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Frontal Lobe May Not Be Key To Intelligence After All
2013-05-14 08:56:44

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The frontal lobes are not disproportionately larger compared to other regions of the brain, suggesting other areas of the brain may play a role in humans´ unique cognitive abilities, according to new research published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Researchers from Durham University and Reading University compared the size of the frontal lobes — regions of a...

2013-05-03 23:23:45

NewYorker.com claims brain games are bogus. Here's why they're wrong. Pompton Plains, NJ (PRWEB) May 03, 2013 The New Yorker´s website published an article proclaiming, “Brain Games are Bogus” on April 5. Acuity Games, agrees with the research, but rejects the conclusion. The article questions the benefits of brain games that are based upon working-memory training. Citing research from Georgia Tech and the University of Oslo, the article concludes that this approach is...

Mental Agility Game Slows Cognitive Decline In Older People
2013-05-02 07:35:02

University of Iowa There may be a way for older people to prevent natural aging of their minds, and it could be as simple as playing a video game. That's according to a study from the University of Iowa, which found that elderly people who played just ten hours of a game priming their mental processing speed and skills delayed declines by as many as seven years in a range of cognitive skills. "We know that we can stop this decline and actually restore cognitive processing speed to...

2013-04-25 10:56:51

Prisoners who are psychopaths lack the basic neurophysiological "hardwiring" that enables them to care for others, according to a new study by neuroscientists at the University of Chicago and the University of New Mexico. "A marked lack of empathy is a hallmark characteristic of individuals with psychopathy," said the lead author of the study, Jean Decety, the Irving B. Harris Professor in Psychology and Psychiatry at UChicago. Psychopathy affects approximately 1 percent of the United...

2013-04-24 14:53:44

fMRI shows unique brain regions are increasingly devoted to social self-evaluations during puberty A specific region of the brain is in play when children consider their identity and social status as they transition into adolescence -- that often-turbulent time of reaching puberty and entering middle school, says a University of Oregon psychologist. In a study of 27 neurologically typical children who underwent functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) at ages 10 and 13, activity in...

Shortcut Map Could Simplify The Hunt For Disease-Causing Genes
2013-03-19 11:01:44

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Certain diseases are caused by single gene mutations, and with current techniques for identifying the disease-causing gene producing hundreds of potential gene candidates, it is difficult for scientists to pinpoint the single causative gene. New research led by Rockefeller University scientists has led to the creation of a map of gene "shortcuts" to simplify the hunt for disease-causing genes. Yuval Itan, a postdoctoral fellow in the...


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