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Punishing kids for lying just doesn’t work

If you want your child to tell the truth, it’s best not to threaten to punish them if they lie. That’s what researchers discovered through a simple experiment involving 372 children between the ages of 4 and 8.

Published: 8 Dec 2014

HPV vaccine: teen sexual behaviour not affected

Sexual behaviour of teenage girls does not appear to have been affected by routine human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination, according to a large study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).

Published: 8 Dec 2014

Sovereignty v. neoliberalism: trial over a treasure

In 2007, a treasure hunting company found a 19th Century shipwreck in the Atlantic, off the coast of Portugal. The company, Odyssey Marine Exploration, claimed property of the shipwreck and its cargo, some 600,000 silver and gold coins.

Published: 5 Dec 2014

World AIDS Day, December 1: McGill/MUHC experts

Here is a list of experts from McGill, the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) and the Lady Davis Institute of the Jewish General Hospital available for comment on your stories for World AIDS Day:

Published: 27 Nov 2014

Spring 2015 Promotions - Department of Psychiatry

Spring Promotions 2015

The Department of Psychiatry Promotions Committee will be meeting to review the following recommendations for promotions of Tenured and Contract Academic Staff (CAS) members:

• Faculty Lecturer to Assistant Professor
• Assistant Professor to Associate Professor
• Associate Professor to Full Professor

Important
• Before applying for promotions (in any category), the candidate must first notify the Chair.

Published: 21 Nov 2014

FINDING "LOST" LANGUAGES IN THE BRAIN

 Study has far-reaching implications for unconscious role of infant experiences on adult development

An infant’s mother tongue creates neural patterns that the unconscious brain retains years later even if the child totally stops using the language, (as can happen in cases of international adoption) according to a new joint study by scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital - The Neuro and McGill University’s Department of Psychology. The study offers the first neural evidence that traces of the “lost” language remain in the brain.

Published: 17 Nov 2014

In the news: Dr. Karama in Science magazine

See Dr. Karama referenced in Science magazine regarding IQ, the Brain, and Alzheimer's disease.

Read more here (at page 571 column 2):

http://www.sciencemag.org/content/346/6209/568.full.pdf

 

Published: 13 Nov 2014

World experts join forces on rare genetic disease

Scientists shed light on ARSACS a genetic disease affecting Quebecers in regions of Charlevoix and Saguenay-Lac Saint-Jean
Published: 11 Nov 2014

Professor Michael Meaney 2014 Wilder-Penfield Prize- Prix du Québec

Professor Michael Meaney is awarded the Wilder-Penfield prize in recognition of his groundbreaking achievements in the biology of child development. Also recently winning the 2014 Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize Laureate, he is one of two professors from McGill among the 14 winners of this year’s Prix du Québec—considered the most prestigious award attributed by the Government of Québec in cultural and scientific fields. Congratulations again, Professor Meaney!

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Published: 5 Nov 2014

In the news: Dr. Alain Brunet speaks about post-traumatic stress

Click on the link below to read the article, and listen to Dr. Alain Brunet speak about post-traumatic stress in French. 

http://ici.radio-canada.ca/emissions/les_eclaireurs/2014-2015/chronique.asp?idChronique=353235

Published: 27 Oct 2014

Why your brain makes you reach for junk food

New study examines link between brain cortex and food buying habits


MONTREAL: Will that be a pizza for you or will you go for a salad? Choosing what you eat is not simply a matter of taste, conclude scientists in a new study at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital of McGill University and the McGill University Health Centre. As you glance over a menu or peruse the shelves in a supermarket, your brain is making decisions based more on a food’s caloric content.

Published: 20 Oct 2014

PATH’s First Annual Symposium

The McGill Research Centre for Physical Activity and Health (PATH) presented their first annual symposium on Friday, October 3rd at the McGill Faculty Club....

Published: 17 Oct 2014

Professor Michael Meaney as the 2014 Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize Laureate


McGill University Professor Michael Meaney has been selected as the 2014 Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize Laureate in recognition of his groundbreaking achievements in the biology of child development. A jury of experts selected Prof. Meaney, who is also Scientific Director at the Ludmer Centre for Neuroinformatics and Mental Health at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute, for this honour for his pioneering, cutting edge research on the biological mechanisms by which parental behaviour affects brain development and lifelong function.

Published: 14 Oct 2014

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