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Executive Functions in Health and Disease: New book to help integrate Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology

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Neu­ro­science used to be the monop­oly of a few elite uni­ver­si­ties locat­ed in a hand­ful of coun­tries. Neu­ropsy­chol­o­gy used to be a quaint niche dis­ci­pline rel­a­tive­ly uncon­nect­ed to the larg­er world of neu­ro­science and con­tent in its meth­ods with paper-and-pen­cil tests. Read the rest of this entry »

Study identifies brain circuits enabling four-year-olds to “put themselves in other people’s shoes”

Thanks to a crit­i­cal fibre con­nec­tion in the brain (green), four-year-old kids can start to under­stand what oth­er peo­ple think. Cour­tesy of Max Planck Insti­tute.

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A remark­able mile­stone occurs in chil­dren around their fourth birth­days: They learn that oth­er peo­ple can have dif­fer­ent thoughts than they do. A recent study is the first to exam­ine the spe­cif­ic brain changes asso­ci­at­ed with this devel­op­men­tal break­through. Read the rest of this entry »

Next: Smell tests to help detect brain injury and neurodegenerative ailments

smell_systemSmell Tests Could One Day Reveal Head Trau­ma and Neu­rode­gen­er­a­tive Dis­ease (Sci­en­tif­ic Amer­i­can):

Name that smell—if you can’t, it could be an indi­ca­tor of a prob­lem some­where in your brain. New research sug­gests that scratch-and-sniff smell tests could become Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Structural brain differences due to childhood poverty may account for 20% of the academic achievement gap

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Brain scans reveal how pover­ty hurts children’s brains (Bloomberg):

Grow­ing up poor has long been linked to low­er aca­d­e­m­ic test scores. And there’s now mount­ing evi­dence that it’s part­ly because kids can suf­fer real phys­i­cal con­se­quences from low fam­i­ly incomes, includ­ing brains that are less equipped to learn. Read the rest of this entry »

How Einstein’s brain helps study intelligence and lifelong neuroplasticity

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The strange after­life of Einstein’s brain (BBC News):

Einstein’s death 60 years ago was just the start of a strange jour­ney for the most prized part of his anato­my, his brain. Stored in jars and on slides, it is still inspir­ing awe and schol­ar­ly research…

Har­vey had over­seen the divi­sion of the brain into 240 blocks, and cre­at­ed 12 sets of 200 slides con­tain­ing tis­sue sam­ples Read the rest of this entry »

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