(New York, NY) -- A new study reveals that five-year-olds who are spanked are more likely to be aggressive later in elementary school. Researchers at New York's Columbia University found that 52-percent of mothers and 33-percent of fathers spanked their kids at the age of five. But experts say there's no evidence that spanking is good for kids. The Columbia study was recently published in the journal "Pediatrics."
(NEWSER) – Feeling a bit muddled after a sleepless night? It may be because your brain didn't get a chance to flush out built-up toxins, NPR reports. While we're asleep, the brain acts, in a researcher's words, "like a dishwasher"—at least in animals studied, including mice and baboons. Last year, the BBC notes, experts discovered a "plumbing" system in the brain. During sleep, it seems, it's working in overdrive, "pumping fluid into the brain and removing fluid from the brain in a very rapid pace," researcher Maiken Nedergaard says.
(NEWSER) – You may feel downright criminal the next time you eat an Oreo, and you have a Connecticut College student to thank for that. Neuroscience major Jamie Honohan came up with the idea for a study, which dug into the effects of high-fat and high-sugar foods on the brain. The conclusions: The brain goes wilder for Oreos than for drugs, and the two are equally addictive—at least when it comes to rats. The findings were born out of two tests, as explained by Connecticut College News: