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Mirror Neurons Help Explain Why Baseball Hitting Is Contagious | Axon Potential

Mirror Neurons Help Explain Why Baseball Hitting Is Contagious | Axon Potential | Mind and Brain | Scoop.it

One of baseball’s well worn axioms is that “hitting is contagious.” Once a few batters get on base, those hitting behind them rally at the plate. In fact, MLB batting averages are roughly 50%–70% higher for a batter following hits by the previous two batters as compared to outs made by the previous two batters. While baseball theorists have explanations for this such as rattled pitchers or motivated hitters, recent cognitive science research points to a unique learning system in our brains known as mirror neurons.


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Brain Games May Help Thwart Alzheimer's: Study

Brain Games May Help Thwart Alzheimer's: Study | Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
ABC News (blog) Brain Games May Help Thwart Alzheimer's: Study ABC News (blog)   Researchers behind a study in this week's Archives of Neurology say they have a found a link between “brain-stimulating activities” and levels of protein thought to cause...
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The Power of Mindsight-by Daniel Goleman | SharpBrains

The Power of Mindsight-by Daniel Goleman | SharpBrains | Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
Daniel Goleman requires no introduction.
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Study suggests that surprises drive learning in neural circuits

Study suggests that surprises drive learning in neural circuits | Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
Study suggests that surprises drive #learning in neural circuits http://t.co/E2EwK7uy #brain #neuroscience...
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Addicted! Scientists show how internet dependency alters the human brain

Addicted! Scientists show how internet dependency alters the human brain | Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
Internet addiction has for the first time been linked with changes in the brain similar to those seen in people addicted to alcohol, cocaine and cannabis.
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Does evil exist? Neuroscientists say no.

Does evil exist? Neuroscientists say no. | Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
Is evil over? Has science finally driven a stake through its dark heart? Or at least emptied the word of useful meaning, reduced the notion of a numinous nonmaterial malevolent force to a glitch in a tangled cluster of neurons, the brain?
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Perceived Gift Values Get Averaged Not Added

Adding a small, additional gift can, counter-intuitively, detract from rather than add to the perceived value of a first, big gift. Cynthia Graber reports.

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Eating less makes your brain younger

Eating less makes your brain younger | Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
Our brains don't like being overfed, as obesity can age the brain prematurely and even make it more vulnerable to Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Now we've discovered the opposite effect: a strict diet turns on molecules that ...
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A brain's failure to appreciate others may permit human atrocities | Machines Like Us

A brain's failure to appreciate others may permit human atrocities | Machines Like Us | Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
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How Preference Affects Quick Choices: Scientific American

How Preference Affects Quick Choices: Scientific American | Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
A colored-candy challenge from Science Buddies...
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Child Abuse May Alter Structure of the Brain, Research Shows

Dec. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Teenagers who were abused as young children show changes in their brains that put them at risk for behavioral problems in adulthood, according to research from Yale University. Brain scans of...
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Yes!: 10 Things Science Says Will Make You Happy

Yes!: 10 Things Science Says Will Make You Happy | Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
Scientists can tell us how to be happy. Really. Here are 10 ways, with the research to prove it.

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The Brain in Love

The Brain in Love | Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
Love was once thought to be beyond our understanding, or at least relegated to the realm of philosophers and poets. Now neuroscientists are also gaining a new appreciation for how our brain changes when in love.
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Probing the Brain's Mysteries

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Probing the Brain's Mysteries Wall Street Journal By ROBERT LEE HOTZ Researchers for the first time are documenting the basic wiring of the brain, the complex relationships among billions of neurons that are responsible for reason, memory and emotion.
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New Brain Cells Develop During Alcohol Abstinence, UNC Study Shows

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill scientists have reported - for the first time - a burst in new brain cell development during abstinence from chronic alcohol consumption.
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Erika Christakis and Nicholas Christakis on the Empathy Controversy | TIME Ideas | TIME.com

Erika Christakis and Nicholas Christakis on the Empathy Controversy | TIME Ideas | TIME.com | Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
At Harvard College in September, a controversy erupted over the adoption of a “freshman pledge,” which for the first time asked incoming students to sign a commitment to act with respect, integrity, and kindness in order to “promote understanding.
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The Advantages of the Middle-Age Brain

The Advantages of the Middle-Age Brain | Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
Despite news reports about cognitive decline starting at 45, the middle-aged brain actually performs better in other ways (Includes shout-out to aging Gen X-ers.RT @PsychNews: The Advantages of the Middle-Age Brain
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The Neuroscience of Looking on the Bright Side: Scientific American

The Neuroscience of Looking on the Bright Side: Scientific American | Mind and Brain | Scoop.it

"Ask a bride before walking down the aisle “How likely are you to get divorced?” and most will respond “Not a chance!” Tell her that the average divorce rate is close to 50 percent, and ask again. Would she change her mind? Unlikely."

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Meditation found to increase brain size

Meditation found to increase brain size | Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
People who meditate grow bigger brains than those who don't. Researchers at Harvard, Yale, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have found the first evidence that meditation can alter the physical structure of our brains.
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Fearless Youth: Prozac Extinguishes Anxiety by Rejuvenating the Brain: Scientific American

Fearless Youth: Prozac Extinguishes Anxiety by Rejuvenating the Brain: Scientific American | Mind and Brain | Scoop.it

New research shows that the antidepressant reduces fear in adult mice by increasing brain plasticity...

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What’s New in Cognitive Science? | Psychology Today

What’s New in Cognitive Science? | Psychology Today | Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
Four major trends in current cognitive science By Paul Thagard... (What’s New in Cognitive Science?
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Coaching with compassion can 'light up' human thoughts

Coaching with compassion can 'light up' human thoughts | Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
Researchers have used an fMRI to document reactions in the human brain to compassionate and critical coaching methods. Students tended to activate areas of the brain associated with openness to learning when working with coaches who inspired them.
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