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Diverse Disciplines Team Up for Neuroscience - BU Today

We have recordings of cells' membrane potentials and spiking activity, behavioral data, fMRI images. But there's not much theory for linking data ...
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Frontiers | Towards a New Cognitive Neuroscience: Modeling Natural Brain Dynamics

Frontiers | Towards a New Cognitive Neuroscience: Modeling Natural Brain Dynamics | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Decades of brain imaging experiments have revealed important insights into the architecture of the human brain and the detailed anatomic basis for the neural dynamics supporting human cognition....
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States of Curiosity Modulate Hippocampus-Dependent Learning via the Dopaminergic Circuit: Neuron

RT @neuroperson: New in Neuron - how intrinsic curiosity for a subject enhances learning in the brain http://t.co/OQx2NndAJt
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Stroke researchers explore implications of ipsilateral spatial neglect after stroke

Stroke researchers explore implications of ipsilateral spatial neglect after stroke | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Stroke researchers have confirmed that damage to the right frontal-subcortical network may cause ipsilateral spatial neglect.
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Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference 2013 Boston College

The 2013 Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference was held Friday, May 3 in McGuinn.


Nicole Trauffer is the 2013 recipient of the Peter Gray Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Psychology. Professor Michael Moore presented the award.


Book of Abstracts for PURC 2013TABLE OF CONTENTS

The Stability of Symmetry Preferences
Lila Abboud

Situation Factors in Person Perception
Brenda Alicedo

Oxytocin in the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis modulates sexually dimorphic social recognition behavior in rats
Andrea G. Alonso

To Pour or Not to Pour: The Alcohol Over-Pouring Effect in College Students
Laura Banu

Pupil dilation during emotion processing
Michelle Blair

Facing the Facts about Morality: When are morals perceived as objective truths?
Elizabeth Blevins

Emotional Memory Retrieval across the Adult Lifespan
Maria Box

Effects of emotion, age, and sleep on memory trade-off
Joana Ruby Bueno

Mental Rotation: Practice Effects and Correlates With Empathy
Mansoor Choudhry

Effects of Gender and Stereotype Threat on Mathematics and Predictive Learning Tasks
Elizabeth Corwin

The Effects of Emotion on Memory for Details
Anthony Cossette

An Analysis of Altruistic Behavior Predictors
Michael Cullen

Is the recognition of facial expressions affected by the method of experiment?
Marissa DiGirolamo

Children's Propensity to Give in Response to Increased Need and Resources
Allyse N. Fazio

The Effects of Multitasking on Item Memory and Source Memory
Brianna Fitz

On Generosity, Happiness, and Shared Enthusiasm
Alex Garinther

Context Specificity Of Concurrently Trained Excitation and Extinction
Gabriela Hidalgo

What’s math got to do with it? The effects of role model domain in alleviating gender stereotype threat
Tiffany House

Sex differences in vasopressin and oxytocin receptor binding densities in the rat brain
Marisa A. Immormino and Sterling L. Karakula

Friendship Quality in Young Adulthood: The Influence of Parental Attachment and Sibling Relationship Quality
Kristen Incarnato

How Does Drawing Repair Mood? Managing Affect Through Drawing
Ciara James

Determining an Individual's Utility Function and Predicting the Outcome of Bets
Matt Johnson

Scene stealers: The impact of object size on the perceived scale of visual environments
Emilie Josephs

Fear-cue induced inhibition of eating: Activation of brainstem nuclei
Meghana Kuthyar

The effect of shape familiarity on object-based attention
Molly LaPoint

Investigating Attitudes toward Criminal Offenders: Stigma and its Implications
Gabrielle Lewine

Can Categorical and Numerical Judgments be Swayed by Visual Processing Style?
Amy Lipton

The Effects of Verbal Labels on Numerical Discrimination in Infancy
Jacqueline Mendoza

Social novelty-seeking: The role of oxytocin in the nucleus accumbens
Jazmin Mogavero

Fear-cue induced inhibition of eating: Activation of hypothalamic orexin neurons
Jordan Newmark

Spot the Difference: The relationship between working memory and mental rotation ability
Rachel Newmiller

Ambivalence in Delay Discounting, Social Discounting, and Moral Dilemmas
Natalia Nincevic

Differentiating Theory of Mind from Emotional Facial Expression Recognition Through Training
Alexandra Pierce

The Effects of Beliefs about Emotion Utility on Preferences, Feelings, and Behavior
Emily Rhodes

The Effect of Emotion and Autistic Traits on Time Processing in Adults
Joseph Schade

Training to Shift a Universal Bias—Intentionality Assignment
Luke Silveira

The Neural Correlates for Predicting Actions Using Social vs. Nonsocial Information
Michael Stepanovic

College students' experience-based understanding of love
Nicole Trauffer

How Doctors can be Good Listeners: Effects on Medical Memory of Attending to Different Aspects of Patients’ Minds
Nick Vissicchio

The Power of Community for College Women
Allison White

Underestimating the Opponent’s Big Lead in Political Polls
Mackenna Woodring

Social play behavior in rats: The role of oxytocin in the nucleus accumbens
Christine Wu and Jazmin Mogavero

What Face Do Adults Match with Disgust Elicitors? Comparing the standard disgust face and the sick face
Anne Yoder

Fear-cue induced inhibition of eating: Activation of the central nucleus of the amygdala
Jack Young

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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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Cognitive Neuroscience of Human Communication | Vesna Mildner | digital library Bookfi

Cognitive Neuroscience of Human Communication | Vesna Mildner | digital library Bookfi | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
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Pain words stand out more for those experiencing it

Ache, agony, distress and pain draw more attention than non-pain related words when it comes to people who suffer from chronic pain, a research using state-of-the-art eye-tracking technology has found.
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Driven to Draw: Creativity Erupts from Brain Insult

Driven to Draw: Creativity Erupts from Brain Insult | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
After eating one banana at 10’oclock precisely, she begins furiously
drawing on the nearest blank sheet of paper.  Her hand moves as if
possessed, compulsively and rapidly sketching the same inane subjects from
the day before. The irrepressible urge to create results in a complete
neglect of her personal hygiene.  Later, she gathers her pictures in a neat
pile and binge eats an entire box of cookies.  This isn’t a starving artist
preparing for an opening show. This is Mrs. YCFZ, an 83 yr old patient
never notably interested in art, diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia.
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The neural circuitry of expertise: perceptual learning and social cognition | Frontiers in Human Neuroscience

Amongst the most significant questions we are confronted with today include the integration of the brain's micro-circuitry, our ability to build the complex social networks that underpin society and how our society impacts on our ecological environment. In trying to unravel these issues one place to begin is at the level of the individual: to consider how we accumulate information about our environment, how this information leads to decisions and how our individual decisions in turn create our social environment. While this is an enormous task, we may already have at hand many of the tools we need. This article is intended to review some of the recent results in neuro-cognitive research and show how they can be extended to two very specific types of expertise: perceptual expertise and social cognition. These two cognitive skills span a vast range of our genetic heritage. Perceptual expertise developed very early in our evolutionary history and is likely a highly developed part of all mammals' cognitive ability. On the other hand social cognition is most highly developed in humans in that we are able to maintain larger and more stable long term social connections with more behaviourally diverse individuals than any other species. To illustrate these ideas I will discuss board games as a toy model of social interactions as they include many of the relevant concepts: perceptual learning, decision-making, long term planning and understanding the mental states of other people. Using techniques that have been developed in mathematical psychology, I show that we can represent some of the key features of expertise using stochastic differential equations. Such models demonstrate how an expert's long exposure to a particular context influences the information they accumulate in order to make a decision.These processes are not confined to board games, we are all experts in our daily lives through long exposure to the many regularities of daily tasks and social contexts.
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Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder associated with dendritic spine loss in brain - PsyPost

Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder associated with dendritic spine loss in brain - PsyPost | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder both appear to be associated with dendritic spine loss in the brain, suggesting the two distinct disorders may share com
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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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