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Two unique studies indentify three genetic regions associated with schizophrenia

Two unique studies indentify three genetic regions associated with schizophrenia | Philosophy and Science of Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
(Medical Xpress) -- Two new independent research groups looking to find the genetic roots of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder have found evidence of variations in regions of the human genome that appear to be associated with either or both...
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Impact of SORL1 Single Nucleotide... [Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord. 2011] - PubMed - NCBI

Background: Recently, genetic variants of the neuronal sortilin-related receptor with A-type repeats (SORL1, also called LR11 or sorLA) have emerged as risk factors for the development of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Methods: In this study, SORL1 gene polymorphisms, which have been shown to be related to AD, were analyzed for associations with cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) amyloid beta1-42 (Aβ(1-42)), phosphorylated tau181, and total tau levels in a non-Hispanic Caucasian sample, which encompassed 100 cognitively healthy elderly individuals, 166 patients with mild cognitive impairment, and 87 patients with probable AD. The data were obtained from the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI) database (www.loni.ucla.edu/ADNI). Moreover, the impact of gene-gene interactions between SORL1 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and the apolipoprotein E (APOE) ε4 allele, the major genetic risk factor for sporadic AD, on Aβ(1-42) concentrations was investigated. Results: Significant associations between CSF Aβ(1-42) levels and the SORL1 SNPs 23 (rs3824968) and 24 (rs2282649) were detected in the AD group. The latter association became marginally statistically insignificant after Bonferroni correction for multiple comparisons. Carriers of the SORL1 SNP24 T allele and the SNP23 A allele both had lower CSF Aβ(1-42) concentrations than non-carriers of these alleles. The analysis of the impact of interactions between APOE ε4 allele and SORL1 SNPs on CSF Aβ(1-42) levels unraveled significant influences of APOE. Conclusions: Our findings provide further support for the notion that SORL1 genetic variants are related to AD pathology, probably by regulating the amyloid cascade.

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Decision-Making In Action

Decision-Making In Action | Philosophy and Science of Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
A research team led by investigators at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute has demonstrated the first rapid measurements of dopamine release in a human brain and provided preliminary ev...
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The Neuroscience of Beauty: Scientific American

The Neuroscience of Beauty: Scientific American | Philosophy and Science of Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
How does the brain appreciate art?...
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Empathy and neuroscience: powerful tools for social workers - 10/31/2011 - Community Care

Empathy and neuroscience: powerful tools for social workers - 10/31/2011 - Community Care | Philosophy and Science of Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
Neuroscience has revealed that social work skills can help rectify developmental damage to children's brains.
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Daniel Kahneman: How cognitive illusions blind us to reason

Daniel Kahneman: How cognitive illusions blind us to reason | Philosophy and Science of Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
Why do Wall Street traders have such faith in their powers of prediction, when their successes are largely down to chance?
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How Neuroscience and Sight Words Will Help Children Learn

Manhattan Beach, CA (PRWEB) October 31, 2011 Recent neuroscience studies and research are showing just how important sight words are to the process of learning how to read.
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How to Spot a Narcissist | Psychology Today

How to Spot a Narcissist | Psychology Today | Philosophy and Science of Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
Welcome to the contradictory universe of narcissism By Scott Barry Kaufman | Psychology Today (How to Spot a Narcissist | Psychology Today http://t.co/kEVFWDvY...)...
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Scientists Measure Dream Content For The First Time

Scientists Measure Dream Content For The First Time | Philosophy and Science of Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
The ability to dream is a fascinating aspect of the human mind. However, how the images and emotions that we experience so intensively when we dream form in our heads remains a mystery.

Via Dimitris Agorastos, Romylos Pantzakis, Sandeep Gautam
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Amazon.com: Artificial Intelligence and Creativity: An Interdisciplinary Approach (Studies in Cognitive Systems) eBook: Terry Dartnall: Kindle Store

Amazon.com: Artificial Intelligence and Creativity: An Interdisciplinary Approach (Studies in Cognitive Systems) eBook: Terry Dartnall: Kindle Store | Philosophy and Science of Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
Amazon.com: Artificial Intelligence and Creativity: An Interdisciplinary Approach (Studies in Cognitive Systems) eBook: Terry Dartnall: Kindle Store (Artificial Intelligence and Creativity: An Interdisciplinary Approach: Creativity is one of the least...
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The evolutionary psychology of facial beauty. [Annu Rev Psychol. 2006] - PubMed - NCBI

PubMed comprises more than 21 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.
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Amazon.com: Reducing Intergroup Bias: The Common Ingroup Identity Model (Essays in Social Psychology) (9780863775710): Samuel L. Gaertner, John F. Dovidio: Books

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The Future of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (Andrew Ng, Stanford University, STAN 2011)

(May 21, 2011) Andrew Ng (Stanford University) is building robots to improve the lives of millions. From autonomous helicopters to robotic perception, Ng's r...
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The Hardest Problem in Science? - Brainstorm - The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Hardest Problem in Science? - Brainstorm - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Philosophy and Science of Mind and Brain | Scoop.it

Clement Atlee) was being challenged one day, not too long ago, when an earnest audience member asked me—ME, of all people!—what was the most difficult unsolved problem in science.I answered without hesitation: How the brain generates awareness, thought, perceptions, emotions, and so forth, what philosophers call “the hard problem of consciousness.”

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» The Importance of Mind-Wandering

» The Importance of Mind-Wandering | Philosophy and Science of Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
When people are immersed in monotony, they automatically lapse into a very special form of brain activity: mind-wandering.
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Brain-training games stop depression before it starts - health - 01 November 2011 - New Scientist

Brain-training games stop depression before it starts - health - 01 November 2011 - New Scientist | Philosophy and Science of Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
Depression could be staved off before it even appears using a computer game so simplistic that even the psychologist testing it once bet it wouldn't work...
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Science writing I’d pay to read – October 2011 | Not Exactly Rocket Science | Discover Magazine

Science writing I’d pay to read – October 2011 | Not Exactly Rocket Science | Discover Magazine | Philosophy and Science of Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
Tip jar | It’s time for October’s Science Writer Tip-Jar picks.
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'The neurobiology of self-learning' - the birth of a new field in neuroscience? - bjoern.brembs.blog

'The neurobiology of self-learning' - the birth of a new field in neuroscience? - bjoern.brembs.blog | Philosophy and Science of Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
bjoern.brembs.blog: 'The neurobiology of self-learning' - the birth of a new field in neuroscience?
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Random Noise Stimulation Improves Neuroplasticity in Perceptual Learning

Perceptual learning is considered a manifestation of neural plasticity in the human brain. We investigated brain plasticity mechanisms in a learning task using noninvasive transcranial electrical stimulation (tES). We hypothesized that different types of tES would have varying actions on the nervous system, which would result in different efficacies of neural plasticity modulation. Thus, the principal goal of the present study was to verify the possibility of inducing differential plasticity effects using two tES approaches [i.e., direct current stimulation (tDCS) and random noise stimulation (tRNS)] during the execution of a visual perceptual learning task.

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The Biology of Attraction | Psychology Today

The Biology of Attraction | Psychology Today | Philosophy and Science of Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
Much of courtship and mating is choreographed by nature. In fact, nature designed men and women to work together. By Helen E.
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About Mathematics and Real World Mathematics Applications: How the new ideas are born. Creatively combining different directions of thinking and axiomatic systems.

About Mathematics and Real World Mathematics Applications: How the new ideas are born. Creatively combining different directions of thinking and axiomatic systems. | Philosophy and Science of Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
Combining different axiomatic systems lead to inventions. My view of mathematics, axioms, evolutionary psychology.
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Natural homophobes? Evolutionary psychology and antigay attitudes | Bering in Mind, Scientific American Blog Network

Natural homophobes? Evolutionary psychology and antigay attitudes | Bering in Mind, Scientific American Blog Network | Philosophy and Science of Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
Consider this a warning: the theory I’m about to describe is likely to boil untold liters of blood and prompt mountains of angry fists to clench ... (@ROBfromVA "Natural homophobes?
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For Future of Mind Control, Robot-Monkey Trials Are Just a Start

For Future of Mind Control, Robot-Monkey Trials Are Just a Start | Philosophy and Science of Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
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Changing Your Brain By Changing Your Mind | Psychology Today

Changing Your Brain By Changing Your Mind | Psychology Today | Philosophy and Science of Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
How meditation rewires your brain to be more positive By Melanie A. Greenberg, Ph.D....
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