Category Archives: Neuroscience

Mysterious new brain cell found in people

“To precisely classify these cells, the scientists then analyzed their gene expression. That’s when they realized that the set of genes expressed in these inhibitory rosehip neurons doesn’t closely match any previously identified cell in the mouse, suggesting they have no … Continue reading

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Meditation affects brain networks differently in long-term meditators and novices

“Both long-term practitioners and new meditators – when compared to non-meditators – showed reduced activity in the amygdala when they viewed emotionally-positive images. The amygdala is an area of the brain critical for emotion and detecting important information from the … Continue reading

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The Science of Mind & Reality – Matthieu Ricard and Wolf Singer

  see also a corresponding article here: Matthieu Ricard and Wolf Singer

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Media usage diminishes memory for experiences

“…participants engage in an experience while using media to record or share their experiences with others, or not engaging with media. […] Across three studies, participants without media consistently remembered their experience more precisely than participants who used media. There is no conclusive evidence … Continue reading

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Our brains rapidly and automatically process opinions we agree with as if they are facts

“Now a team led by Michael Gilead at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev report in Social Psychological and Personality Science that they have found evidence of rapid and involuntarily mental processes that kick-in whenever we encounter opinions we agree with, […]” “The key … Continue reading

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Old people can produce as many new brain cells as teenagers

“Old age may have its downsides, but losing the ability to grow new brain cells isn’t one: healthy people in their seventies seem to produce just as many new neurons as teenagers. The discovery overturns a decades-old theory about how … Continue reading

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Dancing Could Counteract Age-Related Decline

  “A study published in Frontiers in Neuroscience investigated the effects of an 18-month dancing intervention and traditional health fitness training on volumes of hippocampal subfields and balance abilities. The research finds that dancing seems a promising intervention for both … Continue reading

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Conscious perception offset-triggered

Abstract “Many previous theories of perceptual awareness assume that a conscious representation of a stimulus is created from sensory information carried by an onset (appearance) of the stimulus. In contrast, here we provide behavioral and neural evidence for a new … Continue reading

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Rubber hand illusion: An illusory embodied fake hand induced spontaneous imitative movements

Abstract “In the rubber hand illusion (RHI), individuals perceive a fake hand as their own when the hidden real hand and visible fake hand are synchronously stroked. Several RHI studies have reported that visual manipulation of the embodied fake hand … Continue reading

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Smoking experience modulates the cortical integration of vision and haptics (Study)

“Abstract. Human neuroplasticity of multisensory integration has been studied mainly in the context of natural or artificial training situations in healthy subjects. However, regular smokers also offer the opportunity to assess the impact of intensive daily multisensory interactions with smoking-related … Continue reading

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Chinese-English bilinguals are ‘automatic’ translators (Study)

Interesting experiment set up: English word pairs were shown to the participants. “The first word flashed on the computer screen so quickly (for just 59 milliseconds) that the person didn’t realise they had seen it. The second word appeared for … Continue reading

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Neuropsychoanalysis in the Scanner, Part 2 – Siegel and discussion

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Vittorio Gallese, Part 1:From Mirror Neurons to Embodied Simulation-Neuropsychoanalysis Lecture Series

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Effects of face experience on emotions and self-esteem in Japanese culture (Study)

“Face plays an important role in social life. However, little is known about the psychological consequences of an individual’s face experiences. This study examined the effects of face experiences on emotions and self-esteem in a diary study conducted in Japanese … Continue reading

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PTSD treatment and visual neurofeedback

“Military doctors have added a new technique to their arsenal of treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Neurofeedback, a therapy that practitioners claim can reboot the brain’s neural networks, has been introduced at several bases, VA clinics and even in … Continue reading

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Your best defense against advertising may be your unconscious mind (Study in PT)

“A recent study by Juliano Laran and colleagues suggests that people automatically activate a defensive system whenever they detect persuasive intent. The work builds on some fascinating results involving commercial brands in a phenomenon known as implicit priming, in which … Continue reading

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Music Changes Perception, Research Shows (Study in ScienceDaily)

“Music and mood are closely interrelated — listening to a sad or happy song on the radio can make you feel more sad or happy. However, such mood changes not only affect how you feel, they also change your perception. … Continue reading

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The Channels of Emotion: Not (Just) in the Face! (Study, in PsychYourMind)

“In this work, participants never speak to each other, and are brought into a large experiment room separated by a curtain. One of the participants is then asked to reach their hand onto the other side of the curtain. The … Continue reading

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Color Red Increases the Speed and Strength of Reactions (Study)

“A new study, published in the latest issue of the journal Emotion, finds that when humans see red, their reactions become both faster and more forceful. And people are unaware of the color’s intensifying effect. […] “Color affects us in … Continue reading

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Brain Calisthenics For Abstract Ideas (Article, NYT)

“Now, a small group of cognitive scientists is arguing that schools and students could take far more advantage of this same bottom-up ability, called perceptual learning. The brain is a pattern-recognition machine, after all, and when focused properly, it can … Continue reading

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