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Neurosurgeons successfully implant 3D printed skull (Wired UK)

Neurosurgeons successfully implant 3D printed skull (Wired UK) | psychspotlight | Scoop.it
A 22-year-old woman from the Netherlands who suffers from a chronic bone disorder has had the top section of her skull removed and replaced with a 3D printed implant
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Applications from the best of tech + neuroscience.

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The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens: Scientific American

The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens: Scientific American | psychspotlight | Scoop.it
E-readers and tablets are becoming more popular as such technologies improve, but research suggests that reading on paper still boasts unique advantages
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A New Twist in the Sad Saga of Little Albert - Percolator - The Chronicle of Higher Education

A New Twist in the Sad Saga of Little Albert - Percolator - The Chronicle of Higher Education | psychspotlight | Scoop.it
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Compelling evidence that Watson's experiment was more flawed... and unethical... than had been previously recognized.

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Social Science Palooza III

Social Science Palooza III | psychspotlight | Scoop.it
Social science continues to remind us of the power of social context, and the thousands of variables that shape our unconscious. Here’s a smattering of recent research.
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Teaching High School Psychology: The NYC subway death and the bystander effect

Teaching High School Psychology: The NYC subway death and the bystander effect | psychspotlight | Scoop.it

Psych Principles in the News: here's another painful example of the bystander effect in action. Why must people take photos when they could offer their hands to help out? Darn that diffusion of responsibility (or should we just blame it on people's general self-concept moving from "actor" to "spectator"?).

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Online Mentoring Program to Encourage Women in Sciences

Online Mentoring Program to Encourage Women in Sciences | psychspotlight | Scoop.it
By connecting female college students with accomplished women working in science and technology fields, a new program hopes to increase the number going into these fields.

Creative opportunities for mentoring in education can have significant rewards, and this concept of encouraging girls into STEM programs seems to have real merit.

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Dr. Thomas Szasz dies at 92; psychiatrist who attacked profession

Dr. Thomas Szasz dies at 92; psychiatrist who attacked profession | psychspotlight | Scoop.it
Dr. Thomas Szasz, the New York psychiatrist whose Don Quixote-like attacks on the psychiatric profession in the 1960s and 1970s led him to a position of prominence and influence before his radical ideas fell into disrepute and he faded into...
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Girls aged five worry about their body image, say MPs

Girls aged five worry about their body image, say MPs | psychspotlight | Scoop.it
Half the entire UK population has problems relating to negative body image, according to a parliamentary report...

...but to start so young!??

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BBC Future column: Does the internet rewire your brain?

BBC Future column: Does the internet rewire your brain? | psychspotlight | Scoop.it

Fear not. Reading an article linked from Scoop has no more deleterious impact on your brain than drinking a cup of tea...

"Internet use would only be a worry if it was getting in the way of us practicing some other life skill. If Facebook stopped people seeing their friends face to face that could have a harmful effect. But the evidence suggests this is not the case. If anything, people with more active internet lives have more active “meat-space” lives. Most of us are using the internet as a complement to other ways of communicating, not as a substitute."

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What Kids Should Know About Their Own Brains

What Kids Should Know About Their Own Brains | psychspotlight | Scoop.it

Parents’ and educators’ messages about the malleability of the brain and the importance of effort should begin around first grade.

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Sugar and spice and… math under-achievement? | The Clayman Institute for Gender Research

Sugar and spice and… math under-achievement? | The Clayman Institute for Gender Research | psychspotlight | Scoop.it
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Sleeping After Processing New Info Most Effective, New Study Shows

Sleeping After Processing New Info Most Effective, New Study Shows | psychspotlight | Scoop.it
Nodding off in class may not be such a bad idea after all.

Well, I wouldn't go that far, but research continues to underline the deep connections between learning and sleep. Timing, we're beginning to see, is critical for maximizing that learning potential.

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Teaching Ethics in the Age of Technology

Teaching Ethics in the Age of Technology | psychspotlight | Scoop.it
Ethical decision-making should be included as a 21st century skill (overused term but don't know of an alternative).  Some would profess that ethical decision-making has always been a needed skill....
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All kinds of interesting discussion material here for those interested in exploring the impact of technologies on neuroscience and human behavior (data chip implants, neuro-enhancers, human-machine interfaces, etc.)

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Is Your Red The Same as My Red?

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Interesting way to convey much about Sensation/Perception, Language, Cognition and Consciousness. 

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A new test for finding out what people really think of their personality

A new test for finding out what people really think of their personality | psychspotlight | Scoop.it
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Clever idea, if one believes in the power of subconscious stimulation.

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The best psychology books of 2012

The best psychology books of 2012 | psychspotlight | Scoop.it

I'd love to hear others' recommendations... from this list or elsewhere.

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Fashions fade, style is eternal

Fashions fade, style is eternal | psychspotlight | Scoop.it

"A fascinating study has just mapped which brain areas are most popular among scientists and which are most likely to get you published in the highest impact journals. The image below looks like the..."
A reminder that we should use (and encourage our students to use)  critical thinking skills when reading headlines about breakthroughs in our grasp of neuroscience.

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10 Shocking X-Rays of Sharp Objects Embedded in People’s Bodies

10 Shocking X-Rays of Sharp Objects Embedded in People’s Bodies | psychspotlight | Scoop.it

Dramatic Illustration of "People Who Have Survived Serious Brain Poking"

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Sweden’s Newest School System Has No Classrooms | Edudemic

Sweden’s Newest School System Has No Classrooms | Edudemic | psychspotlight | Scoop.it

What a cool place for people to learn! I want in...

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The Brain May Disassemble Itself in Sleep: Scientific American

The Brain May Disassemble Itself in Sleep: Scientific American | psychspotlight | Scoop.it
Slumber may loosen the links that undergird knowledge, restoring the brain daily to a vibrant, flexible state...

"Although this nightly dismantling might seem like a curious act of cerebral self-sabotage, it may in fact be a mechanism for enhancing the brain’s capacity to encode and store new information."

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The Campus Tsunami

The Campus Tsunami | psychspotlight | Scoop.it
What happened to the newspaper and magazine business is about to happen to higher education: a rescrambling around the Web and online learning.

 

Research into online learning suggests that it is roughly as effective as classroom learning. It’s easier to tailor a learning experience to an individual student’s pace and preferences. Online learning seems especially useful in language and remedial education.

The most important and paradoxical fact shaping the future of online learning is this: A brain is not a computer. We are not blank hard drives waiting to be filled with data. People learn from people they love and remember the things that arouse emotion.

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DSM-5 Debate: Committee Backs Off Some Changes, Re-Opens Comments | Healthland | TIME.com

DSM-5 Debate: Committee Backs Off Some Changes, Re-Opens Comments | Healthland | TIME.com | psychspotlight | Scoop.it
The committee responsible for revising the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders — psychiatry’s diagnostic “bible” commonly referred to as the DSM — has dropped the inclusion of two controversial new diagnoses...

The APA has not yet, however, reconsidered its earlier decision to eliminate Asperger's Syndrome as a separate disorder in the DSM-V.

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Will Your Students Soon Be Wearing Google Glasses?

Will Your Students Soon Be Wearing Google Glasses? | psychspotlight | Scoop.it
Google is a big part of the classroom experience and it would not surprise me to see students wearing Google Glasses so they could have a seamlessly integrated experience where education and technology blend together like never before.
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» Math Anxiety Has Neurological Basis - Psych Central News

» Math Anxiety Has Neurological Basis - Psych Central News | psychspotlight | Scoop.it

Have you ever known someone who stresses and develops anxiety when they are asked to do math? ... Investigators performed a series of brain scans while second- and third-grade students did addition and subtraction. They discovered that those who feel panicky about doing math had increased activity in brain regions associated with fear, which caused decreased activity in parts of the brain involved in problem-solving.

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