“…approximately 40% of the variance in personality could be attributed to genetic factors…”

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For extraversion, we found a significant locus on 12q23.3 within WSCD2. This locus has been implicated in a GWAS of temperament in bipolar disorder11 and in a linkage analysis12, suggesting that 12q harbors important alleles for temperament and personality. Another SNP significantly associated with extraversion is near PCDH15, which encodes a member of the cadherin superfamily important for calcium-dependent cell–cell adhesion.

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“A new study reports white matter structure can predict an infant’s cognitive abilities and functions at the ages of 1 and 2.”

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“Worsening brain connections as we age contribute to a decline in thinking skills, such as reasoning, memory and speed of thinking.”

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“Brain connections that play a key role in complex thinking skills show the poorest health with advancing age, new research suggests. Connections supporting functions such as movement and hearing are relatively well preserved in later life…”

Personal and Social, Lifetime, Burdens are Predictable – at 3!

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There is nothing more predictable in health or social welfare then childhood trauma!

Test predicts which children will grow up to be drain on society – when they are just three years old. “Most expenses from social problems are concentrated in a small segment of the population…And we can predict this quite well, beginning at age three by assessing a child’s history of disadvantage, and particularly their brain health. There is a really powerful connection from children’s early beginnings to where they end up.”

Around one third of people place no burden on public services Continue reading

Challenge to “Cognitive” Models of Behavior

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Traditional assumptions of cognitive psychology are increasingly questioned by neurophysiology, casting doubt on the classic framework of serial information processing…

  • The brain’s ability to predict the consequences of actions
  • enables it to link across levels of abstraction
  • and to bias immediate actions by the predicted long- term opportunities they make possible
  • hence supporting intentional action.The organization of the brain, including the cerebral cortex, is increasingly viewed in terms of the species-typical activities that it evolved to support, as opposed to the hypothetical modules of cognitive psychology theory. Continue reading

“What are commonly called emotion functions in humans and animals are not emotional functions at all. They do not exist to make feelings. They are survival functions essential for the continued life of the individual or the species. And in humans, survival functions are sometimes–perhaps often–associated with feelings. But the systems that underlie these functions op erate in – dependently from feelings in humans.”

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“Traditional assumptions of cognitive psychology are increasingly questioned by neurophysiology, casting doubt on the classic framework of serial information processing…”

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even human cognition is best understood within the context of the feedback control theoretical principles that govern all biological systems