Metaphors Make Brains Touchy Feely Mapping Metaphor. Touching different textures activates certain areas of the brain, shown in yellow and red. But a new study finds that textural metaphors trigger a reaction, too (shown in green and, where overlapping, brown), in the parietal operculum. The right turn of phrase can activate the brain’s sensory centers, […]
Biology, training and profit sharing make best traders ScienceDaily (Nov. 26, 2009) — Researchers have identified a group of traders consistently able to outperform the market, even during the credit crisis. The study by John Coates and Lionel Page of the University of Cambridge offers a rare glimpse into how biology, experience and compensation schemes […]
Personality Predicts Cheating More Than Academic Struggles, Study Shows ScienceDaily (Sep. 8, 2010) — Students who cheat in high school and college are highly likely to fit the profile for subclinical psychopathy — a personality disorder defined by erratic lifestyle, manipulation, callousness and antisocial tendencies. These problematic students cheat because they feel entitled and disregard […]
Big implications for marketing, business and education Bottom Line – “The experiment is one of a kind, showing differences in modulation between awareness and attention in the primary visual cortex, hence supporting the idea that neural activity corresponding to attention and awareness are, if not more, partially dissociated.” Take Aways: Attention and awareness are […]
Serotonin receptor, SERT mRNA and correlations with symptoms in males with alcohol dependence and suicide Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 12/30/2011 Thompson PM et al. – The data suggest region–specific change, rather than global serotonin blunting is involved in alcohol dependence and suicide. It also suggests that symptoms are differentially influenced by prefrontal cortex serotonin receptor mRNA levels.
The prevalence of past year serious psychological distress (SPD) was significantly different across the five racial/ethnic groups (p=0.000), with American Indians/Alaska Natives having the highest prevalence (18.2%) and Asians having the lowest prevalence (2.6%). Disability was significantly associated with prevalence of SPD in all five racial/ethnic groups (all ps<0.05). Impairments caused by past year SPD […]