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Toward an early diagnostic tool for Alzheimer's disease

Toward an early diagnostic tool for Alzheimer's disease | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Despite all the research done on Alzheimer's, there is still no early diagnostic tool for the disease. By looking at the brain wave components of individuals with the disease, Professor Tiago H.
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Very long-term memories may be stored in the pattern of holes in the perineuronal net

Very long-term memories may be stored in the pattern of holes in the perineuronal net | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it

A hypothesis and the experiments to test it propose that very long-term memories, such as fear conditioning, are stored as the pattern of holes in the perineuronal net (PNN), a specialized ECM that envelops mature neurons and restricts synapse formation. The 3D intertwining of PNN and synapses would be imaged by serial-section EM. Lifetimes of PNN vs. intrasynaptic components would be compared with pulse-chase 15N labeling in mice and 14C content in human cadaver brains. Genetically encoded indicators and antineoepitope antibodies should improve spatial and temporal resolution of the in vivo activity of proteases that locally erode PNN. Further techniques suggested include genetic KOs, better pharmacological inhibitors, and a genetically encoded snapshot reporter, which will capture the pattern of activity throughout a large ensemble of neurons at a time precisely defined by the triggering illumination, drive expression of effector genes to mark those cells, and allow selective excitation, inhibition, or ablation to test their functional importance. The snapshot reporter should enable more precise inhibition or potentiation of PNN erosion to compare with behavioral consequences. Finally, biosynthesis of PNN components and proteases would be imaged. (...) - By Roger Y. TsienPNAS July 23, 2013 vol. 110 no. 3012456-12461


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The Real Neuroscience of Creativity

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'The latest findings from the real neuroscience of creativity suggest that the right brain/left brain distinction is not the right one when it comes to understanding how creativity is implemented in the brain.

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Gary Faust's curator insight, August 30, 2013 8:53 PM

In experience creativity seems to be volitional not physiological, now there is some science to counteract this socially accepted point of view. 

Regis Elo's comment, September 18, 2013 7:01 PM
Sorry again for the delay.thankx for your comments. I add that it seems coherent to agree with both of you Kathy and Louise , inclueing the possibility to care about the individual self-consciousness and empathy as a specific human condition to be eternally unsatisfied WITHOUT SPIRITUALITY?....IT'S BEYOND! i guess
Saberes Sin Fronteras OVS's comment, September 19, 2013 1:18 PM
Thanks for the comments.
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Passionate Appearance Enhances Musical Performance: Scientific American Podcast

Classical music competitions pit performers against each other. Obviously, the most important criterion for judges is sound. But that assumption needs a new…hearing. Because a player’s passion may be the best predictor of victory.

In a new study, nearly 200 novices had to choose the winners of 10 classical music competitions. Some heard a music clip of the top three performances. Others saw a video with sound. Still others watched a silent video. And the participants were more likely to choose the winner if they watched the silent video, in all 10 of the competitions.

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Even mild stress can make it difficult to control your emotions, study finds

Even mild stress can make it difficult to control your emotions, study finds | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Even mild stress can thwart therapeutic measures to control emotions, a team of neuroscientists at New York University has found.
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Why Music Makes Our Brain Sing

Why Music Makes Our Brain Sing | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
When a song triggers both anticipation and reward, it moves us like nothing else.

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Maggie Rouman's curator insight, June 16, 2013 1:07 PM

"So why does this thingless “thing” — at its core, a mere sequence of sounds — hold such potentially enormous intrinsic value?

The quick and easy explanation is that music brings a unique pleasure to humans. Of course, that still leaves the question of why. But for that, neuroscience is starting to provide some answers."

 

Kate Jenkin's curator insight, September 2, 2013 8:30 PM

Another amazing insight into the magic of music.
"We found that listening to what might be called “peak emotional moments” in music — that moment when you feel a “chill” of pleasure to a musical passage — causes the release of the neurotransmitter dopamine, an essential signaling molecule in the brain."

 
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How Volunteering Can Improve Your Mental Health

How Volunteering Can Improve Your Mental Health | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
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Researchers at England's University of Exeter have found that volunteering is associated with increased longevity and improved mental health, based on self-assesments and observational data.
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The association between creativity and 7R polymorphism in the dopamine receptor D4 gene (DRD4) | Frontiers in Human Neuroscience

The association between creativity and 7R polymorphism in the dopamine receptor D4 gene (DRD4) | Frontiers in Human Neuroscience | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Creativity can be defined as the ability to produce responses that are both novel and appropriate.
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Social whirl of a life? Thank your amygdala

Social whirl of a life? Thank your amygdala | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Researchers find almond-shaped clump of nerves in brain is larger in more gregarious people (Interesting work: relationship b/w amygdala and # of friends a person has!!
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Study in mice links cocaine use to new brain structures

Study in mice links cocaine use to new brain structures | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Mice given cocaine showed rapid growth in new brain structures associated with learning and memory, according to a research team from the Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center at UC San Francisco.
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Study explains how the brain remembers pleasure and its implications for addiction

Study explains how the brain remembers pleasure and its implications for addiction | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Key details of the way nerve cells in the brain remember pleasure are revealed in a study by University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers published today in the journal Nature Neuroscience.
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Brainstorm Psychology: Fear psychology

Brainstorm Psychology: Fear psychology | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Fear is an emotional response towards which something can pose a potential threat alerting us to danger. the threat can be towards..

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Realize Your Mind's Intrinsic Power

Realize Your Mind's Intrinsic Power | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Over time, like Eleanor Longden, you can redesign the infrastructure of your brain. That's the beauty and the miracle of her story. Nothing will have a greater impact on the quality of your life than discovering your brain's intrinsic power.
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Are you an avid Facebook user? It's all about your nucleus accumbens

Are you an avid Facebook user? It's all about your nucleus accumbens | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
A person's intensity of Facebook use can be predicted by activity in a reward-related area of the brain, according to a new study published in the open-access journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.
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Social brains on drugs: tools for neuromodulation in social neuroscience


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Pedro Tavares's curator insight, August 29, 2013 7:46 AM

Research that try to modulate the effects of actual medication for chemical dependency. 

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Negative feedback stabilizes memories

Negative feedback stabilizes memories | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
(Medical Xpress)—Memories may be maintained in the brain through a mechanism familiar to any engineer—negative and positive feedback loops, according to researchers Sukbin Lim and Mark Goldman at the UC Davis Center for Neuroscience.
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I've Grown Accustomed to That Face? - Science AAAS

I've Grown Accustomed to That Face? - Science  AAAS | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
I've Grown Accustomed to That Face?
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After multiple exposures to a striking visual pattern, neurons in the retina and visual cortex of the brain fire less frequently the next time you see the pattern.
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Inside the Letterbox: How Literacy Transforms the Human Brain - Dana Foundation

Inside the Letterbox: How Literacy Transforms the Human Brain - Dana Foundation | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it

Editor’s note: Few issues are as important to the future of humanity as acquiring literacy. Brain-scanning technology and cognitive tests on a variety of subjects by one of the world’s foremost cognitive neuroscientists has led to a better understanding of how a region of the brain responds to visual stimuli. The results could profoundly affect learning and help individuals with reading disabilities


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Psychiatric News Alert: Blood-Flow Measure May Help Clinicians Diagnose Bipolar Disorder

Psychiatric News Alert: Blood-Flow Measure May Help Clinicians Diagnose Bipolar Disorder | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
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Sara SJagini's curator insight, December 10, 2013 6:44 PM

blood-flow brain scans could allow for earlier diagnosis of bi polar disorders in the future 

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Neuroscientists Confirm That Our Loved Ones Become Ourselves

Neuroscientists Confirm That Our Loved Ones Become Ourselves | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Self-identity is entwined with the people you empathize with at a neural level.
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Ramachandran - TED talk mirror neurons

Original source http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/vs_ramachandran_the_neurons_that_shaped_civilization.html (RT @zeropointcoach: Ramachandran talking about mirror neurons...he's always fascinating - http://t.co/YyHtMvFSuh...
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Study provides strongest clues to date for causes of schizophrenia

Study provides strongest clues to date for causes of schizophrenia | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
A new genome-wide association study (GWAS) estimates the number of different places in the human genome that are involved in schizophrenia.
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A 20-minute bout of yoga stimulates brain function immediately after | News Bureau | University of Illinois

A 20-minute bout of yoga stimulates brain function immediately after | News Bureau | University of Illinois | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
The News Bureau, part of Public Affairs, generates and coordinates news coverage of the Urbana-Champaign campus
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» Body Scan Mindfulness Meditation - Channel N

» Body Scan Mindfulness Meditation - Channel N | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
A 40 minute guided mindfulness meditation body scan session.
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