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Manic Monday: The Monster Experiment

We have probably all met or known of someone who had a stuttering problem. We now know that it is not necessarily a genetic problem, one that cannot be gotten over. 506 more words


Humans are Wired for Prejudice, but That Doesn't Have to be the End of the Story

By: Caitlin Millett, 3rd year PhD candidate in the Neuroscience Graduate Program

Humans are highly social creatures. Our brains have evolved to allow us to survive and thrive in complex social environments. 1,063 more words


Are you as objective as you think you are?

Social psychology has often tried to figure out what is it that influences our decision-making power at every step of the way? Do we always look at things objectively like we believe we do? 299 more words

Motivational Cognition

How Much Sleep Should You Get? New Recommendations Released

There are new recommendations for how much time people should spend snoozing.

The new guidelines, released by the National Sleep Foundation, include small changes to the recommended ranges for the amount of sleep that children and teens should get. 523 more words


New 'flight simulator' technology gives neurosurgeons peek inside brain before surgery

Much like pilots-in-training that practice with “flight simulators” before landing any actual planes — a new, FDA-approved technology has been developed to allow neurosurgeons to practice complex surgeries before they cut into their patients. 46 more words


Imaging test for autism spectrum disorder under development

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is unfortunately a common developmental disorder that has a purely clinical diagnosis. Researchers are developing a method to use functional MRI (fMRI) imaging as a potential diagnostic screening tool for ASD, since early intervention can be very beneficial. 20 more words


Findings Friday: Super brain

Everyone’s been talking about the effects of meditation on the brain. Since it is such a healthy part of daily living and can work wonders on cognitive skills, including learning, memory, and creativity, I do think it is important to give a brief overview of the benefits meditation has on cognition. 430 more words