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From Discover Magazine: The brains of Neanderthals were about the same size as those of humans, but they were not organized the same way. In a study published yesterday, researchers at Oxford show that much of the Neanderthal brain was dedicated to vision and movement instead of the higher order thinking characteristic of the human brain. They say this limited brain capacity could also explain Neanderthals’ eventual demise.
From FastCompany: Winners at office politics tend to be psychopathic–as well as narcissistic and Machiavellian. These “triads” fly up the corporate ladder, but there are ways to minimize their effect on your success and happiness.
From Sharp Brains: 1. Genes determine the fate of our brains.
2. We are what we eat.
3. Medication is the main hope for cognitive health and enhancement.
4. There’s nothing we can do to beat Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline.
5. There is only one “it” in “use it or lose it.“
6. Brain training can help reverse your brain age 10, 20 or 30 years.
7. Brain training doesn’t work.
8. Brain training is primarily about videogames.
9. Heart health is brain health.
10. As long as my brain is working fine, why should I even pay attention to it?
From Library of Congress: Music and the Brain events offer lectures, conversations and symposia about the explosion of new research at the intersection of cognitive neuroscience and music. Project chair Kay Redfield Jamison convenes scientists and scholars, composers, performers, theorists, physicians, psychologists, and other experts at the Library for a compelling 2-year series, with generous support from the Dana Foundation.
From Big Think: Paul Zak is the founding director of the Center for Neuroeconomics Studies and professor of economics, psychology and management at Claremont Graduate University. Dr. Zak has degrees in mathematics and economics from San Diego State University, a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and post-doctoral training in neuroimaging from Harvard University.
From Big Think: Oliver Sacks is a psychiatrist and neurologist best known for his collections of case histories from the far borderlands of neurological experience, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and An Anthropologist on Mars, in which he describes patients struggling to live with conditions ranging from Tourette’s syndrome to autism, parkinsonism, musical hallucination, epilepsy, phantom limb syndrome, schizophrenia, retardation, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Saturday, December 22, 2012 · Topics: neuroscience
What brings health into our lives? Studies of physical health, emotional well-being, longevity, happiness, and even wisdom suggest that our ability to be aware of our own internal world and feel deeply connected to others is at the heart of both resilience and mental health. In this talk, Dr. Siegel explains that this ability to see · Watch video →