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Love in the Time of Science

Love in the Time of Science | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
From evolutionary psychology to microbiology, this Valentine's Day discover what scientists are learning about the rules of attraction
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Feeling Ducky

Feeling Ducky | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Mechanosensation is one of our fundamental physiological processes, on par with sight and smell, but how it works on a cellular level remains poorly understood, holding back development of effective treatments for mechanosensory disorders like...
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Terrible at remembering names? Blame it on the music, not the memory

Terrible at remembering names? Blame it on the music, not the memory | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Music may help some people relax when they're trying to concentrate. But it doesn't help them remember what they're focusing on, especially as they get older.
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Brain Hormone Improves Learning, Memory, And Wards Off Alzheimer's Disease

Brain Hormone Improves Learning, Memory, And Wards Off Alzheimer's Disease | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
The brain's boosting hormone may be able to protect itself from Alzheimer's while it improves memory.
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University psychology professors explore origins of human emotion

University psychology professors explore origins of human emotion | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
The University psychology department published a study last week on a molecular tag which discusses differences in the brain’s response to anger and fear. The study was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Early Edition.
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Emotional intelligence mapped in brain: Study of Vietnam veterans with combat-related brain injuries


University of Illinois neuroscience professor Aron Barbey led a study that mapped the brain regions associated with emotional intelligence.

 
January 22, 2013
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
A new study of 152 Vietnam veterans with combat-related brain injuries offers the first detailed map of the brain regions that contribute to emotional intelligence -- the ability to process emotional information and navigate the social world.

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F-bombs notwithstanding, all languages skew toward happiness: Universal human bias for positive words

Arabic movie subtitles, Korean tweets, Russian novels, Chinese websites, English lyrics, and even the war-torn pages of the New York Times -- research examining billions of words, shows that these sources -- and all human language -- skews toward the use of happy words. This Big Data study confirms the 1969 Pollyanna Hypothesis that there is a universal human tendency to "look on and talk about the bright side of life."
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Protein linked to longevity and enhanced cognition protects against Alzheimer's symptoms

Protein linked to longevity and enhanced cognition protects against Alzheimer's symptoms | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Scientists from the Gladstone Institutes and the University of California, San Francisco report in the Journal of Neuroscience that raising levels of the life-extending protein klotho can protect against learning and memory deficits in a mouse...
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Smoking harms the brain’s gray matter, but quitting may reverse the damage

Smoking harms the brain’s gray matter, but quitting may reverse the damage | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Damage to the brain’s outer layer caused by smoking may be reversible after quitting, but it could take years, a study said Tuesday.
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The Neuroscience of Empathy

The Neuroscience of Empathy | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it

Are some people born with a brain that is wired to be more empathetic? Can compassion be learned? What daily habits or life experiences reinforce selfishness, narcissism, and at a far extreme psychopathy?

Last night, I listened to an interview (link is external) with Madonna and Anderson Cooper talking about the importance of teaching our children to be able to empathize and to not be complacent about fighting against oppression and inequality.


Two studies in the past month have identified specific brain regions linked to empathy and compassion.

 

by Christopher Bergland 

Madonna Wants Fans to Revolt 
http://guardianlv.com/2013/10/madonna-wants-fans-to-revolt/
The performer spoke of the world’s degeneration and how people have lost consciousness of their fellow man and the lack of empathy today. She feels that the world’s population have become selfish and put their own wants and needs first. But despite this belief of the world not caring, she has faith in the “good of humanity” and she wants people to support one another without some sort of disaster initiating the act of caring. 


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Frequent texting changes your brain: study

Frequent texting changes your brain: study | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
All that texting is actually changing our brains.
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Fly genetics and genomics to speed identification of human neurological disease genes

Fly genetics and genomics to speed identification of human neurological disease genes | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it

Magnified and viewed close up, the fruit fly is beautiful, with delicate wings, a small body and huge compound eyes of varying colors. However, their simple genome and the fact that many of their genes are conserved through evolution – even to humans – make them a powerful laboratory tool.


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Dartmouth study highlights brain cells’ role in navigating environment

Dartmouth study highlights brain cells’ role in navigating environment | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
A new Dartmouth College study sheds light on the brain cells that function in establishing one’s location and direction.
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You’re Not Losing Your Memory. You’re Just Distracted.

You’re Not Losing Your Memory. You’re Just Distracted. | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
The difference between flaky moments of forgetfulness and potential signs of Alzheimer's.
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Attacking Alzheimer's with Ultrasound

Attacking Alzheimer's with Ultrasound | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Researchers have reversed some of the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease in mice using magnetic resonance (MR) imaging-guided focused ultrasound.
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Transcriptomics identifies genes and signaling pathways that may regulate neurodegeneration

Transcriptomics identifies genes and signaling pathways that may regulate neurodegeneration | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Neuronal death is a normal feature of brain development but also a defining feature of neurodegenerative diseases when improperly regulated.
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Brains Make Decisions the Way Alan Turing Cracked Codes

Brains Make Decisions the Way Alan Turing Cracked Codes | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it

A mathematical tool developed during World War II operates in a similar way to brains weighing the reliability of information


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Title 4: Turing's math tool helps explain complex decision making in terms of simple statistical operations. 

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If you're smoking to be thin, heads up! Smoking also thins a vital part of brain | Neuroscientist News

If you're smoking to be thin, heads up! Smoking also thins a vital part of brain | Neuroscientist News | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Years ago, children were warned that smoking could stunt their growth, but now a major study by an international team including the Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University and the University of Edinburgh shows new evidence that long-term smoking could cause thinning of the brain’s cortex. The cortex is the outer layer of the brain in which critical cognitive functions such as memory, language and perception take place. Interestingly, the findings also suggest that stopping smoking helps to restore at least part of the cortex’s thickness.

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Brain-injury data used to map intelligence in the brain

A new study found that specific structures, primarily on the left side of the brain, are vital to general intelligence and executive function (the ability to regulate and control behavior). Brain regions that are associated with general intelligence and executive function are shown in color, with red indicating common areas, orange indicating regions specific to general intelligence, and yellow indicating areas specific to executive function.

April 10, 2012
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Scientists report that they have mapped the physical architecture of intelligence in the brain. This is one of the largest and most comprehensive analyses so far of the brain structures vital to general intelligence and to specific aspects of intellectual functioning, such as verbal comprehension and working memory.

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When a broken heart becomes a real medical condition

When a broken heart becomes a real medical condition | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Broken heart syndrome occurs during highly stressful or emotional times, such as a romantic breakup, death of a spouse, serious medical diagnosis or significant financial problems. Symptoms can easily be mistaken for a heart attack.
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Study shows brain area involved in eye movements, heading

Study shows brain area involved in eye movements, heading | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
An area of the brain involved in eye movements also plays an important role in establishing our direction and navigating our environment, a Dartmouth College study finds.
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Repairing the brain: Why we're living in an age of neuroscience

Repairing the brain: Why we're living in an age of neuroscience | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
One of the most extraordinary stories in Norman Doidge's new book, The Brain's Way of Healing, is that of the Broadway singer, Ron Husmann. Husmann developed multiple sclerosis (MS) and, over a 30-year period, the disease robbed him of his rich baritone voice and most of the function of his limbs. A friend of Husmann's, who had also developed MS, told him about a laboratory at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where they were testing an electronic device that seemed to be effective at treating
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Tests Show NFL Brain Damage May Linger, Start Young

Tests Show NFL Brain Damage May Linger, Start Young | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
After the highly charged Super Bowl, two sobering studies emerged. One unveiled an improved molecular imaging technology that verified—and precisely identified—brain damage in some National Football League (NFL) players. The other study revealed that brain damage can be more severe in NFL players who start playing football before age 12.
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How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Examine My Brain | Brain Blogger

How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Examine My Brain | Brain Blogger | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it

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Brain’s response to angry or fearful faces may reveal vulnerability to stress

Brain’s response to angry or fearful faces may reveal vulnerability to stress | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Duke University scientists have a new strategy to predict whether individuals are at an increased risk for depression or anxiety after stressful events, and therefore might benefit from interventions aimed at safeguarding their mental health.
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