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The Human Voice May Not Spark Pleasure In Children With Autism : NPR

The Human Voice May Not Spark Pleasure In Children With Autism : NPR | Brains & Things | Scoop.it
Scientists and parents have long been baffled by the fact that children with autism often don't pay attention to human voices.
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Inside the Letterbox: How Literacy Transforms the Human Brain

Inside the Letterbox: How Literacy Transforms the Human Brain | Brains & Things | Scoop.it
Few issues are as important to the future of humanity as acquiring literacy. Brain-scanning technology and cognitive tests on a variety of subjects by one of th
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Distinguishing Brain From Mind

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In coming years, neuroscience will answer questions we don't even yet know to ask. Sometimes, though, focus on the brain is misleading.

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Understanding the brain is of course essential to developing treatments for devastating illnesses like schizophrenia and Parkinson's. More abstract but no less compelling, the functioning of the brain is intimately tied to our sense of self, our identity, our memories and aspirations. But the excitement to explore the brain has spawned a new fixation that my colleague Scott Lilienfeld and I call neurocentrism -- the view that human behavior can be best explained by looking solely or primarily at the brain.

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Hyperbole and a Half: Depression Part Two

Hyperbole and a Half: Depression Part Two | Brains & Things | Scoop.it

But my experiences slowly flattened and blended together until it became obvious that there's a huge difference between not giving a fuck and not being able to give a fuck. Cognitively, you might know that different things are happening to you, but they don't feel very different.

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The Brain: Our Food-Traffic Controller

The Brain: Our Food-Traffic Controller | Brains & Things | Scoop.it
Understanding how the brain responds to sweets may be our best hope for controlling obesity.
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More Diagnoses of Hyperactivity Causing Concern

More Diagnoses of Hyperactivity Causing Concern | Brains & Things | Scoop.it
Rates of the disorder have increased markedly in the past decade, heightening concern that the diagnosis and its medication are overused among American children.
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Rudeness is for the Rich: Wealthy People Make Poor Conversational Partners: Scientific American

Rudeness is for the Rich: Wealthy People Make Poor Conversational Partners: Scientific American | Brains & Things | Scoop.it
How we unknowingly reveal our socioeconomic status using nonverbal behaviors
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How to Use Introversion for Career and Personal Success

How to Use Introversion for Career and Personal Success | Brains & Things | Scoop.it

Until I read Susan Cain's book Quiet I never consciously realized I was ashamed of being an introvert. It was one of life's "aha" moments. I personally don't need to believe introversion is a virtue but no longer seeing it as a flaw has been extremely helpful. Learn to acknowledge things you find difficult without piling on the self-criticism.

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Cognitive Biases: Why We Make Irrational Decisions

Cognitive Biases: Why We Make Irrational Decisions | Brains & Things | Scoop.it
Explore some classic biases in everyday thinking—and how to avoid them.
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City Life Changes How Our Brains Deal With Distractions

City Life Changes How Our Brains Deal With Distractions | Brains & Things | Scoop.it
A new study finds that urban minds don't pay as much attention to their surroundings unless they're highly engaging.
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Crowds Are Not People, My Friend

Crowds Are Not People, My Friend | Brains & Things | Scoop.it
The serious flaws with our tendency to think of crowds as sentient beings rather than groups of individuals.
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Spaun, the most realistic artificial human brain yet

Spaun, the most realistic artificial human brain yet | Brains & Things | Scoop.it
A group of neuroscientists and software engineers at the University of Waterloo in Canada are claiming to have built the world's most complex, large-scale model simulation of the human brain.
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How the first standardized tests helped start a war — really

How the first standardized tests helped start a war — really | Brains & Things | Scoop.it

The first standardized tests, any world history student can tell you, were created in ancient China, during the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD), when officials designed civil service exams to choose people to work in the government based on merit rather than on family status.

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How Memory Works: 20 Psychological Insights

How Memory Works: 20 Psychological Insights | Brains & Things | Scoop.it
Find out how memory twists, pops, distorts, persists and decays, along with the odd tip on how to improve it.

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A range of articles on how the brain misleads and how memories become befuddled...

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Cognitive Biases: Why We Make Irrational Decisions — PsyBlog

Cognitive Biases: Why We Make Irrational Decisions — PsyBlog | Brains & Things | Scoop.it
Explore some classic biases in everyday thinking—and how to avoid them.
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Imagine A Flying Pig: How Words Take Shape In The Brain : NPR

Imagine A Flying Pig: How Words Take Shape In The Brain : NPR | Brains & Things | Scoop.it
Linguists used to think the human brain had a specific region devoted to understanding language. But brain scans now indicate that regions controlling vision, movement, taste, smell and touch are all called into action when we think of a word, too.
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Poverty Impacts Developing Brains

Poverty Impacts Developing Brains | Brains & Things | Scoop.it
One in five children in America live in poverty. In Suffolk County, which includes Boston, Revere, Chelsea, and Winthrop, the rate of childhood poverty is
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You’re such a jerk

You’re such a jerk | Brains & Things | Scoop.it
If that headline makes you feel bad, an expert says it's because we're genetically wired to take offense
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Reconstructing the Past: How Recalling Memories Alters Them — PsyBlog

Reconstructing the Past: How Recalling Memories Alters Them — PsyBlog | Brains & Things | Scoop.it
The first experiment to show the enhancing and distorting effect of recall.
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How unconscious processing improves decision-making

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When faced with a difficult decision, it is often suggested to "sleep on it" or take a break from thinking about the decision in order to gain clarity.


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Food on the Mind: 20 Surprising Insights From Food Psychology — PsyBlog

Food on the Mind: 20 Surprising Insights From Food Psychology — PsyBlog | Brains & Things | Scoop.it
When low-fat foods are bad, why people eat tuna eyes and fried bat, America’s dysfunctional relationship with food and more…
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Why Poor Sleep and Forgetfulness Plague the Aging Brain: Scientific American

Why Poor Sleep and Forgetfulness Plague the Aging Brain: Scientific American | Brains & Things | Scoop.it
A shrinking cortex region is linked to sleep disturbances and memory impairment
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Maria Konnikova – Empathic Sherlock Holmes

Maria Konnikova – Empathic Sherlock Holmes | Brains & Things | Scoop.it
Sherlock was right – new research shows that understanding another person requires detachment as much as warmth
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The Science of Storytelling: Why Telling a Story is the Most Powerful Way to Activate Our Brains

The Science of Storytelling: Why Telling a Story is the Most Powerful Way to Activate Our Brains | Brains & Things | Scoop.it
A good story can make or break a presentation, article, or conversation. But why is that? When Buffer co-founder Leo Widrich started to market his product through stories instead of benefits and bullet points, sign-ups went through the roof.
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