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November 21, 2014

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5:40 PM | A great piece on a new biography of Pavlov (with some updates, including PIT)
Here is a great piece on Pavlov – in the New Yorker - a review of a new biography by Daniel Todes, who also has an article/22 piece listicle on Pavlov on the OUP blog which is well worth reading. Among many nuggets, Pavlov seemingly … Continue reading →
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5:28 PM | WATCH: Automatic Rubik’s Cube Solver
Help Boulder startup Kitables Kickstart this massively awesome Rubik's solver! Do your part to fight entropy! Continue reading → The post WATCH: Automatic Rubik’s Cube Solver appeared first on Author Garth Sundem.
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5:13 PM | humanrightswatch: Young people are held in solitary confinement...
humanrightswatch: Young people are held in solitary confinement in jails and prisons across the United States, often for weeks or months at a time. The isolation of solitary confinement causes anguish, provokes serious mental and physical health problems, and works against rehabilitation for teenagers. Human Rights Watch and the ACLU estimate that in 2011, more than 95,000 young people under age 18 were held in prisons and jails. A significant number of these facilities use solitary […]
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4:37 PM | #SfN14 Day 5: Reflections on a Neuroscient-astic Week
This is the final post in my series on the 2014 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting. It's been fun! You can read other posts in this series here. I live-tweeted some sessions @GainesOnBrains. Re-live the experience by exploring the hashtag #SfN14.Taking some time away from the hubbub (and warmth, apparently) to sightsee.What a week. Neuroscience 2014 was completely overwhelming, exhausting, inspiring, invigorating, and fruitful (I'm kind of sad that last one didn't […]
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4:34 PM | Spike activity 21-11-2014
Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Wall Street Journal on The Future of AI: An Ubiquitous, Invisible, Smart Utility. A list of the 100 most followed psychologists and neuroscientists on Twitter compiled by the BPS Research Digest. And a mixed bag it is too. Student Science has a fantastic how-to […]
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3:42 PM | The Law's Position on Free Will
Will advances in neuroscience radically transform criminal law? Stephen Morse believes they won't. To the extent neuroscience merely gives us a fuller picture of brain mechanisms, he argues, it ought not affect the law because the law does not require...
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2:14 PM | The Debunking Handbook: now freely available for download
The Debunking Handbook: now freely available for download via The Debunking Handbook: now freely available for download. The Debunking Handbook, a guide to debunking misinformation, is now freely available to download. Although there is a great deal of psychological research on misinformation, there’s … Continue reading →
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1:00 PM | Fly Life: Fruit flies at SFN 2014
Every year, over 30,000 neuroscientists gather at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting to present their latest research and catch up with long-lost colleagues. This year’s meeting took place November 15-19th at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington DC. The meeting is often dominated by researchers working with mammalian models (we Drosophila researchers often […]
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12:59 PM | Smell Stimulates Early Visual Processing in Women But Not in Men
Smells are undeniably powerful, able to transport us to different places and times in our memories. Think of how you feel when you smell cookies baking in the oven. But can they also change how we see things? New research shows that smells can enhance visual processing – but only in women, not men. “The […]
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12:15 PM | Personhood Week: Why We’re So Obsessed with Persons
It’s Personhood Week here on Only Human. To recap the week: Monday’s post was about conception, and Tuesday’s …
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9:25 AM | Vogue magazine continues neglect of cognitive science
Mind Hacks has been awarded the 2014 British Psychological Society’s Public Engagement and Media Award for its services to obsessive coverage of psychology and neuroscience. I think I can speak for both Tom and I when I say we were actually aiming for recognition by Vogue magazine but it’s better than a poke in the […]
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8:31 AM | The 100 most followed psychologists and neuroscientists on Twitter
Updated for November 2014, here are the 100 most followed psychologists and neuroscientists on Twitter based on follower counts recorded over the last few weeks. If we've missed anyone (individuals, not organisations) who should be in the top 100, please let us know via comments and we'll add them in. This is an update to our February 2014 post. Check the comments to that earlier post for even more psychologists on Twitter than we were able to include here. We're aware there are issues with […]
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5:30 AM | Striatal time cells, transgenic birdsongs, stuttering mice and more – Birdsong4 Sattelite and #SFN14 Notes
Joe Paton from the Saltzman lab – Time encoding cells in the rodent striatum. You can use an operant conditioning train animals to press a lever and get a reward. Using a fixed interval paradigm, you then do not reward the animal for lever presses until a certain time interval is passed. Animals will learn […]

November 20, 2014

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11:39 PM | This is my wall art at the lab. It could be better.
This is my wall art at the lab. It could be better.
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11:23 PM | PEBS Neuroethics Roundup (JHU)
Last Edition's Most Popular Article(s): How Bionic Technology Will Change What It Means To Be Human, Vox In The Popular Press: His Brain, Her Brain, Science Scientists Just Rediscovered A Long-Lost Region of the Brain, Vox Are Modafinil's Brain-Boosting Benefits...
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10:54 PM | The New Yorker has the tiniest blurb on “Russian Criminal...
The New Yorker has the tiniest blurb on “Russian Criminal Tattoo Police Files”, new book by a criminalistics expert at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Arkady Bronnikov: Throughout the Communist era, convicts in the Soviet prison system cultivated a visual language through tattoo art. Their markings, which were often applied by fellow inmates using an adapted electric shaver, were intended to communicate social standing, tastes, and interests to […]
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10:13 PM | Cell death drug discovery: come at the king, you best not miss
Researchers tried to chemically inactivate the king of one form of cell death, only to find their tools triggered another form. The post Cell death drug discovery: come at the king, you best not miss appeared first on Lab Land.
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9:32 PM | SfN2014: Day5 (Last Day!) – Smell Spaces, Emotional Posters and the Neuro of Touch
Today was the last day of the meeting. So I grabbed all of my belongings, checked out of the hotel, then headed to the conference (will all of my stuff … Continue reading →
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9:21 PM | Designing a better flu vaccine
We all hate getting sick and the flu can be the seasonal flu vaccine can help prevent a time of serious illness. Unfortunately the vaccine is usually an educated guess […]

Fonville, J., Wilks, S., James, S., Fox, A., Ventresca, M., Aban, M., Xue, L., Jones, T., Le N. M. H., ., Pham Q. T., . & Tran N. D., . (2014). Antibody landscapes after influenza virus infection or vaccination, Science, 346 (6212) 996-1000. DOI: 10.1126/science.1256427

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7:00 PM | Does CBT teach your prefrontal cortex to keep emotions in check?
In an open-access edition of Nature magazine this week (‘The Great Depression’) science journalist Emily Anthes took a look at the current state of research into Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT): Depression: a change of mind. Here are a few of the highlights: Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) lifts depression CBT aims to help people to identify and change negative, […] The post Does CBT teach your prefrontal cortex to keep emotions in check? appeared first […]
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5:44 PM | Go Inside A Brain In Times Square
Go Inside A Brain In Times Square
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5:23 PM | #SfN14 Day 4: “It’s Not the Stress that Kills Us; It’s Our Reaction to It” –Hans Selye (Theme E)
This post is part of my series on the 2014 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting. You can read other posts in this series here. I’m also live-tweeting some sessions @GainesOnBrains. Join the conversation at #SfN14.Day 4 winding down. You wanna know what a stressful situation is?Being surrounded by 30,500+ people for five days. Whew!For the most part, I like to think I handle stressful situations fairly well. I take a few deep breaths, tell myself the stressor is really not that big […]
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5:16 PM | Is it possible to train children for false beliefs?
Novedades en PsicologíaNovedades en Psicología - Blog de Psicología con actualidad, novedades y artículos. One of the most useful capabilities for our development in society is the ability to detect both false belief in oneself and others Is it possible to train children for false beliefs?Dr. Juan Moisés de la Serna
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2:06 PM | A new old discovery
Some say that science has been looking at the brain for some time now and yet there is no agreed explanation of how it works. This is sometimes followed by – and therefore maybe science will never understand the brain. But the brain is much more complex than most people think and the tools to […]
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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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