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Aesthetic Appeal May Have Neurological Link to Contemplation and Self-Assessment, NYU Researchers Find
"A network of brain regions which is activated during intense aesthetic experience overlaps with the brain network associated with inward contemplation and self-assessment, New York University researchers have found. Their study sheds new light on the nature of the aesthetic experience, which appears to integrate sensory and emotional reactions in a manner linked with their personal relevance."
fmri  mri  brain-imaging  aesthetics  contemplation  experience 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Access : Neural evidence for inequality-averse social preferences : Nature
A popular hypothesis in the social sciences is that humans have social preferences to reduce inequality in outcome distributions because it has a negative impact on their experienced reward1, 2, 3. Although there is a large body of behavioural and anthropological evidence consistent with the predictions of these theories1, 4, 5, 6, there is no direct neural evidence for the existence of inequality-averse preferences. Such evidence would be especially useful because some behaviours that are consistent with a dislike for unequal outcomes could also be explained by concerns for social image7 or reciprocity8, 9, which do not require a direct aversion towards inequality. Here we use functional MRI to test directly for the existence of inequality-averse social preferences in the human brain.
inequality  neuroscience  brain-imaging  mri  ethics  psychology 
march 2010 by tsuomela
Religious Experience Linked to Brain’s Social Regions | Wired Science | Wired.com
In a study published Monday in Public Library of Science ONE, Grafman’s team used an MRI to measure the brains areas in 40 people of varying degrees of religious belief.

People who reported an intimate experience of God, engaged in religious behavior or feared God, tended to have larger-than-average brain regions devoted to empathy, symbolic communication and emotional regulation
religion  brain-imaging  brain  neurology  mri  theology  psychology  evolutionary-psychology  evolution 
october 2009 by tsuomela
Remembering the Past is Like Imagining the Future | Cosmic Variance | Discover Magazine
As it turns out, the way that the human brain goes about the task of “remembering the past” is actually very similar to how it goes about “imagining the future.”
memory  brain-imaging  brain  mental  mind  future  imagination  mri 
april 2009 by tsuomela
Joshua Greene's Homepage
Assistant Professor,Department of Psychology. Explores moral dilemmas, the trolley problem, using fMRI.
people  academic  psychology  school(Harvard)  philosophy  morality  fmri  mri  brain-imaging  neuroimaging 
april 2009 by tsuomela
Genetics of Brain Fiber Architecture and Intellectual Performance -- Chiang et al. 29 (7): 2212 -- Journal of Neuroscience
Journal article for the Science Daily story "More Evidence That Intelligence Is Largely Inherited: Researchers Find That Genes Determine Brain's Processing Speed"
neurology  neuroscience  neuroimaging  brain-imaging  intelligence  genetics  mri 
march 2009 by tsuomela
More Evidence That Intelligence Is Largely Inherited: Researchers Find That Genes Determine Brain's Processing Speed
Intriguing article but frustratingly vague on the measurements used for intelligence testing. Apparently HARDI (High Angular Resolution Diffusion Imaging) can measure the diffusion of water through the brain, especially myelin. In yet another twin study (n=46 pairs) there appears to be a correlation between diffusion speed and intelligence.
neurology  neuroscience  biology  memory  intelligence  mri  brain-imaging  science  sts  mental  psychology 
march 2009 by tsuomela

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