New Projector Technology Increases Student Engagement

Schools across the country are moving to lamp-free projectors in order to reduce the expense of replacing traditional mercury lamps and the associated labor costs. The result is longer product life for projectors and better ROI and TCO for schools and districts. In addition, the lamp-free projectors are better for the environment and consume 50% less power.

Study: Music Therapy Helps Brain Sync with Therapist

An innovative study reveals that the brains of a patient and therapist become synchronized during a music therapy session. The first-time finding is viewed as a breakthrough that could improve future interactions between patients and therapists.
The study was the first to use a procedure called hyperscanning, which records activity in two brains at the same time, allowing researchers to better understand how people interact.

Why Does Your Voice Fail You During Public Speaking?

Many people struggle with a fear of public speaking. Such fear can impact voice control leading to stammering or feeling like there is a “frog in your throat.”
Now a new study finds that stress-induced brain activations might be to blame for these voice issues that often arise in public speaking situations.
“For many, public speaking can be a stressful situation,” said Dr. Maria Dietrich, an associate professor of speech, language and hearing sciences at the University of Missouri (MU) School of Health Professions,

How Cities Can Integrate Nature to Improve Mental Health

A growing body of research has shown the significant benefits of natural settings on human cognition and mental health. But until now, it has been difficult to quantify these benefits in a useful manner for cities that want to integrate nature into their design.
Now, an international team led by the University of Washington (UW) and Stanford University has created a framework for how city planners, landscape architects, developers and others can take into account the mental health benefits of nature and incorporate these into plans and policies for their residents.

The Bottom Line May Backfire on Bosses

Supervisors who are only driven by profits could actually be hurting their bottom lines by losing the respect of their employees, who counter by withholding performance, according to a new study.
“Supervisors who focus only on profits to the exclusion of caring about other important outcomes, such as employee well-being or environmental or ethical concerns, turn out to be detrimental to employees,” said lead researcher Matthew Quade, Ph.D., assistant professor of management in Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business in Waco, Texas.

Mouse Study Shows Brain Science Behind Giving Up

A new study shows what happens in the brain when we give up.
The findings, published in Cell, offer new insight into the complex world of motivation and reward.
According to researchers, their findings could help people find motivation when they are depressed, as well as decrease motivation for drugs and other addictive substances.