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Women Have More Active Brains Than Men

Summary: A large scale SPECT imaging study reveals women’s brains are significantly more active in more regions than males, including the prefronal cortex and limbic areas. Visual and areas associated with coordination were more active in males, researchers noted.

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Neuroscience

Remembering Marian C. Diamond

Late last month the prominent neuroscientist Marian C. Diamond passed away at age 90. She is known for her study of how certain types of experiences can induce structural and chemical changes in the brain.

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In Baby Mode

A few weeks after the birth of my first son, I caught myself rocking a stick of butter to sleep while in line at the supermarket checkout. I gently moved the shopping cart back and forth, until I became aware … Read the rest

Seeing without Eyes

The following essay is reprinted with permission from The Conversation, an online publication covering the latest research.

We humans are uncommonly visual creatures. And those of us endowed with normal sight are used to thinking of our eyes as … Read the rest

How to Map the Circuits That Define Us

Marta Zlatic owns what could be the most tedious film collection ever. In her laboratory at the Janelia Research Campus in Ashburn, Virginia, the neuroscientist has stored more than 20,000 hours of black-and-white video featuring fruit-fly (Drosophila) larvae. … Read the rest

Psychiatry

Smileys? Not at Work

Do you assume that adding a smiley to work-related emails can help you make a positive first impression? A new study has found that a smiley is not regarded the same way as a smile, and can actually have a … Read the rest

Is Childhood Obesity a Psychological Disorder?

A team of researchers, including senior investigator, Bradley Peterson, MD, director of the Institute for the Developing Mind at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, used fMRI to investigate neural responses to food cues in overweight compared with lean adolescents. The team … Read the rest

NUS Study: You May Be as Friendly as Your Genes

A group of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has found that young adults who have higher expression of the CD38 gene as well as differences in CD157 gene sequence are friendlier and more socially adept than others. … Read the rest

Mental Health

Smileys? Not at Work

Do you assume that adding a smiley to work-related emails can help you make a positive first impression? A new study has found that a smiley is not regarded the same way as a smile, and can actually have a … Read the rest

Is Childhood Obesity a Psychological Disorder?

A team of researchers, including senior investigator, Bradley Peterson, MD, director of the Institute for the Developing Mind at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, used fMRI to investigate neural responses to food cues in overweight compared with lean adolescents. The team … Read the rest

NUS Study: You May Be as Friendly as Your Genes

A group of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has found that young adults who have higher expression of the CD38 gene as well as differences in CD157 gene sequence are friendlier and more socially adept than others. … Read the rest

Gut Microbes May Talk to the Brain Through Cortisol

Summary: Researchers identify a predictive relationship between serotonin, cortisol and fecal microbiota. The study provides additional support for previous findings that implicate gut bacteria in ASD.

Source: University of Illinois.

Gut microbes have been in the news a lot lately. Read the rest

Psychology

Psychobiography: Theory and method.

Psychobiography is best understood as a branch of applied personality science in which experimental findings are used to explore the lives and personalities of public figures, from artists to politicians. This article introduces the field, addresses questions commonly raised about … Read the rest

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