Here’s what I am reading today:
“”We’re interested in how your brain is able to allow you to navigate in complex social environments,” study researcher MaryAnn Noonan, a neuroscientist at Oxford University, in England, said at a news conference. Basically, “how many friends can your brain handle?” Noonan said.
Scientists still don’t understand how the brain manages human behavior in increasingly complex social situations, or what parts of the brain are linked to deviant social behavior associated with conditions like autism and schizophrenia.”
“Our research showed that playing video games can improve a young person’s mood, help them reduce their stress levels, and promote feelings of competence and autonomy,” said Dr Johnson, from QUT’s Science and Engineering Faculty.
“Playing video games with others in particular increases a person’s brain activity, improves their social wellbeing and helps them feel more connected with others.
“If you’re trying to reach out to the teenager in your house, spending time with them playing a cooperative video game you both enjoy could be the bridge you’re looking for – and you’ll likely feel the same positive impacts on your wellbeing, too.”
“Morality is not just something that people learn, argues Yale psychologist Paul Bloom: It is something we are all born with. At birth, babies are endowed with compassion, with empathy, with the beginnings of a sense of fairness. It is from these beginnings, he argues in his new book Just Babies, that adults develop their sense of right and wrong, their desire to do good — and, at times, their capacity to do terrible things. Bloom answered questions recently from Mind Matters editor Gareth Cook. ”
“”Currently, interventions consist of training children to look at the other’s face and gaze,” said Chen Yu, associate professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at IU Bloomington. “Now we know that typically developing children achieve joint attention with caregivers less through gaze following and more often through following the other’s hands. The daily lives of toddlers are filled with social contexts in which objects are handled, such as mealtime, toy play and getting dressed. In those contexts, it appears we need to look more at another’s hands to follow the other’s lead, not just gaze.”"
“”We were asking the question of whether the brain was processing the meaning of the objects that are on the outside of these silhouettes,” Sanguinetti said. “The specific question was, ‘Does the brain process those hidden shapes to the level of meaning, even when the subject doesn’t consciously see them?”
The answer, Sanguinetti’s data indicates, is yes.”
“”The big message is that your brain is reflecting your current social environment, and your social skills at a wider level. The brain is flexible and reflecting all of these behaviors,” said study author Maryann Noonan, a postdoctoral researcher at Oxford University, who worked on the study while at the Montreal Neurological Institute.
There’s also the question of which comes first. Is the brain pre-programmed to turn certain people into more social creatures? Or does your brain change as a result of whether you’re willing to engage with lots of other people in your life?”
“ARX is among the top four types of intellectual disability linked to the X-chromosome in males. So far, 115 families, including many large Australian families, have been discovered to carry an ARX (Aristaless related homeobox) mutation that gives rise to intellectual disability.
“There is considerable variation in the disability across families, and within families with a single mutation. Symptoms among males always include intellectual disability, as well as a range of movement disorders of the hand, and in some cases severe seizures,” says Associate Professor Cheryl Shoubridge, Head of Molecular Neurogenetics with the University of Adelaide’s Robinson Institute.”