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  • Trading changes how brain processes selling decisions

    by Mark Peters, UChicago News Market experience leaves people less susceptible to economic bias, study finds Experience in trading changes how the human brain evaluates the sale of goods, muting a well-established economic bias known as the endowment effect, according to researchers at the University...
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  • 14th Dalai Lama to visit Madison for live-streamed event on global well-being

    Center for Healthy Minds Gathering perspectives to promote global well-being, the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin–Madison will host His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso and a panel of experts at a live-streamed event Wednesday, March 9, 2016. The event, “The World We...
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  • What happens in the brain when we hear stories? Uri Hasson at TED2016

    by Thu-Huong Ha, TED Blog We may, as Joan Didion once wrote, tell ourselves stories in order to live—but Uri Hasson is looking for a few more reasons. The neuroscientist based at Princeton University researches the neurological basis of human communication and storytelling, and in session 11 at TED2016...
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  • Researchers find way to measure wisdom

    By Karla Tecson, International Business Times Researchers at the University of Southern Queensland are designing a new measure that would "accurately and objectively" capture an individual's level of wisdom. The new psychological measure of wisdom might be able to tell whether you make...
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  • Conversations on Wisdom: Uncut Interview with Amishi Jha (video)

    by Jason Boulware and Jean Matelski Boulware Amishi Jha is an associate professor in the department of psychology at the University of Miami. The Jha lab explores the stability and mutability of attention and working memory. With large contributions to the field of contemplative practice, her research...
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  • The Limits of Intelligence

    By Douglas Fox, Scientific American An excerpt: ... One might think, for example, that evolutionary processes could increase the number of neurons in our brain or boost the rate at which those neurons exchange information and that such changes would make us smarter. But several recent trends of investigation...
     Posted by: Anna Gomberg
  • Laughter Leads to Insight

    By Elizabeth King Humphrey, Scientific American MIND Stumped by a crossword puzzle? Try taking a break to watch a funny TV show. Recent research shows that people in a lighthearted mood more often have eureka moments of sudden inspiration. Karuna Subramaniam, then at Northwestern University, and her...
     Posted by: Anna Gomberg
  • Brain Calisthenics for Abstract Ideas

    By Benedict Carey, The New York Times Like any other high school junior, Wynn Haimer has a few holes in his academic game. Graphs and equations, for instance: He gets the idea, fine — one is a linear representation of the other — but making those conversions is often a headache. Or at least it was. For...
     Posted by: Anna Gomberg
  • Buddhism and the Brain

    By David Weisman, Seed magazine Over the last few decades many Buddhists and quite a few neuroscientists have examined Buddhism and neuroscience, with both groups reporting overlap. I’m sorry to say I have been privately dismissive. One hears this sort of thing all the time, from any religion, and I...
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  • Memories Are Crucial for Looking Into the Future

    By Carl Zimmer, Discover magazine The past and future may seem like different worlds, yet the two are intimately intertwined in our minds. In recent studies on mental time travel, neuroscientists found that we use many of the same regions of the brain to remember the past as we do to envision our future...
     Posted by: Anna Gomberg
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