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November 20, 2014

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2:00 PM | New study throws (dragon) shade on Chicago economists.
Most people, except psychopaths, consider the harm done to others more carefully than any harm done to themselves when making decisions that benefit themselves, according to a recent report. We thought this was interesting because the Chicago School of economics*,…Read more →
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12:50 PM | Personhood Week: People and Their Pets
It’s Personhood Week here on Only Human. Today’s installment is about people and our fur babies. Monday’s post …
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12:07 PM | The Neuroscience of Sleep and Circadian Rhythms in Adolescent Learning
By Dr. Christopher-James Harvey   At its simplest, sleep is driven by two broad systems working symbiotically: sleep/wake homeostasis and biological circadian rhythms. Sleep/wake homeostasis tells us that the need for sleep is accumulating as we progress throughout the day, and helps us to maintain sleep throughout the night to make sure that the ‘sleep […]
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12:02 PM | El cuidado dental y el autismo
Hace unos años Temple Grandin vino como mi invitada a Louisville, Kentucky. Durante su viaje tuve la oportunidad de recogerla en el aeropuerto y de llevarla al hotel donde ella […]
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11:43 AM | Google came up with a formula for deciding who gets promoted—here’s what happened
Originally posted on Quartz:About 7 years ago, Google founded its People Analytics team, which collects and uses data to bolster the company’s own management practices. (You can thank this group for the death of Google’s infamous brain-teaser interview questions.) The group…
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8:37 AM | ¿Es posible entrenar a niños para detectar falsas creencias?
Novedades en PsicologíaNovedades en Psicología - Blog de Psicología con actualidad, novedades y artículos. Una de las capacidades más útiles para nuestro desarrollo en la sociedad es la posibilidad de detectar falsas creencias tanto en uno mismo como en los demás. ¿Es posible entrenar a niños para detectar falsas creencias?Dr. Juan Moisés de la Serna
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8:20 AM | Bankers become dishonest when reminded of their professional identity
The "Natwest 3" jailedfor wire fraud in 2008.Picture a banker tossing a coin ten times. She knows the more tails she gets, the more money she wins (up to $200), so long as she gets more tails than a rival playing the same game. She performs her coin tossing in private and reports her number of tails. Do you think she'll be honest?When a team of researchers surveyed the general population about the likely dishonesty of bankers and other groups in this scenario, they found the bankers had the […]
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4:26 AM | FXR: Bacteria Conspires Against People in Obesity
Special thanks to Theodore Li (The English Teacher) for editing help. ...
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4:15 AM | The very best text message I have ever received
I love my kids. About a week ago, I received the **very** best text message ever. It was from Andy, my 13 year old son (who is already taller than me and accidentally hurt my wrist the other day at arm wrestling): “Hey papa; can you get me for a science experiment in science class 25 planaria, …
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2:44 AM | Inking in the #brain. #sciart #science #neuroscience #art #artistsofinstagram #education #artist #brainart #sketchbook #artwork #learning #neuro #artfido
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12:25 AM | The kids will be all right
Children are generally as resilient as adults when it comes to acute trauma, and studies suggest that a little stress and exercise might help kids cope with disasters.
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12:18 AM | The kids will be all right
Children are generally resilient to acute events and trauma Growth CurveHuman Development,Mental Health by Laura Sanders 7:25pm, November 19, 2014 Parents can't always protect their kids from bad things. But when it comes to acute traumatic events, children are generally as resilient as adults.Tanya Little/ShutterstockAs I was getting Baby V into the car recently, she […]

November 19, 2014

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10:06 PM | Cushing’s abandoned brains
I’ve just found a great short documentary about the abandoned brain collection of pioneering neurosurgeon Harvey Cushing. The video describes how Cushing’s archives, which genuinely involved hundreds of brains in jars, as well as rare slides and photos of the early days of brain surgery, were rediscovered in the basement of Yale University and restored […]
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8:10 PM | The real reason why new pop music is so incredibly bad
You have probably heard that Pink Floyd recently published their new album Endless River. Will this bring back the wonderful world of good music after the endless awfulness of the popular music scene in the last 20 years or so? Is good music, as we know it from the 60s and 70s, back for good? […]
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7:39 PM | Failed Replications: A Reality Check for Neuroscience?
An attempt to replicate the results of some recent neuroscience papers that claimed to find correlations between human brain structure and behavior has drawn a blank. The new paper is by University of Amsterdam researchers Wouter Boekel and colleagues and it’s in press now at Cortex. You can download it here from the webpage of one […]The post Failed Replications: A Reality Check for Neuroscience? appeared first on Neuroskeptic.
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7:24 PM | How gut microbiota changes the blood-brain barrier
Don’t be alarmed, but we are outnumbered. When figuring out what makes us, “us” we need to remember that there are far more bacteria genes in us than human genes, […]

Viorica Braniste, Maha Al-Asmakh, Czeslawa Kowal, Farhana Anuar, Afrouz Abbaspour, Miklós Tóth, Agata Korecka, Nadja Bakocevic, Ng Lai Guan, Parag Kundu & Balázs Gulyás (2014). The gut microbiota influences blood-brain barrier permeability in mice, Science Translational Medicine, Other:

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5:26 PM | What’s the causal link dissociating insula responses to salience and bodily arousal?
Just reading this new paper by Lucina Uddin and felt like a quick post. It is a nice review of one of my favorite brain networks, the ever present insular cortex and ‘salience network’ (thalamus, AIC, MCC). As we all know AIC activation is one of the most ubiquitous in our field and generally shows up […]
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3:57 PM | Self-Awareness in Monkeys
A test of self-agency – the ability to understand that you caused an action – reveals a form of self-awareness in monkeys. Read my latest Zoologic post: Monkeys Know What They’re Doing .
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2:30 PM | Microwave Electron Guns: A Field-Emission Plug-And-Play Solution
On a quest to design an alternative to the complex approaches currently used to produce electrons within microwave electron guns, a team of researchers have demonstrated a plug-and-play solution capable of operating in a high-electric-field environment with a high-quality electron beam. Unfamiliar with microwave electron guns? They provide a higher current and much higher quality electron beams than conventional DC guns for X-ray sources . Beams of this sort are also used in free-electron […]
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2:00 PM | The Whip, The Lash And The Blood, Sweat And Semen Of Jazz
Dr. Fletcher (J.K. Simmons) and Andrew (Miles Teller) in WhiplashBy Lauren Rosewarne, University of MelbourneA decade of piano lessons with a woman who never allowed my lack of passion, prowess or practice ruin a good thing, exists as a mere red herring. A good woman, a sane woman, but even ten years with her wasn’t enough to ameliorate the (mis)education I got from music classes in primary school. read more
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1:52 PM | #SfN14: A “how-to” guide to finding the Fountain Of Youth
Image credits: Wikia Nanosymposium: Castellano JM, Wyss-Coray T et al. Factors present in young plasma enhance neuronal function in old mice. Stanford U, Palo Alto....
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1:00 PM | Peer Review Has Problems And We Need A Fix
Where it begins. NatureBy Andy Tattersall, University of SheffieldDirty Harry once said, “Opinions are like assholes; everybody has one”. Now that the Internet has made it easier than ever to share an unsolicited opinion, traditional methods of academic review are beginning to show their age.We can now leave a public comment on just about anything – including the news, politics, YouTube videos, this article and even the meal we just ate. These comments can sometimes help […]
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12:30 PM | Personhood Week: When Dead Bodies Become Dead People
It’s Personhood Week here on Only Human. Today’s installment is about what it means to give a name …
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12:25 PM | Italian Prime Minister Meets School's and UON Staff at post-G20 function
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11:19 AM | School’s Celebrations for Daphne Keats’ Book Launch
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11:00 AM | Cosmic Alignment Of Quasars Across Billions Of Light Years
There are cosmic alignments over the largest structures ever discovered in the Universe - the rotation axes of the central supermassive black holes in quasars billions of light years apart are parallel to each other. Quasars are galaxies with very active supermassive black holes at their centers. These black holes are surrounded by spinning discs of extremely hot material that is often spewed out in long jets along their axes of rotation. Quasars can shine more brightly than all the stars […]
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9:26 AM | Do you remember the time? How collective nostalgia inspires group loyalty
Nostalgia seems like a distraction in a world that’s moving forward. But new research proposes a powerful function of the emotion: as a glue to bind members of social groups.Students from the University of Southampton recalled and wrote about an experience either involving other students, or where they were alone. They were either asked to choose an ordinary event or one that triggered nostalgic feeling, defined in the instructions as "sentimental longing for the past".Next they were […]
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4:55 AM | SfN2014: Day4 – Presenting a poster, Parties and Reunions
So today was showtime. Today I presented my poster. I think it went well. A good amount of traffic.  Great questions.  Made some good connections that may lead to possible … Continue reading →
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4:53 AM | I'm at it again. #drawing another #brain #sciart #science #neuroscience #art #artistsofinstagram #education
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3:55 AM | #SfN14: Art of Neuroscience, with Megan McGlynn
Image credit: Megan McGlynn This is part of a series of interviews with artists participating in #SfN14’s Art of Neuroscience exhibit. For my introductory post with Michele...
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