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The Isolator, A Bizarre Helmet For Encouraging Concentration (1925)

The Isolator, A Bizarre Helmet For Encouraging Concentration (1925) | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

The Isolator is a bizarre helmet invented in 1925 that encourages focus and concentration by rendering the wearer deaf, piping them full of oxygen, and limiting their vision to a tiny horizontal slit.

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Why many cells are better than one

Researchers from Johns Hopkins have quantified the number of possible decisions that an individual cell can make after receiving a cue from its environment, and surprisingly, it's only two.
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Chimpanzees Should Not Be Used in TV or Movies

Chimpanzees Should Not Be Used in TV or Movies | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

The question of chimpanzee use for biomedical research is fraught, but the irresponsibility of using chimpanzees in movies and commercials seems fairly straightforward. But not everyone seems to agree – they would argue that it is chimpanzees’ appearance in mainstream media that has actually allowed for the increased public awareness of the existence of chimpanzees.

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How scientists discovered the "fear center" of the brain

How scientists discovered the "fear center" of the brain | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Fear is one of the most universally understood human emotions.
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Women in prison: An issue of blaming the individual for social problems

Women in prison: An issue of blaming the individual for social problems | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Researchers have long claimed that physical abuse and marginalization lead to criminal activity; however, women in prison are taught to overlook socioeconomic issues and blame only themselves for their behavior, according to the new study.
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Trying To Change Undesirable Traits Makes Kids More Accepted By Peers

Trying To Change Undesirable Traits Makes Kids More Accepted By Peers | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
A psychology team at Kansas State University is studying how elementary and middle school youths perceive and anticipate interacting with peers who have various characteristics seen as undesirable...
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New neurons help us to remember fear

New neurons help us to remember fear | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
UC Berkeley’s Daniela Kaufer and colleagues have discovered one way by which emotions such as fear affect memory. The brain’s emotional center, the amygdala, induces the hippocampus, a relay hub for memory, to generate new neurons.
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Neuroscientists pinpoint specific social difficulties in people with autism

Neuroscientists pinpoint specific social difficulties in people with autism | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Researchers say they have isolated a very specific difference in how high-functioning people with autism think about other people, finding that -- in actuality -- they don't tend to think about what others think of them at all.
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Creative People and Those with Mental Health Issues Share Common Traits

Creative People and Those with Mental Health Issues Share Common Traits | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

People with extraordinarily high IQs and very creative individuals have often been accused of walking a fine line between genius and mental instability. But do people with extremely creative personalities and people with legitimate mental health issues have similar traits? According to a new study led by Andreas Fink of the University of Graz, they do.

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Medical Trauma: When A Procedure Goes Wrong

Medical Trauma: When A Procedure Goes Wrong | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Waking up during surgery is a nightmare come true. A little-known type of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) arises as an aftereffect of a traumatic surgery or medical procedure.

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Revolutionary Machine Reveals Baby Geniuses

Revolutionary Machine Reveals Baby Geniuses | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

The latest brain-imaging technology reveals scientific evidence of everyday baby geniuses. Scientists at the University of Washington have shown the "first-in-the-world images of a real baby brain" in action and revealed stunning possibilities related to language building and baby/toddler reading.

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Crossed symptoms of a stroke

Mostly people are aware that symptoms of a stroke are localized generally on one side of the body. If you experience weakness of left arm and leg that means right hemisphere is affected because majority of neural pathways is crossed.
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Hearing Bilingual: How Babies Tell Languages Apart

Hearing Bilingual: How Babies Tell Languages Apart | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Scientists are teasing out the earliest differences between brains exposed to one language and brains exposed to two.
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Andrew Stoops's curator insight, November 12, 2014 8:43 PM

This article was interesting in that you wouldn't really think about this unless you grew up in a bilingual house. Even then you may not realize that you have had to listen and grow up trying to discern between two languages. Babies can actually tell the difference and that fascinates me.

Noah Bolitho's curator insight, November 12, 2014 10:34 PM

I found this article from Andrew Stoops. Thanks man! I really liked it because because I come from a semi-bilingual family. My mom spoke fluent English and I either lived with my grandparents or they lived with me, and they really only knew Spanish, they knew very little English. I could have very easily learned Spanish well and be able to speak it but because I didn't need it outside of the house I never learned to use it. I really envy those that grew up speaking both languages. 

Kelli Jones's curator insight, December 2, 2014 1:48 AM

This article talks about the benefits of teaching children more than one language. I think that Kinds should learn more than one language. Learning more than one language allows to communicate with all different types of people from all different places around the world. I wish that my parents knew a second language that they could have taught me. My friend Summer's mom speaks fluent spanish. I often hear her speaking it around the community and to other people that she knows can speak Spanish. But she didn't teach it to Summer or her siblings and Sumer wishes that she would have so that she wouldn't be taking spanish in high but she could learn another language instead. 

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Can't buy me love: Study shows materialistic couples have more money and more problems

Can't buy me love: Study shows materialistic couples have more money and more problems | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
New research to be published Oct. 13 confirms The Beatles' lyrical hypothesis and finds that 'the kind of thing that money just can't buy' is a happy and stable marriage.

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Violent first-person shooter video games emotionally desensitizing

Violent first-person shooter video games emotionally desensitizing | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Does intense fighting on a flat screen display also result in aggressive behavior in real life? Researchers from the University of Bonn found brain activity patterns in heavy gamers that differed from those of non-gamers.

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Teens Respond to Pleasure, Not Pain: Parent Accordingly

Teens Respond to Pleasure, Not Pain: Parent Accordingly | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Steinberg and colleagues argue that the different growth speed of two areas of the brain create a perfect storm for risky behavior

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Why Threats to Social Identity Lead to Conflict

Why Threats to Social Identity Lead to Conflict | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Be it at school, office, the neighborhood or the community people live in, conflicting situations amongst various groups might arise on an almost day to day basis. Today, the prevalence of these intergroup conflicts is on the rise and has resulted in minor disagreements amongst friends to waging full scale wars between countries.

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Evolutionary guru: Don't believe everything you think

Evolutionary guru: Don't believe everything you think | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

The human capacity for self-deception knows no bounds, but why do we do it? According to biologist Robert Trivers the simple answer is that it helps us have more children. He told Graham Lawton about the evolutionary benefits of lying

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Lessons from Sherlock Holmes: Don’t Judge a Man by His Face

Lessons from Sherlock Holmes: Don’t Judge a Man by His Face | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

How do we perceive someone we’ve only just met? How do we judge him, assign him to some sort of category in our mind, explain to ourselves what he is and what he is likely to be?

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Scientists Turn Human Skin Cells Directly Into Neurons, Skipping IPS Stage

“We are now much closer to being able to mimic brain or neurological diseases in the laboratory,we may perhaps even be able to one day use these cells for human therapies.”

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How Our Brains Turn Women Into Objects

How Our Brains Turn Women Into Objects | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Recent reports of a mountain lion or cougar stalking the campus of the University of Iowa prompted campus jokesters to tweet their surprise that Michelle Bachman was in town. A cougar, colloquially, is an attractive older woman who seeks out trysts with younger men, and to some, it seems that Bachmann fits the bill. This emphasis on appearance is nothing new for high-profile women who are anything but homely, and feminist scholars are quick to point out its potential detrimental effects on perceptions of female competence.


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How We Can Benefit From False Memories

That argument that memory illusions were evolutionarily adaptive and remain useful for psychological well being and problem-solving is the subject of an intriguing paper in Current Directions in Psychological Science, a journal published by the Association for Psychological Science.

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New testing program improves scores, knowledge retention for third-year internal medicine residents

An analysis by University of Cincinnati faculty members shows that a multiple-choice testing program coupled with a novel year-long clinical experience helps internal medicine residents improve their scores on the Internal Medicine In-Training Exam...
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Laboratory Equipment - Imaging Explains Optimism

Laboratory Equipment - Imaging Explains Optimism | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Researchers using neuroimaging show that people who are very optimistic tend to learn only from information that reinforces their rose-tinted view of the world.
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Children Reflect Parental Behavior

Children Reflect Parental Behavior | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Our children are mirrors, reflecting images of what happens around them. In addition to sharing genetic similarities with parents, they reflect the gestures, language, and interests of the adults in their lives

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