Cognitive Dissonance – Devaluing What Doesn’t Agree

Whereas these experiments do not directly witness on the effect of music on human evolution, they testify to several fundamental problems. First, every cognition or a piece of knowledge contradicts to inborn instinctual drives to some extent (otherwise instinctual drives would be sufficient for making decisions involving this cognition; this cognition would not be useful […]

Human Exceptionalism Claims, from Yale and Kavli Inst. – of course

These claims seem contradicted by other experiments in motor control but here it is below.  Yale Seems firmly in the human exceptionalism camp as an institution and Kavli Institute funding the same.  The money would seem better spent understanding how human brain > behavior processes are similar to other animals and thus much easier to […]

Description of Physiology of the Stress Mechanism

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 […]

Frontal Lobes May Not Be That Important. Lots of Research and Neurocognitive Ideas May Wash Out.

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 […]

Is Western/Affluent Diet Mainly Long-Term Poisonous?

“Western-Style” Diet Lowers the Odds of Ideal Aging A newly published study suggests that a “Western-style” diet reduces a person’s likelihood of achieving older ages in good health, finding that avoidance of the “Western-type foods” might actually improve the possibility of achieving older ages free of chronic diseases and remaining highly functional.