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In-brain monitoring shows memory network

In-brain monitoring shows memory network | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Working with patients with electrodes implanted in their brains, researchers have shown for the first time that areas of the brain work together at the same time to recall memories.
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Neuroscientists pinpoint location of fear memory in amygdala

Neuroscientists pinpoint location of fear memory in amygdala | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
A rustle of undergrowth in the outback: it's a sound that might make an animal or person stop sharply and be still, in the anticipation of a predator. That
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Kay Walker's comment, January 29, 2013 8:12 PM
Of course we are terrific animals for detecting potential danger! How else did we reach the "top" of the evolutionary tree?
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Using Mindfulness to Treat Anxiety Disorders

Using Mindfulness to Treat Anxiety Disorders | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
An anxiety disorder is much more than being very nervous or edgy. An anxious person will report an unreasonable exaggeration of threats, repetitive negative
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Mental health problems worsen after cosmetic surgery

Mental health problems worsen after cosmetic surgery | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Are people who opt for medically unnecessary, cosmetic surgery psychologically vulnerable? Does having such surgery bring them psychological relief?

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What Hypnosis Really Does To Your Brain

What Hypnosis Really Does To Your Brain | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Most people agree that hypnosis does something to your brain — specifically something that makes people make fools of themselves at hypnotist shows. But how does it actually affect the human brain? Can it make people recall events perfectly? Are post-hypnotic suggestions a bunch of baloney? What is the truth about hypnotism?

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Children’s complex thinking skills begin forming before they go to school

Children’s complex thinking skills begin forming before they go to school | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
New research at the University of Chicago and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shows that children begin to show signs of higher-level thinking skills as young as age 4.
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Why exercise slows memory loss in Alzheimer’s

Why exercise slows memory loss in Alzheimer’s | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
A stress hormone produced during moderate exercise may protect the brain from memory changes related to Alzheimer’s disease
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Natalie Stewart's curator insight, January 28, 2013 3:46 PM

A research team, led by Marie-Christine Pardon in the School of Biomedical Sciences, discovered that the stress hormone CRF—or corticotrophin-releasing factor—may have a protective effect on the brain from the memory changes brought on by Alzheimer’s disease.
CRF is most associated with producing stress and is found in high levels in people experiencing some forms of anxiety and depressive diseases. Normal levels of CRF, however, are beneficial to the brain, keeping the mental faculties sharp and aiding the survival of nerve cells.
 

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Stem cell research helps to identify origins of schizophrenia

Stem cell research helps to identify origins of schizophrenia | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
New research demonstrates how defects in an important neurological pathway in early development may be responsible for the onset of schizophrenia later in life.
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Emotional intelligence mapped in brain: Study of Vietnam veterans with combat-related brain injuries

Emotional intelligence mapped in brain: Study of Vietnam veterans with combat-related brain injuries | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
A new study of 152 Vietnam veterans with combat-related brain injuries offers the first detailed map of the brain regions that contribute to emotional intelligence -- the ability to process emotional information and navigate the social world.
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Study reveals a promising new target for Parkinson’s disease therapies

Study reveals a promising new target for Parkinson’s disease therapies | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
With a new insight into a model of Parkinson’s disease, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine have identified a novel target for mitigating some of the disease’s toll on the brain.
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Can the origins of music be studied at all?

Can the origins of music be studied at all? | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

What was the role of music in the evolutionary history of human beings? And how to study this, given the fact that neither music nor musicality fossilises? Better forget about it?

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Loneliness, like chronic stress, taxes the immune system, researchers find

Loneliness, like chronic stress, taxes the immune system, researchers find | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
New research links loneliness to a number of dysfunctional immune responses, suggesting that being lonely has the potential to harm overall health.
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From bullying to relationships: Mapping our online communications

From bullying to relationships: Mapping our online communications | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
When we typically think of kids who are the victims of school bullying, what comes to mind are isolated youth who do not fit in.
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Is There A Scientific Explanation Of Homosexuality?

Is There A Scientific Explanation Of Homosexuality? | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

This question asks for scientific explanations rather than religious or moralistic answers. 

Unfortunately, there is not yet a conclusive study which tell us exactly what causes homosexuality. Many studies show correlations, but there is not an accepted scientific consensus on the cause of homosexuality. 

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Altering eye cells may one day restore vision

Altering eye cells may one day restore vision | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Doctors may one day treat some forms of blindness by altering the genetic program of the light-sensing cells of the eye, according to scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
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The Newest Edition of Psychiatry’s “Bible,” the DSM-5, Is Complete: Scientific American

The Newest Edition of Psychiatry’s “Bible,” the DSM-5, Is Complete: Scientific American | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
The APA has finished revising the DSM and will publish the manual’s fifth edition in May 2013. Here's what to expect
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Your body language shapes who you are

Using a few simple tweaks to body language, Harvard researcher Amy Cuddy discovers ways to help people become more powerful

 

Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” -- standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident -- can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.

 

You might also be interested in a video with Amy on TIME: http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2091589_2092033_2109441,00.html

 

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Sigrid de Kaste's curator insight, January 25, 2013 11:02 PM

Are you able to interpret body language.....? To know and to use...both important...

 

Dr. Amy Fuller's curator insight, September 4, 2013 10:00 PM

This is facinating information about our our body can change our minds. 

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Frequent multitaskers are bad at it

Frequent multitaskers are bad at it | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Most people believe they can multitask effectively, but a University of Utah study indicates that people who multitask the most – including talking on a cell phone while driving – are least capable of doing so.
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'Connection error' in brains of anorexics

'Connection error' in brains of anorexics | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Researchers have found altered connectivity in the brain network for body perception in people with anorexia: The weaker the connection, the greater the misjudgement of body shape.
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Brain structure of infants predicts language skills at one year

Brain structure of infants predicts language skills at one year | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Using a brain-imaging technique that examines the entire infant brain, researchers have found that the anatomy of certain brain areas – the hippocampus and cerebellum – can predict children’s language abilities at one year of age.
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Men more likely than women to commit scientific fraud | e! Science News

Men more likely than women to commit scientific fraud | e! Science News | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Male scientists are far more likely to commit fraud than females and the fraud occurs across the career spectrum, from trainees to senior faculty.
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Loneliness, like chronic stress, taxes the immune system

Loneliness, like chronic stress, taxes the immune system | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
New research links loneliness to a number of dysfunctional immune responses, suggesting that being lonely has the potential to harm overall health.
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Hearing loss accelerates brain function decline in older adults

Hearing loss accelerates brain function decline in older adults | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Older adults with hearing loss are more likely to develop problems thinking and remembering than older adults whose hearing is normal, according to a new study.
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Want to ace that interview? Make sure your strongest competition is interviewed on a different day

Want to ace that interview? Make sure your strongest competition is interviewed on a different day | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Whether an applicant receives a high or low score may have more to do with who else was interviewed that day than the overall strength of the applicant pool, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

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The Neurocritic: Possession Trance Disorder in DSM-5

The Neurocritic: Possession Trance Disorder in DSM-5 | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

In DSM-IV, spirit possession falls under the category of Dissociative Disorder Not Otherwise Specified, with more specific research criteria (but not an official diagnosis) fitting Dissociative Trance Disorder (possession trance)

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