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Brain Mechanisms That Predict Generosity in Children Identified

University of Chicago developmental neuroscientists have found specific brain markers that predict generosity in children. Those neural markers appear to be linked to both social and moral evaluation processes.

The research is in Current Biology. (full access paywall)
A new study reveals specific neural markers which predict generosity in children, as well as a link to the moral and social evaluation process.
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Happy 148th Birthday to my favorite artist, Wassily Kandinsky. 

If you did not know, Kandinsky is said to have suffered from synesthesia. Some of his work was confiscated by the nazi's and put on display in the 1937 Degenerate Art exhibition before being destroyed.

#art   #kandinsky  
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Recovery sleep following deprivation heals the damage, apparently. What a great excuse for me to catch a few extra hours of sleep.
Sleep deprivation can cause cell damage, especially to the lungs, liver and small intestine, a new study reports.
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Depression and Overwhelming Guilt in Preschool Years Linked to Brain Changes

In school-age children previously diagnosed with depression as preschoolers, a key brain region involved in emotion is smaller than in their peers who were not depressed, scientists have shown.

The research is in JAMA Psychiatry. (full access paywall)
A new neuroimaging study finds the anterior insula is smaller in school aged children previously diagnosed with depression.
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The article seems to be saying it's another "Who was first, chicken or egg?" instance.  They've noted the smaller insula in depressed preschoolers, yet they say they don't know what is observable cause and what is observable symptom, am I correct  in that?
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I find research like this really exciting.
 
Ghost Illusion Created in the Lab

Full article at http://neurosciencenews.com/neuroscience-tle-sensorimotor-ghost-illusion-1494.

Neuroscientists awaken ‘ghosts’ hidden inside the cortex.

The research is in Current Biology. (full open access)

Research: “Neurological and Robot-Controlled Induction of an Apparition” by Olaf Blanke, Polona Pozeg, Masayuki Hara, Lukas Heydrich, Andrea Serino, Akio Yamamoto, Toshiro Higuchi, Roy Salomon, Margitta Seeck, Theodor Landis, Shahar Arzy, Bruno Herbelin, Hannes Bleuler, and Giulio Rognini in Current Biology.  doi:10.1016/j.cub.2014.09.049

Image: This image depicts a person experiencing the ghost illusion in the lab. Credit Alain Herzog/EPFL.

#neuroscience   #ghost   #robotics   #illusion  
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A detailed quantitative study has found that online classes like those on the +edX platform really do work, even among learners with the least preparation. Full story: http://mitne.ws/1vgOvlY

Image: Christine Daniloff/MIT  #MOOCs   #onlinelearning   #edx   #onlinecourses   #edtech  
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I'm really looking forward to learning more about robotics. This video is super awesome, even if the second robot's 'birth' is a little creepy.
 
// This robot builds other robots from scratch. When the second robot comes alive it's like something out of a horror movie. This is completely awesome. 

> The process starts with a "foam synthesizer cart" that deploys several CKBot clusters, each consisting of a trio of jointed CKBot modules. The CKBot clusters can move around by themselves, sort of, and combined with some helpful nudging from the cart, they can be put into whatever position necessary to form the joints of a robot. The overall structure of the robot is created with insulation foam that the cart sprays to connect the CKBot clusters in such a way as to create a quadruped robot, a snake robot, or whatever else you want. Watch:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjTLyUgS5uk

More: http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/diy/watch-this-robot-build-other-robots-out-of-spray-foam via http://io9.com/12-reasons-robots-will-always-have-an-advantage-over-hu-1671721194
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Are You Genetically Predisposed to Antisocial Behavior?

Study of Swedish teenagers reveals how three genetic factors interact.
Researchers report both negative and positive experiences influence how genetic factors influence the brain and behavior.
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Doesn't matter. Either move to a complimentary social setting or be ejected. Of course, one could always make their own with their own resources. 
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Researchers identify a brain area which disrupts memory when the circadian rhythm is altered.
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Playing Action Video Games Can Boost Learning

A new study shows for the first time that playing action video games improves not just the skills taught in the game, but learning capabilities more generally.

The research is in PNAS. (full access paywall)

Research: “Action video game play facilitates the development of better perceptual templates” by Vikranth R. Bejjanki, Ruyuan Zhang, Renjie Li, Alexandre Pouget, C. Shawn Green, Zhong-Lin Lu, and Daphne Bavelier in PNAS. Published online November 10 2014 doi:10.1073/pnas.1417056111 (http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2014/11/05/1417056111)

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According to a new study, playing action video games helps improve learning capabilities.
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This gorgeous little thing is a long-eared jerboa (Euchoreutes naso). These nocturnal mouse-like rodents can be found in the Palearctic ecozone.

This little guy (or girl) tops the all time cutest list for me.

#jeroba   #animals   #science   #cute  
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    Managing Editor and Writer, 2005 - present
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Founder & Editor in Chief at ClinicallyPsyched.com, Managing Editor at NeuroscienceNews.com.
Introduction
Where to start?

I have a deep passion for Clinical Psychology. Initially, I wanted to become a psychologist, but life got in the way. Instead, a met my wonderful husband and we embarked on an amazing journey through life and a number of different countries. That meant I put my clinical aspirations to the side; for the time being. Instead, I've worked hard to build up Clinically Psyched to be an informative resource for the latest clinical psychology news and research. 

I majored in Theology for my first degree, with my specialization being religion and bio-ethics. It's a common misconception that, in order to study theology, you have to be religious. Well, I'm certainly an exception to that rule. My dissertation centred around nature/nurture theories in relation to psycho and sociopaths. That's not only where my cross-over of field started its long journey, it's also the driving factor in how I met my husband. From there, I became interested in neurotheology. 

I have always had an intense interest in Genocide and Holocaust Studies. I'm usually to be found somewhere, reading one of my collection of Holocaust books. Currently, I'm researching the psychology of genocide and medical experimentation in concentration camps. Kind of strange, but that's what I do for fun. My interest in Holocaust Studies was spawned because my dear uncle assisted in the liberation of Belsen. I miss him dearly. He was my hero.

I also have a massive interest in the social history of the 'home front' in WW2. Again, that's due to family. I spent a lot of time with my darling auntie growing up, and she would sit with me for hours, telling me stories of what life was like in our little corner of the world, and for our family, during WW2.

One of my main passions is cooking, actually baking, to be more precise. Don't be shocked if I share some awesome links to recipies from time to time. I love cooking, and I'm pretty nifty at it too. (starry eyed dream of one day owning my own bakery...oh well).

I fully support and believe in both the open science and open education movements. If both can fully be achieved, both can change the world. I want to help that come to fruition in any way that I can. Us citizens are the future for science, and it's time we got the recognition we deserve for our part in the effort.

I am also an advocate for Justice for Magdalenes. It's time these ladies receive the justice they so deserve.

I guess my mum would say that, even at my age, I'm still a bit of a rebel. I love punk rock. I always have. Thanks dad for that!

I still write occasionally, though wish I could get back into it more. I've been working on a novel for at least 4 years now, but have kind of left it in the swing for the time being. I will get back to it. Motivation, please!

Other than that, I'm married to +Erik Driscoll, the founder of Neuroscience News; mother to a 13 year old genius (still my baby) boy, and I'm the human mommy to a beautiful little ferret, Jezebaal.

My favorite book of all time: 1984.
Favorite movie: "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind".


That's all folks!
Bragging rights
I was the entertainments manager for my student's union. I was also a 'working poet' throughout my later teens, giving readings with some of the new, great Welsh poets. I also won the Chair in my school eisteddfod for my poetry anthology (that means you can call me a Bard!).
Education
  • University of Westminster
    Psychology BSc, 2003 - 2006
  • St Mary's University
    PCGE Religious Education, 2000 - 2001
  • St Mary's University
    Theology & Drama BA, 1997 - 2000
  • University of Tampa
    Psychology BSc (exchange), 2005 - 2005
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