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How Your Cat Is Making You Crazy - Atlantic Mobile

How Your Cat Is Making You Crazy - Atlantic Mobile | Brains & Things | Scoop.it

"Certainly Flegr’s thinking is jarringly unconventional. Starting in the early 1990s, he began to suspect that a single-celled parasite in the protozoan family was subtly manipulating his personality, causing him to behave in strange, often self-destructive ways. And if it was messing with his mind, he reasoned, it was probably doing the same to others."

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White House Science Fair: Obama Calls for More Support for STEM Education

White House Science Fair: Obama Calls for More Support for STEM Education | Brains & Things | Scoop.it

"If we invite the team that wins the Super Bowl to the White House, we need to invite some science-fair winners to the White House as well," he said before an audience of students, teachers and prominent science professionals including NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and Bill Nye the Science Guy.

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I am the left brain. I am a scientist....

I am the left brain. I am a scientist.... | Brains & Things | Scoop.it
carlop: “ I am the left brain. I am a scientist. A mathematician. I love the familiar. I categorize. I am accurate. Linear. Analytical. Strategic. I am practical. Always in control. A master of words...
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Rationally Speaking: The mismeasure of neuroscience

Rationally Speaking: The mismeasure of neuroscience | Brains & Things | Scoop.it

"These days you can’t turn around without bumping into yet another news story about “the neuroscience of X.” Some of it is fascinating, some controversial, and quite a bit of it is, well, let’s say at the very least, misguided."

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Are you Risk Literate? | Decision Science News

Are you Risk Literate? | Decision Science News | Brains & Things | Scoop.it
THE BERLIN NUMERACY TEST We've written before about the challenges of communicating risks.
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What Is Wrong With Science In America?

What Is Wrong With Science In America? | Brains & Things | Scoop.it

"I came across this chart today, the point of which seems to be that America sucks at science.   Although I am far from a scientist, I've spoken with enough of them to know that this is not an uncommon outlook."

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Men Remember Repulsive Images, Women Pleasant Ones | LiveScience

Men Remember Repulsive Images, Women Pleasant Ones | LiveScience | Brains & Things | Scoop.it
Men are hard-wired to remember unpleasant emotional experiences — the opposite of women.
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The Mermaid's Tale: That's disgusting! Make up your own Just-So story about the evolution of an emotion

The Mermaid's Tale: That's disgusting! Make up your own Just-So story about the evolution of an emotion | Brains & Things | Scoop.it

Everyone seems to be talking about disgust these days, from why it evolved to what parts of our brains light up when we feel it (it's the anterior insular cortex).

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The Power of Introverts: A Manifesto for Quiet Brilliance: Scientific American

The Power of Introverts: A Manifesto for Quiet Brilliance: Scientific American | Brains & Things | Scoop.it

"Do you enjoy having time to yourself, but always feel a little guilty about it? Then Susan Cain’s “Quiet: The Power of Introverts” is for you. It’s part book, part manifesto. We live in a nation that values its extroverts – the outgoing, the lovers of crowds – but not the quiet types who change the world."

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Science decodes 'internal voices'

Science decodes 'internal voices' | Brains & Things | Scoop.it

Researchers turn brain waves from thoughts of words into actual words, in a breakthrough that could benefit comatose and locked-in patients.

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I Am Science

I Am Science | Brains & Things | Scoop.it

"So, here’s what I really do: I am a specialist of 9th grade cognition. I take concrete operational minds and guide them to their abstract operational fruition. I scaffold the baffling unknown with the old familiar. Blank stares become skeptical squints become upraised eyebrows of wonder. Or not. I can’t reach them all. But, I get most of them. Every year is the same, but every day is different. I have learned more science in the teaching of it than in all my formal coursework. And, in teaching, I have reclaimed the joy of discovery through my students."

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15 Ideas for Using Digital Cameras in Science

15 Ideas for Using Digital Cameras in Science | Brains & Things | Scoop.it

"6. A super-accurate stopwatch
Many cameras have a video mode. It could be used to film an event that takes such a short time (less than 2 seconds) that using a regular stopwatch would yield poor results because of human reaction time." via @engagined @chrisemdin

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How to Misspell your Allusions – Riener on Dyson on Kahneman (and Freud and James)

How to Misspell your Allusions – Riener on Dyson on Kahneman (and Freud and James) | Brains & Things | Scoop.it

Dyson’s latest review, of Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking Fast and Slow annoyed me. In a nutshell, he is a physicist, not a psychologist, not a historian, and yet he speaks with confidence about the state of modern psychology, as well as its history. This confidence is misplaced, because not only does he get a few specific things wrong, but he also mischaracterizes the field. The trouble begins with a seemingly innocent and typical heaping on of praise for Kahneman:

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At Meharry, M.D. means ‘Make a Difference’

At Meharry, M.D. means ‘Make a Difference’ | Brains & Things | Scoop.it

Meharry, a United Methodist-related medical, dental and research university, is the nation’s largest private, independent, historically black academic health center. The college is dedicated to educating minority and other health professionals and to researching the causes of health disparities.

Nearly 20 percent of African-American physicians and 30 percent of African-American dentists practicing in the United States are Meharry alumni. More than 70 percent of Meharry’s graduates practice in underserved communities.

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What You Need to Succeed—and How To Find Out If You Have It

What You Need to Succeed—and How To Find Out If You Have It | Brains & Things | Scoop.it
Whether you succeed at work may depend on many factors—intelligence, empathy, self-control, talent and persistence, to name a few. But one determinant may outweigh many of ...
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Information and Contemplative Thought

Information and Contemplative Thought | Brains & Things | Scoop.it
We are living through a vast cognitive shift: Information has turned from a scarce resource into an abundant feature of life.
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How to Name Things

How to Name Things | Brains & Things | Scoop.it

"Naming and counting are the two most basic behaviors in our divided brains. Naming is the atomic act of association, recognition, contextualization and synthesis."

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Gone Without a Case: Suspicious Elder Deaths Rarely Investigated - ProPublica

Gone Without a Case: Suspicious Elder Deaths Rarely Investigated - ProPublica | Brains & Things | Scoop.it

"Because of gaps in government data, it's impossible to say how many suspicious cases have been written off as natural fatalities. However, the limited evidence available points to a significant problem: When investigators in one jurisdiction comprehensively reviewed deaths of older people, they discovered scores of cases in which elders suffered mistreatment."

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Don’t Believe Everything Your Mind Says | Psychology Today

Don’t Believe Everything Your Mind Says | Psychology Today | Brains & Things | Scoop.it

In The User's Guide, I wrote about some of the mind's most inexplicable and troubling tendencies, and what to do about them. Today I'll discuss one of the most important things we should know about our minds before attempting to use them in public: we perceive only bits and pieces of the world around us, but our minds fill in the blanks to create the illusion of a seamless experience.


Via Gerald Carey
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My Bias Is More Objective Than Your Bias

My Bias Is More Objective Than Your Bias | Brains & Things | Scoop.it

"Lately a plethora of research in psychology and neuroscience has suggested that when we argue about politics, we are claiming to be more objective than the person or persons we are arguing with. The result is that, most of the time, political argument serves no purpose except to drive home and reinforce the beliefs we already hold."

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Testosterone makes us less cooperative and more egocentric, study finds

Testosterone makes us less cooperative and more egocentric, study finds | Brains & Things | Scoop.it
Testosterone makes us overvalue our own opinions at the expense of cooperation, research from the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging at UCL (University College London) has found.

Via Dimitris Agorastos
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Touching a Teddy Bear Mitigates Negative Effects of Social Exclusion to Increase Prosocial Behavior

Touching a Teddy Bear Mitigates Negative Effects of Social Exclusion to Increase Prosocial Behavior | Brains & Things | Scoop.it
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Quiet, Please: Unleashing 'The Power Of Introverts' : NPR

Introvert Susan Cain is here to make the case for people who like to work in peace and quiet. Today's workplaces are designed for extroverts, she says, and put too much emphasis on group work.
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Everything You Thought You Knew About Learning Is Wrong

Everything You Thought You Knew About Learning Is Wrong | Brains & Things | Scoop.it

"Taking notes during class? Topic-focused study? A consistent learning environment? All are exactly opposite the best strategies for learning." via @learningcouncil

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Israeli documentarian tackles the question of what makes a hero

Israeli documentarian tackles the question of what makes a hero | Brains & Things | Scoop.it

"10% - What Makes a Hero" focuses on the flip side of the troubling responses revealed in experiments conducted by American psychologists Stanley Milgram, in the 1960s, and by Prof. Philip Zimbardo in 1971. Milgram sought to examine obedience to authority, even when it meant ignoring universal moral codes. Zimbardo's so-called Stanford prison experiment focused on behavior in simulated prison conditions. via @theherocc @kohenari

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