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  • Grandma’s wisdom a great gift

    By Michele Parente, The San Diego Union-Tribune The old adage “with age comes wisdom” isn’t just a warm and fuzzy way to look at the aging process — it’s a biological function that could provide clues to behavior, brain function and even human evolution itself, according to a top researcher at UC San...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • 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...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • 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...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Empathy Without Boundaries

    By Judith Graham, The New York Times Jean McFee Raichle, 94, is a remarkably cheerful woman. She lives in an assisted living center in Seattle staffed by aides who are warm and nurturing. She exists in the moment, mostly untroubled by her Alzheimer’s disease. Only once in the past several years has her...
     Posted by: brendah
  • Consciousness: The Great Illusion?

    By Alison Gopnik, the New York Times An excerpt: Humphrey, an emeritus professor of psychology at the London School of Economics, may not have solved the mind-body problem, and there is something to be said for the awkward geekery of philosophical analysis and experimental data. But he has some really...
     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
  • 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
  • The Trouble With Teens

    By Carl Zimmer, Discover magazine 3/24/11 Excerpt: Teenagers are a puzzle, and not just to their parents. When kids pass from childhood to adolescence their mortality rate doubles, despite the fact that teenagers are stronger and faster than children as well as more resistant to disease. Parents and...
     Posted by: Anna Gomberg
  • Can the Brain Explain Your Mind?

    By Colin McGinn, The New York Review of Books 3/24/2011 Excerpt: Is studying the brain a good way to understand the mind? Does psychology stand to brain anatomy as physiology stands to body anatomy? In the case of the body, physiological functions—walking, breathing, digesting, reproducing, and so on...
     Posted by: Anna Gomberg
  • With a "Wearable" PET Scanner, Two Realms of Brain Science Merge

    By David Zax, Fast Company Brain scanning techniques, like MRI and PET, have opened new provinces of neuroscience. It's nearly impossible to read an article about the brain without seeing the familiar heat maps featuring which parts of the brain "light up" during a given task. But there's...
     Posted by: Anna Gomberg
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