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Neurotheology

Explaining religious experience and behaviour in neuroscientific terms

Going Mental

A Biological Basis for the Unconscious?

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over 2 years ago

Today, the question of how people make decisions is an animated and essential one, capturing the attention of everyone from neuroscientists to lawyers to artists. In 1956, there was one person in all of New York known for his work on the brain: Harry Grundfest. An aspiring psychiatrist, Eric Kandel chose to take an elective in brain science and found himself studying alongside Grudfest at Columbia University. 

Going Mental

There is No Such Thing as a Divorce Gene.

Divorce_bigthink
over 2 years ago

Let me state this upfront: There is no such thing as a “divorce” gene. Not that it stopped many media outlets from reporting that such a gene had been discovered a few weeks ago after Hasse Walum, a scientist at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, and colleagues published a paper in the journal ...

Going Mental

Is Brain Science Just Hype?

Phrenologywithnose
over 2 years ago

Scientists have a lot of influence over how we live our lives. This is mostly a good thing - and will help us weed out the snake oil from the spinach - but only a terribly naive optimist could think the “Mozart Effect” won’t strike again.

Going Mental

Dirty Minds: The Neurobiology of Love

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over 2 years ago

What's the Big Idea? There’s a revolution going on in neuroscience, says science writer Kayt Sukel, and it’s happening on two fronts. One way the science is changing: researchers are finally beginning to include both male and female subjects in their studies. Another is epigenetics, a new way of ...