Humans who experience early life adversity suffer as adults. Why are gorillas more resilient?
This may be the most important study of the week—or maybe year.
Creative people's brains work differently
Highly creative people’s brains use an atypical approach that enables them to make distant connections more quickly, bypassing the “hubs” seen in less-creative brains.
Third Reich's legacy tied to present-day xenophobia and political intolerance
We cannot see the ripples from the meteor or asteroid that crashed into the Earth killing off the dinosaurs, but they’re still there. Diminishing, yes, but like the famous analogy of the frog crossing the road, whose every leap is half as long as the last, never ending. For good or ill we are still being affected by that impact.
Flirting among coworkers can reduce stress
"Some flirting is happening, and it seems pretty benign," said the first author on the paper. "Even when our study participants disliked the behavior, it still didn't reach the threshold of sexual harassment. It didn't produce higher levels of stress, so it is a very different conceptual space."
Brain networks more stable in intelligent individuals
New research ties IQ to brain functioning in areas of the brain connected with higher cognitive activity. Like the genetics of intelligence this is not amenable to “improvement” through education or training. You can train someone to use their IQ—or EQ or SQ—better or more creatively—but not increase it.
The future of mind control
Modern scientists are not immune from corruption in the pursuit of patents, funding or Nobel Prizes. Like genetic engineering, the excuse is always that “we can cure an illness or prevent a possible disability.” Soon enough, the desire to heal becomes the desire to self-enrich.
Affable apes live longer.
The study that stands out is one that shows that male chimps who are less aggressive and form strong social bonds tend to live longer. There is a growing realization that personality traits have an effect on health in all species—even chickens—and this study adds to this body of research.
Does your environment raise or lower your IQ?
The debate about intelligence rages in academic circles and what is astounding is the increasing number of factors which seem to dictate both intelligence—in all its forms—and our ability to use it. This study began with a question of primary interest to neurogeneticists and found something fascinating in its broader implications.
Use of electrical brain stimulation to foster creativity has sweeping implications.
What is creativity, and can it be enhanced—safely—in a person who needs a boost of imagination? There is a growing use of electrical devices that stimulate brain tissue (for depression for example), and some experts believe there is potential value in the technique—despite a number of recent studies which have thrown doubt on the results. However, use of these machines also raises neuro-ethical, legal, and social issues that must be addressed.
The art of storytelling: why we relate to characters.
For thousands of years, humans have relied on storytelling to engage, to share emotions and to relate personal experiences. Now, psychologists are exploring mechanisms deep within the brain to better understand just what happens when we communicate.
We’re hardwired for envy.
A study on macaques by researchers at the US National Institute for Physiological Sciences has identified part of the brain that registers when another macaque receives a reward, showing that this affects the value we place on our own resources and rewards, thus providing an insight into the emotion of envy.
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