2013 Press Releases


  • Sleeping In on Weekends Doesn’t Fix All Deficits Caused by Workweek Sleep Loss

    Released October 9, 2013 - A new study assesses the effects of extended “weekend” recovery sleep following “one workweek” of mild sleep restriction on sleepiness/alertness, inflammation and stress hormones. Article is published in the American Journal of Physiology – Endocrinology and Metabolism.
  • Auditory Cortex

    Released September 25, 2013 - A new study suggests that the auditory cortex does more than just process sound. When study subjects were expecting a reward and received it, or weren’t expecting a reward and were right, this area lit up on brain scans. Study published in the Journal of Neurophysiology.
  • The Placebo Effect and its Lessons for the Physician-Patient Relationship

    Released September 19, 2013 - The findings of a comprehensive review of the placebo phenomenon and its consequences for clinical medicine are contained in a new article by neuroscientist Fabrizio Benedetti. The Review article provides an in-depth biological and evolutionary approach to examining the placebo effect in relationship to the doctor-patient relationship.
  • Piano Fingers: How Players Strike Keys Depends on How Muscles Are Used

    Released August 9, 2013 - Researchers have long been aware of a phenomenon in speech called coarticulation, in which certain sounds are produced differently depending on the sounds that come before or after them. A new study suggests that piano paying also involves coarticulation, with hand muscle contractions differing depending on the sequence of notes played.
  • Relationship Between Sleep and Memory: A Historical Review

    Released July 29, 2013 - What’s the relationship between sleep and memory? A recent article in Physiological Reviews covers the field through a historical perspective on concepts and a discussion of more recent key findings. It also takes into account the varying approaches that have been used to clarify the mechanism that causes memory to benefit from sleep.
  • Fish Oil May Help the Heart Beat Mental Stress

    Released May 23, 2013 - Why is fish oil good for the heart? A new study suggests that this omega 3 fatty acid-rich nutrient could blunt some cardiovascular effects of mental stress.
  • Program Highlights from Upcoming Meeting, American Physiological Society

    Released March 18, 2013 - The APS’s 126th annual meeting offers more than 2,700 programmed abstracts and dozens of symposia. Program highlights include the Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine Lecture, and presentations on eating disorders, human brain function, sex-based differences in exercise metabolism, and understanding emerging concepts about the pathology of diabetes and obesity. The meeting will be held April 20-24, 2013 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Boston, Mass.