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 […]
German physicist Max Planck
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 […]
Is mathematics an effective way to describe the world? Math has the illusion of being effective when we focus on the successful examples…But there are many more cases where math is ineffective than where it is effective.
With medical, physiological and biological getting much better very quickly, there are all sorts of rear-guard attacks on the inarguable determinism. The idea that everyday effects can change the genes, along with brain plasticity are two of the most popular. These are not science-based but designed to sooth pop fears about. Here we dispense with […]
Interactions Between the Nucleus Accumbens and Auditory Cortices Predict Music Reward Value When you hear an unfamiliar tune, how do you wind up either tapping your foot or plugging your ears? A study finds that a specific brain region gives the song a thumbs up or down. ….values participants assigned to songs were associated with: […]
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 […]
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 […]
“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.