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Schizophrenia risk increases 10-fold with genetic mutation

Schizophrenia risk increases 10-fold with genetic mutation | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
A risk gene mutation for schizophrenia has been identified by researchers in Ireland, who say this mutation spans back nearly 500 years to a common European ancestor.
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Women are better than men at empathy, and here’s the proof

Women are better than men at empathy, and here’s the proof | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
WE ALL know the stereotype: women are better at empathy than men. Now Queensland scientists reckon they’ve proved it.

After pooling data from thousands of in-depth interviews with Australians, they found women were far more likely to feel their partner’s emotional pain than men.

When a negative event befalls their partner, women tend to experience an emotional effect roughly 24 per cent as large as if the event happened to themselves, they found.


We looked at people who had negative shocks in their lives, such as the death of a friend, losing a job or becoming ill,” said Professor Paul Frijters of University of Queensland, who conducted the study with Dr Cindy Mervin of Griffith University.



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Dementia is third most common cause of death in UK, research finds

Dementia is third most common cause of death in UK, research finds | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Alzheimer’s Research UK says increased life expectancy means age-related disease is becoming ‘our greatest medical challenge’Deaths from dementia have risen by 52% since 1990 and the disease is now the third most common cause of death in the UK, a...
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Dazzling Images of the Brain Created by Neuroscientist-Artist

Dazzling Images of the Brain Created by Neuroscientist-Artist | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
The brain has been called the most complex structure in the universe, but it may also be the most beautiful. One artist's work captures both the aesthetics and sophistication of this most enigmatic organ.
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2004 - The Empathy Quotient. an Investigation of Adults With Asperger Syndrome or High Functioning Autism, And Normal Sex Differences

Artículo Asperger Cociente Empatía

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Is emotional instability a major sign of depression?

Is emotional instability a major sign of depression? | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
In the current issue of P&P there is a report on the role of mood instability as a predictor of outcome in depression.
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The brain depends on gut bacteria for protection

The brain depends on gut bacteria for protection | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
With the abundance of information available about eating right, no one could question the capacity of your brain to protect your digestive tract.
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Patient awakes from post-traumatic minimally conscious state after administration of depressant drug

Patient awakes from post-traumatic minimally conscious state after administration of depressant drug | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
A patient who had suffered a traumatic brain injury unexpectedly recovered full consciousness after the administration of midazolam, a mild depressant drug of the GABA A agonists family.
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Research Now Links Parkinson's Disease To Gut Bacteria - The Inquisitr

Research Now Links Parkinson's Disease To Gut Bacteria - The Inquisitr | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Parkinson’s disease researchers have followed other disease researchers into the promising arena of gut bacteria research. In a new study of patients with
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Talking Mastery and Social Intelligence with Author Robert Greene

Talking Mastery and Social Intelligence with Author Robert Greene | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Five time international bestselling author Robert Greene shares his thoughts on creativity, finding your calling, social intelligence and his latest book about what it means to be a master of your craft.
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Laughing gas for depression? Nitrous oxide shows early promise as a potential treatment

Laughing gas for depression? Nitrous oxide shows early promise as a potential treatment | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, has shown early promise as a potential treatment for severe depression in patients whose symptoms don’t respond to standard therapies. The pilot study, at Washington University School of Medicine in St.
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Harvard Unveils MRI Study Proving Mindfulness Meditation Rebuilds The Brain

Harvard Unveils MRI Study Proving Mindfulness Meditation Rebuilds The Brain | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Participating in an eight-week mindfulness meditation program appears to make measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy, and stress. In a study that will appear in the Jan. 30 issue of Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, a team led by Harvard-affiliated researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) reported the results of their study, the first to document meditation-produced changes over time in the brain’s gray matter.

“Although the practice of meditation is associated with a sense of peacefulness and physical relaxation, practitioners have long claimed that meditation also provides cognitive and psychological benefits that persist throughout the day,” says study senior author Sara Lazar of the MGH Psychiatric Neuroimaging Research Program and a Harvard Medical School instructor in psychology. “This study demonstrates that changes in brain structure may underlie some of these reported improvements and that people are not just feeling better because they are spending time relaxing.”

 

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Yep the ancient cultures knew that thousands of years ago.

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“We are beginning to understand how cognition works”: Double interview with John O’Keefe and Edvard Moser

“We are beginning to understand how cognition works”: Double interview with John O’Keefe and Edvard Moser | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Two 2014 Nobel Laureates in Physiology or Medicine about childhood, dream jobs and the next big thing in neuroscience. What is your earliest memory as a child? John O’Keefe: That’s a very good question. I do remember a few things from the age of about three years old, when I interacted with some of my […]
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Bugs Life: The Nerve Cells That Make Locusts “Gang Up”

Bugs Life: The Nerve Cells That Make Locusts “Gang Up” | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
New research demonstrates the importance of individual history in understanding how neurochemicals control behavior.
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Stunning Images from the 2014 Olympus BioScapes International Digital Imaging Competition

Stunning Images from the 2014 Olympus BioScapes International Digital Imaging Competition | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Microscopes find beauty in the most unexpected places
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'The Future of the Brain': A Time Capsule of Neuroscience

'The Future of the Brain': A Time Capsule of Neuroscience | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
We may finally be getting on the right track to figuring out how the brain works. In a new collection of essays, top neuroscientists write about the advanced technologies that might get us there.
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Drugs used for impotence could treat vascular dementia?

Drugs used for impotence could treat vascular dementia? | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Scientists are to explore whether drugs usually used to treat erectile problems by expanding blood vessels could become the next major way to tackle the dementia epidemic.
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Is emotional instability a major sign of depression?

Is emotional instability a major sign of depression? | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
In the current issue of P&P there is a report on the role of mood instability as a predictor of outcome in depression.
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Neuron Networks in Healthy and Diseased Brains

Neuron Networks in Healthy and Diseased Brains | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
The dream of mapping the brain rests on the notion that the trillions of connections between 80 billion neurons form networks that are correlated with mental states. Please see the post, Limits of Current Neuroscience, for a discussion of the many complications in this approach, including the importance of brain waves, glia networks and poor resolution of our imaging devices. Most important is that there is no evidence for a mechanism in the brain that coordinates brain activity to form mental states. There is no center controlling the wide ranging circuits producing the subjective experience of mind. 

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New TGen test uses the unique genetics of women to uncover neurologic disorders

New TGen test uses the unique genetics of women to uncover neurologic disorders | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Using a basic genetic difference between men and women, the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) has uncovered a way to track down the source of a neurological disorder in a young girl.
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The Neuroscience of Altruism

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In The Altruistic Brain, neurobiologist Donald Pfaff makes the case that humans are hard-wired for good.
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Prospects for Treating Chronic Pain Are Improving

Prospects for Treating Chronic Pain Are Improving | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Burning. Aching. Shooting. Whatever form it takes, chronic pain can defy treatment. New insights into the causes are leading to fresh ideas for combating it
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Brain reward circuits respond differently to two kinds of sugar

Brain reward circuits respond differently to two kinds of sugar | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
The brain responds differently to two kinds of sugar, according to a report today at the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology annual meeting in Phoenix Arizona.
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The Seemingly Normal Dutch Village Where Everyone Suffers from Dementia

The isolated Dutch village of Hogewey, located on the outskirts of the town of Weesp, has only 152 inhabitants who seem to be living a normal life – they eat, sleep, walk around the village and visit shops and restaurants.
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