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Ten years of the language gene that wasn’t

Ten years of the language gene that wasn’t | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

It's now ten years since mutations in the FOXP2 gene were linked to language problems, which led to lots of overblown headlines about a 'language gene', which it isn't.

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How cannabis causes 'cognitive chaos' in the brain

How cannabis causes 'cognitive chaos' in the brain | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Cannabis use is associated with disturbances in concentration and memory.
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Computers versus Brains: Scientific American

Computers versus Brains: Scientific American | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Computers are good at storage and speed, but brains maintain the efficiency lead...
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Association Between Daily Smoking, Low Mastery And Repeat Episodes Of Depression

Previous depression, daily smoking and a lack of control over life circumstances - or low mastery - are risk factors for repeat episodes of depression.

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Mind control: Pushing the limits

Mind control: Pushing the limits | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Controlling physical objects by merely thinking about them is now a reality.

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Spousal death key link to loss of independent living for seniors

Spousal death key link to loss of independent living for seniors | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
The death of a spouse is always a tragedy, but for seniors, that tragedy can spur some significant life changes. And one University of Alberta researcher says the choices they make are something policymakers need to pay attention to.
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Health News - Neuroscientists identify brain activity that predicts how well you will remember images

Neuroscientists identify brain activity that predicts how well you will remember images...
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The Divided Brain — Tri-City Psychology Services

In this new RSAnimate, renowned psychiatrist and writer Iain McGilchrist explains how our ‘divided brain’ has profoundly altered human behaviour, culture and society.
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Surely by now we’ve outgrown the soul? | | Independent Battle of Ideas Blogs

Surely by now we’ve outgrown the soul? | | Independent Battle of Ideas Blogs | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Call it the soul, spirit or transcendent human consciousness - the idea that human ‘minds’ exist outside of and separate from the body has been pervasive throughout history.

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Bilingualism Will Supercharge Your Baby’s Brain

Bilingualism Will Supercharge Your Baby’s Brain | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Bilingual toddlers have an improved ability to resolve “conflict cues.” In other words, their minds are more flexible – better able to unlearn previously learned rules in light of new, conflicting information.

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» Why Do We Feel The Need To Argue?

» Why Do We Feel The Need To Argue? | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Brains are wired for both intimacy and self-protection, and sometimes that creates a vicious cycle.
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Using neuroscience to understand and treat pain — Specialist Pain Physio

Using neuroscience to understand and treat pain — Specialist Pain Physio | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Understanding pain is the first step towards changing the painful experience. Knowing how the brain and nervous system operate allows us to create therapies that target the biological mechanisms that underpin pain.

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Psychologists defend the importance of general abilities

Psychologists defend the importance of general abilities | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
What makes a great violinist, physicist, or crossword puzzle solver? Are experts born or made?
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Math disability linked to problem relating quantities to numerals

Math disability linked to problem relating quantities to numerals | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Children who start elementary school with difficulty associating small exact quantities of items with the printed numerals that represent those quantities are more likely to develop a math-related learning disability than are their peers

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» Relationship Themes in Suicide Notes - World of Psychology

» Relationship Themes in Suicide Notes - World of Psychology | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

She shared that she had a collection of 350-odd suicide notes that had been collected by a medical examiner over the course of his career. The notes had been collecting dust in her attic for the past 10 years. She asked if I wanted them.

 

It’s not everyday that an archive of grief in the form of suicide notes falls into your lap. I hesitated for just a moment before saying, “Sure.”

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The Neuroscience of Internet Addiction

The Neuroscience of Internet Addiction | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
The Internet might actually be diminishing our capacity to form long-term memories.
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The Neurobiology of Stress: Gray Matters | SharpBrains

The Neurobiology of Stress: Gray Matters | SharpBrains | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

part 2 of the 6-part The Neurobiology of Stress series.

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Perinatal antidepressant stunts brain development in rats; Miswired brain circuitry traced to early exposure

Perinatal antidepressant stunts brain development in rats; Miswired brain circuitry traced to early exposure | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Rats exposed to an antidepressant just before and after birth showed substantial brain abnormalities and behaviors, according to a new study.
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Why we stand by and don't help

Why we stand by and don't help | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Many of us were shocked by the viral video which showed a little girl run over by a van on a market street in Foshan, China. The driver of the van stops, then runs over the girl again. Within six minutes--all this caught on video-18 people walk or drive by the child lying seriously injured on the road. Then a second van drives over her without stopping. Finally, an older women passing by cries out for help and drags the child off the road. Is callousness to human suffering increasing?

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Laughter and Crying: Why we do it

Laughter and Crying: Why we do it | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

As humans we laugh and cry, but seldom do we question how, or why. There are many processes involved in both responses

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Left-handed people more likely to have sleep disorder

Left-handed people more likely to have sleep disorder | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
The presence of rhythmic limb movements when sleeping, which may vary in intensity, may be an indicator of periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD).

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BPS Research Digest: Wine tastes like the music you're listening to

BPS Research Digest: Wine tastes like the music you're listening to | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

In a new study, Adrian North has shown that when people drink wine to the accompaniment of music, they perceive the wine to have taste characteristics that reflect the nature of that concurrent music.

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Leigh William Dryden's curator insight, December 21, 2012 12:49 PM

Now why does this not suprise me as like all things sound will influnce our mood and I am sure ultimatley our tastes.

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Too much undeserved self-praise can lead to depression

People who try to boost their self-esteem by telling themselves they've done a great job when they haven't could end up feeling dejected instead, according to new research.
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Scientists discover inflammation controlled differently in brain

Scientists discover inflammation controlled differently in brain | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
A team led by scientists from The Scripps Research Institute has identified a new metabolic pathway for controlling brain inflammation, suggesting strategies for treating it.
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Activation of the Hate Circuit While Reading 'Depression Uncouples Brain Hate Circuit'

Activation of the Hate Circuit While Reading 'Depression Uncouples Brain Hate Circuit' | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Hate circuit, you ask? Is there really any such thing? Is the existence of a distinctive brain circuit for hate so well-established that we ought to go about including it in the title of our papers? And what does it mean for this circuit to be uncoupled in depression? That depressed people no longer have coherent feelings of hatred?

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