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Theta Brainwaves Reflect Ability to Beat Built-In Bias - Science Daily (press release)

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Theta Brainwaves Reflect Ability to Beat Built-In Bias
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Acting counter to our ingrained Pavlovian biases is a matter of the brain recognizing the conflict between the rational course of action and the instinct.
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Study shows morality affects perception of money - The Stanford Daily

Study shows morality affects perception of money
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Those who had described a recent moral action did not hesitate to take the morally tainted money, according to Stellar.

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Although ethics and morals are not exactly the same, morality plays an important role in defining our ethical standards. To build an ethically sound society, we must instill morality in the minds of the young ones as they grow. Our choices as adults are largely affected by the moral values that we have developed while growing up. These values are either picked up unconsciously or 'fed' to us by our parents. Every individual has a role to play in fostering ethical behavior as morality is the starting point. We all have to start from our tiny sphere of influence, parenting.

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The effect of meditation on brain structure: cortical thickness mapping and diffusion tensor imaging

The effect of meditation on brain structure: cortical thickness mapping and diffusion tensor imaging | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it

A convergent line of neuroscientific evidence suggests that meditationalters the functional and structural plasticity of distributed neural processes underlying attention and emotionThe purpose of this study was to examine the brain structural differences between a well-matched sample of long-term meditators and controls. We employed whole-braincortical thickness analysis based on magnetic resonance imaging, and diffusion tensor imaging to quantify white matter integrity in the brainsof 46 experienced meditators compared with 46 matched meditation-naïve volunteers. Meditators, compared with controls, showed significantly greater cortical thickness in the anterior regionof the brain, located in frontal and temporal areas, including the medial prefrontal cortex, superior frontal cortex, temporal pole and the middle and interior temporal cortices. Significantly thinner cortical thickness was found in theposterior regionof the brain, located in the parietal and occipital areas, including the postcentral cortex, inferior parietal cortex, middle occipital cortex and posterior cingulate cortex. Moreover, in the region adjacent tothe medial prefrontal cortex, both higher fractional anisotropy values and greater cortical thickness were observed. Our findings suggest that long-term meditators have structural differences in both gray and white matter.

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Neurodiversity Rewires Conventional Thinking About Brains | Wired Magazine | Wired.com

Neurodiversity Rewires Conventional Thinking About Brains | Wired Magazine | Wired.com | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
For Wired's 20th anniversary, Steve Silberman chronicles the birth of neurodiversity -- a neologism that called attention to the fact that many atypical forms of brain wiring also convey unusual skills and aptitudes.
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Genetic cause for migraines discovered

Genetic cause for migraines discovered | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON: A US scientist, who suffered from crippling migraines as a child, has found the gene flaw that causes the condition, paving way for better treatments for unpredictable and pounding...
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Sound the Alarm: Fraud in Neuroscience - Dana Foundation

Sound the Alarm: Fraud in Neuroscience - Dana Foundation | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
By all accounts, scientific misconduct over the last decade is on the rise, especially in the area of journal retractions. In neuroscience, our author—both a le
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Individual brain cells track where we are and how we move

Individual brain cells track where we are and how we move | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Researchers have gained new insights into how our brains form maps of our environment. They found that special cells can note either a fixed location, or the distance a mammal travels, depending on the cues it gets from the environment.

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The Importance of Supportive Relationships

The Importance of Supportive Relationships | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
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Dieting youth show greater brain reward activity in response to food

Research results imply that dieting characterized by meal skipping and fasting would be less successful than weight loss efforts characterized by intake of low energy dense healthy foods.

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Viewing art gives same pleasure as being in love - Telegraph

Viewing art gives same pleasure as being in love - Telegraph | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Looking at an artistic masterpiece such as a Constable, Botticelli or Turner can give you the same pleasure as being in love, research has found. (Kunst in ziekehuis doet patiënten minder lijden en eerder herstellen.
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Neuron - Innate Immunity in the CNS: Redefining the Relationship between the CNS and Its Environment


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Science of Happiness

Researchers at UC Berkeley are doing a wide range of studies exploring positive emotions and happiness. Experiments on the brain, nervous system, hormones, h...

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Stanford study says MRI scans can predict outcome of math tutoring - San Jose Mercury News

Stanford study says MRI scans can predict outcome of math tutoring - San Jose Mercury News | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Scope Stanford study says MRI scans can predict outcome of math tutoring San Jose Mercury News The researchers' most surprising finding was that children's IQ and math scores had no effect on tutoring outcomes, yet brain scan images "predicted how...
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Review - The Foundations of Cognitive Archaeology - Psychology

Review - The Foundations of Cognitive Archaeology - Psychology | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
The book has two stated major aims.  One is to reconcile contrasting approaches and schools of thought within paleoarchaeology.  The author distinguishes six such approaches.  There is the general comparative approach in which one...
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Cannabis use in teens linked to irreparable drop in IQ | World Federation Against Drugs

Cannabis users who start smoking the drug as adolescents show an irreparable decline in IQ, with more persistent use linked to a greater decline, new
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Empathy for the social suffering of friends and strangers recruits distinct patterns of brain activation

Empathy for the social suffering of friends and strangers recruits distinct patterns of brain activation | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
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The dream-reading machine

The dream-reading machine | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
The film Inception starts with Leonardo DiCaprio and Joseph Gordon-Levitt attempting to infiltrate someone’s subconscious. They are trying to steal the target’s dreams. This wonderfully futuristic ...
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Reductionism in Cognitive Science

Reductionism in Cognitive Science | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
An Example of Epistemic Reduction in Cognitive Science A description of theoretic and explanatory reductions and their features is followed by an example of epistemic reduction of a model in cognit...

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Why Older Minds Make Better Decisions | IdeaFeed | Big Think

Why Older Minds Make Better Decisions | IdeaFeed | Big Think | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
"While there’s quite a lot of research that shows memory worsens as we get older, perhaps the way we choose what to remember is a means of adapting to changes in brain function." 
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Addiction Research Ethics and the Belmont Principles: Do Drug Users Have a Different Moral Voice?

Addiction Research Ethics and the Belmont Principles: Do Drug Users Have a Different Moral Voice? | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it

This study used semi-structured interviews and content analysis to examine moral principles that street drug users apply to three hypothetical addiction research ethical dilemmas. Participants (n = 90) were ethnically diverse, economically disadvantaged drug users recruited in New York City in 2009. Participants applied a wide range of contextually sensitive moral precepts, including respect, beneficence, justice, relationality, professional obligations, rules, and pragmatic self-interest. Limitations and implications for future research and the responsible conduct of addiction research are discussed.

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Study: Wanting Things Makes Us Happier Than Having Them

Study: Wanting Things Makes Us Happier Than Having Them | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
An empirical evaluation of materialism

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Social Control in Mental Health

This post is by Jason Moehringer, a doctoral student in clinical psychology at George Washington University


As part of my duties in a part-time job, I recently spent three days in a conference listening to experts and industry leaders discuss the intersection of technology and neuroscience. Specifically, so-called “brain training” as a primary or secondary treatment for chronic psychiatric disorders is being explored. The idea is that cognitive deficits (for the uninitiated: difficulties with concentration, organization, memory, attention, or emotional recognition and/or regulation) are frequently, if not always, an underlying component of psychopathology. These deficits derive from subtle brain dysfunction: their brains “misfire” or don’t have the proper “wiring.” So, treating these deficits (in this case, through remediation or skill-building provided by video games, ranging from Medal of Honor to Lumosity) will improve individual functioning and treatment outcome. Additionally, these improvements will be visible in changes in brain functioning or structure that can be seen in MRIs.

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How Does the Act of Writing Affect Your Brain?

How Does the Act of Writing Affect Your Brain? | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
One of the most interesting details shared in the graphic above is the information about the Princeton University Study which demonstrated that the brain of a person telling a story and the brain a...

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Now is a Great Time to be Studying Human Nature | In Their Own Words | Big Think

Now is a Great Time to be Studying Human Nature | In Their Own Words | Big Think | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
I'm very optimistic that we can make breakthroughs precisely by trying to take steps in the direction of a more integrated, contextualized neuroscience of consciousness.
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Musicians who learn a new melody demonstrate enhanced skill after a night's sleep

Musicians who learn a new melody demonstrate enhanced skill after a night's sleep | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
A new study examining how the brain learns and retains motor skills provides insight into musical skill. Musicians who practiced and learned a new melody and were tested on it again after a night's sleep showed enhanced learning, says a researcher.

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bricoleuric's curator insight, April 16, 2013 9:36 PM

Learning in our sleep, that's neuroplasticity at work.