Our Brains Automatically Process Opinions We Agree With As If They Are Facts

Summary: A new study reveals we quickly process opinions we agree with as facts, even if the opinion is non-factual. Source: BPS. In a post-truth world of alternative facts, there is understandable interest in the psychology behind why people are generally so wedded to their opinions and why it is so difficult to change minds. […]

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Creativity is a State of Mind and Can be Trained

Summary: Trained pianists have higher levels of brain wave synchronization when improvising pieces of music, a new study reveals. Source: University of Western Ontario. As an undergraduate student at York University, Joel Lopata was studying film production and jazz performance when a discrepancy became apparent. “I noticed students in the jazz program were really developing […]

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Can a Brain Injury Change Who You Are?

Summary: A new article looks at how TBI can force personality changes in patients. Source: The Conversation. Who we are, and what makes us “us” has been the topic of much debate throughout history. At the individual level, the ingredients for the unique essence of a person consist mostly of personality concepts. Things like kindness, […]

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Having an Audience May Help You Perform Better

According to researchers, when people are aware they are being observed, brain areas associated with social awareness and reward activate a part of the brain that affects motor control, helping them to perform better at skilled tasks.

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Fight, Flight or Freeze

Olfactory system neurons appear to play a role in the connection between rhythmic breathing and emotional regulation, researchers report.

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Brain Injury News

New ‘Brain Health Index’ Can Predict How Well Patients Will Do After Stroke Apr. 19, 2018 — A new computer program can assess whole brain deterioration and help predict cognitive function after stroke up to ten times more accurately than current … read more Probing the Complex Nature of Concussion Mar. 30, 2018 — Concussion […]

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Connection Between Dopamine and Behavior Related to Pain and Fear

Using optogenetics, researchers have identified a causal association between dopamine and avoidance behavior linked to pain and fear.

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Keeping the Excitement Under Control

Researchers have developed a new method to identify and monitor the activity of ‘quite’ neurons.

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Brain Development Influenced by Immune System

A new study provides further evidence for immune system activation during pregnancy and disruptions in brain development. Many adult diseases, researchers say, may originate during fetal development.

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Why Losing a Dog Can Be Harder Than Losing a Friend or Relative

A new article considers why losing a dog can be harder for some to deal with than losing a close friend or family member.

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