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Brain evolution: Human, ape cerebellum expanded six times faster than anticipated - PsyPost

Brain evolution: Human, ape cerebellum expanded six times faster than anticipated - PsyPost | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
A new study published in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on October 2 could rewrite the story of ape and human brain evolution. While the neocortex
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Is the Link from Working Memory to Analogy Causal? No Analogy Improvements following Working Memory Training Gains

Is the Link from Working Memory to Analogy Causal? No Analogy Improvements following Working Memory Training Gains | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
PLOS ONE: an inclusive, peer-reviewed, open-access resource from the PUBLIC LIBRARY OF SCIENCE. Reports of well-performed scientific studies from all disciplines freely available to the whole world.

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What causes paranoia, hallucinations and grandiose ideas? As likely triggered by environment as genes

What causes paranoia, hallucinations and grandiose ideas? As likely triggered by environment as genes | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Daniel and Jason Freeman: The widespread symptoms typically associated with schizophrenia are at least as likely to be triggered by people’s environment as their genes, a new study suggests

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Gene interacts with stress, leads to heart disease in some people

Gene interacts with stress, leads to heart disease in some people | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Some people who are prone to hostility, anxiety and depression might also be hard-wired to gain weight when exposed to chronic stress, leading to diabetes and heart disease, a new genetic finding suggests.
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Memory Loss From Alzheimer’s Reversed For First Time With New Approach

Memory Loss From Alzheimer’s Reversed For First Time With New Approach | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Nine out of ten patients with memory problems showed improvements with this novel multi-systems approach.
Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog.
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The Neuroscience of Happiness - YouTube

Is happiness a skill? Modern neuroscientific research and the wisdom of ancient contemplative traditions converge in suggesting that happiness is the product...

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Research mimics brain cells to boost memory power

Research mimics brain cells to boost memory power | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
RMIT University researchers have brought ultra-fast, nano-scale data storage within striking reach, using technology that mimics the human brain.  
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Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Honors Eight Scientists for
Outstanding Achievements in Psychiatric Research at 27th Annual Dinner

Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Honors Eight Scientists for <br/>Outstanding Achievements in Psychiatric Research at 27th Annual Dinner | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation will honor eight scientists with its 2014 Outstanding Achievement Prizes for work delving into psychiatric disorders that affect one in four people.
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New research illustrates how fear arises in the brain

An estimated 8% of Americans will suffer from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at some point during their lifetime. Brought on by an overwhelming or stressful event or events, PTSD is the result of altered chemistry and physiology of the brain.
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Lumosity’s #Big Data pushes frontiers of neuroscience

Lumosity’s #Big Data pushes frontiers of neuroscience | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Brain-training startup, Lumosity has revealed findings from its Human Cognition Project, an initiative that gives researchers access to its data to conduct

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Although the effects of brain training itself are suspect; Lumosity's Big Data can really help advance neuroscience in many ways! Kudos for making that data open and available.

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Violence, mental illness, and the brain - A brief history of psychosurgery: Part 3 - From deep brain stimulation to amygdalotomy for violent behavior, seizures, and pathological aggression in human...

Violence, mental illness, and the brain - A brief history of psychosurgery: Part 3 - From deep brain stimulation to amygdalotomy for violent behavior, seizures, and pathological aggression in human... | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Surg Neurol Int, Official publication of Surgical Neurology International
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The Memory Fades, The Emotion Remains

The Memory Fades, The Emotion Remains | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
People with Alzheimer’s disease can experience severe memory impairments.However, according to a new study, the emotions associated with events can persist long after the events themselves have been forgotten: Feelings Without Memory in Alzheimer...
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Be kind to the elderly, their mind may not be what it once was but their feelings are still as vivid as ever. 

 

This research validates what leadership gurus have been propagating, people remember how you made them feel even if they forget what you did http://sco.lt/4sagID

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Preliminary evidence for reduced cortical activity in experienced guitarists during performance preparation for simple scale playing

 ABSTRACT: Research using neuroscientific techniques has shown that less cortical activity occurs in the brains of experienced musicians and athletes than in the brains of novices when they plan and prepare to perform a motor skill. We used electroencephalography to observe cortical activity in the brains of experienced and novice guitarists preparing to play a scale on the guitar. The results, presented in this research note, confirm the findings of previous research and suggest that the motor preparation of experts is more efficient than that of novices. Cortical activity in music students could therefore, if tracked longitudinally, provide an objective marker of musical skill learning and be used to inform music learning, teaching and assessment practices. 

KEY WORDS: Electroencephalography, movement-related cortical potential, motor skills, skill learning, guitar 


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How curiosity changes the brain to enhance learning

How curiosity changes the brain to enhance learning | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
The more curious we are about a topic, the easier it is to learn information about that topic. New research publishing online October 2 in the Cell Press journal Neuron provides insights into what happens in our brains when curiosity is piqued.

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Soon some brain activity will be revealed by simply training dozens of red lights on the scalp

Soon some brain activity will be revealed by simply training dozens of red lights on the scalp | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it

Image FROM “BIOIMAGING: WATCHING THE BRAIN AT WORK,” BY ROBERT J. COOPER, IN NATURE PHOTONICS, VOL. 8; JUNE 2014


Step aside, huge magnets and radioactive tracers—soon some brain activity will be revealed by simply training dozens of red lights on the scalp. A new study in Nature Photonics finds this optical technique can replicate functional MRI experiments, and it is more comfortable, more portable and less expensive.

The method is an enhancement of diffuse optical tomography (DOT), in which a device shines tiny points of red light at a subject's scalp and analyzes the light that bounces back. The red light reflects off red hemoglobin in the blood but does not interact as much with tissues of other colors, which allows researchers to recover an fMRI-like image of changing blood flow in the brain at work. For years researchers attempting to use DOT have been limited by the difficulty of packing many heavy light sources and detectors into the small area around the head. They also needed better techniques for analyzing the flood of data that the detectors collected.

Now researchers at Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Birmingham in England report they have solved those problems and made the first high-density DOT (HD-DOT) brain scans. 


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A boost for understanding the brain

A boost for understanding the brain | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Two groups of Harvard scientists will be among the first researchers nationwide to receive grant funding through the BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative launched last year by President Obama.
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What Happens in Our Brain When We Unlock a Door

What Happens in Our Brain When We Unlock a Door | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
A new neuroimaging study examines the brain networks which control the use of tools and other utensils.
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Memory loss associated with Alzheimer's reversed: Small trial succeeds using systems approach to memory disorders

Memory loss associated with Alzheimer's reversed: Small trial succeeds using systems approach to memory disorders | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
In the first, small study of a novel, personalized and comprehensive program to reverse memory loss, nine of 10 participants displayed subjective or objective improvement in their memories beginning within three to six months after the program’s...
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Workshop on Neural Information Dynamics, Causality and Computation near Criticality

LOEWE-NeFF and the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS) jointly invite you to a “Workshop on Neural Information Dynamics, Causality and Computation near Criticality” December 12-13th, 2014

The workshop is preceded by a “Software course on Neural Information Dynamics with TRENTOOL, the Java Information Dynamics Toolkit and MuTE” December 10-11th, 2014.

 

Venue: Workshop and student course will be held at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS, www.fias.uni-frankfurt.de), Ruth-Moufang-Straße 1, 60438 Frankfurt, Germany.


The workshop addresses the analysis of neural computation in large neural systems and covers three tightly related topics in the field of modern analysis of neural data:

- Causality

- Neural information dynamics

- Large scale organisation and criticality

 

The supporting software course addresses young scientists who intend to apply information theoretic measures for neuroscience hands on, and that would like to contribute code to one of the open source toolboxes on the topic.

Apply/register before October 24th


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Scientists Identify the Signature of Aging in the Brain

Scientists Identify the Signature of Aging in the Brain | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Researchers believe their findings could eventually help produce treatments to slow or reverse cognitive decline in older people.
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Stress coping strategies may protect against bipolar disorder recurrence

Researchers have found a link between low levels of resilience to stress in euthymic patients with bipolar disorder and impulsive behaviour, which may make them vulnerable to depressive episodes.
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New research shows schizophrenia comprises 8 genetically distinct disorders

New research shows that schizophrenia isn't a single disease but a group of eight genetically distinct disorders, each with its own set of symptoms. The finding could be a first step toward improved diagnosis and treatment for the debilitating psychiatric illness.
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Why Being Vulnerable is the Key to Intimacy - Fulfillment Daily

Why Being Vulnerable is the Key to Intimacy - Fulfillment Daily | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
We want relationships, to find love, but we are so afraid of opening up and being hurt. Research shows that vulnerability - the ability to be open - is the secret to connection.

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Social Anxiety Disorder: Impressive Study Reveals The Very Best Treatment

Social Anxiety Disorder: Impressive Study Reveals The Very Best Treatment | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Large study reveals the most effective treatment for social anxiety disorder.
Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog.
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Unexpected clue to peripheral neuropathies found

Unexpected clue to peripheral neuropathies found | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Disrupting the molecular function of a tumor suppressor causes improper formation of a protective insulating sheath on peripheral nerves -- leading to neuropathy and muscle wasting in mice similar to that in human diabetes and neurodegeneration.
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