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Fiction Helps To Increase People’s Empathy With Others All sorts of narratives, including literary fiction, TV shows and even certain video games could help boost empathy.  
Map provides detailed picture of how the brain is organized A detailed new map lays out the landscape of the cerebral cortex -- the outermost layer of the brain and the dominant structure involved in distinctly human functions such as language, tool use and abstract thinking. The map will accelerate progress in the study of brain diseases, as well as help to elucidate what makes us unique as a species.
New probe developed for improved high resolution measurement of brain temperature Scientists have created a new optical fiber-based probe capable of making pinpoint brain temperature measurements in moving lab animals.
Emotional Versus Physical Affairs I think most people say emotional affairs are worse then physical ones but, I’ll take an emotional affair over a physical any day of my life. If you’ve read my blogs … ...
#204 Time Out of Mind The new electronic age provides the world at our fingertips. Both adults and children may attach to that world as if it were “real.” In fact, it has many of … ...
Walking: The New Anti-Depressant Walking Simple. We do it every day. Well, most of us. There are some who cannot, do not, or will not. The first is nature, the second may be because … ...
Neuroscientists' study sheds light on how words are represented in the brain Using direct neural recordings from the visual word form area, researchers were able to see words that patients read as the patients read them.
Urocortin-3: A signaling molecule for making friends Meeting new people can be both stressful and rewarding. New research suggests that a molecule involved in regulating stress in the brain may also help determine how willing we are to leave the safety of our social group and strike up new relationships.
Higher-income students have an edge when it comes to working memory Researchers have discovered important differences between lower and higher-income children in their ability to use working memory, a key brain function responsible for everything from remembering a phone number to doing math in your head. Using functional MRI to measure and map the brain activity of a group of middle-schoolers, the researchers physically documented that the lower-income students tested had less working memory capacity than their higher-income peers.
Neurons form synapse clusters The contact points of cells in the cerebral cortex form functional groups.
Does Depression Physically Hurt? Over the past couple months, I’ve been suffering from depression. I’m managing, but it takes a mental toll. People aren’t surprised to learn about the mental effects of depression. After … ...
Effectiveness of treatment for individuals with brain injury or stroke New articles explore the effectiveness of several neurorehabilitation treatments for individuals with brain injury or stroke. A number of published articles have covered the issue of efficacy of neurorehabilitation, but only a few have discussed the issue of effectiveness to date.
People estimate their own abilities based on others' performance Ratings of our own abilities are strongly influenced by the performance of others, according to a new study. Interacting with high performers makes us feel more capable in cooperative team settings, but less competent in competitive situations. Moreover, the degree of 'self-other-mergence' is associated with activity in a brain region previously implicated in theory of mind -- the ability to understand the mental states of oneself and others.
People Who Keep It Real on Facebook Are Less Stressed One thing psychologists have been interested in for a long time is the extent to which people put their “true selves” forward vs. projecting “false selves.” With the rise of social media, this question has taken an interesting digital twist. On Facebook, for example, it’s possible to use your account...
Changes in brain activity after mindfulness-based cognitive therapy in adolescents Researchers are studying how cognitive therapy that uses mindfulness techniques, such as meditation, quiet reflection and facilitator-led discussion, may serve as an adjunct to pharmacological treatments for youth with anxiety disorders.
Don’t Be Afraid, Your Life Has Meaning Many years ago I began to first explore the teachings of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov. At once I experienced powerful feelings of déjà-vu. On the one hand, I felt like I was … ...
How Couples Misunderstand Each Other A heart-breaking experience of counseling couples is seeing good people suffer due to the entirely avoidable illusion of sameness.
Does Posting Selfies Make You a Narcissist? I’ve previously written how posting selfies is not a disorder (no, sorry, selfitis doesn’t exist). Others have even suggested that posting selfies is simple a sign of healthy self-expression. But last year, a few studies were published that linked taking selfies and posting them to … ...
FDA approves scalpel-free brain surgery for tremor The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first focused ultrasound device to treat essential tremor, the most common movement disorder, in patients who do not respond to medication. The scalpel-free approach has been demonstrated to show the safety and effectiveness of the device.
Thinking inside the box: How our brain puts the world in order The world around is complex and changing constantly. To put it in order, we devise categories into which we sort new concepts. To do this we apply different strategies. A team of researchers wanted to find our which areas of the brain regulate these strategies.