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Trouble coping with the unfamiliar as you age? Blame your white matter

Trouble coping with the unfamiliar as you age? Blame your white matter | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
A brain-mapping study has found that people's ability to make decisions in novel situations decreases with age and is associated with a reduction in the integrity of two specific white-matter pathways.
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Brain Likely Encodes the World in Two Dimensions

Brain Likely Encodes the World in Two Dimensions | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

When we drive somewhere new, we navigate by referring to a two-dimensional map that accounts for distances only on a horizontal plane. According to research published online in August in Nature Neuroscience, the mammalian brain seems to do the same, collapsing the world into a flat plane even as the animal skitters up trees and slips deep into burrows.

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The SNARC Effect: Why Left Is Less and Right Is More (Sometimes)

The SNARC Effect: Why Left Is Less and Right Is More (Sometimes) | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

A cross-cultural look at our spatial understanding of numbers

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Human Psychology in Space

Human Psychology in Space | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

The new book Psychology of Space Exploration examines the latest research into how the human psyche reacts to space travel. Recent experiments are encouraging. One that simulated a close-quarters tourist trip on a two-day orbit of the Earth found individuals exchanging phone numbers and agreeing to meet later for a reunion. Another experiment concludes that simply viewing Earth from space is "good for one's well being". A free electronic copy of the book is available from N.A.S.A.


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