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Written By: grant on August 19, 2014 No Comment

Science Daily takes us humans out of the driver’s seat and puts the germs inside us in charge of the menu tonight:

In an article published this week in the journal BioEssays, researchers from UC San Francisco, Arizona State University and University of New Mexico concluded from a review of the recent scientific literature [...]

Written By: grant on July 10, 2014 No Comment

It isn’t easy being alone with our thoughts. Nature makes monks seem manlier than ever with research that shows most people prefer physical pain to just sitting and thinking:

“We lack a comfort in just being alone with our thoughts,” says Malia Mason, a psychologist at Columbia University in New York, who was not involved [...]

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Written By: grant on June 24, 2014 No Comment

SONG: “Colonies.” (To download: double right-click & “Save As”)

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: Based on “Bees build mental maps to get home”, Nature, 2 Jun 2014, as used in the post “Bees know their way. As in they *know*. They remember.”

ABSTRACT: Bees. I’d been keeping them for the past few months (like [...]

Written By: grant on June 20, 2014 No Comment

Or so says National Geographic-profiled biopsychologist Lori Marino, an expert in the brains of “lesser” animals:

Formerly a full-fledged research scientist who found measuring the braincases of dolphin skulls utterly absorbing, Marino has become a self-described “scientist-advocate” for all animals, large and small.

While she’s continuing to do research (for instance, she’s doing a comparative study [...]

Written By: grant on June 10, 2014 No Comment

Or, as NPR clarifies, what’s not there that makes *us* want to count. With our feet. Studies of syncopation have revealed that it’s absence that makes you want to dance:

Last month neuroscientists at Aarhus University in Denmark published a study showing that danceable grooves have just the right amount of gaps or [...]

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Written By: grant on April 25, 2014 No Comment

Not sure if this article from The Atlantic should go in the “no duh” file or if it’s really profound, but they’re certainly interested in the idea that teens can beat depression by doing something meaningful for someone else:

Aristotle famously said there were two basic types of joy: hedonia, or that keg-standing, Netflix [...]

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Written By: grant on April 16, 2014 No Comment

Nature reveals how parents who live through something horrible can have children who inherit depression and anxiety – biologically, through their RNA – from traumas they never personally experienced:

A study published this week in Nature Neuroscience finds that stress in early life alters the production of small RNAs, called microRNAs, in the sperm of [...]

Written By: grant on April 8, 2014 No Comment

Science Daily tries to find the evolutionary roots of …oooh, shiny! I’ll finish this tomorrow:

From an evolutionary standpoint, impulsivity makes sense: Our ancestors should have been inclined to seek immediate rewards when the next day was uncertain.

Procrastination, on the other hand, may have emerged more recently in human history. In the modern world, [...]

Written By: grant on February 28, 2014 No Comment

New Scientist takes a surprisingly nuanced look at the way things like oysters and shrimp might actually be responding to trauma. They’re not all the same. Research shows that, as much as we want a guilt-free crab boil, invertebrates do feel pain… some of them:

Unlike crustaceans, insects seem to have no pain-related behaviours. [...]

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