Category Archives: Cognitive Science

Study Finds Genetic Risk Factors Shared by 5 Psychiatric Disorders – NYTimes.com

The psychiatric illnesses seem very different — schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism, major depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Yet they share several genetic glitches that can nudge the brain along a path to mental illness, researchers report. Which disease, if … Continue reading

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Brain image study: Fructose may spur overeating | kare11.com

Scientists are using imaging tests to show for the first time that fructose can trigger brain changes that may lead to overeating. via Brain image study: Fructose may spur overeating | kare11.com.  

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Blink if your brain needs a rest

Most of us take between 15 and 20 such moments of downtime per minute, and scientists have observed that most blinking takes place near or at the point of an “implicit stop”: While reading or listening to another person, that … Continue reading

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Origin of intelligence and mental illness linked to ancient genetic accident

Scientists have discovered for the first time how humans – and other mammals – have evolved to have intelligence.Researchers have identified the moment in history when the genes that enabled us to think and reason evolved.This point 500 million years … Continue reading

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Parrot in captivity manufactures tools, something not seen in the wild | Ars Technica

The bird in question is Figaro, a male Goffin’s cockatoo. The species is native to a group of islands in Indonesia, but Figaro has been living outside of Vienna, where he’s watched over by members of the local university’s Department … Continue reading

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CogSci Librarian: Scents & Sleep

The New York Times article Study Uncovers Memory Aid: A Scent During Sleep says that smells may help us remember things better. They quote a study recently published in Science: “The smell of roses — delivered to people’s nostrils as … Continue reading

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