Creativity Can Be Taught

A new paper from my lab in the Journal of Research in Personality examined how people answer creative thinking tasks. We found that common advice to focus brainstorming sessions on the number and not quality of ideas does not work for everyone. These results point to the need to re-evaluate ways to teach creative thinking. We…

Scientists discover that nicotine promotes spread of lung cancer to the brain

Among people who have the most common type of lung cancer, up to 40% develop metastatic brain tumors, with an average survival time of less than six months. But why non-small-cell lung cancer so often spreads to the brain has been poorly understood. Now scientists at Wake Forest School of…

What happens when you mix MDMA and alcohol?

People may combine MDMA with alcohol to prolong a high, but the combination of both drugs can cause dangerous side effects. Here we look at the side effects and risks of combining MDMA and alcohol, precautions to take, and treatment options for recovery. MDMA (3, 4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine) is a drug that changes a person’s…

Puff Bar Exploiting Pandemic to Sell Its E-Cigarettes to Teens, Legislators Say

The makers of Puff Bar, a disposable e-cigarette, are exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic to market their product to teens, according to the chairman of the House Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, Democrat of Illinois, asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week to ban the…

Some people are easily addicted to drugs, but others are not

Korea Brain Research Institute (KBRI, President Pann Ghill Suh) announced on May 26 that a joint research team, led by Prof. Joung-Hun Kim and Dr. Joo Han Lee at the Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), Dr. Ja Wook Koo at the KBRI, and Prof. Eric Nestler at the…