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Braingasm: How Porn "Shuts Down" Women's Brains

Braingasm: How Porn "Shuts Down" Women's Brains | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Most of the research that was conducted in terms of human sexual responses was conducted in men and findings were extrapolated to women.

 


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Deep brain stimulation may hold promise for mild Alzheimer's disease

Deep brain stimulation may hold promise for mild Alzheimer's disease | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
A study on a handful of people with suspected mild Alzheimer’s disease (AD) suggests that a device that sends continuous electrical impulses to specific “memory” regions of the brain appears to increase neuronal activity.
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Tiny Electronic Chips Restore Sight to Two Blind British Men

Tiny Electronic Chips Restore Sight to Two Blind British Men | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Surgeons have partially restored vision to both men with tiny electronic chips that promise to help the blind see the same way cochlear implants have helped the deaf hear

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Emotion reversed in left-handers' brains

Emotion reversed in left-handers' brains | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
The way we use our hands may determine how emotions are organized in our brains, according to a recent study. Motivation, the drive to approach or withdraw from physical and social stimuli, is a basic building block of human emotion.
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Sharpening our understanding of memories

Sharpening our understanding of memories | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Scientists now have a better understanding of how precise memories are formed. The study looked at the cells in our brains, or neurons, and how they work together as a group to form memories.
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What Happens When We Laugh

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What happens during laughter? It has to do with breathing, as neuroscientist Sophie Scott explains, as well as emotions, and the voice.
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What Eating Too Much Sugar Does to Your Brain

What Eating Too Much Sugar Does to Your Brain | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

The damage added sugar does to our bodies begins in our brains

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Your brain knows which ads are winners, better than you do: Study on smokers' brains may mark dawn of new age in advertising

Your brain knows which ads are winners, better than you do: Study on smokers' brains may mark dawn of new age in advertising | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Advertisers and public health officials may be able to access hidden wisdom in the brain to more effectively sell their products and promote health and safety, UCLA neuroscientists report in the first study to use brain data to predict how large populations will respond to advertisements.

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Chronic cocaine use may speed up aging of brain

Chronic cocaine use may speed up aging of brain | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
New research by scientists at the University of Cambridge suggests that chronic cocaine abuse accelerates the process of brain ageing.
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Neuroeconomics: Studying brain responses gives marketers increased ability to predict how people make decisions

Neuroeconomics: Studying brain responses gives marketers increased ability to predict how people make decisions | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

By using MRI to study the brain, Dr. Ming Hsu found a method to characterize how the different regions of the brain function in concert to enable people to anticipate and respond to competitors' behavior.

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Neurons Mirror the Diametric Mind

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Schizophrenics amplify neuronal mirroring, autistics reduce it

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Distinct brain cells recognize novel sights

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The brain's ability to learn to recognize objects plays out in the inferior temporal cortex. A new study offers a possible explanation of how two classes of neurons play distinct roles to help that happen.
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Trouble coping with the unfamiliar as you age? Blame your white matter

Trouble coping with the unfamiliar as you age? Blame your white matter | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
A brain-mapping study has found that people's ability to make decisions in novel situations decreases with age and is associated with a reduction in the integrity of two specific white-matter pathways.
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Greater purpose in life may protect against harmful changes in the brain associated with Alzheimer’s disease

Greater purpose in life may protect against harmful changes in the brain associated with Alzheimer’s disease | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Greater purpose in life may help stave off the harmful effects of plaques and tangles associated with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study.
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Finding That Emotion Is Reversed In Left-Handers' Brains Could Lead To New Treatment For Anxiety, Depression

Finding That Emotion Is Reversed In Left-Handers' Brains Could Lead To New Treatment For Anxiety, Depression | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

The way we use our hands may determine how emotions are organized in our brains

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Dopamine Response Influences How Hard We Work

Dopamine Response Influences How Hard We Work | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

People with a greater dopamine response in the reward and motivation areas of the brain - the striatum and ventromedial prefrontal cortex - tend to try harder, even when the odds are stacked up against them, compared to those with low dopamine response

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The Human Mind: One of the Best Treatments for Cancer

The Human Mind: One of the Best Treatments for Cancer | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
In our haste to find a miracle cure for cancer, we often overlook one of the most powerful treatments for this disease – the human mind.
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Bilingualism fine-tunes hearing, enhances attention

Bilingualism fine-tunes hearing, enhances attention | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
A new study provides the first biological evidence that bilinguals' rich experience with language "fine-tunes" their auditory nervous system and helps them juggle linguistic input in ways that enhance attention and working memory.
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Prenatal exposure to insecticide chlorpyrifos linked to alterations in brain structure and cognition

Prenatal exposure to insecticide chlorpyrifos linked to alterations in brain structure and cognition | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Even low to moderate levels of exposure to the insecticide chlorpyrifos during pregnancy may lead to long-term, potentially irreversible changes in the brain structure of the child, according to a new brain imaging study.
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The stroop effect: Did a brain game really help catch Russian spies?

The stroop effect: Did a brain game really help catch Russian spies? | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Did a brain game really help catch Russian spies? 

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Two Cerebrospinal Fluid Proteins Linked To Alzheimer's Disease In Seemingly Healthy Patients

Two Cerebrospinal Fluid Proteins Linked To Alzheimer's Disease In Seemingly Healthy Patients | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

A study published in Archives of Neurology demonstrated that the connection between two cerebrospinal fluid proteins that are linked to Alzheimer's disease in clinically and cognitively normal older patients shows that amyloid-β (Aβ)-associated clinical decline was linked to the presence of higher phospho-tau (p-tau)

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Gatekeeper of brain steroid signals boosts emotional resilience to stress

Gatekeeper of brain steroid signals boosts emotional resilience to stress | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

A cellular protein called HDAC6, newly characterized as a gatekeeper of steroid biology in the brain, may provide a novel target for treating and preventing stress-linked disorders, such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

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Alzheimer’s plaques disrupt brain networks

Alzheimer’s plaques disrupt brain networks | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Scientist studying the way Alzheimer's takes root in the brain have identified important new similarities between a mouse model and human Alzheimer's.
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Data mining opens the door to predictive neuroscience

Data mining opens the door to predictive neuroscience | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Researchers at the EPFL have discovered rules that relate the genes that a neuron switches on and off, to the shape of that neuron, its electrical properties and its location in the brain.

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Fragile X syndrome can be reversed in adult mouse brain

Fragile X syndrome can be reversed in adult mouse brain | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
A recent study finds that a new compound reverses many of the major symptoms associated with Fragile X syndrome, the most common form of inherited intellectual disability and a leading cause of autism.
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