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Selective Vision: The Brain's Spin Machine Starts Early

Selective Vision: The Brain's Spin Machine Starts Early

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Mind Matters With the election season hard upon us and the spin machines working overtime, we thought it sensible to rerun a post from last year about a sort of spin machine recently discovered in the brain.

January 2, 2008 — David Dobbs
A Tour of NeuroSci - Mind Matters' First Year

A Tour of NeuroSci - Mind Matters' First Year


Mind Matters - The First Year We did not, alas, make it to the Prague Museum, which is pictured above. But with the end of both the calendar year and Mind Matters' first year it seems a good time to look a back and see where we have been since launching in January.

December 26, 2007 — David Dobbs
Mirror Neurons -- Rock Stars or Backup Singers?

Mirror Neurons -- Rock Stars or Backup Singers?

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Greg Hickok Center for Cognitive Neuroscience University of California, Irvine Mirror neurons are the rock stars of cognitive neuroscience.

December 18, 2007 — David Dobbs
James Watson's African Ancestry and more - The Week That Was

James Watson's African Ancestry and more - The Week That Was

Things are really starting to heat up over at Sciam's freewheeling new news firehose, 60 Second Science. Here's what you're missing: James Watson might be 16% black; gods of irony shout,"BUUURN!" Voyager 2 leaves solar system, looking forward to 'new projects with Diddy' Atlantis shuttle crew fends off giant arachnid OMG-we-wish-we-were-kidding-dept: Airborne pig brain matter may cause neurological disorder in pork industry workers How Saturn's 'UFO' Moons formed [video] 10,000 Years of Human Civilization Explained by One Study The Fab Four’s hit singles funded development of CT scanner!

December 11, 2007 — Christopher Mims
Sleep, Attention, and Memory: Not (Maybe) What You Thought

Sleep, Attention, and Memory: Not (Maybe) What You Thought



by Robert Stickgold

Harvard Medical School



Most of us can remember at least one occasion on which we sat in class, half asleep, trying to pay attention and learn what we were being taught "“ to no avail.

December 11, 2007 — David Dobbs
The Choke Factor: How Stereotypes Affect Performance

The Choke Factor: How Stereotypes Affect Performance

_____________________ How Stereotypes Shape Performance S. Alexander Haslam, Jessica Salvatore, and Thomas Kessler
University of Exeter, UK Every sports fan has vivid memories of key occasions on which a favorite team or player has 'choked' under pressure.

December 5, 2007 — David Dobbs
How Babies Know What You're Up To (or Not)

How Babies Know What You're Up To (or Not)

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How Infants Predict Other People's Behavior Valerie Kuhlmeier and Tania Tzelnic
Queen's University, Kingston, ON
 
When it comes to watching the actions of others, we all have a little Nostradamus in us.

November 26, 2007 — David Dobbs
When Every Face is Like Another

When Every Face is Like Another

Toward a Neurofunctional Definition of "Face-Blindness"
Alison M. Harris & Geoffrey K. Aguirre University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA In 1947 Dr.

November 19, 2007 — David Dobbs

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