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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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