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Crosstalk Between Left and Right Hemisphere Is Key to Language Development

<b>“Weak” connection shunts language to wrong side of the brain and decreases verbal IQ, researchers say.</b><p>Proper communication between the left and right …

Depression is Driven by Network of Genes That Spans Brain Circuits

<i>Summary: According to a new study, susceptibility to depression can be affected by tweaking specific gene networks.</i><p><i>Source: Mount Sinai Health</b> …

Neuroscience

Our DNA is 99.9% the same as the person next to us — and we're surprisingly similar to a lot of other living things

Our bodies have 3 billion genetic building blocks, or base pairs, that make us who we are.<p>And of those 3 billion base pairs, only a tiny amount are unique to us, making us about 99.9% genetically similar to the next human.<p>A recent TED talk by physicist and entrepreneur Riccardo Sabatini …

Genetics

Positives Sprechen - die Macht der Worte

Positives Sprechen, also die Verwendung positiver Formulierungen kann im Alltag Wunder bewirken. In meinem Artikel „Lösungsorientiert kommunizieren …

"Die Seele ist eine Hirnfunktion"

Der Hirnforscher Gerhard Roth spürt der Seele nach. Im Interview spricht er über evolutionäre Vorteile, den Hass der Geisteswissenschaftler und die …

Überraschung in der Venus-Atmosphäre: Polare Gashülle unseres Schwesterplaneten ist kälter und dünner als gedacht

Der Raumsonde Venus Express verdanken wir schon einige überraschende Neuigkeiten von unserem heißen Schwesterplaneten. Sie enthüllte unter anderem, …

Was LSD mit unserem Gehirn macht: Halluzinogen verändert bestehende Netzwerkstrukturen

Unter LSD-Einfluss wirkt die Welt wie ein Traum. Die Halluzinationen auslösende Droge verändert sowohl die optische, als auch die sensorische und …

What should you say when a co-worker asks you if you believe in evolution?

You only have a few minutes to respond, and your answer is going to go all around the office. So what should you say?<p>Stephen C. Meyer has the answer …

US scientists may have resolved 'Darwin's dilemma'

Charles Darwin worried about a possible hole in his theory of evolution, but some American scientists may just have plugged it. For about a billion years after the dawn of life on Earth, organisms didn't evolve all that much.<p>Then about 600 million years ago came the "Cambrian explosion." Everything …

Do your genes determine your entire life? | Julian Baggini

Some scientists claim that new discoveries have proved free will is an illusion. Nonsense, says Julian Baggini<p>Whenever you read stories about identical twins separated at birth, they tend to follow the template set by the most remarkable of them all: the “two Jims”. James Springer and James Lewis …

baggini

An evolutionary biologist explains a fascinating theory about how humans started speaking

The shells were from a species known as <i>Nassarius (Plicarcularia) gibbosulus</i>, a grape-sized marine gastropod (like a garden snail) that lives in the shallow waters of the Mediterranean Sea, and they were perforated and made into beads, probably for a necklace.<p>If evidence of what anthropologists call …

How Homo sapiens Became the Ultimate Invasive Species

Sometime after 70,000 years ago our species, <i>Homo sapiens</i>, left Africa to begin its inexorable spread across the globe. Other human species had …

Evolution

Bonobo squeaks hint at earlier speech evolution

<b>Wild bonobos use a single high-pitched call in a variety of contexts, showing a flexibility in their communication that was thought to be uniquely human.</b><p>That is the conclusion of a study by UK and Swiss psychologists.<p>Bonobos are just as closely related to humans as chimpanzees, but their wild …

Earth - Why are we the only human species still alive?

Two million years ago in Africa, several species of human-like creatures roamed the landscape. Some looked surprisingly similar to each other, while others had distinct, defining features.<p>In September 2015, another species was added to the list. Hundreds of bones discovered in a South African cave …

Humanity

Three Big Mysteries of Human Evolution We Still Don’t Understand

We know when and how humans evolved, for the most part, but these questions remain.<p>Although a lot is known about the history of human beings and our ape-like origins, many evolutionary questions remain a mystery.<p>We still aren't really sure why we walk on two legs, why we don't have fur, and where …

How extinct humans left their mark on us

<b>Most people in the world share 2-4% of DNA with Neanderthals while a few inherited genes from Denisovans, a study confirms.</b><p>Denisovan DNA lives on only in Pacific island dwellers, while Neanderthal genes are more widespread, researchers report in the journal Science.<p>Meanwhile, some parts of our …

The oldest human DNA ever sequenced could rewrite the human evolutionary tree

What they've been able to determine from this impressive feat could rewrite the evolutionary tree of ancient human species, including those that eventually gave rise to us.<p>Starting in 1997, archaeologists have excavated the remains of around 28 skeletons thought to date to around 430,000 years old …

How diet shaped human evolution: The Neanderthal rib-cage and pelvis expanded to adapt to a high-protein diet in Ice-Age Europe

The Neanderthal rib-cage and pelvis expanded to adapt to a high-protein diet in Ice-Age Europe<p>A new study finds that the Ice-Age diet -- a …

Der Unterschied zwischen Ereigniszeit und Uhrzeit

Was ist eigentlich die Ereigniszeit? Robert Levine hat sich in seinem Buch „Eine Landkarte der Zeit“ mit dem Thema Wahrnehmung der Zeit in …

Wann vergeht Zeit schnell?

Wann vergeht Zeit schnell? Jeder kennt die Situation aus eigener Erfahrung: Man ist in einer Tätigkeit versunken und ehe man es sich versieht, ist …

Why People With Alzheimer's Stop Recognizing the Faces of Loved Ones

<b>New findings from face perception research.</b><p>Alzheimer’s not only steals people’s memories but also their ability to recognize faces, which widens the …

Dementia

Wie frei ist der Mensch in seinen Entscheidungen? DER SPIEGEL 2016/15

Der freie Un-Wille<p><b>Hirnforschung</b> Seit Langem gilt der freie Wille vielen Gelehrten nur noch als Illusion. Nun aber zeigen Experimente Berliner …

Menschen nutzten Chauvet-Höhle bereits vor 37.000 Jahren

Über tausend Wandmalereien zieren die berühmte Chauvet-Höhle in Südfrankreich. Menschen nutzten den Unterschlupf über Jahrtausende hinweg, allerdings …

Neandertaler: Infiziert mit Krankheiten unserer Vorfahren?: Menschen könnten ansteckende Erreger aus Afrika mitgebracht haben

Das nach geologischen Maßstäben relativ plötzliche Verschwinden der Neandertaler vor rund 35.000 bis 40.000 Jahren gibt Anthropologen bis heute …

Blog

How Functional Connections in the Brain Change Over Time

<b>In a departure from traditional cognitive neurosciences, UM researchers have applied a new approach, known as human connectomics, to explain how</b> …

305 Millionen Jahre alte "Fast-Spinne" entdeckt: Fossil liefert entscheidende Hinweise zur Evolution der ersten echten Spinnen

Spinnentiere gehören zu den ältesten Tieren, die das Land eroberten. Schon vor rund 410 Millionen Jahren krabbelten die Achtbeiner umher und jagten …

Emotional Impact of Music Influenced by Acoustics of Concert Halls

<b>Aalto University researchers found that the emotional impact experienced by music listeners depends on the concert hall’s acoustics.</b><p>Earlier research …

Erfolgreicher Zuhören im richtigen Takt: Gleicher Rhythmus der Hirnwellen erleichtert uns die selektive Aufmerksamkeit

Eine Durchsage am Bahnsteig, das Quietschen des einfahrenden Zuges, die Gesprächsfetzen umgebender Passanten: In den meisten Alltagssituationen sind …