Michelle Trudeau http://wwno.org en Skimping On Sleep Can Stress Body And Brain http://wwno.org/post/skimping-sleep-can-stress-body-and-brain "The lion and calf shall lie down together," Woody Allen once wrote, "but the calf won't get much sleep."<p>That's pretty much the connection between stress and sleep, researchers say, and NPR's own numbers suggest the same thing. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 07:31:00 +0000 Michelle Trudeau 64670 at http://wwno.org Preschoolers Outsmart College Students In Figuring Out Gadgets http://wwno.org/post/preschoolers-outsmart-college-students-figuring-out-gadgets <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMaCtapBduU</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 07:26:00 +0000 Michelle Trudeau 63517 at http://wwno.org You Had Me At Hello: The Science Behind First Impressions http://wwno.org/post/you-had-me-hello-science-behind-first-impressions Remember that famous line in the movie <em>Jerry Maguire</em> where Renee Zellweger says to Tom Cruise, "You had me at 'hello' "? Well it turns out there is some scientific evidence to back this up. Mon, 05 May 2014 07:39:00 +0000 Michelle Trudeau 60037 at http://wwno.org Involuntary Shaking Can Be Caused By Essential Tremors http://wwno.org/post/involuntary-shaking-could-be-caused-essential-tremors Katharine Hepburn had it. So did playwright Eugene O'Neill and Sen. Robert Byrd. <a href="http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000762.htm">Essential tremor</a> is a condition that causes involuntary shaking.<p>While it usually develops in middle age, it can start much earlier. <a href="http://essentialtremor.org/about-the-ietf/spirit-of-hope-shari-finsilver/">Shari Finsilver</a> was aware of her hands shaking as a child.<p>"When I was about 11 years old, I noticed in art class that I was never able to draw a straight line," she says. "I really didn't know why. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 07:33:00 +0000 Michelle Trudeau 57904 at http://wwno.org Inside The Brains Of People Over 80 With Exceptional Memory http://wwno.org/post/inside-brains-people-over-80-exceptional-memory Most research on memory loss in the elderly focuses on dementia, Alzheimer's disease or other brain diseases.<p>But neuroscientist <a href="http://fsmweb.northwestern.edu/faculty/FacultyProfile.cfm?xid=18145">Emily Rogalski</a> from Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine knew there is great variation in how good memory is in older people. Most have memory loss to varying degrees, but some have strong memories, even well into old age.<p>Rogalski wanted to know just how good. So she began recruiting volunteers age 80 and up from the Chicago area to test their memories. Mon, 15 Apr 2013 07:05:00 +0000 Michelle Trudeau 33260 at http://wwno.org Lack Of Sleep, Genes Can Get Sleepwalkers Up And About http://wwno.org/post/lack-sleep-genes-can-get-sleepwalkers-and-about Miranda Kelly, a 14-year-old from Sykesville, Md., says she's been sleepwalking since she was 6 or 7. The first time, she says, "I woke up on the couch on a school day. And I'd gone to bed in my bed."<p>Since that first episode, Kelly now sleepwalks every couple of months. "I wake up in weird places, randomly. Mon, 27 Aug 2012 07:23:00 +0000 Michelle Trudeau 18586 at http://wwno.org Why Can Some People Recall Every Day Of Their Lives? Brain Scans Offer Clues http://wwno.org/post/why-can-some-people-recall-every-day-their-lives-brain-scans-offer-clues Six years ago, <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5352811">we told you</a> about a woman, identified as A.J., who could remember the details of nearly every day of her life. At the time, researchers thought she was unique. But since then, a handful of such individuals have been identified. And now, researchers are trying to understand how their extraordinary memories work.<p>Bob Petrella, 62, of Los Angeles had to go through a lot of memory testing to qualify as someone with superior autobiographical memory. Mon, 20 Aug 2012 07:23:00 +0000 Michelle Trudeau 18130 at http://wwno.org