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A genetic answer to the Alzheimer's riddle?

A genetic answer to the Alzheimer's riddle? | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
What if we could pinpoint a hereditary cause for Alzheimer's, and intervene to reduce the risk of the disease? We may be closer to that goal, thanks to a team at the University of Kentucky.
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New tool peeks into brain to measure consciousness

New tool peeks into brain to measure consciousness | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
It can be hard for doctors to tell if someone who is severely brain injured and not responding has any lingering awareness. Now researchers have created a tool to peek inside the brain and measure varying levels of consciousness.
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Neuroimaging specialists use tanners to identify whether UV light triggers brain's pleasure sensors

Neuroimaging specialists at UT Southwestern Medical Center are launching the first clinical trial involving frequent and infrequent tanners designed to identify whether UV light triggers the brain's pleasure sensors.
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How to Rewire Your Brain to Be More Kind Toward Others

Kindness is the state of caring about other people's well-being and taking action to help make other people's lives better and happier. Here are fundamental ways we can build more kindness in our everyday lives.
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Predictive and Reactive Mechanisms in Smile Reciprocity

RT @StuartJRitchie: Aw, here's a nice paper on smile reciprocity to cheer you up: http://t.co/fFFsal9JwC
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Brain's flexible hub network helps humans adapt: Switching stations route processing of novel cognitive tasks

Brain's flexible hub network helps humans adapt: Switching stations route processing of novel cognitive tasks | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
(Medical Xpress)—One thing that sets humans apart from other animals is our ability to intelligently and rapidly adapt to a wide variety of new challenges—using skills learned in much different contexts to inform and guide the handling...
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Role-Playing Study: The Powerful Lack Empathy For Others, While The Lowly Feel Everyone's Pain

Role-Playing Study: The Powerful Lack Empathy For Others, While The Lowly Feel Everyone's Pain | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Those with powerful feel less empathy for others, as power corrupts absolutely.
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Researchers Protect GABA Neurons from Oxidative Stress From Pain Caused By Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury causing neuropathic pain is unfortunately a daily reality for millions of Americans.  This condition generally occurs after injury to the central nervous system and it is a malfunction in the nervous system that can become chronic.  Individuals can suffer pain even from a light touch or suddenly feel freezing from slight changes in temperature.

Currently, researchers believe that neuropathic pain comes from spinal nerve cells that release the neurotransmitter GABA.  GABA is the main inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain and is responsible for preventing over excitation in the brain.  In this case, GABA neurons have been damaged or completely disabled allowing for pain impulses to go out of control.  If these GABA neurons could be kept alive after injury to the nervous system, it’s possible that an individual could forgo neuropathic pain.

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Go Ahead – Embrace Nostalgia, It's Healthy For You - Santa Monica Mirror

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Go Ahead – Embrace Nostalgia, It's Healthy For You Santa Monica Mirror Mark Underwood is a neuroscience researcher, president, and co-founder of Quincy Bioscience, a biotech company located in Madison, Wisconsin focused on the discovery,...
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New patterns found in the genetic relationship of five major psychiatric disorders

New patterns found in the genetic relationship of five major psychiatric disorders | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
The largest genome-wide study of its kind has determined how much five major mental illnesses are traceable to the same common inherited genetic variations.
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Brains of women with autism show masculine traits

Brains of women with autism show masculine traits | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Do women who are on the autism spectrum have brains that are more “masculine”?
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Oxytocin: decreasing cacophony in the brain – Neurorexia

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"Neuro" + "orexia" = An appetite for neuroscience. All about the noggin. With a little body thrown in. (by Shelly Fan)
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Are PET Scans Effective To Diagnose Alzheimer's? Government Weighs Their ... - Medical Daily

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How neurons get wired

How neurons get wired | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Two different versions of the same signaling protein tell a nerve cell which end is which, UA researchers have discovered. The findings could help improve therapies for spinal injuries and neurodegenerative diseases.
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Mutated Genes in Schizophrenia Map to Brain Networks - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Mutated Genes in Schizophrenia Map to Brain Networks - National Institutes of Health (NIH) | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
People with schizophrenia have a high number of spontaneous mutations in genes that form a network in the front region of the brain. The findings reveal new clues about the disorder.
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Emory’s Yerkes Research Center receives $9.5M grant to establish research center to study oxytocin

The Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory University, has received a five-year, $9.5 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to establish a Silvio O.
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Human cells respond in healthy, unhealthy ways to different kinds of happiness

Human cells respond in healthy, unhealthy ways to different kinds of happiness | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Human bodies recognize at the molecular level that not all happiness is created equal, responding in ways that can help or hinder physical health, according to new research.
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Seeing the brain at greater depth

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Brain tissue is opaque, so classical microscopy methods require slicing the brain into ultra-thin slivers to allow light to shine through.
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Study shows new neurons aid stroke recovery - Telemanagement

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Study shows new neurons aid stroke recovery
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Stroke is one of the leading causes of death and disability, affecting around 700,000 Americans each year.
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New Technique Allows Researchers to Measure Electrical Activity in ...

New Technique Allows Researchers to Measure Electrical Activity in ... | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
By inserting a fluorescent protein in neurons that emits light of varying intensity to mirror changes in electrical activity within the cells, scientists have discovered a new technique that allows them to precisely measure electrical ...
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Love Hormone Oxytocin Can Cause Emotional Pain, New Study Says - Sci-News.com

Love Hormone Oxytocin Can Cause Emotional Pain, New Study Says - Sci-News.com | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Sci-News.com Love Hormone Oxytocin Can Cause Emotional Pain, New Study Says Sci-News.com New research reported in the journal Nature Neuroscience says that oxytocin, a hormone that promotes feelings of love, social bonding and well-being, can cause...
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Is Neuroscience Really Too Small? - Neuroskeptic

Is Neuroscience Really Too Small? - Neuroskeptic | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Back in April a paper came out in Nature Reviews Neuroscience that shocked many: Katherine Button et al's Power failure: why small sample size undermines t
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Empathy can hurt you! Compassion heals.

Empathy can hurt you!  Compassion heals. | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it

Empathy can hurt you and is a state that someone cannot remain in and be healthy. Compassion can be an ever giving, joyful, state of being. So says several great thinkers of our day such as Roshi Joan Halifax of Upaya and Matthieu Ricard, Buddhist Monk, author and advisor to the Dalai Lama. An empathetic state is seen as de-energizing and a compassionate state is seen as ever-energizing.]

 

In a number of schools training for care givers and aid workers is being focused on moving them out of empathetic states that tend to lead to PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) into more balanced compassionate states.

 

"Compassion is considered to be:

 

by: Jeffrey Walker


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How Fears Develop: Scientific American

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Dwayne Godwin is a neuroscientist at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Jorge Cham draws the comic strip Piled Higher and Deeper at www.phdcomics.com .
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A new view of perirhinal cortex: From recognition memory to fluency ...

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Although it is well established that the perirhinal cortex (PRC) makes an important contribution to recognition memory, the specific nature of this contribution remains uncertain. The finding that PRC activity is reduced for old ...
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