The core (false) promise of all magical beliefs is everyday language-based “Mind over matter.” and “Action at a difference.” Praying, to some god, is just subjective reports of individual experience. So is voodoo, belief in the tooth fairy, belief in free will, philosophy, etc. Well, philosophy is just more of the same. It presumes that […]
The research also shows some of those traits have a neurobiological basis, and that those traits vary according to the biological sex of the individual chimpanzee. “Our work also demonstrates the promise of using chimpanzee models to investigate the neurobiology of personality processes…The analysis showed that: the most fundamental personality trait for chimpanzees is dominance […]
Monkey-Human Ancestors Got Music 30 Million Years Ago : Music skills evolved at least 30 million years ago in the common ancestor of humans and monkeys, according to a new study that could help explain why chimpanzees drum on tree roots and monkey calls sound like singing.
Babies perk up to sounds of ancient hazards By Bruce Bower Babies have an ear for primeval dangers, a new study suggests. “There is something special about evolutionarily threatening sounds that infants respond to, By age 9 months, infants pay special attention to sounds that have signaled threats to children’s safety and survival throughout human […]
The Stress-Response Cycle The human stress-response cycle is a complex neuroendocrine response triggered by perceived or real threats from the environment or internal stimuli. The sympathetic nervous system and the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis are primarily responsible for the physiological changes associated with a stressful state (Selye, 1937). The initial catecholamine response triggered from the sympathetic […]
Of course, neuromarketers figured this out years ago and are selling nifty headsets showing it on screens – in buying humans watching ads, no less. Forget rats! The paper, published online in Nature, shows that the firing of two distinct types of inhibitory neurons, known as somatostatin (SOM) and parvalbumin (PV) neurons, has a strong […]
Enthusiasts for human exceptionalism and lots of other ideas and research about how humans are so much better and different from other animals, have concentrated on what they thought made the human brain different and was bigger – the frontal lobes. They all think! Wrong, it appears. Oops. Big oops, actually. Human brain frontal lobes […]