Friday, September 30, 2016

Research Byte: Mindfulness Interventions via BrowZine

Mindfulness Interventions
Creswell, J. David
Annual Review of Psychology, Vol. 68 Issue 1 – 2017:

10.1146/annurev-psych-042716-051139

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Recruitment begins for landmark study of adolescent brain development



Recruitment begins for landmark study of adolescent brain development

More than 10,000 children will participate in study of brain, social, emotional, and cognitive development September 13, 2016…

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Mind-wandering as spontaneous thought: a dynamic framework



Mind-wandering as spontaneous thought: a dynamic framework

Abstract Most research on mind-wandering has characterized it as a mental state with contents that are task unrelated or stimulus…

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Difficulties in auditory organization as a cause of reading backwardness? An auditory neuroscience perspective via BrowZine

Difficulties in auditory organization as a cause of reading backwardness? An auditory neuroscience perspective
Leong, Victoria; Goswami, Usha
Developmental Science, New Articles:



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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Developing your Passion and Practicing Perseverance: Is Grit the New It?

I need to give Angela Duckworth credit for bringing a number of non-cognitive (conative) traits to the attention of researchers and the public.  Most of the thinking dispositions that define grit have been studied for decades in psychology.  I think the benefit of her single catchy term "grit" is that it is a catchy single term that shines attention on a broad area of human traits and attitudes.  In many respects much of the pieces of grit are part of the works of such prominent psychologists as Richard Snow (aptitudes).  I've long had an interest in this area, and have blogged about it under the phrase "Beyond IQ."  You can sample some of this diverse research at the following link.

http://www.iqscorner.com/search/label/Beyond%20IQ

Developing your Passion and Practicing Perseverance: Is Grit the New It?

"Compared with what we ought to be, we are only half awake. Our fires are damped, our drafts are checked. We are making use of…

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Worldwide Brain-Mapping Project Sparks Excitement -- and Concern



Worldwide Brain-Mapping Project Sparks Excitement -- and Concern

In recent years, brain-mapping initiatives have been popping up around the world. They have different goals and areas of expertise, but…

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

The fugue of life: why complexity matters in neuroscience – Joel Frohlich



The fugue of life: why complexity matters in neuroscience – Joel Frohlich

People like simplicity. Each decade, corporate logos grow progressively minimalistic, pop songs use ever simpler melodies, and…

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Human Brain Map Gets a Bold New Update



Human Brain Map Gets a Bold New Update

The new Allen Brain Atlas combines neuroimaging and tissue staining to offer an unprecedented level of resolution.

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Research Byte: Cleaning working memory: The fate of distractors via BrowZine

Cleaning working memory: The fate of distractors
Dagry, Isabelle; Vergauwe, Evie; Barrouillet, Pierre
Journal of Memory and Language, Vol. 92 – 2017: 327 - 342

10.1016/j.jml.2016.08.002

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Friday, September 09, 2016

Profile: Dean Buonomano Studies How the Brain Encodes Time



Profile: Dean Buonomano Studies How the Brain Encodes Time

The UCLA neurobiologist uses computational modeling, in vitro electrophysiology, and human psychophysics experiments to explore how neurons…

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Monday, September 05, 2016

Research Byte: An evidenced-based perspective on the validity of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in the context of high intelligence via BrowZine

An evidenced-based perspective on the validity of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in the context of high intelligence
Rommelse, Nanda; van der Kruijs, Marieke; Damhuis, Jochem; Hoek, Ineke; Smeets, Stijn; Antshel, Kevin M.; Hoogeveen, Lianne; Faraone, Stephen V.
Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, Vol. 71 – 2016: 21 - 47

10.1016/j.neubiorev.2016.08.032

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Real Neuroscience of Creativity



The Real Neuroscience of Creativity

So yea, you know how the left brain is really realistic, analytical, practical, organized, and logical, and the right brain is so darn creative, passionate,…

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Research Byte: Socioeconomic status, white matter, and executive function in children - Ursache - 2016 - Brain and Behavior



Socioeconomic status, white matter, and executive function in children - Ursache - 2016 - Brain and Behavior

Abstract Background A growing body of evidence links socioeconomic status (SES) to…

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Research Byte: Cognitive training enhances intrinsic brain connectivity in childhood. - Abstract



Cognitive training enhances intrinsic brain connectivity in childhood. - Abstract

Type: Journal Article, Randomized Controlled Trial, Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't, Research Support, N.I.H.,…

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Cognitive Neuropsychology - Volume 33, Issue 1-2



Cognitive Neuropsychology - Volume 33, Issue 1-2

Volume 33, Issue 1-2, 2016 ISSN 0264-3294 (Print), 1464-0627 (Online) Publication Frequency 8 issues per year Special Issue: Body Representations…

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Research Byte: General cognitive ability and fluctuating asymmetry of brain surface area



General cognitive ability and fluctuating asymmetry of brain surface area

• Deviation from typical neuroanatomic asymmetries (i.e. fluctuating asymmetries) reflects developmental instability (DI). •…

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Why Does Time Seem to Fly as We Get Older? - The Crux



Why Does Time Seem to Fly as We Get Older? - The Crux

By Christian Yates, University of Bath | August 11, 2016 12:55 pm (Aleksandar Mijatovic/Shutterstock) When we were children, the summer holidays…

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Research Byte: Why are they late? Timing abilities and executive control among students with learning disabilities via BrowZine

Why are they late? Timing abilities and executive control among students with learning disabilities
Grinblat, Nufar; Rosenblum, Sara
Research in Developmental Disabilities, Vol. 59 – 2016: 105 - 114

10.1016/j.ridd.2016.07.012

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Friday, August 12, 2016

A visual history of human knowledge

I am a HUGE fan of data visualization and network theory and analytics. I think these techniques, when applied to intelligence test data, could provide us much more important insights than the continued use (misuse?) of linear SEM/CFA models. Network visual models are elegant...and more reflective of "reality".

This is a very good TED talk.

A visual history of human knowledge
http://www.ted.com/talks/manuel_lima_a_visual_history_of_human_knowledge?utm_source=tedcomshare&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=tedspread

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Human brain clocks exposed: Effects of circadian clocks and sleep loss vary across brain regions, new study finds



Human brain clocks exposed: Effects of circadian clocks and sleep loss vary across brain regions, new study finds

• New study helps us to understand how the brain maintains performance during the day;…

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Picture: Why science teachers should not be given playground duty :)


Why science teachers should not be given playground duty
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Sunday, August 07, 2016

Variety of IQ tests means measuring your gray matter can be a gray area

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Thursday, August 04, 2016

New evidence that mindfulness meditation reduces stress by altering brain connectivity


New evidence that mindfulness meditation reduces stress by altering brain connectivity

Mindfulness meditation reduces stress by increasing brain connectivity between top-down executive control…

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I have made a number of posts that suggest that certain forms of brain training technology, particularly those that focus on quieting the default brain network (e.g., Interactive Metronome. https://www.interactivemetronome.com), appear to be doing something similar to certain forms of focused attention meditation.  See this one post in particular.  http://www.brainclock.net/2015/07/brain-networks-and-fine-tunning.html

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Book nook: Neuronal and Synaptic Dysfunction in Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disability, 1st Edition | Carlo Sala, Chiara Verpelli | ISBN 9780128001097



Neuronal and Synaptic Dysfunction in Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disability, 1st Edition | Carlo Sala, Chiara Verpelli | ISBN 9780128001097

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Interleaving Effect: Mixing It Up Boosts Learning - Scientific American

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-interleaving-effect-mixing-it-up-boosts-learning/


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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Temporal cognition: Connecting subjective time to perception, attention, and memory. [feedly]



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Temporal cognition: Connecting subjective time to perception, attention, and memory.
// Psychological Bulletin - Vol 136, Iss 4

Time is a universal psychological dimension, but time perception has often been studied and discussed in relative isolation. Increasingly, researchers are searching for unifying principles and integrated models that link time perception to other domains. In this review, we survey the links between temporal cognition and other psychological processes. Specifically, we describe how subjective duration is affected by nontemporal stimulus properties (perception), the allocation of processing resources (attention), and past experience with the stimulus (memory). We show that many of these connections instantiate a "processing principle," according to which perceived time is positively related to perceptual vividity and the ease of extracting information from the stimulus. This empirical generalization generates testable predictions and provides a starting-point for integrated theoretical frameworks. By outlining some of the links between temporal cognition and other domains, and by providing a unifying principle for understanding these effects, we hope to encourage time-perception researchers to situate their work within broader theoretical frameworks, and that researchers from other fields will be inspired to apply their insights, techniques, and theorizing to improve our understanding of the representation and judgment of time. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)
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