Category Archives: Neurobiology

The Power of Negative Thinking (Study; SA)

“Can our expectations for the future change how we remember the past? According to a new study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, they can—we remember unpleasant experiences more negatively if we expect to endure them again. Researchers at … Continue reading

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Sucrose drinks reduce prejudice and stereotyping (Study)

“Abstract Prejudice and stereotyping cause social problems and intergroup tension. The current work examined whether bolstering self-control by giving participants glucose would reduce stereotype use for an impression formation task. Previous work has demonstrated that self-control depends on biologically expensive … Continue reading

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Boy Without a Cerebellum Baffles Doctors

“Chase was also born prematurely, and he was legally blind. When he was 1 year old, doctors did an MRI, expecting to find he had a mild case of cerebral palsy. Instead, they discovered he was completely missing his cerebellum … Continue reading

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“Why you can’t have more than 147.8 friends” (Study, in TWSJ)

“Many years ago Mr. Dunbar famously noticed that there is a tight correlation between the size of a primate’s brain and the size of the social group its species generally forms. On this basis human beings should live in groups … Continue reading

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Amazing video about the strange powers of placebos

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Prosociality personality: Genetic factors women 50%, men 20% (Study, in TheIndependent)

“Women have a stronger genetic predisposition to help other people compared with men, according to a study that has found a significant link between genes and the tendency to be “nice”. The research, based on an analysis of nearly 1,000 … Continue reading

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Toward molecular personality scales for the five-factor model. (Study)

“There is growing evidence that personality traits are affected by many genes, all of which have very small effects. As an alternative to the largely unsuccessful search for individual polymorphisms associated with personality traits, the authors identified large sets of … Continue reading

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Drug Abuse Linked To Inability To Recognize Basic Emotions (Study, in MNT)

University of Granada scientists have analyzed the relationship between drug abuse and recognition of basic emotions (happiness, surprise, wrath, fear, sadness and disgust) by drug-abusers. Different studies revealed that drug-abusers have difficulty in identifying negative emotions by their facial expression: … Continue reading

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Mark Robert Waldman (TEDxConejo, March 2010)

I liked this video and Mark Robert Waldman speaking about the importance and influence of meditating on (your personal) big idea(s).

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Think Different: How Perception Reveals Brain Differences (Scientific American Mind, Study)

“The ways in which brains differ from one another show up in the ways their owners perceive the world.” “Rees’s studies establish that differences in the morphology, or shape, of our brains are mirrored in differences in the way we … Continue reading

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