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  • Some Social Skills May Be Genetic

    by Janelle Weaver for Wired Science "Social butterflies who shine at parties may get their edge from special genes that make them experts at recognizing faces. Scientists have found the strongest evidence to date that genes govern how well we keep track of who’s who. The findings suggest that face...
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  • How to Forget Fear

    by Ed Yong and Alice Fishburn from Seed Magazine "Imagine if you could rewrite your mind as quickly as a document on your computer. No more painful memories, no phobias or ingrained fears, just a blank slate where the scars that mark each human life used to be. This may sound like the stuff of Hollywood...
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  • Mind Reading

    by Alison Gopnik, New York Times Book Review "At this very moment, you are actually moving your eyes over a white page dotted with black marks. Yet you feel that you are simply lost in the universe of The New York Times Book Review, alert to the seductive perfume of a promising new novel and the...
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  • Data deluge will reboot our brains

    by Richard Woods and Chris Hastings from Times Online "The speed of modern life is 2.3 words per second, or about 100,000 words a day. That is the verbiage bombarding the average person in the 12 hours they are typically awake and “consuming” information, according to a new study. Through emails...
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  • In the Swiss Army knife of the brain, the ability to recognize faces may be a specialized tool

    by Carina Storrs in Scientific American "Some people seem to have it all, mentally speaking—strong math and verbal skills, a keen memory and good spatial sense. This gift could be chalked up to good "generalist genes," or genes that affect many cognitive abilities and, broadly speaking...
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  • Where Did the Time Go? Do Not Ask the Brain

    by Benedict Carey for The New York Times "Scientists are not sure how the brain tracks time. One theory holds that it has a cluster of cells specialized to count off intervals of time; another that a wide array of neural processes act as an internal clock. Either way, studies find, this biological...
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  • Does Modernization Affect Children's Cognitive Development?

    Science Daily "Societal and technological changes have taken place at a dizzying pace over recent decades. A new cross-cultural study aimed to determine whether these dramatic changes have had an effect on the thinking skills that are learned over the course of childhood..." Read the article...
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  • Signatures of Consciousness: A Talk by Stanislas Dehaene

    by John Brockman from Edge "On October 17, Edge organized a Reality Club meeting at The Hotel Ritz in Paris to allow neuroscientist Stanislas Dehaene to present his new theory on how consciousness arises in the brain to a group of Parisian scientists and thinkers. The theory, based on Dehaene's...
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  • Deciding How to Decide

    by Greg Boustead in Seed "It all started with Cheerios. Jonah Lehrer was once again standing in a supermarket aisle, crippled by the thought of which variety of whole-oat goodness to buy: honey nut or apple cinnamon. “It was an embarrassing waste of time,” he says, “and yet it happened to me all...
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  • Why You Can’t Help Believing Everything You Read

    Psyblog recently made a post about cognition and belief which could have interesting implications for the study of wisdom. " What is the mind's default position : are we naturally critical or naturally gullible? As a species do we have a tendency to behave like Agent Mulder from the X-Files...
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