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How does the brain create sequences?

How does the brain create sequences? | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
When you learn how to play the piano, first you have to learn notes, scales and chords and only then will you be able to play a piece of music.
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Bookmark the permalink. The Dark Side of a World Without Boundaries - Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies

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Bookmark the permalink. The Dark Side of a World Without Boundaries Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies The problem I see with Nicolelis' view of the future of neuroscience, which I discussed last time, is not that I find it unlikely...
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Brain regions thought to be uniquely human share many similarities with monkeys - Science Codex

Science Codex Brain regions thought to be uniquely human share many similarities with monkeys Science Codex Dorsally it included the inferior frontal sulcus and, more posteriorly, it included PMv; anteriorly it was bound by the paracingulate sulcus...
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What Do Dreams Mean? Nightmares Have Greater Emotional Impact Than Bad Dreams Do

What Do Dreams Mean? Nightmares Have Greater Emotional Impact Than Bad Dreams Do | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Researchers at the University of Montreal analyzed about 10,000 dream narratives and found that fear was not always a factor in the spectrum of emotions participants felt during nightmares, which they concluded have a greater impact on emotions...
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New molecule protects brain from detrimental effects linked to diabetes and high blood sugar

New molecule protects brain from detrimental effects linked to diabetes and high blood sugar | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Researchers at the Hebrew university of Jerusalem have created a molecule that could potentially lower diabetic patients’ higher risk of developing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
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Google buys artificial intelligence firm DeepMind Technologies for £400m

Google buys artificial intelligence firm DeepMind Technologies for £400m | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
London-based firm set up by chess-prodigy-turned-neuroscientist is Google's biggest ever European acquisition A two-year-old British technology company set up by a former child chess prodigy who became a groundbreaking neuroscientist has become...
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New Job Openings at The Centre for Effective Altruism

New Job Openings at The Centre for Effective Altruism | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it

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Louie Helm's curator insight, January 26, 2014 7:19 AM

Looking for a job that leverages your skills in fundraising or web development to achieve a massive positive social impact? Could you help a growing charity in the heart of Oxford, UK with anything from research, operations, or public relations? Or perhaps you want to make a high-level difference with your career by helping thousands of others make a difference with their careers?


The Centre for Effective Altruism (the umbrella org of Giving What We Can and 80,000 Hours) is currently looking for a Director of Development, a Lead Technical Developer, a Careers Analyst and interns for their Graduate Volunteer Scheme. To find out more or to apply, click here. Deadline 21st February 2014, 5pm GMT.

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Scientists unlock gender key to treating stroke

Scientists unlock gender key to treating stroke | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
(Medical Xpress)—Stroke is Australia's second biggest killer after coronary heart disease and a leading cause of disability, and there is no treatment for the disease which costs the Australian economy more than $49 million every year.
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Brain biomarker shows promise in heart

Brain biomarker shows promise in heart | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
A biomarker widely used to diagnose brain injury has shown early promise for assessing the severity of heart inflammation, or myocarditis, find researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins, and the Mayo Clinic.
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UM gets grant money for brain injury research - San Francisco Chronicle

UM gets grant money for brain injury research - San Francisco Chronicle | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
UM gets grant money for brain injury research
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How Thinking Works: 10 Brilliant Cognitive Psychology Studies Everyone Should Know — PsyBlog

How Thinking Works: 10 Brilliant Cognitive Psychology Studies Everyone Should Know — PsyBlog | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
How experts think, the power of framing, the miracle of attention, the weird world of cognitive biases and more… (How Thinking Works: 10 Brilliant Cognitive Psychology Studies Everyone Should Know http://t.co/WbW8F2jV5N)...
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Ethics and the BRAIN Project

Ethics and the BRAIN Project | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
President Obama’s BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative aims to provide an unprecedented window into the internal life of the human brain.  But ethical issues are bound to arise while analyzing...
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Modulation of NMDA receptor at the synapse: Promising therapeutic interventions in disorders of the nervous system

Modulation of NMDA receptor at the synapse: Promising therapeutic interventions in disorders of the nervous system | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it

[Review] There is general agreement that excessive activation of N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors plays a key role in mediating at least some aspects of synaptic dysfunction in several central nervous system disorders. On this view, in the last decades, research focused on the discovery of different compounds able to reduce NMDA receptor activity, such as classical and/or subunit-specific antagonists. However, the increasing body of knowledge on specific signaling pathways downstream NMDA receptors led to the identification of new pharmacological targets for NMDA receptor-related pathological conditions. Moreover, besides over-activation, several studies indicated that also abnormal NMDA receptor trafficking, resulting in the modification of the receptor subunit composition at the synapse, has a major role in the pathogenesis of several brain disorders. For this reason, the discovery of the molecular mechanisms regulating the abundance of synaptic versus extra-synaptic NMDA receptors as well as the activation of the specific signaling pathways downstream the different NMDA receptor subtypes is needed for the development of novel therapeutic approaches for NMDA receptor-dependent synaptic dysfunction. (...) - Mellone M. & Gardoni FEuropean Journal of Pharmacology

Volume 719, Issues 1–3, 5 November 2013, Pages 75–83


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What makes us human? Unique brain area linked to higher cognitive powers

What makes us human? Unique brain area linked to higher cognitive powers | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Oxford University researchers have identified an area of the human brain that appears unlike anything in the brains of some of our closest relatives.
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Deciphering Tangled Connections Neuron by Neuron | Image of the Week

Deciphering Tangled Connections Neuron by Neuron | Image of the Week | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
One approach to understanding the brain is to reconstruct the shapes and connections of individual neurons.
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3D Brain Model Of Most Studied Amnesiac, Henry Molaison, Provides Insight Into Human Memory

3D Brain Model Of Most Studied Amnesiac, Henry Molaison, Provides Insight Into Human Memory | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
The brain that belonged to an amnesic patient, Henry Molaison, who arguably received the most attention ever in the field of neuroscience, has been sliced up to create a detailed 3D digital archive that will continue to shed light on memory.
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Low levels of pro-inflammatory agent help cognition in rats

Low levels of pro-inflammatory agent help cognition in rats | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Although inflammation is frequently a cause of disease in the body, research from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio indicates that low levels of a pro-inflammatory cytokine in the brain are important for cognition.
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Natural plant compound prevents Alzheimer's disease in mice

Natural plant compound prevents Alzheimer's disease in mice | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
(Medical Xpress)—A chemical that's found in fruits and vegetables from strawberries to cucumbers appears to stop memory loss that accompanies Alzheimer's disease in mice, scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have discovered.
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Study casts doubt on theory that retired NFL players suffer CTE

Study casts doubt on theory that retired NFL players suffer CTE | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
The media have widely reported that a debilitating neurological condition called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a well-established disease in retired athletes who played football and other contact sports.
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Neuropsychology of social groups

Neuropsychology of social groups | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
For our brain, animate and inanimate objects belong to different categories and any information about them is stored and processed by different networks.
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New brain-scanning technique allows scientists to see when and where the brain processes visual information

New brain-scanning technique allows scientists to see when and where the brain processes visual information | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Every time you open your eyes, visual information flows into your brain, which interprets what you're seeing.
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Visual system can retain considerable plasticity after extended blindness

Visual system can retain considerable plasticity after extended blindness | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Deprivation of vision during critical periods of childhood development has long been thought to result in irreversible vision loss.
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Neuroscience's most famous brain is reconstructed - New Scientist

Neuroscience's most famous brain is reconstructed New Scientist A 3D reconstruction of the brain of Henry Molaison, whose surgery to cure him of epilepsy left him with no short-term memory, will allow scientists to continue to garner insights into...
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Painless Brain Stimulation Improves Mental Arithmetic in Five Days — PsyBlog

Painless Brain Stimulation Improves Mental Arithmetic in Five Days — PsyBlog | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Transcranial Random Noise Stimulation can improve learning and speed up mental calculations.

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The Power of Music on the Brain

The Power of Music on the Brain | Social Neuroscience Advances | Scoop.it
Tufts University neuroscientist, Aniruddh Patel, explains how music is one of the most powerful ways to activate most of the brain…from our emotions to memory, motor control and more.
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