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Brain Mysteries

Brain circuit differences reflect divisions in social status (9/16/2014)

Life at opposite ends of primate social hierarchies is linked to specific brain networks, Oxford University research has shown. The more dominant you are, the bigger some brain regions are. If your social position is more subordinate, other brain regions are bigger. ...> Full Article


Estrogen increases cannabis sensitivity (9/16/2014)

Estrogen increases cannabis sensitivitySmoking today's concentrated pot might be risky business for women, according to new research from Washington State University. Psychology professor Rebecca Craft showed that, thanks to their estrogen levels, female rats are at least 30 percent more sensitive than males to the pain-relieving qualities of THC -- the key active ingredient in cannabis. Females also develop tolerance to THC more quickly. These sensitivities could increase vulnerability to negative side effects like anxiety, paranoia and addiction. ...> Full Article


Experiences make you happier than possessions -- Before and after (9/16/2014)

To get the most enjoyment out of our dollar, science tells us to focus our discretionary spending on experiences such as travel over material goods. A new Cornell University study shows that the enjoyment we derive from experiential purchases may begin even before we buy. ...> Full Article


Rediscovering our mundane moments brings us unexpected pleasure (9/15/2014)

We like to document the exciting and momentous occasions in our lives, but new research suggests there is value in capturing our more mundane, everyday experiences, which can bring us unexpected joy in the future. The findings are published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. ...> Full Article


Scientists find possible neurobiological basis for tradeoff between honesty, self-interest (9/15/2014)

A team of scientists from the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and the University of California at Berkeley used advanced imaging techniques to study how the brain makes choices about honesty. ...> Full Article


Why plants in the office make us more productive (9/14/2014)

'Green' offices with plants make staff happier and more productive than 'lean' designs stripped of greenery, new research shows. ...> Full Article


Memory in silent neurons (9/14/2014)

According to a generally-accepted model of synaptic plasticity, a neuron that communicates with others of the same kind emits an electrical impulse as well as activating its synapses transiently. This electrical pulse, combined with the signal received from other neurons, acts to stimulate the synapses. How is it that some neurons are caught up in the communication interplay even when they are barely connected? This is the chicken-or-egg puzzle of synaptic plasticity that a team at UNIGE is aiming to solve. ...> Full Article


Meaningful relationships can help you thrive (9/13/2014)

Deep and meaningful relationships play a vital role in overall well-being. A paper published in Personality and Social Psychology Review provides an important perspective on thriving through relationships, emphasizes two types of support that relationships provide, and illuminates aspects where further study is necessary. ...> Full Article


The universal 'anger face' (9/13/2014)

The universal 'anger face'Each element of the anger face makes the person expressing it appear physically stronger and more formidable. ...> Full Article


Computer games give a boost to English (9/13/2014)

Computer games give a boost to EnglishIf you want to make a mark in the world of computer games you had better have a good English vocabulary. It has now also been scientifically proven that someone who is good at computer games has a larger English vocabulary. This is revealed by a study at the University of Gothenburg and Karlstad University, Sweden. ...> Full Article


Neuroscientists watch imagination happening in the brain (9/12/2014)

By showing people their own photos during MRI sessions, neuroscientists distinguished between brain activity that is specific to memory and activity that is specific to imagination. ...> Full Article


How studying damage to the prefrontal lobe has helped unlock the brain's mysteries (9/12/2014)

How studying damage to the prefrontal lobe has helped unlock the brain's mysteriesUntil the last few decades, the frontal lobes of the brain were shrouded in mystery and erroneously thought of as nonessential for normal function. Now a review in Neuron highlights groundbreaking studies of patients with brain damage that reveal how distinct areas of the frontal lobes are critical for a person's ability to learn, multitask, control emotions, socialize, and make decisions. The findings have helped experts rehabilitate patients experiencing damage to this brain region. ...> Full Article


Dyslexic readers have disrupted network connections in the brain (9/11/2014)

Dyslexia, the most commonly diagnosed learning disability in the United States, is a neurological reading disability that occurs when the regions of the brain that process written language don't function normally. ...> Full Article


Warm thanks: Gratitude can win you new friends (9/11/2014)

Parents have long told their children to mind their Ps and Qs, and remember to say thank you. Now the evidence is in on why it matters. A UNSW Australia-led study has shown for the first time that thanking a new acquaintance for their help makes them more likely to seek an ongoing social relationship with you. Saying thank you provides a valuable signal that you are someone with whom a high-quality relationship could be formed. ...> Full Article


Neuroscientists reverse memories' emotional associations (9/11/2014)

A new study from MIT neuroscientists reveals the brain circuit that controls how memories become linked with positive or negative emotions. ...> Full Article

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Brain circuit differences reflect divisions in social status

Estrogen increases cannabis sensitivityEstrogen increases cannabis sensitivity

Experiences make you happier than possessions -- Before and after

Rediscovering our mundane moments brings us unexpected pleasure

Scientists find possible neurobiological basis for tradeoff between honesty, self-interest

Why plants in the office make us more productive

Memory in silent neurons

Meaningful relationships can help you thrive

The universal 'anger face'The universal 'anger face'

Computer games give a boost to EnglishComputer games give a boost to English

Neuroscientists watch imagination happening in the brain

How studying damage to the prefrontal lobe has helped unlock the brain's mysteriesHow studying damage to the prefrontal lobe has helped unlock the brain's mysteries

Dyslexic readers have disrupted network connections in the brain

Warm thanks: Gratitude can win you new friends

Neuroscientists reverse memories' emotional associations



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