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Brain Stimulation Can Control Compliance with Social Norms | MIND Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network

Brain Stimulation Can Control Compliance with Social Norms | MIND Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network | MindBrainBody | Scoop.it
Human beings are utterly dependent on a complex social structure for their survival.  Since all behavior is controlled by the brain, human beings may have evolved ...
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11 Odd Facts About 'Magic' Mushrooms

11 Odd Facts About 'Magic' Mushrooms | MindBrainBody | Scoop.it
Psilocybin, or "magic," mushrooms are a controlled substance with hallucinogenic effects. Recently, however, researchers have been studying this fungus as a potential mental health treatment. Here are 11 strange facts about "'shrooms."
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Religious or not, we all misbehave

Religious or not, we all misbehave | MindBrainBody | Scoop.it
Smart phone tracking study shows little difference in daily moral behavior between religious and nonreligious people
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Doing something is better than doing nothing for most people, study shows

Doing something is better than doing nothing for most people, study shows | MindBrainBody | Scoop.it
People are focused on the external world and don’t enjoy spending much time alone thinking, according to a new study. The investigation found that most would rather be doing something -- possibly even hurting themselves -- than doing nothing or sitting alone with their thoughts.
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......"What is striking," the investigators write, "is that simply being alone with their own thoughts for 15 minutes was apparently so aversive that it drove many participants to self-administer an electric shock that they had earlier said they would pay to avoid." Wilson and his team note that men tend to seek "sensations" more than women, which may explain why 67 percent of men self-administered shocks to the 25 percent of women who did......"

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Why Sitting is Bad For You? - The Bad Effects of Sitting - YouTube

Why Sitting is Bad For You? - The Bad Effects of Sitting - YouTube | MindBrainBody | Scoop.it
Why Too Much Sitting is Killing You? We spend most of our time sitting, we sit most of the day despite the fact that we know sitting too much is bad for our ...
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In a Foreign Language, “Killing 1 to Save 5” May Be More Permissible

In a Foreign Language, “Killing 1 to Save 5” May Be More Permissible | MindBrainBody | Scoop.it
Language shapes our moral judgments
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'Arrogance' over need for sleep

'Arrogance' over need for sleep | MindBrainBody | Scoop.it
Society has become "supremely arrogant" in ignoring the importance of sleep, leading researchers have told the BBC's Day of the Body Clock.
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Playing football linked to brain changes | Science News

Playing football linked to brain changes | Science News | MindBrainBody | Scoop.it
Division I college football players have smaller hippocampi, especially if they’ve had concussions.
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Consciousness Might Emerge from a Data Broadcast

Consciousness Might Emerge from a Data Broadcast | MindBrainBody | Scoop.it
What is consciousness? A neuroscientist's new book argues that it arises when information is broadcast throughout the brain
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You Don't Know What You're Saying

You Don't Know What You're Saying | MindBrainBody | Scoop.it
Our awareness of our own speech often comes after the words have left our mouth, not before
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Our brains are hardwired for language

Our brains are hardwired for language | MindBrainBody | Scoop.it
People blog, they don't lbog, and they schmooze, not mshooze. But why is this? Why are human languages so constrained? Can such restrictions unveil the basis of the uniquely human capacity for language? New research shows the brains of individual speakers are sensitive to language universals. Syllables that are frequent across languages are recognized more readily than infrequent syllables. Simply put, this study shows that language universals are hardwired in the human brain.
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How Wintry Weather Affects Emotions: Scientific American

How Wintry Weather Affects Emotions: Scientific American | MindBrainBody | Scoop.it
Scientists investigate the effects of low temperatures on the brain
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Hunger games: How the brain 'browns' fat to aid weight loss

Hunger games: How the brain 'browns' fat to aid weight loss | MindBrainBody | Scoop.it
A molecular process in the brain known to control eating that transforms white fat into brown fat has been uncovered by researchers. This process impacts how much energy we burn and how much weight we can lose, they report.
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Should We All Take a Bit of Lithium?

Should We All Take a Bit of Lithium? | MindBrainBody | Scoop.it
Suicide seems to be less common where the lithium is more plentiful in drinking water.
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Is our universe a bubble in the multiverse? | KurzweilAI

Is our universe a bubble in the multiverse? | KurzweilAI | MindBrainBody | Scoop.it
Screenshot from a video of Matthew Johnson explaining the multiverse hypothesis (credit: Perimeter Institute) Researchers at the Perimeter Institute for
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Free Will: Is Your Brain the Boss of You? [Video] | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network

Free Will: Is Your Brain the Boss of You? [Video] | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network | MindBrainBody | Scoop.it
Philosophers have debated for years whether we deliberately make each of the many decisions we make every day, or if our brain does it for us, ...
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Envying Evolution: What Can The X-Men Teach Us About Stereotypes? | PsySociety, Scientific American Blog Network

Envying Evolution: What Can The X-Men Teach Us About Stereotypes? | PsySociety, Scientific American Blog Network | MindBrainBody | Scoop.it
This weekend marked the opening of X-Men: Days of Future Past, the latest installment in the wildly successful X-Men movie franchise.

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Gluten Intolerance May Be Completely Fake: Study

Gluten Intolerance May Be Completely Fake: Study | MindBrainBody | Scoop.it
If you're not celiac, you're probably not gluten intolerant. That's according to an academic study that effectively overturned the results of a previous one in 2011, which had served as evidence that non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) is a real condition, Real Clear Science reports.
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Exercise 'messes with heart rhythm'

Exercise 'messes with heart rhythm' | MindBrainBody | Scoop.it
Athletes beware - endurance training may make it more likely that you will need a pacemaker, scientists believe, although exercise is still good for us, they say.
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Meeting Oxford's research monkeys

Meeting Oxford's research monkeys | MindBrainBody | Scoop.it
Experiments on monkeys are helping to increase our understanding of the human brain according to scientists in Oxford. Researchers allowed me exclusive access to witness procedures on macaques at the university's Biomedical Sciences building which are part of research into psychological disorders and autism. The building opened in 2008 in the face of opposition from animal rights groups.
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Why every face you draw looks a little Neandertal | Science News

Why every face you draw looks a little Neandertal | Science News | MindBrainBody | Scoop.it
Just about everyone draws faces with the eyes too high and a low Neandertal forehead, maybe because of the way we perceive the shape of the head.
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Can Acupuncture Curb Killer Immune Reactions?

Can Acupuncture Curb Killer Immune Reactions? | MindBrainBody | Scoop.it
A needle-based technique has been shown to switch on nerves that tamp down sepsis
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