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2011-08-30 15:54:42

New study pinpoints areas of the brain used exclusively for language, providing a partial answer to a longstanding debate in cognitive science New research from MIT suggests that there are parts of our brain dedicated to language and only language, a finding that marks a major advance in the search for brain regions specialized for sophisticated mental functions. Functional specificity, as it's known to cognitive scientists, refers to the idea that discrete parts of the brain handle...

2011-07-27 12:34:22

Imagine you're dining at a restaurant in a city you're visiting for the first "“"“ and, most likely the last "“"“ time. Chances are slim to none that you'll ever see your server again, so if you wanted to shave a few dollars off your tab by not leaving a tip, you could do so. And yet, if you're like most people, you will leave the tip anyway, and not give it another thought. These commonplace acts of generosity "“"“ where no future return is likely...

2011-07-20 12:23:02

In the century and a half since Charles Darwin's publication of The Origin of Species, evolutionary theory has become the bedrock of modern biology, yet its application to the understanding of the human mind remains controversial. For the past 30 years, evolutionary interpretation of human cognition has been dominated by the field of evolutionary psychology. One view of this field is that human minds are composed of a list of dedicated programmes, each fashioned by natural selection to solve...

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2011-06-04 15:55:00

Research shows morally laden scenarios get different responses from people of different ages.Moral responses change as people age says a new study from the University of Chicago.Both preschool children and adults distinguish between damage done either intentionally or accidently when assessing whether a perpetrator has done something wrong, said study author Jean Decety. But, adults are much less likely than children to think someone should be punished for damaging an object, for example,...

2011-06-03 12:49:47

An article demonstrating how tools for modeling traffic on the Internet and telephone systems can be used to study information flow in brain networks will be published in the open-access journal PLoS Computational Biology on 2nd June 2011. The brain functions as a complex system of regions that must communicate with each other to enable everyday activities such as perception and cognition. This need for networked computation is a challenge common to multiple types of communication systems....

2011-05-15 00:02:32

With their fabulous online kids games, Kabongo has harnessed popular game mechanics to build cognitive skills in children and enhance their reading ability. Emeryville, CA (PRWEB) May 13, 2011 There has been a significant trend toward brain games among the American public over the last few years. It started primarily among the Baby Boomer generation in an effort to stave off the deterioration of the mind that can accompany aging. But Kabongo has applied similar methods of this contemporary...

2011-05-13 15:16:05

Parents know the unparalleled joy and wonder of hearing a beloved child's first words turn quickly into whole sentences and then babbling paragraphs. But how human children acquire language-which is so complex and has so many variations-remains largely a mystery. Fifty years ago, linguist and philosopher Noam Chomsky proposed an answer: Humans are able to learn language so quickly because some knowledge of grammar is hardwired into our brains. In other words, we know some of the most...

2011-05-12 11:08:21

A UA study using economic models backed up by fMRI scans offers new insights on why people choose to cooperate rather than act selfishly; the study appears in the current issue of the neuroscience journal Neuron A team of researchers at the University of Arizona has brought a high-tech tool to bear on the study of a familiar and age-old emotion "“ guilt. What makes the investigation unique is the use of fMRI scans to target the regions of the brain associated with guilt. It also opens a...

2011-05-01 00:09:03

Harvard psychiatrist, professor, brain-imaging researcher, certified master executive coach, and award-winning author Srini Pillay, MD. has recently released a provocative new book, Your Brain and Business: The Neuroscience of Great Leaders (FT Press, Hardcover, April 2011). Cambridge, MA (PRWEB) April 29, 2011 Harvard psychiatrist, professor, brain-imaging researcher, certified master executive coach, and award-winning author Srini Pillay, MD. has recently released a provocative new book,...

2011-04-19 22:52:36

Jamie Tyler, assistant professor in the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and the Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences, has been invited to speak at a Royal Society of London high level workshop on May 11-12 on the security implications of advances in neuroscience. The workshop is part of a four-part policy study on neuroscience and society called Brain Waves. This third module, entitled Neuroscience, conflict and security...


Word of the Day
glogg
  • Scandinavian punch made of claret and aquavit with spices and raisins and orange peel and sugar.
This word comes from the Swedish 'glogg,' which is an alteration of 'glodgat,' mulled (wine).
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