Thursday, February 23, 2017

Creative People Have Better-Connected Brains, Scans Reveal



Creative People Have Better-Connected Brains, Scans Reveal

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Is creativity wired into us? Highly creative people have more neural connections between the left and right sides of their brains,…

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The science of mind wandering



As per usual, an excellent blog post by Jon Leiff.  

The science of mind wandering

Some feel that spontaneous thought occurring without specific stimulation is closest to understanding how we define ourselves. These seemingly random self-produced…

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

How to Build a Time Machine



How to Build a Time Machine

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When the seemingly unimaginable—at least to certain people—happened and Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 Presidential election, many of her supporters suddenly started asking…

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Wednesday, February 08, 2017

How does brain functional connectivity change from the awake...

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Neuroscience News wrote a new post, How the Brain Perceives...

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Sign language users have better reaction times and...

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Memory Training Builds Up Brain’s Gray Matter in Older Adults With Mild Cognitive Impairment



Memory Training Builds Up Brain's Gray Matter in Older Adults With Mild Cognitive Impairment

In a study comparing the effects of memory training and yoga meditation in older adults, researchers found…

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Saturday, February 04, 2017

The science behind creativity – what happens in the brain and why



The science behind creativity – what happens in the brain and why

Share Tweet Flip +1 Share Email Shares 313 What is creativity? There's an extraordinary new type of brain scan called an fMRI that…

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Friday, February 03, 2017

Research byte: Diagnosis and Treatment of ADHD in the United States via BrowZine

Diagnosis and Treatment of ADHD in the United States
Fairman, Kathleen A.; Peckham, Alyssa M.; Sclar, David A.
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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Research Byte: Working memory tasks train working memory but not reasoning: A material- and operation-specific investigation of transfer from working memory practice via BrowZine

Working memory tasks train working memory but not reasoning: A material- and operation-specific investigation of transfer from working memory practice
Hilbert, Sven; Schwaighofer, Matthias; Zech, Alexandra; Sarubin, Nina; Arendasy, Martin; Bühner, Markus
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Alzheimer's disease: Music, meditation may improve early cognitive decline



Alzheimer's disease: Music, meditation may improve early cognitive decline

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Meditation and music listening programs have shown promise in improving measures of cognitive and memory in adults with…

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Research Byte: Individual Differences in Rhythmic Skills: Links with Neural Consistency and Linguistic Ability via BrowZine

Individual Differences in Rhythmic Skills: Links with Neural Consistency and Linguistic Ability
Tierney, Adam; White-Schwoch, Travis; MacLean, Jessica; Kraus, Nina
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A hierarchical causal taxonomy of psychopathology across the life span. [feedly]



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A hierarchical causal taxonomy of psychopathology across the life span.
// Psychological Bulletin - Vol 136, Iss 4

We propose a taxonomy of psychopathology based on patterns of shared causal influences identified in a review of multivariate behavior genetic studies that distinguish genetic and environmental influences that are either common to multiple dimensions of psychopathology or unique to each dimension. At the phenotypic level, first-order dimensions are defined by correlations among symptoms; correlations among first-order dimensions similarly define higher-order domains (e.g., internalizing or externalizing psychopathology). We hypothesize that the robust phenotypic correlations among first-order dimensions reflect a hierarchy of increasingly specific etiologic influences. Some nonspecific etiologic factors increase risk for all first-order dimensions of psychopathology to varying degrees through a general factor of psychopathology. Other nonspecific etiologic factors increase risk only for all first-order dimensions within a more specific higher-order domain. Furthermore, each first-order dimension has its own unique causal influences. Genetic and environmental influences common to family members tend to be nonspecific, whereas environmental influences unique to each individual are more dimension-specific. We posit that these causal influences on psychopathology are moderated by sex and developmental processes. This causal taxonomy also provides a novel framework for understanding the heterogeneity of each first-order dimension: Different persons exhibiting similar symptoms may be influenced by different combinations of etiologic influences from each of the 3 levels of the etiologic hierarchy. Furthermore, we relate the proposed causal taxonomy to transdimensional psychobiological processes, which also impact the heterogeneity of each psychopathology dimension. This causal taxonomy implies the need for changes in strategies for studying the etiology, psychobiology, prevention, and treatment of psychopathology. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2017 APA, all rights reserved)
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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Why we should stop worrying about our wandering minds



Why we should stop worrying about our wandering minds

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Daydreaming has a bad reputation, but neuroscientists are beginning to realise that a wandering mind is not only typical – it might be beneficial.…

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Research Byte: Difference in brain activation patterns of individuals with high and low intelligence in linguistic and visuo-spatial tasks: An EEG study via BrowZine

Difference in brain activation patterns of individuals with high and low intelligence in linguistic and visuo-spatial tasks: An EEG study
Kang, Jun-Su; Ojha, Amitash; Lee, Giyoung; Lee, Minho
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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Fwd: Brain prints reveal children's reading difficulties


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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Brain teaser to challenge your frontal lobes



Brain teaser to challenge your frontal lobes

Here is a fun brain teaser from puzzle master Wes Carroll. Tipping the Scales Question: The top two scales in the image at the right are in perfect…

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Frequency-Following Response - A Window into Human | Nina Kraus



The Frequency-Following Response - A Window into Human | Nina Kraus

A Window into Human Communication Editors: Kraus, N., Anderson, S., White-Schwoch, T., Fay, R.R., Popper, A.N. (Eds.) ​Provides a…

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Research Byte: Normality: Part descriptive, part prescriptive via BrowZine

Normality: Part descriptive, part prescriptive
Bear, Adam; Knobe, Joshua
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Friday, January 13, 2017

The risks of reading the brain



The risks of reading the brain: @russpoldrack weighs up the promise and limitations of advances in neuroimagery

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Laser metronome achieves record synchronization | Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News



Laser metronome achieves record synchronization | Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

Scientists at DESY have set up the world's most precise 'metronome' for a kilometre-wide network. The timing…

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Musicians Have Faster Reaction Times



Musicians Have Faster Reaction Times

According to a new study, musicians have the edge when it comes to reaction times for auditory, visual and tactile processing.

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Saturday, January 07, 2017

The Science of Expertise - Excellent new web resource


This looks like an excellent new web resource.

The Science of Expertise

Are you intelligent — or rational? It's appealing to think that "all it takes is a lot of practice," but the factors behind elite performance are more complicated than that.…

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Tuesday, January 03, 2017

The FLynn Effect to 2100



The FLynn Effect to 2100

There is a new expert survey out which, amongst other things, queries the world's top psychometrics experts on the future of the FLynn effect (Flynn + Lynn – clever). James…

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Monday, January 02, 2017

The Flynn Effect Explained (partly)



The Flynn Effect Explained (partly)

The Flynn Effect is important to understand; it is better understood now than ever before, but there is more to research; and it is probably more limited in its…

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Friday, December 30, 2016

Research Byte: Learning Disabilities, Attention-deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and Executive Functioning: Contributions from Educational Psychology in Progressing Theory, Measurement, and Practice via BrowZine

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Learning Disabilities, Attention-deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and Executive Functioning: Contributions from Educational Psychology in Progressing Theory, Measurement, and Practice
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