|Good Guys Finish Last? Not So Fast…
||“Good guys finish last,” goes the familiar lament of many ‘good’ men. “All the good guys are taken,” goes the familiar lament of many good women. So, which is it?
|Decoding spoken phrases from representations in the brain
||Speech is produced in the human cerebral cortex. Brain waves associated with speech processes can be directly recorded with electrodes located on the surface of the cortex. It has now been shown for the first time that is possible to reconstruct basic units, words, and complete sentences of continuous speech from these brain waves and [...]
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|‘We were stunned': Scientists unravel new link between the brain and lymphatic system
||In a study published in The Journal of Experimental Medicine, researchers working at the Wihuri Research Institute and the University of Helsinki report a surprising finding that challenges current anatomy and histology textbook knowledge: Lymphatic vessels are found in the central nervous system where they were not known to exist. Aleksanteri Aspelund and colleagues discovered [...]
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|#154 Imagination and the Virtual World
|| Iain Heath via Compfight Is the virtual world the ideal playground for the imagination? Maybe and maybe not! As parents we want to build an environment in which creativity … ...
|Scientists agree there is no evidence children of same-sex couples are negatively impacted
||A new study from the University of Colorado Denver finds that scientists agree that children of same-sex parents experience ‘no difference’ on a range of social and behavioral outcomes compared to children of heterosexual or single parents. The study was led by Jimi Adams, an associate professor in the Department of Health and Behavioral Studies [...]
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|Chemists find efficient, scalable way to synthesize potential brain-protecting compound
||Chemists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have invented the first practical, scalable method for synthesizing jiadifenolide, a plant-derived molecule that may have powerful brain-protecting properties. Finding a good way to synthesize jiadifenolide has been a goal of chemists around the world since the compound was discovered in 2009. Preliminary studies have hinted that it [...]
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|Self-awareness not unique to humans, study shows
||Humans are unlikely to be the only animal capable of self-awareness, a new study has shown. Conducted by University of Warwick researchers, the study found that humans and other animals capable of mentally simulating environments require at least a primitive sense of self. The finding suggests that any animal that can simulate environments must have [...]
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|People living in disadvantaged cities are at greater risk of suicide
||The city where an individual lives can influence the risk of dying by suicide, according to a new study from sociologists at Rice University and the University of Colorado at Boulder. “Suicide in the City: Do Characteristics of Place Really Influence Risk?” appears in the latest edition of Social Science Quarterly. The study found that [...]
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|Researchers look into the brains of chronic itch patients
||It’s long been known that scratching evokes a rewarding and pleasurable sensation in patients with chronic itch. Now, researchers in the Department of Dermatology and Temple Itch Center at Temple University School of Medicine (TUSM) may be closer to understanding why. Using advanced fMRI imaging, the researchers looked at activity in the brain while 10 [...]
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|Best Inspirational Books About Filmmaking: Part 2
||Where does inspiration come from, especially for creative people, and especially for writers? In any career path, we tend to look to the people who came before us, our heroes. … ...
|Love and money: How low-income dads really provide
||Low-income fathers who might be labeled “deadbeat dads” often spend as much on their children as parents in formal child-support arrangements, but they choose to give goods like food and clothing rather than cash, a Johns Hopkins-led study found. In the first examination of the magnitude of in-kind child support, published this month in the [...]
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|Researchers develop new technique for modeling neuronal connectivity using stem cells
||Human stem cells can be differentiated to produce other cell types, such as organ cells, skin cells, or brain cells. While organ cells, for example, can function in isolation, brain cells require synapses, or connectors, between cells and between regions of the brain. In a new study published in Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience, researchers report [...]
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|Group memberships boost self-esteem more than friends alone
||Belonging to multiple groups that are important to you boosts self-esteem much more than having friends alone, new research has found. CIFAR fellows Nyla Branscombe (University of Kansas), Alexander Haslam and Catherine Haslam (both University of Queensland) recently collaborated with lead author Jolanda Jetten on experiments to explore the importance of group memberships for self-esteem. [...]
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|Letting Go of Childhood Rebukes
||Are there rebukes from your childhood that are still ringing in your ears? Now that you’re an adult, you need to respond to them differently. Here’s what I mean: Sit down and listen. Listening to others is only one of many ingredients that will help you … ...
|Why my mental illness made me decide not to have kids
||Growing up, I was kind of on the fence about having kids, but then in college I figured out a plan: Marry by 28, kids by 30. I am 34 … ...
|How I Quit My Job and Became a Writer
||When at age 33 I quit corporate law to become a writer, most people I knew, including my very own self, thought I was nuts.
|Hooking It Up
||Mobile apps like Tinder and The Grade not only make hooking up easier, but they also provide far more equal opportunity.
|Why Patients with Borderline Personality Don't Get Better
||People who exhibit symptoms of borderline personality disorder, despite being intelligent and showing no signs of psychosis, persist tenaciously in their troublesome, self-destructive behaviors. They will not stop no matter what other people try to do to get them to. They will not tell you about the horrifying reactions they get from family members when they act better.
|Why is scratching an itch so rewarding?
||Researchers may be closer to understanding why scratching evokes a rewarding and pleasurable sensation in patients with chronic itch. Using advanced fMRI, they looked at brain activity while chronic itch patients and healthy subjects scratched. They found areas of the brain involved in motor control and reward processing were more activated in chronic itch patients while they scratched. This may help explain the addictive scratching experienced by these patients.
|Scientists grow multiple brain structures and make connections between them
||Human stem cells can be differentiated to produce other cell types, such as organ cells, skin cells, or brain cells. While organ cells, for example, can function in isolation, brain cells require synapses, or connectors, between cells and between regions of the brain. Researchers now report successfully growing multiple brain structures and forming connections between them in vitro, in a single culture vessel, for the first time.