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“We found that older people have similar ability to make thousands of hippocampal new neurons from progenitor cells as younger people do,” Boldrini says. “We also found equivalent volumes of the #hippocampus (a brain structure used for emotion and cognition) across ages. Nevertheless, older individuals had less vascularization and maybe less ability of new neurons to make connections.”
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New research suggests the roots of #friendship extend even deeper than previously suspected. Scientists have found that the #brains of close friends respond in remarkably similar ways as they view a series of short videos: the same ebbs and swells of attention and distraction, the same peaking of reward processing here, boredom alerts there.

The findings offer tantalizing evidence for the vague sense we have that friendship is more than shared interests or checking off the right boxes on a Facebook profile. It’s about something we call good chemistry.
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Most people do not #listen with the intent to #understand; they listen with the intent to reply.

--Stephen R. Covey

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In the current study, we operationalize #aging perceptions as evaluations individuals tie to different ages by reporting (a) the age they would like to ideally be, (b) the age they feel like, (c) the age they hope to live until, and (d) how old other people think they are.
The preponderance of research suggests that adults tend to report feeling younger than their chronological age (e.g., up to 20% younger) and this effect increases with age.

People’s perception of old age changes as they age. Essentially, the older we get, the younger we feel.
“I think the most interesting finding of this study is that our perceptions of aging aren’t static – they change as we change ourselves,” Chopik said. “What you consider to be old changes as you become old yourself.”

Part of this is understandable, he said. People view older adulthood as a negative experience and want to avoid it because it’s painful to think of ourselves as old.

“But, of course, older adults actually have really enriching lives and some studies suggest that they’re happier than young adults,” Chopik noted.

http://neurosciencenews.com/aging-perceptions-8575/
https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00067/full
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A new technique developed by neuroscientists at U of T Scarborough can, for the first time, reconstruct images of what people perceive based on their brain activity gathered by EEG.
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I have found that all ugly things are made by those who strive to make something beautiful, and that all beautiful things are made by those who strive to make something #useful.

--Oscar Wilde
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I finally found this website that provides a ranking arrangement of computer science #journals based on their impact factor.
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These 13 datasets (visualized in the figure below) each have the same summary statistics (x/y #mean, x/y #standard_deviation, and #Pearson's correlation) to two decimal places, while being drastically different in appearance.
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It can be difficult to demonstrate the importance of data visualization. Some people are of the impression that charts are simply "pretty pictures", while all of the important information can be divined through statistical analysis. An effective (and often used) tool used to demonstrate that visualizing your data is in fact important is #Anscome's Quartet. Developed by F.J. Anscombe in 1973, Anscombe's Quartet is a set of four datasets, where each produces the same summary statistics (mean, standard deviation, and correlation), which could lead one to believe the datasets are quite similar. However, after visualizing (plotting) the data, it becomes clear that the datasets are markedly different.
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I hate others who rob me of my #solitude and yet do not truly offer me company.

--Irvin D. Yalom
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