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Study: Facebook Use Can 'Undermine Well-Being'

Study: Facebook Use Can 'Undermine Well-Being' | CognitiveScience | Scoop.it
An academic study finds that the more young adults use Facebook, the less satisfied they are.
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Dopamine Jackpot! Sapolsky on the Science of Pleasure

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2011/02/15/Robert_Sapolsky_Are_Humans_Just_Another_Primate Robert Sapolsky, professor of biology and neurology at Stanford ...
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This Is What Earth Will Look Like in 100,000,000 AD

This Is What Earth Will Look Like in 100,000,000 AD | CognitiveScience | Scoop.it
To map the supercontinent of the future, geologists first had to solve a vexing magnetic riddle. . Visit Discover Magazine to read this article and other exclusive science and technology news stories.

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Creative Thinking Is a Specific Process That Can Be Replicated

Creative Thinking Is a Specific Process That Can Be Replicated | CognitiveScience | Scoop.it
We tend to look at creativity as a wild force that often eludes us but we can sometimes grasp and use to create amazing things.
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Rory Sutherland: Perspective is everything

The circumstances of our lives may matter less than how we see them, says Rory Sutherland. At TEDxAthens, he makes a compelling case for how reframing is the key to happiness.

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Brain Scanner Records Dreams on Video

Brain Scanner Records Dreams on Video | CognitiveScience | Scoop.it

With a bit of refinement of the algorithm and sensor resolution, you could go stick yourself into an fMRI machine, close your eyes, picture a duck, and the machine would be able to project an image of a duck (or something duck-like) onto a screen. You could even fall asleep in one of these, and record video of your dreams.

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MIT discovers the location of memories: Individual neurons | ExtremeTech

MIT discovers the location of memories: Individual neurons | ExtremeTech | CognitiveScience | Scoop.it

The main significance here is that we finally have proof that memories (engrams, in neuropsychology speak) are physical rather than conceptual. We now know that, as in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, specific memories could be erased. It also gives us further insight into degenerative diseases and psychiatric disorders, which are mostly caused by the (faulty) interaction of neurons. “The more we know about the moving pieces that make up our brains,” says Steve Ramirez, co-author of the paper. “The better equipped we are to figure out what happens when brain pieces break down.”

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Jonathan Haidt: Religion, evolution, and the ecstasy of self-transcendence | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Psychologist Jonathan Haidt asks a simple, but difficult question: why do we search for self-transcendence? Why do we attempt to lose ourselves?
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Augmenting cognition: old concept, new tools

Augmenting cognition: old concept, new tools | CognitiveScience | Scoop.it

As recently noted by Nick Bostrom and Anders Sandberg (Sci Eng Ethics 15:311–341, 2009), “What is new is the growing interest in creating intimate links between the external systems and the human user through better interaction. The software becomes less an external tool and more of a mediating ‘‘exoself’’. This can be achieved through mediation, embedding the human within an augmenting ‘‘shell’’ such as wearable computers (…) or virtual reality, or through smart environments in which objects are given extended capabilities”

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15 Big Ways The Internet Is Changing Our Brain | Online College Tips – Online Colleges

15 Big Ways The Internet Is Changing Our Brain | Online College Tips – Online Colleges | CognitiveScience | Scoop.it
Scientists have begun to note that the Internet has started to rewire our minds.
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Brain Implants Could Help Alzheimer’s and Others with Severe Memory Damage | MIT Technology Review

Brain Implants Could Help Alzheimer’s and Others with Severe Memory Damage | MIT Technology Review | CognitiveScience | Scoop.it
A maverick neuroscientist believes he has deciphered the code by which the brain forms long-term memories.
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The Lesson of the Monkeys

The Lesson of the Monkeys | CognitiveScience | Scoop.it
I was first told of this experiment* by a former work colleague, and later discovered this illustration of it. It's both illuminating and disturbing.
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10 Major Health Benefits of Marijuana | Zazen Life

10 Major Health Benefits of Marijuana | Zazen Life | CognitiveScience | Scoop.it
ZazenLife.com is a self-development blogging community of higher awareness. We provide a variety of content to help you develop your conscious awareness!
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Watch This Ingenious UI Idea, For Dragging Files From Your Phone To Computer

Watch This Ingenious UI Idea, For Dragging Files From Your Phone To Computer | CognitiveScience | Scoop.it

THIS CONCEPT BY ISHAC BERTRAN IS SO SIMPLE AND CLEVER THAT YOU WONDER WHY IT DOESN’T EXIST ALREADY.

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Quantum theory and consciousness.

Quantum theory and consciousness. The metaphysics of nonduality. The end of suffering and the discovery of our true nature.

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Secrets of the Most Productive People I Know

Secrets of the Most Productive People I Know | CognitiveScience | Scoop.it
The path to productivity is not a new assistant or project management software. It's these four shared characteristics.
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FuturePundit: Love Deactivates Brain Areas For Fear, Planning, Critical Social Assessment

FuturePundit: Love Deactivates Brain Areas For Fear, Planning, Critical Social Assessment | CognitiveScience | Scoop.it

We are fools for love because love disables our ability to do critical social assessment.

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Are You a Neophiliac? | Psychology Today

Are You a Neophiliac? | Psychology Today | CognitiveScience | Scoop.it

novelty-seeking has its good and bad points. Exploring new situations is definitely a plus, as we know from research on the related quality of openness to experience. Impulsivity is not such a desirable quality, on the other hand, as it can lead you to make rash choices that you later come to regret. A strong drive toward extravagance can lead you to be overly dependent on your brain's pleasure centers and also lead you to spending splurgers. Disorderliness has its drawbacks, particularly when your job depends on your being able to show a presentable face to the public or when you have to abide by someone else's rules.

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Marijuana and Divergent Thinking : The Frontal Cortex

Marijuana and Divergent Thinking : The Frontal Cortex | CognitiveScience | Scoop.it

Interestingly, marijuana seems to induce a state of hyper-priming, in which the reach of semantic priming extends outwards to distantly related concepts. As a result, we hear "dog" and think of nouns that, in more sober circumstances, would seem to have nothing in common.

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Physical Activity Improves Cognitive Performance in Adolescents: Study

Study: Physical Activity, Fitness, Weight Status, Cognitive Performance in Adolescents from the Journal of Pediatrics: AVENA Study Group.
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