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I have noticed some members are using this community to post politically charged content. This is not acceptable.

This is a psychology community, not a pro-trump OR a pro-Clinton community and thus is not a place to post political dogma or rhetoric.

I do not care what any person's political stance is. I do, however, care about this community being hijacked by those whose intentions are not to contribute to the general theme, but to post political biases. That will not be tollerated.

Thank you. 

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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)

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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:

More: via
via +Peter Asaro 

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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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Are You Genetically Predisposed to Antisocial Behavior?

Study of Swedish teenagers reveals how three genetic factors interact.

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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.

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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)

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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 (

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