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The Mind-Reading Hormone: Your Brain's Key to Empathy | Psychology Today

The Mind-Reading Hormone: Your Brain's Key to Empathy | Psychology Today | Cognitive Science | Scoop.it
A dose of oxytocin improves mind-reading. By Joshua Gowin, Ph.D....

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Gina Stepp's comment, March 4, 2012 5:51 PM
This must be why moms always know what their kids are thinking . . . those extra oxytocin receptor cells we got when they were born.
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Short-term memory is based on synchronized brain oscillations

Short-term memory is based on synchronized brain oscillations | Cognitive Science | Scoop.it

Scientists have now discovered how different brain regions cooperate during short-term memory.


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Tuning out: How brains benefit from meditation

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Experienced meditators seem to be able switch off areas of the brain associated with daydreaming as well as psychiatric disorders such as autism and schizophrenia, according to a new brain imaging study by Yale researchers.

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Artistic Creativity and the Brain | The Creativity Post

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"There can be no satisfactory theory of aesthetics that is not neurobiologically based" Semir Zeki...

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The Aha! Moment. Neural Basis of Solving Problems with Insight | The Creativity Post

The Aha! Moment. Neural Basis of Solving Problems with Insight | The Creativity Post | Cognitive Science | Scoop.it
Solving a problem that requires creative insight prompts distinct changes in brain activities called the “Aha! moment".

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Social hierarchy prewired in the brain

Social hierarchy prewired in the brain | Cognitive Science | Scoop.it

If you find yourself more of a follower than a social leader, it may something to do with the wiring in your brain. According to a new study in Science, researchers from the Chinese Academy of Science have discovered a location in the brain that is active in alpha mice but not in their subordinate cage mates.


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Making Sense of the World, Several Senses at a Time

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Our five senses–sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell–seem to operate independently, as five distinct modes of perceiving the world. In reality, however, they collaborate closely to enable the mind to better understand its surroundings. We can become aware of this collaboration under special circumstances. In some cases, a sense may covertly influence the one we think is dominant. When visual information clashes with that from sound, sensory crosstalk can cause what we see to alter what we hear.


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Your Backup Brain | Psychology Today

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There's a "second brain" in your stomach, and it influences mood, what you eat, all kinds of disease, and decision-making. And you thought it was all in your head.

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Implanted neurons, grown in the lab, take charge of brain circuitry

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Among the many hurdles to be cleared before human embryonic stem cells can achieve their therapeutic potential is determining whether or not transplanted cells can functionally integrate into target organs or tissues.

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Philosophy of Mind: An Overview | Philosophy Now

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Laura Weed takes us on a tour of the mind/brain controversy.

 


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Daniel Wolpert: The real reason for brains | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Neuroscientist Daniel Wolpert starts from a surprising premise: the brain evolved, not to think or feel, but to control movement.

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How the Brain Appreciates Art | IdeaFeed | Big Think

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Philosophers have long spoken of aesthetic appreciation as though it were a distinct faculty of the mind. On a certain level, it seems reasonable that we do not look at a burrito the same way we look at a Vermeer painting. But neuroimaging devices show that our approval or disapproval of something is processed by the same part of the brain. "The most reasonable evolutionary hypothesis is that the aesthetic system of the brain evolved first for the appraisal of objects of biological importance, including food sources and suitable mates, and was later co-opted for artworks such as paintings and music."


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