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Gene variant linked to active personality traits also linked to human longevity

Gene variant linked to active personality traits also linked to human longevity | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
A variant of a gene associated with active personality traits in humans seems to also be involved with living a longer life, researchers have found.
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Brain-mapping increases understanding of alcohol's effects on first-year college students

Brain-mapping increases understanding of alcohol's effects on first-year college students | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Scientists have completed a first-of-its-kind longitudinal pilot study aimed at better understanding how the neural processes that underlie responses to alcohol-related cues change during students' first year of college.
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How reading Jane Austen stimulates your brain

How reading Jane Austen stimulates your brain | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Ms. Phillips, a Fox Chapel native and Michigan State University professor, has received international media coverage for her study mapping the relationship between reading, attention and distraction. She places volunteers inside an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scanner, hooks them up to eye-tracking equipment and asks them to read -- on a mirror above them -- the second chapter of "Mansfield Park."

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Kevin Moran's curator insight, March 4, 2013 3:25 PM

I believe the next interation of this study should be to compare brain activity from the same group when they are playing Call of Duty etc.!

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Helping dementia patients remember to eat well improves physical and mental health

Helping dementia patients remember to eat well improves physical and mental health | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
A new analysis has found that a combination of methods that help patients with dementia remember proper eating habits can improve their physical health and lessen symptoms of depression.
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Brain can’t cope with making a left-hand turn and talking on hands-free cell phone

Brain can’t cope with making a left-hand turn and talking on hands-free cell phone | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Most serious traffic accidents occur when drivers are making a left-hand turn at a busy intersection.
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Five Major Psychiatric Disorders Share Genetic Link

Five Major Psychiatric Disorders Share Genetic Link | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
A new study has found that five common psychiatric disorders - bipolar disorder, autism, ADHD, and schizophrenia - have the same genetic risk factors.
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Action video games boost reading skills

Action video games boost reading skills | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Much to the chagrin of parents who think their kids should spend less time playing video games and more time studying, time spent playing action video games can actually make dyslexic children read better.
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Is Gratitude the Antidote to Relationship Failure?

Is Gratitude the Antidote to Relationship Failure? | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Stop taking your partner for granted and start being grateful. Here's why.
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Exposure Therapy For Phobias

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Because confronting fear won't always make it go away, researchers suggest that people with phobias must alter memory-driven negative attitudes about feared objects or events to achieve a more las
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We know when we’re being lazy thinkers

We know when we’re being lazy thinkers | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Are we intellectually lazy? Yes we are, but we do know when we take the easy way out, according to a new study by Wim De Neys and colleagues, from the CNRS in France.
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Synaptic molecule works differently than thought; may mean new targets for Alzheimer's

Synaptic molecule works differently than thought; may mean new targets for Alzheimer's | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Researchers have upended a long-held view about the basic functioning of a key receptor molecule involved in signaling between neurons, and describe how a compound linked to Alzheimer’s disease impacts that receptor and weakens synaptic connections...
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Brain Activity Map: The New Human Genome Project

Brain Activity Map: The New Human Genome Project | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Finally, the U.S. is going to get serious about giving a boost to our understanding of the body’s most important organ — our brain. Stuck in the equivalent of the 19th century medical knowledge, we know less about how the brain works than any other part of the physical body.

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Does childhood TV viewing lead to criminal behavior?

Does childhood TV viewing lead to criminal behavior? | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Two recent studies linking childhood television viewing to antisocial behavior and criminal acts as adults are prompting some pediatricians to call for a national boob tube intervention.
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Origins of human teamwork found in chimpanzees

Origins of human teamwork found in chimpanzees | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Teamwork has been fundamental in humanity's greatest achievements but scientists have found that working together has its evolutionary roots in our nearest primate relatives – chimpanzees.
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David McGavock's curator insight, December 22, 2013 4:32 PM

Perhaps we should send some Chimps to congress - “This study provides the first evidence that one of our closest primate relatives, the chimpanzees, not only intentionally coordinate actions with each other but that they even understand the necessity to help a partner performing her role in order to achieve the common goal."

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It’s in the cards: Human evolution influences gamblers’ decisions, study shows

It’s in the cards: Human evolution influences gamblers’ decisions, study shows | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
New research from an international team of scientists suggests evolution, or basic survival techniques adapted by early humans, influences the decisions gamblers make when placing bets.
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A neurobiological graphic novel

A neurobiological graphic novel | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

The Guardian has a video about the collaboration between neuroscientist Hana Ros and artist Matteo Farinella as they’ve been working on the neurocomicproject to create a brain science graphic novel.

The finished project isn’t quite out yet but the artwork is looking amazing.

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Researchers look to breath to identify stress

Researchers look to breath to identify stress | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
The perennial stress-buster – a deep breath – could become stress-detector, claims a team of researchers from the UK.
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» Before You Can Save Others, You Must Save Yourself - World of Psychology

» Before You Can Save Others, You Must Save Yourself - World of Psychology | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Lately, I've been honing in on the notion that you can’t expect others to save you, you have to save yourself. First. I tend to think that sometimes people
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Researchers link left-sided brain injury with greater risk for hospital-acquired infections

New findings have implications for translational research into brain-mediated immune defenses, infection control practices and cognitive rehabilitation strategies after stroke and brain injury.
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Watching our auditory brain, like a radio, switch hearing frequency channels.

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Cocktail parties, busy streets, and other noisy environments pose a difficult challenge to the auditory system: how to focus attention on selected sounds while ignoring others?

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'Like' it, or not

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Psychology professors are making their courses a feature of their students’ Facebook feeds in an effort to enliven class and enhance learning.
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Aggressive advertising makes for aggressive men

Aggressive advertising makes for aggressive men | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Does advertising influence society, or is it merely a reflection of society's pre-existing norms?
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Shedding new light on infant brain development

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A new study by Columbia Engineering researchers finds that the infant brain does not control its blood flow in the same way as the adult brain.
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Eye movements reveal reading impairments in schizophrenia

Eye movements reveal reading impairments in schizophrenia | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
A study of eye movements in schizophrenia patients provides new evidence of impaired reading fluency in individuals with the mental illness. The findings could open avenues to earlier detection and intervention for people with the illness.
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Human Aggression and Violence – A Necessary Evil?

Human Aggression and Violence – A Necessary Evil? | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Clearly, we are bombarded by aggression and violence in various media and entertainment outlets depicting serial killing and mass murders. I will outline subtypes of human aggression and violence and suggest when they are necessary for survival and adaptation.

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What Makes People Think And Behave Differently? Clues Provided By Brain Research

What Makes People Think And Behave Differently? Clues Provided By Brain Research | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Differences in the physical connections of the brain are at the root of what make people think and behave differently from one another. Researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Neuron
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Eli Levine's curator insight, April 30, 2:30 PM

So, if I'm reading this right, it means that it's not necessarily variability in the way we receive information from the outside world, but in the places where we synthesize the information.

 

While a certain amount of variability is likely to be healthy for the species as a whole, there are some views of the world that are entirely inaccurate to how things work in common reality.  The human brain, as it is, is susceptible to so many illusions, delusions and tricks from the outside and inner world that we rationalize, explain and entrench in our ways of thinking and feeling.  Everything from the belief that we see Jesus's face in a cheese sandwich to the illusion that financial wealth that comes at the expense of social and ecological costs is worth pursuing, to the notion that any of us have any real power on this plane of existence that is not received from another to the false beliefs about how the world works and what the world consists of; it's all coming from within our brains, even if you buy into the notion that there is something external to our brains present.  That external thing, whatever it may be, still has to flow through the neural networks of the brain that it finds itself entombed in.

 

So, what does this mean for us?

 

It means that we can begin discovering who has healthier and functional regions of the brain for processing and synthesizing information, which give us a more accurate perception of ourselves and our world, thus making us be better decision makers, in comparison to those who have less functional brains that we can, hopefully, one day correct with the patient's permission and the necessary technology that would put glasses on our mind's eyes, such that we all can see, enjoy and be competant reality sensors and decision makers vis a vis common reality.  Could you imagine if a majority of people adopted the technology and, thus, achieved clairvoyance?  Imagine what else we could do to help each other, ourselves and all of life on this planet and others.

 

Yet, I have a hunch that fate, (call it the petty jealousy of God or the gods) would deny humanity that capability, such that we remain stuck in our existing situation, unable to advance the universal consciousness to the next level of being.  We're looming on civil war in America; the build is happening.  This research needs to be taken somewhere else, where it can be safely stored and worked on while people fight over petty little seats of power, glory that is only relevant amongst their own tribe and ideological beliefs and principles that have no bearing in common reality.

 

This whole line of research could probably lead to the most significant advances for humanity, technoloogically, sociologically, politically, economically, environmentally, cosmologically.  It could possibly be done within the course of this present century, if everything works out.  And it could lead to a permanent improvement of our species' capabilities and competencies.

 

Imagine if we could live in a world without the actual mental illnesses, presently diagnosed or otherwise, which cause harm to our species.  Imagine if we could eliminate major depression, schizophrenia, persistent ideological belief, lack of perception, hatred, greed, psychopathy, etc.

 

It's all in the brain, that much is for sure.

 

Let's start there.

 

Think about it.