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  • March 10, 2011
  • 12:45 PM

Intrinsic Connectivity Networks: developmental time course

by sandygautam in The Mouse Trap

In my last post I introduced the mouse trap readers to ICNs , ICA and the rs-fcMRI (resting state Functional connectivity fMRI) procedure that is used to detect such networks. This post extends that exciting line of work by commenting on 3 papers that list the ICNs found in the developing brain (infant, child ,Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)... Read more »

Fransson, P., Skiold, B., Horsch, S., Nordell, A., Blennow, M., Lagercrantz, H., & Aden, U. (2007) Resting-state networks in the infant brain. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 104(39), 15531-15536. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0704380104  

Fair, D., Cohen, A., Power, J., Dosenbach, N., Church, J., Miezin, F., Schlaggar, B., & Petersen, S. (2009) Functional Brain Networks Develop from a “Local to Distributed” Organization. PLoS Computational Biology, 5(5). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1000381  

Zielinski, B., Gennatas, E., Zhou, J., & Seeley, W. (2010) Network-level structural covariance in the developing brain. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107(42), 18191-18196. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1003109107  

  • March 10, 2011
  • 10:03 AM

Considering how others can help with goals leads us to plan less effort towards reaching them

by Alex Fradera in BPS Occupational Digest

We can't achieve our goals without making some effort. Summoning the willpower to put things in place and see them through can be tough. A recent study suggests that under certain conditions, we're willing to surrender motivational responsibility in the hope that our support networks will pick up the slack.Gráine Fitzsimons and Eli Finkel looked at planned health behaviours across several experiments. Female participants were firstly asked to provide an example of their life partner helping the........ Read more »

Fitzsimons, G., & Finkel, E. (2011) Outsourcing Self-Regulation. Psychological Science. DOI: 10.1177/0956797610397955  

  • March 10, 2011
  • 09:00 AM

Recruit Top Talent with Web Sites That Combat Industry Stereotypes

by Richard Landers in NeoAcademic

Potential applicants may never apply to work in your organization if your website does nothing to combat stereotypes about industry culture.

Some related articles on Neo-Academic:Desperation Can Cost You a Job
Don’t Use Foursquare To Improve Your Workplace
... Read more »

  • March 10, 2011
  • 08:39 AM

Unemployment Kills Men Dead

by Ultimo167 in Strong Silent Types

Saying as is so often said that men take unemployment harder than women do is to venture down a pathway of archaic ideas, upon which route some unsettling propositions are dug up for review. For example, if work allegedly has more meaning to men then it must have less meaning to women? And could that be because men are supposed to be out at work, working and women at home, caring, cooking and cleaning? ... Read more »

  • March 10, 2011
  • 06:51 AM

The Hillary Clinton effect - how role models work for some people but not others

by BPS Research Digest in BPS Research Digest

The benefits, or not, of reading about Ms Clinton 
Fear of prejudice can adversely affect people's performance. For example, female participants reminded of the stereotype that women are innately inferior at maths compared to men, subsequently perform sub-optimally at a maths task, especially in the company of men. This effect, known as stereotype threat, occurs at least in part because of the anxiety that one's own poor performance will be used by the ignorant to bolster their prejudicia........ Read more »

  • March 10, 2011
  • 04:57 AM

An adaptive fairytale with no happy ending

by Jeremy Yoder in Denim and Tweed

The evolution of human traits and behaviors is, as I've noted before, a contentious and personal subject. This is enough of a problem when there's some data to inform the contentiousness. In the absence of meaningful data, it's downright dangerous.

Take, for instance, Jesse Bering's recent post about the evolution of homophobia, which Steve Silberman just pointed out to me.

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Young, K., Brodie, E.D., Jr., & Brodie, E.D., III. (2004) How the horned lizard got its horns. Science, 304(5667), 65. DOI: 10.1126/science.1094790  

  • March 9, 2011
  • 08:49 PM

Drugs Misinformation Campaigns, The Untold Story

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

Why the drinks industry has spent millions spreading misinformation about drugs and how it continues to put lives in danger.... Read more »

Halpern JH, Sherwood AR, Hudson JI, Gruber S, Kozin D, & Pope HG Jr. (2011) Residual neurocognitive features of long-term ecstasy users with minimal exposure to other drugs. Addiction (Abingdon, England), 106(4), 777-86. PMID: 21205042  

  • March 9, 2011
  • 03:30 PM

March Madness: Priceless For Some, Overpriced For Others.

by Melanie Tannenbaum in ionpsych

When I was in college, I slept outside in a tent almost every night during the 2 coldest months of the year. OK, before you call me crazy, there’s more to the story. I actually did this for four years … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • March 9, 2011
  • 02:30 PM

Out of Body Experiences & Soul Beliefs

by Cris Campbell in Genealogy of Religion

Anyone who has watched an episode of “I Survived: Beyond and Back” on the Biography Channel knows that accounts of near death experiences mesmerize the public. They also drive ratings. The typical “I Survived” vignette features someone whose heart has stopped beating and is considered “clinically dead.”
Because everyone who appears on the show  is very [...]... Read more »

  • March 9, 2011
  • 01:03 PM

Intrinsic Connectivity Networks: more than just DMN

by sandygautam in The Mouse Trap

fMRI has become an important investigation and research tool in trying to locate neural correlates of a function X,Y,Z in the brain. However notwithstanding the allure of seductive neuroscan images, fMRI studies at times leaves us as clueless about the brain and its organization as we were before the studies were conducted. However , justRating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)... Read more »

Damoiseaux, J., Rombouts, S., Barkhof, F., Scheltens, P., Stam, C., Smith, S., & Beckmann, C. (2006) Consistent resting-state networks across healthy subjects. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 103(37), 13848-13853. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0601417103  

  • March 9, 2011
  • 09:51 AM

Alzheimer's: Challenges in the Newly Diagnosed

by William Yates, M.D. in Brain Posts

Alois AlzheimerMemory loss is a cardinal feature in the presentation and diagnosis of new patients with Alzheimer’s disease(AD).  However, the accompanying neurological and psychiatric problems seen in this population can be significant challenges.  Spalletta and colleagues have recently published a comprehensive assessment of the prevalence and types of problems families and clinicians face. Between 2003 and 2005, five Italian outpatient memory clinics studied a series of 1015 ........ Read more »

Spalletta G, Musicco M, Padovani A, Rozzini L, Perri R, Fadda L, Canonico V, Trequattrini A, Pettenati C, Caltagirone C.... (2010) Neuropsychiatric symptoms and syndromes in a large cohort of newly diagnosed, untreated patients with Alzheimer disease. The American journal of geriatric psychiatry : official journal of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, 18(11), 1026-35. PMID: 20808086  

Gauthier S, Juby A, Dalziel W, Réhel B, Schecter R, & EXPLORE investigators. (2010) Effects of rivastigmine on common symptomatology of Alzheimer's disease (EXPLORE). Current medical research and opinion, 26(5), 1149-60. PMID: 20230208  

  • March 9, 2011
  • 07:01 AM

Simple Jury Persuasion: Using the ‘Nerd Defense’

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

The mainstream media story publicizing a three year old study on the ‘nerd defense’ caused a flurry of blog posting on the topic. We wanted to go to the source and see just what was said as (occasionally, sometimes, it could happen) research findings are distorted and misinterpreted in the mainstream media. So we just wanted [...]

Related posts:Simple Jury Persuasion: When to talk about racial bias and when to stay quiet
Simple Jury Persuasion: The ‘Scott Peterson Effect’—Displayed ........ Read more »


  • March 8, 2011
  • 10:09 PM

Public Service Announcement: Drugs Misinformation Kills

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

Today I took a tough... Read more »

Halpern JH, Sherwood AR, Hudson JI, Gruber S, Kozin D, & Pope HG Jr. (2011) Residual neurocognitive features of long-term ecstasy users with minimal exposure to other drugs. Addiction (Abingdon, England), 106(4), 777-86. PMID: 21205042  

  • March 8, 2011
  • 02:23 PM

Genetics of Alzheimer's Disease: What We Know

by William Yates, M.D. in Brain Posts

Beta Amyloid Deposits (Brown/Red) in Brain Tissue of AD Patient The understanding of the genetics of Alzheimer’s disease continues to progress.  Berkis and colleagues at the University of Washington School of Medicine recently published an excellent summary of the state-of-the-art in this area.  Of note, one of the authors of this manuscript is Dr. Debby Tsuang.  Dr. Tsuang was a former student of mine when I was on the faculty at the University of Iowa College of Medicine.&nbs........ Read more »

Bekris LM, Yu CE, Bird TD, & Tsuang DW. (2010) Genetics of Alzheimer disease. Journal of geriatric psychiatry and neurology, 23(4), 213-27. PMID: 21045163  

  • March 8, 2011
  • 01:04 PM

Art in the Eye of the Beholder: Preliminary Evidence?

by Maria P. in noustuff

Does monocular viewing affect judgement of art? According to a 2008 paper by Finney and Heilman it does. The two researchers from the University of Florida inspired by previous studies investigating the effect of monocular viewing on performance on visual-spatial and verbal memory tasks, attempted to see what the results would be in the case [...]... Read more »

  • March 8, 2011
  • 11:45 AM

Defending Your Territory: It Pays To Have a Bigger Brain

by Jason Goldman in The Thoughtful Animal

Welcome to the second installment of Animal Territoriality Week. Today, we'll look at a case where differences in territory size can have implications for neuroanatomy. If you missed part 1 of Animal Territoriality week, check it out here.

Let's say you have two very very closely related species. You might even call them congeneric, because they are from the same taxonomic genus. In most ways, these two species are very similar, but they differ behaviorally in some very big ways. Might those ........ Read more »

  • March 8, 2011
  • 05:00 AM

One Long Bear Nap*

by Nsikan Akpan in That's Basic Science

The peculiar metabolic traits of bear hibernation... Read more »

Tøien Ø, Blake J, Edgar DM, Grahn DA, Heller HC, & Barnes BM. (2011) Hibernation in black bears: independence of metabolic suppression from body temperature. Science (New York, N.Y.), 331(6019), 906-9. PMID: 21330544  

  • March 8, 2011
  • 04:43 AM

How anger can make us more rational

by BPS Research Digest in BPS Research Digest

Anger can de-bias our thinking
Imagine you're in a room with four people, one is lip-snarling angry, the others are calm. Who among them would you consider the most likely to think rationally? A surprising new study suggests that in at least one important respect it's actually the angry individual who will be the more rational decision maker. How come? Because they'll be less prone to the confirmation bias - our tendency to seek out information that supports our existing views.

Maia Young an........ Read more »

  • March 7, 2011
  • 10:34 AM

The Jury is Out: Make the Most of Your Experience In an Era of Fewer Trials

by Persuasion Strategies in Persuasive Litigator

Trials - civil and criminal, federal and state, bench and jury - have become less frequent over time in the American system. The decline of the trial is a real and continued trend involved in the research, and the decline is likely to continue. There are five things that litigators should do in order to adapt to this trend: 1. Make sure you aren't settling for the wrong reasons; 2. Prepare thoroughly for any trial; 3. Give bench trials and ADR the same preparation you would give a jury; 4. ........ Read more »

Anderson, Joseph F. (2010) Where Have You Gone, Spot Mozingo? A Trial Judge’s Lament over the Decline of the Civil Jury Trial. The Federal Courts Law Review, 4(1), 99-120. info:/

  • March 7, 2011
  • 10:00 AM

Defending Your Territory: Is Peeing on the Wall Just for the Dogs?

by Jason Goldman in The Thoughtful Animal

Welcome to Territoriality Week! Every day this week, I'll have a post about some aspect of animal or human territoriality. How do animals mark and control their territories? What determines the size or shape of an animal's territory? What can an animal's territory tell us about neuroanatomy? Today, I begin by asking two questions: first, what is the functional purpose of establishing territories? Second, to what extent can we apply findings from research on animal territorial behavior to underst........ Read more »

Edney, J. (1974) Human territoriality. Psychological Bulletin, 81(12), 959-975. DOI: 10.1037/h0037444  

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