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Rethinking Monogamy

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about 2 years ago

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been hearing quite a bit about monogamy—especially within the context of human marriage and what is supposedly “natural.”  I use the quotes intentionally.  Mostly because I’m so surprised that so many people are convinced that monogamy—heterosexual, human monogamy, in ...

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Can We Train Away Schizophrenic Symptoms?

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over 2 years ago

Schizophrenia is a complex and devastating psychiatric disorder that affects approximately one percent of people in the United States. It is best known for its outward symptoms:  hallucinations, delusions and, at its most severe, psychosis. But schizophrenia’s associated cognitive deficits ...

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Defaulting to Conservatism

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over 2 years ago

The brain is a complex and demanding machine.  Given the amount of resources required to run the average brain, it’s no surprise that it takes a few shortcuts when it can.  After all, it’s the ultimate multi-tasker—and needs to distribute its energy in a smart and efficient fashion.  And now, a ...

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Menopause, Estrogen and the Brain

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over 2 years ago

Sex hormones like estrogen and testosterone don't just race around the body, helping to facilitate reproductive behaviors.  We now know that the brain is full of receptors for these sex steroids, and that these hormones act on brain cells both as a mediator--helping other chemicals do their work in ...

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Celebrity Neurons

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over 2 years ago

Just when you think you've gotten away from the so-called "grandmother cell," it comes around again.  It's the proverbial Whack-A-Mole in the neuroscience world.  No matter how many times the idea is struck down, it pops back up--often, with a vengeance (or, these days, a popular actress). But I ...

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Massive Redeployment and the Brain

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over 2 years ago

Some refer to neuroimaging studies as "modern-day phrenology."  With such captivating visual results, it can be easy to forget that neuroimaging is simply a tool: a high-tech correlation that tenuously connects blood flow in the brain to a particular behavior or collection of behaviors (and then ...

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There is No Such Thing as a Divorce Gene.

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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 ...