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Our brains, and how they're not as simple as we think

Our brains, and how they're not as simple as we think | Cognitive Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Neuroscience has entered the public consciousness, and changed the way we talk about ourselves. But much of what passes as knowledge is inaccurate, writes Vaughan Bell
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disagree on a few points; like whether poevrty has lasting effects on a dveeloping brain can be a good argumnet for prohibiting poverty (a good argument in my view) ; but a good article nonetheless.

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Intrinsic connectivity Networks: Neurodegenerative link

Intrinsic connectivity Networks: Neurodegenerative link | Cognitive Neuroscience | Scoop.it
In my last 3 posts, I have talked about ICNs and how they change over developmental time-frame and how many basic ICNs we have in the adult human brain. ...
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Tadpole model links epilepsy drug's effects to chromatin —

Tadpole model links epilepsy drug's effects to chromatin — | Cognitive Neuroscience | Scoop.it
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epi-genetic effects of valproic acid!

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The Neuroscience Behind Stress and Learning

The Neuroscience Behind Stress and Learning | Cognitive Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Neuroimaging and EEG studies provide a scientific basis for the sometimes controversial belief that children become better learners when they actually enjoy learning.
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Why stress is not conducive to learning!

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Are we free? | Prospect Magazine

Are we free? | Prospect Magazine | Cognitive Neuroscience | Scoop.it
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I'm all in support of Mele:-) he has written with remarkable clarity many articles/ books on the subject, and being funded by Templeton foundation is no crime:-))

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Top 15 Neuroscience Jokes

Top 15 Neuroscience Jokes | Cognitive Neuroscience | Scoop.it
A hilarious collection of neuroscience jokes.
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good ones:-)

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The Boy with Half a Brain - Indianapolis Monthly

The Boy with Half a Brain - Indianapolis Monthly | Cognitive Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Zionsville’s Jeff and Tiernae Buttars surrendered their son William to the most radical procedure in neurosurgery. The grim choice to remove a portion of his brain left everyone changed.
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disagree with the last part that having the a special needs child is worse than d
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Grandma's Experiences Leave Epigenetic Mark on Your Genes | DiscoverMagazine.com

Grandma's Experiences Leave Epigenetic Mark on Your Genes | DiscoverMagazine.com | Cognitive Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Your ancestors' lousy childhoods or excellent adventures might change your personality, bequeathing anxiety or resilience by altering the epigenetic expressions of genes in the brain.
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the science of epigenetics and the passing down of environmental memories (scarcity/ stress) down the generations!

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Emanuela Russo's curator insight, August 14, 7:45 AM

Le esperienze e le vicissitudini dei tuoi antenati potrebbero influenzare e cambiare la tua personalità. 

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Free Will May Just Be the Brain's 'Background Noise,' Scientists Say

Free Will May Just Be the Brain's 'Background Noise,' Scientists Say | Cognitive Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Free will may emerge from random background noise in the brain, new research suggests.
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Just like DMN appeared as important resting state activity in fMRI; I believe analysis of resting state firing rates / noise will add much to our understanding.

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How Different Cultures Understand Time

How Different Cultures Understand Time | Cognitive Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Time may seem universal, but different cultures interpret it very differently.

Via Kevin Watson
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Conspicuously silent bout the Indian view of time which is cyclical but also eternal and everlasting....add the concept of reincarnation and the attitude to time becomes wholly special and unique:-))

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The True Story of Phineas Gage Is Much More Fascinating Than the Mythical Textbook Accounts

The True Story of Phineas Gage Is Much More Fascinating Than the Mythical Textbook Accounts | Cognitive Neuroscience | Scoop.it
On Sept. 13, 1848, at around 4:30 p.m., the time of day when the mind might start wandering, a railroad foreman named Phineas Gage filled a drill hole with gunpowder and turned his head to check on his men. It was the last normal moment of his life. Other victims...
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Cases of neurological deficits like Gage provide valuable insights; but again lets not caricature real people to fit neat categories or preconceived notions.

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The Brain Science Behind Gut Decisions

The Brain Science Behind Gut Decisions | Cognitive Neuroscience | Scoop.it
What parts of the brain are activated when we make a gut decision?Dr. Dan Siegel, clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, explained the complex process of how our minds and
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New insights into gendered brain wiring, or a perfect case study in neurosexism?

New insights into gendered brain wiring, or a perfect case study in neurosexism? | Cognitive Neuroscience | Scoop.it
The latest neuroscience study of sex differences to hit the popular press has inspired some familiar headlines.
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Another well-informed take on the recent men are from mars study!

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Why it's time to lay the selfish gene to rest – David Dobbs – Aeon

Why it's time to lay the selfish gene to rest – David Dobbs – Aeon | Cognitive Neuroscience | Scoop.it
The selfish gene is one of the most successful science metaphors ever invented. Unfortunately it’s wrong
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Monumental- phenomenal-paradigm shifting: I have always believed in developmental plasticity and gene expression and fully back this new understanding that is really crucial and needs to be understood and given proper visibility!

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Imagination, reality flow in opposite directions in the brain

Imagination, reality flow in opposite directions in the brain | Cognitive Neuroscience | Scoop.it
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neural information flows in opposite directions while being oriented towards reality or using the imagination.

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Emanuela Russo's curator insight, November 22, 12:33 PM

Utilizzando la tecnica EEG i ricercartori hanno potuto osservare che quando immaginiamo l'attività cerebrale percorre vie diverse da quelle peculiari impiegate nel processamento delle informazioni visive. Questo interessante studio offre nuove prospettive sulla comprensione dei sogni durante il sonno.

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Findings Challenge Assumptions About How Information Is Encoded in the Brain

Findings Challenge Assumptions About How Information Is Encoded in the Brain | Cognitive Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Researchers discover a population of neurons in the PPC of rats which process information in a way that supports multiple behaviors at once.

Via NeuronClub
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PPC neurons as generalists; rather than specialists:-)

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Brain baloney has no place in the classroom

Brain baloney has no place in the classroom | Cognitive Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Pete Etchells: A study published this week brilliantly debunks myths about the brain that pervade the education system
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Some neuromyths are so strangely resistant!

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 18, 7:01 PM

This is the second article in the last few days with this as the theme.

 

@ivon_ehd1

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Lumosity’s #Big Data pushes frontiers of neuroscience

Lumosity’s #Big Data pushes frontiers of neuroscience | Cognitive Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Brain-training startup, Lumosity has revealed findings from its Human Cognition Project, an initiative that gives researchers access to its data to conduct
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Although the effects of brain training itself are suspect; Lumosity's Big Data can really help advance neuroscience in many ways! Kudos for making that data open and available.

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Uta and Chris Frith: A partnership of the mind — SFARI.org - Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative

Uta and Chris Frith: A partnership of the mind — SFARI.org - Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative | Cognitive Neuroscience | Scoop.it
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Scientists tie social behavior to activity in specific brain circuit

Scientists tie social behavior to activity in specific brain circuit | Cognitive Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Signaling activity along a single nerve tract deep within the brain predicts a living, wide-awake, freely moving animal’s tendency to socialize.
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Dopamine and VTA - NAcc circuit implicated in social exploration

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Christof Koch and Gary Marcus Explain the Codes Used by the Brain | MIT Technology Review

Christof Koch and Gary Marcus Explain the Codes Used by the Brain | MIT Technology Review | Cognitive Neuroscience | Scoop.it
How does the brain speak to itself?
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the neural codes still need to be worked out...we are making progress, but still not there yet!

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6 Ways Neuroscience Could Change Business

6 Ways Neuroscience Could Change Business | Cognitive Neuroscience | Scoop.it
The study of the brain could result in some very different work environments.

Via Ron McIntyre
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Clearly over optimistic takes on how business can be impacted by neuroscience....also Orwellian to an extent : lie detectors based on facial snaps: I know Paul Ekman's work and all, but is that the best use of technology?

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, June 12, 5:08 PM

Some interesting speculation on the possible impacts on business by neuroscience.  A couple we are well on the way, one or two I am not sure they are going to fly the others are let's wait and see.

Ken Schneider's curator insight, June 13, 10:42 AM

6 Ways Neuroscience Could Change Business - and the Bar Scene!

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Sperm can pass trauma symptoms through generations, study finds

Sperm can pass trauma symptoms through generations, study finds | Cognitive Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Researchers have put ample effort into identifying genes that help explain why cancer or heart disease run in some families. But scientists still don't know if some genes can explain why the...
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Ziggi Ivan Santini's curator insight, April 15, 3:19 AM

This may explain why some people can be prone to mental illness, even when they don't share important environmental risk-factors.

 

It's an interesting study. It certainly complicates the nature/nurture debate. The findings here imply that environmental conditions and experiences can influence our biology, and in turn, the genetics we pass on. It is then no longer possible to argue that some factors are strictly genetic, and some are strictly environmental. It only makes sense that this dichotomic reasoning is too simplistic to explain human behavior.

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The Neurocritic: men are map readers and women are intuitive, but bloggers are fast

The Neurocritic: men are map readers and women are intuitive, but bloggers are fast | Cognitive Neuroscience | Scoop.it
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the backlash continues:-)

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Are men better wired to read maps or is it a tired cliché?

Are men better wired to read maps or is it a tired cliché? | Cognitive Neuroscience | Scoop.it
The headlines The Guardian: Male and female brains wired differently, scans reveal The Atlantic: Male and female brains really are built differently The Independent: The hardwired difference between male…...
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The brain differences are there- but do not support tired cliches and may be due to cultural/ upbringing factors!

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Study reveals striking differences in brain connectivity between men and women

Study reveals striking differences in brain connectivity between men and women | Cognitive Neuroscience | Scoop.it
A new brain connectivity study from Penn Medicine published today in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences found striking differences in the neural wiring of men and women that's lending credence to some commonly-held beliefs about their...
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