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Researchers uncover cellular mechanisms for attention in the brain

Researchers uncover cellular mechanisms for attention in the brain | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
The ability to pay attention to relevant information while ignoring distractions is a core brain function. Without the ability to focus and filter out "noise," we could not effectively interact with our environment.
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Embryonic stem cells could help restore sight to blind

Embryonic stem cells could help restore sight to blind | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Photoreceptors grown from embryonic stem cells have been successfully implanted in the retinas of blind mice
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Certain blood pressure drugs slow dementia deterioration

Certain blood pressure drugs slow dementia deterioration | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
A class of drug, called ACE inhibitors, which are used to lower blood pressure, slow the rate of cognitive decline typical of dementia, suggests research published in the online journal BMJ Open.
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Frontiers | Neural Circuitry of Impulsivity in a Cigarette Craving Paradigm | Frontiers in Addictive Disorders and Behavioral Dyscontrol

Frontiers | Neural Circuitry of Impulsivity in a Cigarette Craving Paradigm | Frontiers in Addictive Disorders and Behavioral Dyscontrol | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Frontiers | Neural Circuitry of Impulsivity in a Cigarette Craving Paradigm | Frontiers in Addictive Disorders and Behavioral Dyscontrol publishes articles on the most outstanding discoveries across the research spectrum of Frontiers | Neural...
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Brain Ultrasound: How Sound Waves Can Boost Mood

Brain Ultrasound: How Sound Waves Can Boost Mood | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Pilot study finds mood of chronic pain patients is boosted by left-field use of ultrasound machine. Could it work for all of us?
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Coldhearted Psychopaths Feel Empathy Too - Yahoo! News

Coldhearted Psychopaths Feel Empathy Too - Yahoo! News | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
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As expected, the psychopaths' brains showed less empathy than mentally healthy individuals while watching others experience pain or affection.
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Tiny Bubbles Hold Big Promise for NMR/MRI « Berkeley Lab News Center

Tiny Bubbles Hold Big Promise for NMR/MRI « Berkeley Lab News Center | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
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Want to Satisfy Your Partner? Give them Some Gratitude

Want to Satisfy Your Partner? Give them Some Gratitude | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
A new study shows how receiving gratitude improves people's attitudes toward their relationship.

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» The Three Factors of Loneliness - The Emotionally Sensitive Person

» The Three Factors of Loneliness - The Emotionally Sensitive Person | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
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Chips that Mimic the Brain

Chips that Mimic the Brain | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Researchers developed a new micro-chip that mimics information processing in the brain in real time.
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Gallo Center scientists identify key brain circuits that control compulsive drinking in rats

Gallo Center scientists identify key brain circuits that control compulsive drinking in rats | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
A research team led by scientists from the Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center at the University of California, San Francisco has identified circuitry in the brain that drives compulsive drinking in rats, and likely plays a similar role in...
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Beyond Personality: The Six Dimensions of Emotional Style

Beyond Personality: The Six Dimensions of Emotional Style | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it

After studying the specific neural signatures that underlie what we’ve always thought of as “personality traits,” researchers have identified six dimensions referred to as Emotional Style. What we've thought of as traits (like shyness or impulsivity) are actually related to where we fall on scales like "sensitivity to context" and "resilience."

“Each dimension describes a continuum,” explains researcher Richard Davidson in his book written with Sharon Begley. “Some people fall at one or the other extreme of that continuum, while others fall somewhere in the middle. The combination of where you fall on each dimension adds up to your overall Emotional Style fingerprint.” But there's more: if we want to, we can actually alter our emotional style. What are the six dimensions, and where would you place yourself along them? . . . 

 


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(From the article): But it may also come as a welcome realization: a gift, even. To think that we aren’t stuck with the aspects of our approach that aren’t working for us can be seen, in some respects, as an open door to a new way of life and a more effective way of relating to others.

 

Because at the root of it, the key to an effective emotional style is the key to the success of our relationships. And relationships are what make our lives worth living.

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Beyond masculinity: Testosterone, gender/sex, and human social behavior in a comparative context

Beyond masculinity: Testosterone, gender/sex, and human social behavior in a comparative context | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
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Neurons in the rat brain use a preexisting set of firing sequences to encode future navigational experiences

Neurons in the rat brain use a preexisting set of firing sequences to encode future navigational experiences | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Specialized neurons called place cells, located in the hippocampus region of the brain, fire when an animal is in a particular location in its environment, and it is the linear sequence of their firing that encodes in the brain movement...
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The Man With A 'Battery Operated Brain' : NPR

The Man With A 'Battery Operated Brain' : NPR | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Every so often you see something deeply, truly, can't-believe-they-can-do-this astonishing. This is one of those. A small invention, inserted into a brain, that can silence a neural nightmare with the push of a button.
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This Brain Part Decides What Goes Viral on Social Media

This Brain Part Decides What Goes Viral on Social Media | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
The Temporo-Parietal Junction is the area of the brain that gets activated when we're thinking about how to share something and who to share it with.

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If the TPJ was particularly active when someone saw an idea for a pilot, it successfully predicted not only whether they would pitch a given show, but how persuasive they were when making that pitch later on.

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Seven Ways Music Influences Mood

Seven Ways Music Influences Mood | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Good music has direct access to the emotions. As such it's a fantastic tool for tweaking our moods.
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For a healthy brain, don’t let the trash pile up

For a healthy brain, don’t let the trash pile up | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
NIH-funded study finds that quickly clearing away damaged proteins may help prevent neurodegenerative disorders
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Brain research shows psychopathic criminals do not lack empathy, but fail to use it automatically

Brain research shows psychopathic criminals do not lack empathy, but fail to use it automatically | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Criminal psychopathy can be both repulsive and fascinating, as illustrated by the vast number of books and movies inspired by this topic.
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Neural Simulations Hint at the Origin of Brain Waves

Neural Simulations Hint at the Origin of Brain Waves | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Researchers show how a complex computer model is providing a new tool to solve the mystery of how interconnected neurons work together to produce brain waves.
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Rejection is more powerful than you think

Rejection is more powerful than you think | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
In the brain it registers like physical pain
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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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The Love Hormone is Two-Faced

The Love Hormone is Two-Faced | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
The 'love hormone' oxytocin can strengthen bad memories and induce future fear and anxiety, a new study suggests.
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Study unlocks structure of protein causing depression and anxiety

Study unlocks structure of protein causing depression and anxiety | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Scientists at Heptares Therapeutics, a company based in the UK, have determined the structure of a protein molecule produced by the pituitary gland responsible for feelings of stress, anxiety and depression in humans.
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Coherence activity in neuronal cultures from noise focusing

Coherence activity in neuronal cultures from noise focusing | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
A research led by researchers from the University of Barcelona (UB) and published on Nature Physics enables to establish a basic mechanism of collective of self-organization of cultured neuronal networks.
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