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Sex on the brain: Orgasms unlock altered consciousness - life - 11 May 2011 - New Scientist

Sex on the brain: Orgasms unlock altered consciousness - life - 11 May 2011 - New Scientist | Cognitive science and society | Scoop.it
"I don't think orgasm turns off consciousness but it changes it," he says. "When you ask people how they perceive their orgasm, they describe a feeling of a loss of control." Georgiadis suggests that perhaps orgasm offsets systems that usually dominate attention and behaviour. "I'm not sure if this altered state is necessary to achieve more pleasure or is just some side effect," he says. It is possible that the inability to let go and reach this altered state may be what prohibits individuals with anorgasmia from reaching climax.
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The Neurocritic: Revisiting Depression's Cognitive Downside

The Neurocritic: Revisiting Depression's Cognitive Downside | Cognitive science and society | Scoop.it
Is depression actually good for you?

Experts now believe that mild to moderate depression may be good for us – and even help us live longer. Rebecca Hardy explains how to reap the benefits
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Planned Obsolescence: How Companies Encourage Hyperconsumption » OWNI.eu, News, Augmented

Planned Obsolescence: How Companies Encourage Hyperconsumption » OWNI.eu, News, Augmented | Cognitive science and society | Scoop.it
this 1932 text by Bernard London puts the problem as follows:

“In a word, people generally, in a frightened and hysterical mood, are using everything that they own longer than was their custom before the depression. In the earlier period of prosperity, the American people did not wait until the last possible bit of use had been extracted from every commodity. They replaced old articles with new for reasons of fashion and up-to-dateness. They gave up old homes and old automobiles long before they were worn out, merely because they were obsolete.”
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» Does Depression Help Us Think Better?

» Does Depression Help Us Think Better? | Cognitive science and society | Scoop.it
Why do people get depressed? At first glance, the answer seems obvious: the mind, like the flesh, is prone to malfunction.
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Easily distracted people may have too much brain - health - 06 May 2011 - New Scientist

Easily distracted people may have too much brain - health - 06 May 2011 - New Scientist | Cognitive science and society | Scoop.it
People who often find their mind wandering have a larger volume of grey matter in a part of the brain called the left superior parietal lobe...
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How do humans acquire novel cultural skills? The neuronal recycling model | The Study of Cognition and Culture Today

How do humans acquire novel cultural skills? The neuronal recycling model | The Study of Cognition and Culture Today | Cognitive science and society | Scoop.it
International Cognition and Culture Institute...
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Cells That Read Minds - New York Times

Cells That Read Minds - New York Times | Cognitive science and society | Scoop.it
Scientists plumb the secrets of mirror neurons, which allow the brain to perform its highest tasks. One mystery remains: What makes them so smart?
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¿Son las redes sociales sistemas autopoiéticos? | Glosario Interactivo

¿Son las redes sociales sistemas autopoiéticos? | Glosario Interactivo | Cognitive science and society | Scoop.it
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Individual neurons go to sleep while rats stay awake | Not Exactly Rocket Science | Discover Magazine

Neuroscience and psychology | We all know people who look like they can nod off with their eyes open.
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Cognitive Capitalism

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Cognitive Capitalism
The Effect of Cognitive Ability on Wealth, as Mediated Through Scientific Achievement and Economic Freedom

Traditional economic theories stress the relevance of political, institutional, geographic, and historical factors for economic growth. In contrast, human-capital theories suggest that peoples’ competences, mediated by technological progress, are the deciding factor in a nation’s wealth.
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PLoS ONE: Music Alters Visual Perception

PLoS ONE: Music Alters Visual Perception | Cognitive science and society | Scoop.it
Visual perception is not a passive process: in order to efficiently process visual input, the brain actively uses previous knowledge (e.g., memory) and expectations about what the world should look like. However, perception is not only influenced by previous knowledge. Especially the perception of emotional stimuli is influenced by the emotional state of the observer. In other words, how we perceive the world does not only depend on what we know of the world, but also by how we feel. In this study, we further investigated the relation between mood and perception.
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New study is first to identify a “happiness gene” - 05 - 2011 - News archive - News - News and media - Home

New study is first to identify a “happiness gene” - 05 - 2011 - News archive - News - News and media - Home | Cognitive science and society | Scoop.it
This research led by behavioural economist Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), examined genetic data from more than 2,500 participants in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (a representative population sample in the US). In particular, it looked at which functional variant of the 5-HTT gene they possess.
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Humans, Version 3.0 § SEEDMAGAZINE.COM

Humans, Version 3.0 § SEEDMAGAZINE.COM | Cognitive science and society | Scoop.it
The next giant leap in human evolution may not come from new fields like genetic engineering or artificial intelligence, but rather from appreciating our ancient brains.
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» Sleep-Deprived Neurons May Shut Down, Even When You’re Awake

» Sleep-Deprived Neurons May Shut Down, Even When You’re Awake | Cognitive science and society | Scoop.it
When deprived of sleep, parts of the human brain may doze off, secretly snatching moments of slumber even as people seem to be awake.
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