John M González

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University of California

<b>A UC San Francisco-led study has identified signatures of ethnicity in the genome that appear to reflect an ethnic group’s shared culture and environment, rather than its common genetic ancestry.</b><p>The study examined DNA methylation — an “annotation” of DNA that alters gene expression without changing …

Self-Control Is Just Empathy With Your Future Self

The same part of the brain that allows us to step into the shoes of others also helps us restrain ourselves.<p>You’ve likely seen the video before: a stream of kids, confronted with a single, alluring marshmallow. If they can resist eating it for 15 minutes, they’ll get two. Some do. Others cave …

Psychology

The Case Against Reality

A professor of cognitive science argues that the world is nothing like the one we experience through our senses.<p>As we go about our daily lives, we tend to assume that our perceptions—sights, sounds, textures, tastes—are an accurate portrayal of the real world. Sure, when we stop and think about …

Learning In The Age Of Digital Distraction

Maybe the smart phone's hegemony makes perfect evolutionary sense: Humans are tapping a deep urge to seek out information. Our ancient food-foraging survival instinct has evolved into an info-foraging obsession; one that prompts many of us today to constantly check our phones and multitask.<p>Monkey …

University of California

Placebo Sweet Spot for Pain Relief Found in Brain

<i>Summary: Researchers believe their finding could usher in a new era of personalized interventions to help chronic pain sufferers.</i><p>Source: Northwestern …

Sweet Spot for Pain Relief from Placebos Found in Brain

A new study has pinpointed the unique region in the brain responsible for the placebo effect in pain relief — when a fake treatment actually results …

Neuroscientists show how tiny fibs snowball into big lies

A little dishonesty goes a long way. Scientists who studied the brain activity of people who told small lies to benefit themselves found that these fibs appeared to pave the way to telling whoppers later.<p>The findings, published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, demonstrate how self-serving lies …

What Does Love Do To Your Brain?

Falling in love isn't as abstract a concept as you might think. Romance corresponds to a specific mix of chemicals in your brain and body, among them …

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Can You Trust Your Intuition?

I did not grow up knowing I could trust my intuition. I doubt I’m alone in that. For as many “follow your passion” and “listen to your heart” …

Risks of harm from spanking confirmed by analysis of 5 decades of research

The more children are spanked, the more likely they are to defy their parents and to experience increased anti-social behavior, aggression, mental …

Anti-Social Behavior

How Different Seasons Affect The Way Your Brain Works

We use our cognitive resources differently based on the season, study finds.<p>You've probably experienced fluctuating moods with the seasons, but there's a good chance you never realized that your brain activity also differs based on seasonal changes -- varying between spring, summer, fall and winter …

The Brain

Scientists Propose "Peace-Promoting Technology" To Counter Terrorism: An Interview With Quantum Physicist John Hagelin

As governments falter in their struggle to find a solution to unpredictable outbreaks of terror, an international alliance of concerned scientists has offered a possible solution.<p>The Global Union of Scientists for Peace has recently published an Open Letter to Presidents Obama, Hollande and …

5 Ways Love Affects the Brain

1 of 7<p>Love in the brain<p>"Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind," as Shakespeare's Helena said in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" — and perhaps …

Emotions Compromised By Lack of Sleep

<b>Tel Aviv University study pinpoints neural mechanism responsible for impaired neutrality due to sleep loss.</b><p>Cranky or grumpy after a long night? Your …

Neuroscience

Why the Brain Makes Mistakes

<b>A study conducted at Carnegie Mellon University investigated the brain’s neural activity during learned behavior and found that the brain makes</b> …

The brain’s miracle superpowers of self-improvement

We used to believe our brains were hardwired at birth. Now we believe we can will them to change. Is that true? Will Storr analyses the truth and hokum about 'neuroplasticity'.<p>For years she had tried to be the perfect wife and mother but now, divorced, with two sons, having gone through another …

The Science Behind Why We Procrastinate

Some research says the best way to spark creativity is to walk away and that the best ideas come from those least-expected “aha!” moments. So maybe …

Scientists Find People Who Are Closer To Their Grandparents Are Happier In Life

The symptoms of social anxiety can be misinterpreted as introversion but they are very different.<p>Social anxiety is self-induced while introversion is …

Psychology

You Really Don’t Need To Work So Much

Recently, the New York <i>Times</i> ran a front-page story about the conditions for white-collar workers at Amazon. It revealed a workplace where abrupt firings are common, grown men and women cry at their desks, and people are scolded for not responding to e-mails after midnight. The story made clear how …

College & University

The top brain-training apps to keep your mind sharp

As an app released this week claims to improve the memory of patients with schizophrenia, we've taken a look at the best apps for training your brain<p>IQs across the world are experiencing a steady decline, with our collective intelligence <b>dropping by one IQ point in the last decade</b>.<p>According to …

Seven unknown architectural wonders

Forget the Taj Mahal and the Colosseum – some of the world’s most impressive structures remain out of the public eye.<p>We’ve all heard of the Colosseum, the Great Wall of China, and the Taj Mahal. But what about the world’s undiscovered architectural wonders: the man-made marvels where most crowds …

Complex Questions About Life And Death, Explained In A Simple Animated Video

Kurzgesagt is a Munich-based studio of designers, artists, musicians, and scientists who create videos explaining complicated topics through simple animations. Founded in 2012 by Philipp Dettmer & Stephan Rether, Kurzgesagt–German for “in a nutshell”–has released about two dozen videos explaining …

The Captive Official Trailer #1 (2014) - Ryan Reynolds, Rosario Dawson Thriller HD

The Duke of Burgundy - Official Trailer I HD I Sundance Selects

20 Most Overlooked Movies of 2014

WATCH THIS!<p>From The Immigrant, boasting an Oscar-worthy turn by Marion Cotillard, to a post-apocalyptic take on class warfare in Snowpiercer, all the …

Antarctica: A Year On Ice Theatrical Trailer

Bad Turn Worse Official Trailer 1 (2014) - Mackenzie Davis Thriller HD

Birdman - Trailer 1

Birdman tells the story of a burnt-out actor who must overcome his ego and family trouble as he mounts a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim his past …