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Society for Neuroscience - Brain Awareness Video Contest

Society for Neuroscience - Brain Awareness Video Contest | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Anyone can vote. Each person can vote for up to three videos, but can only vote for each video once, so choose wisely!

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The Psychology of Occupy Wall Street

The Psychology of Occupy Wall Street | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Some people will see anything they want to see in any particular movement or demonstration. Movements like Occupy Wall Street are like a Rorschach Inkblot Test — although it’s just ink on a piece of paper, you can see the future and the past in every blot.

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Twin Brains and Twin Dreams

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The brains of twins are structurally similar to one another and are under relatively tight genetic control. Given the similarity in brain volume and structure of twins' brains should we expect similarity in dream content of twins? I would say yes but there are very little data out there to decide the issue.

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The Pill May Dampen Women’s Sexuality, But Increases Relationship Strength

The Pill May Dampen Women’s Sexuality, But Increases Relationship Strength | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
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Psychopathic killers: Computerized text analysis uncovers the word patterns of a predator

As words can be the soul's window, scientists are learning to peer through it: Computerized text analysis shows that psychopathic killers make identifiable word choices -- beyond conscious control -- when talking about their crimes.
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The Benefits of Puppy Love

The Benefits of Puppy Love | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Pet ownership confers a sense of belonging and acceptance. Many studies have hypothesized that owning and caring for a pet has qualitative psychological and physical benefits, but recent studies are quantifying these advantages.
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Human Psychology in Space

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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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Differences in reality monitoring correlate with prefrontal cortex variations

Differences in reality monitoring correlate with prefrontal cortex variations | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Voxel-based morphometry revealed a significant negative correlation between anterior PFC gray matter and reality monitoring performance. The findings provide evidence that individual differences in introspective abilities like reality monitoring may be associated with specific structural variability in the PFC.

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Evolutionary Psychology: Bad Economy Means More Sex For Men

Evolutionary Psychology: Bad Economy Means More Sex For Men | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
There may be a sexual upside to an economic downside; more sex.
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Inside the Mind of a Shooter

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Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy May Be Beneficial For Treating Traumatic Brain Injury, But Further Research Needed

Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy May Be Beneficial For Treating Traumatic Brain Injury, But Further Research Needed | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
There is some evidence about the potential value of cognitive rehabilitation therapy (CRT) for treating traumatic brain injury (TBI), but overall it is not sufficient to develop definitive guideli...
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Rob Pitt: Neuroscience and Coaching

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The science behind brain based coaching

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10 Ways to Look After Your Mental Health

10 Ways to Look After Your Mental Health | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Anyone can make simple changes that have a huge impact on their mental health and wellbeing. We've come up with ten practical ways to take care of yourself and get the most from life.

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The Psychology of a Tragedy

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In the wake news that a Woodbury father killed his children in a murder-suicide, experts discuss how such things can occur—and how communities cope.
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"Hey Guys! Watch This!" Why teens do dumb things with friends

"Hey Guys! Watch This!" Why teens do dumb things with friends | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Why are movies funnier, roller coasters more exciting, and car crashes more common when teens are with friends? New fMRI studies provides some clues.

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Musical aptitude relates to reading ability

Musical aptitude relates to reading ability | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Auditory working memory and attention, for example the ability to hear and then remember instructions while completing a task, are a necessary part of musical ability. But musical ability is also related to verbal memory and literacy in childhood.
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Earlier autism diagnosis could mean earlier interventions

Earlier autism diagnosis could mean earlier interventions | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Autism is normally diagnosed between the ages of 2 and 3. But new research is finding symptoms of autism spectrum disorders in babies as young as 12 months.
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Stop Being Socially Lazy and Start Enjoying Yourself

Stop Being Socially Lazy and Start Enjoying Yourself | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Talking to strangers is more fun than we predict because showing off makes us feel good.
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The Neuroscience of Beauty

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How does the brain appreciate art?...
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IBM unveils chips that mimic the human brain

IBM unveils chips that mimic the human brain | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

IBM has unveiled a new experimental computer chip that it says mimics the human brain in that it perceives, acts and even thinks.
It terms the machines built with these chips "cognitive computers", claiming that they are able to learn through experience, find patterns, generate ideas and understand the outcomes.


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When humans play dead

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When a rabbit or other animal is trapped by a predator, it will freeze and assess the situation. It might then flee or attack, what we usually call the "fight or flight response". If that fails, a last-ditch defence mechanism is to go completely immobile, to play dead. Researchers in Brazil now say that in times of grave danger, this same automatic last resort is also exhibited by humans and is experienced as a terrifying feeling of being "locked-in".

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Preserving Mental Health During Unemployment

Preserving Mental Health During Unemployment | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

How to stay grounded when your job is spirited away

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Multiple personality excluded in Texas insanity case

Multiple personality excluded in Texas insanity case | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

A serial rapist’s attempt to claim insanity based on multiple personality disorder fell flat, as a judge ordered the expert's trial testimony stricken from the record as junk science.

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A court case I found to give another real-world expercience and perspective.

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Potential Cause of Severe Sleep Disorder Discovered, Implications for Parkinsons Disease

“Our research is the first to establish a potential genetic link to human REM sleep behaviour disorder (RBD).
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Merging emotional information from voice and faces in the brain.

Klasen et al. find the ventral posterior cingulate to be a central structure for supramodal representation of complex emotional information. The left amygdala reflects input of happy stimuli from multiple sensory inputs

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