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Brain circuitry that triggers overeating identified

Brain circuitry that triggers overeating identified | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Sixty years ago scientists could electrically stimulate a region of a mouse's brain causing the mouse to eat, whether hungry or not.
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Trauma can be treated, but not erased | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett

Trauma can be treated, but not erased | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Post-traumatic stress disorder sufferers need compassion, and swift, quality treatment – as I discovered myself I am often wary of attempts to use mice as a way of predicting human responses (whether biological or psychological), but this time I...
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Startling Facts About Aspergers Empathy

Startling Facts About Aspergers Empathy | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
People often assume that autistics have no emotions, nor any interest in others' thoughts and feelings. Snap out of these myths about Aspergers empathy!
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Emotional WHAT? Definitions and History of EQ - Six Seconds

Emotional WHAT? Definitions and History of EQ - Six Seconds | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Updated Nov 15, 2009 Definitions and History of Emotional Intelligence It all began about 2,000 years ago when Plato wrote, “All learning has an emotional base.” Since then, scientists, educators, and philosophers have worked to prove or disprove...

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Ken Donaldson's curator insight, September 25, 2013 4:55 PM

EQ origins...of course it started with Plato!

Mike Margolies's curator insight, September 25, 2013 6:32 PM

Pretty good post describing EQ. It's an over simplification but understanding yourself and self awareness are critical to your success in sports and business. 

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Brain imaging study reveals our brains 'divide and conquer'

Brain imaging study reveals our brains 'divide and conquer' | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
University of Queensland (UQ) researchers have found human brains 'divide and conquer' when people learn to navigate around new environments.
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The physical health consequences of PTSD and PTSD symptoms: A meta-analytic review

The present meta-analysis systematically examined associations between physical health and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)/PTSD symptoms (PTSS), as well as moderators of this relationship.


Literature searches yielded 62 studies examining the impact of PTSD/PTSS on physical health-related quality of life (HR-QOL), general health symptoms, general medical conditions, musculoskeletal pain, cardio-respiratory (CR) symptoms, and gastrointestinal (GI) health.


Sample-specific and methodological moderators were also examined. Results revealed significantly greater general health symptoms, general medical conditions, and poorer HR-QOL for PTSD and high PTSS individuals. PTSD/PTSS was also associated with greater frequency and severity of pain, CR, and GI complaints.


Results of moderation analyses were mixed. However, consistent relationships emerged regarding PTSD assessment method, such that effect sizes were largest for self-reported PTSD/PTSS and all but one health outcome. Results highlight the need for prospective longitudinal examination of physical health shortly following trauma, and suggest variables to consider in the design of such studies.

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Prize-winning professor touches on creativity & the brain

Prize-winning professor touches on creativity & the brain | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
TheChronicleHerald.ca Prize-winning professor touches on creativity & the brain TheChronicleHerald.ca “There's a lot of disagreement about what emotions are,” said Paul Thagard, a professor of philosophy at the University of Waterloo and the...
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A single mild blast exposure can cause brain injuries with similarities to Alzheimer's disease

A single mild blast exposure can cause brain injuries with similarities to Alzheimer's disease | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
A new study published in the September issue of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease reports that even a single mild explosion can cause changes in the brain that have similarities to those found in diseases like Alzheimer's disease and chronic...
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New study finds 'microbial clock' may help determine time of death

New study finds 'microbial clock' may help determine time of death | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
An intriguing study led by the University of Colorado Boulder may provide a powerful new tool in the quiver of forensic scientists attempting to determine the time of death in cases involving human corpses: a microbial clock.
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Pulse propagation and signal transduction in the hydraulic brain

Pulse propagation and signal transduction in the hydraulic brain | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
(Medical Xpress)—When Descartes turned his critical eye to the nervous system, he reasoned that the nerves must transduce hydraulic power to control the musculature.
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Scientists Find Gene that Erases Memories from the Brain - Prensa Latina

Scientists Find Gene that Erases Memories from the Brain - Prensa Latina | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Scientists Find Gene that Erases Memories from the Brain Prensa Latina The experiment was associated with methanphetamine, which mimics a neurotransmitter involved in areas of the brain related to reward and pleasure, as well as the capacity to...
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Can Mild Hypothermia Treatment Improve Neuron Survival After Traumatic Brain ... - RedOrbit

Can Mild Hypothermia Treatment Improve Neuron Survival After Traumatic Brain ... - RedOrbit | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
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Moderate reductions in body temperature can improve outcomes after a person suffers a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
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Scientists Discover Environmental Enrichment for TBI Patients Could Counter Shrinkage in the Brain

Scientists Discover Environmental Enrichment for TBI Patients Could Counter Shrinkage in the Brain | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
For those with moderate-to-severe TBI, atrophy may be countered by participating in environmental enrichment, a new study suggests.
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Neuromarketing and consumer neuroscience: contributions to neurology

‘Neuromarketing’ is a term that has often been used in the media in recent years. These public discussions have generally centered around potential ethical aspects and the public fear of negative consequences for society in general, and consumers in particular. However, positive contributions to the scientific discourse from developing a biological model that tries to explain context-situated human behavior such as consumption have often been neglected. We argue for a differentiated terminology, naming commercial applications of neuroscientific methods ‘neuromarketing’ and scientific ones ‘consumer neuroscience’. While marketing scholars have eagerly integrated neuroscientific evidence into their theoretical framework, neurology has only recently started to draw its attention to the results of consumer neuroscience.
Discussion: In this paper we address key research topics of consumer neuroscience that we think are of interest for neurologists; namely the reward system, trust and ethical issues. We argue that there are overlapping research topics in neurology and consumer neuroscience where both sides can profit from collaboration. Further, neurologists joining the public discussion of ethical issues surrounding neuromarketing and consumer neuroscience could contribute standards and experience gained in clinical research.
Summary: We identify the following areas where consumer neuroscience could contribute to the field of neurology: First, studies using game paradigms could help to gain further insights into the underlying pathophysiology of pathological gambling in Parkinson’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, epilepsy, and Huntington’s disease.
Second, we identify compulsive buying as a common interest in neurology and consumer neuroscience. Paradigms commonly used in consumer neuroscience could be applied to patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease and frontotemporal dementia to advance knowledge of this important behavioral symptom.
Third, trust research in the medical context lacks empirical behavioral and neuroscientific evidence. Neurologists entering this field of research could profit from the extensive knowledge of the biological foundation of trust that scientists in economically-orientated neurosciences have gained.
Fourth, neurologists could contribute significantly to the ethical debate about invasive methods in neuromarketing and consumer neuroscience. Further, neurologists should investigate biological and behavioral reactions of neurological patients to marketing and advertising measures, as they could show special consumer vulnerability and be subject to target marketing.


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Joint Ventures: Mindreading, Mirroring, and Embodied Cognition

Joint Ventures: Mindreading, Mirroring, and Embodied Cognition | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it

What distinguishes humankind from other species? A leading candidate is our facility at mutual understanding ("theory of mind"), our ability to ascribe thoughts, desires, and feelings to one another. How do we do this? Folk-wisdom says, "By empathy — we put ourselves in other people's shoes". In the last few decades this idea has moved from folk-wisdom to philosophical conjecture to serious scientific theory. This volume collects essays by Alvin Goldman, many of which have played a major role in crystallizing this "simulation," or "empathizing," account of mindreading and showing how it is confirmed by recent findings in psychology and cognitive neuroscience.


Regions of your brain resonate with the brains of others when you observe them manifest their feelings in facial affect or see them about to undergo a painful stimulus or a mere touch on the arm. Essays in the volume explore an array of topics in the philosophy of cognitive science, ranging from embodied cognition to the metaphysics of actions and events. 


Alvin I. Goldman


http://fas-philosophy.rutgers.edu/goldman/Mirroring,%20Mindreading,%20and%20Simulation.pdf


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Who's got your brain? The science of shopping uncovered

Who's got your brain? The science of shopping uncovered | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
“Marketing,” David Packard, the late co-founder of Hewlett-Packard, once declared, “is too important to be left to the marketing department.” Now, retailers are getting help from the great minds of neuroscience.

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The functional value of consciousness revealed by cross-modal comparison | Frontiers in Consciousness Research

Human and animal olfactory perception is shaped both by functional demands and by various environmental constraints seemingly peculiar to chemical stimuli.
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Feelings forge stronger memories, research shows

Feelings forge stronger memories, research shows | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Bad experiences enhance memory formation about places, scientists at The University of Queensland have found.
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Review by Kate Mehuron - Metapsychology

Review by Kate Mehuron - Metapsychology | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Review by Kate Mehuron Metapsychology Within this scholarly context, Becker tackles the idea of stress as a clinical and cultural trope that is serving a social function similar to the nineteenth century ideas of neurasthenia and the contemporary...
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To predict, perchance to update: Neural responses to the unexpected

To predict, perchance to update: Neural responses to the unexpected | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
(Medical Xpress)—Among the brain's many functions is the use of predictive models to processing expected stimuli or actions.
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Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology

Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
The annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology will take place February 13–15, 2014 in Austin, Texas. For more information, visit www.spsp.org/?Convention.
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Expert on Learning, Neuroscience to Speak at UW Symposium - University of Wyoming News

Expert on Learning, Neuroscience to Speak at UW Symposium - University of Wyoming News | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
University of Wyoming News Expert on Learning, Neuroscience to Speak at UW Symposium University of Wyoming News A former junior high school teacher who earned a doctorate from Harvard, Immordino-Yang lectures nationally and abroad on the neural and...
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Treat Psychiatric disorders with some Love - Onlymyhealth

Treat Psychiatric disorders with some Love - Onlymyhealth | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
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Rethinking Stress - Beliefnet (blog)

Rethinking Stress - Beliefnet (blog) | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
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Rethinking Stress
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The neurohormone oxytocin is key for connection and arises in some (but not all stressful circumstances).
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Cognitive Neuroscience

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Talent vs Hardwork - Quantised Thoughts (Talent vs Hardwork - Quantised Thoughts

By Ramchandran Muthukumar http://t.co/WrzgxgGpqQ)
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