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  • Test
    on Mar 14, 2015 in Research
    Imagine going to a store for the first time, and when you are done shopping you have to get back home. What do you do? At least in the days before GPS, you would form a mental image of the … Continue reading →...
  • Train your brain: left vs. right brain activation
    on Aug 24, 2014 in Research
      blog search The difference between the left and right sides of the human brain has long fascinated scientists and non-scientists alike. The idea that the left hemisphere supports language and rational thought, while the right hemisphere suppor...
  • A disheartening view of honesty
    on Aug 11, 2014 in Research
    We all know what honesty is, but what drives us to behave honestly? Opposing views suggest that honest behavior happens either automatically (the “Grace” hypothesis), or requires willpower to resist temptation (the “Will” hypo...
  • Cocaine use impairs insight in rats (?)
    on Aug 4, 2014 in Research
    One of the most fascinating aspects of drug addiction is the sheer self-destructiveness of frequent drug use. Addicts are often in denial about the detrimental consequences of their behavior, or they may simply fail to act on that knowledge. Thus, &#...
  • Predicting alcohol abuse: neuroimaging vs. questionnaires
    on Jul 21, 2014 in Research
    The lifetime prevalence of alcohol dependence is a staggering 10% of the population in Western countries. Although it is clear that genetics and the environment contribute about equally to the risk for alcohol dependence, not much is known on the ...
  • Far-sighted living
    on Jul 14, 2014 in Research
    How to improve self-control without willpower The ability to control one’s impulses and plan for the future is a strong predictor of success in life, whether financial, academic, or social. But it’s not always easy to take the long view. …...
  • The Biology of Beauty
    on Jul 6, 2014 in Research
    The perception of beauty is shown to be regulated by opioid receptors   “In every man’s heart there is a secret nerve that answers to the vibrations of beauty” wrote the American journalist Christopher Morley. Indeed, labor market studies...
  • Booting up the brain
    on Jun 28, 2014 in Research
    Intriguing new research shows that brain activity cycles through multiple stable states before consciousness is recovered Transitions in and out of conscious awareness have long held the interest of scientists and philosophers. Although notoriously d...
  • Pain, no gain: age related decline caused by pain perception
    on Jun 22, 2014 in Research
    The perception of pain is undoubtedly beneficial for longevity, as patients with congenital analgesia (insensitivity to pain) face a reduced life expectancy. Nevertheless, too much of a good thing can be harmful, and this seems to hold for pain as...
  • Male Mice Step up to the Plate
    on Jun 14, 2014 in Research
    The humble male mouse is a favored research subject in labs across the world. Experimenters often change the natural behavior of the mice by adjusting the functioning of neurons in the brain, and the results are not always pretty. Take for … C...
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