically cause an increase in chronic pain in lab rats, findings that could have far-reaching implications for humans, says a new study led by the University of Colorado Boulder.Read more »
Christopher Lowry

Raising body temperature relieves depression, study finds

May 12, 2016

Raising the body temperature of depressed volunteers to the equivalent of a mild fever improved their symptoms of major depression for as long as six weeks after a single treatment, results from a new study show.Read more »
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CU-Boulder awarded $7.5 million to study gut microbes and sleep

May 5, 2016

\A team led by the University of Colorado Boulder has received a $7.5 million grant from the Department of Defense (DoD) to study how gut microbes in humans and animals are affected by stressors like sleep deprivation and circadian clock issues.Read more »
Three-dimensional culture of human breast cancer cells

CU-Boulder researchers to study elevated anxiety in Colorado cancer survivors, test potential treatments

April 12, 2016

CU-Boulder researchers are embarking on a multi-year research project to study and address the psychological concerns of cancer survivors, including elevated anxiety.Read more »
Monetary rewards for healthy behavior can pay off both in the pocketbook and in positive psychological factors like internal motivation, according to a new University of Colorado Boulder study.  While programs involving monetary incentives to encourage healthy behavior have become more popular in recent years, the evidence has been mixed as to how they can be most effective and how participants fare once the incentives stop, said CU-Boulder doctoral student Casey Gardiner, who led the new study.

Monetary incentives for healthy behavior can pay off, says CU study

April 1, 2016

Monetary rewards for healthy behavior can pay off both in the pocketbook and in positive psychological factors like internal motivation, according to a new University of Colorado Boulder study. While programs involving monetary incentives to encourage healthy behavior have become more popular in recent years, the evidence has been mixed as to how they can be most effective and how participants fare once the incentives stop, said CU-Boulder doctoral student Casey Gardiner, who led the new study.Read more »
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CU-Boulder researchers examine compassionate behavior’s ‘active ingredients’

March 29, 2016

Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder have developed a quantitative framework for predicting compassionate behavior, a significant step forward in the quest to identify the key psychological processes underlying human compassion.Read more »
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Adolescent caffeine use may heighten anxiety risk, CU-Boulder study finds

March 23, 2016

New research may cause parents to think twice before letting their kids drink energy drinks or grande lattes. A University of Colorado Boulder study suggests that consumption of caffeine puts adolescents at risk of suffering anxiety-related jitters long after they stop ingesting it.Read more »
An albatross in flight

Hop, skip and a jump: CU-Boulder researchers reveal molecular search patterns

March 6, 2016

Like an albatross scanning for pods of squid in a vast ocean, molecules on solid surfaces move in an intermittent search pattern that provides maximum efficiency, according to new research from the University of Colorado Boulder.Read more »

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