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Grant Awards Mark the Launch of Landmark Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study

Nora Volkow | Posted 09.25.2015 | Science
Nora Volkow

Today the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study officially gets underway, as the National Institutes of Health award 13 five-year grants to U.S. research institutions that will spearhead the landmark project over the first half of its roughly 10-year duration.

The Neurology of Lending

Wray Herbert | Posted 06.02.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

Microfinance is a psychological enigma. It is not in anyone's economic best interest to lend money to strangers without getting anything in return. Without interest or guarantee, what is the motivation to take on such financial risk? It seems more akin to charity than to banking. Is it? The fact is that we don't know the neuropsychological underpinnings of such selfless lending.

Do We Have an Internal Calorie Counter?

Wray Herbert | Posted 11.15.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Most of us don't even know what a gram of apple or an ounce of milk looks like, so how can we possibly calculate a sensible portion? Well, perhaps arithmetic is not required, and it may even be misleading.

WANTED: Neuro-quants

American Statistical Association | Posted 10.13.2013 | Science
American Statistical Association

It is a wonderful time--in the midst of a data revolution--to be a biostatistician. Quantitative neuroscience provides the opportunity for statisticians to be at the forefront of the most exciting challenge in science today by providing the critical skills needed to address it properly.

Solving For X, Among the Neurons

Wray Herbert | Posted 09.26.2012 | Science
Wray Herbert

The reigning theory of human thinking argues not only that algebra and language share a neurological foundation, but that mathematical reasoning co-opted the evolved machinery of language for non-linguistic tasks.

Personal Brain Management: Changing Our Brain Function

Robert M. Bilder, Ph.D. | Posted 09.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Robert M. Bilder, Ph.D.

There are now major forces driving a revolution in personal brain management. At the intersection of these movements is positive applied neuropsychology -- the systematic study of brain mechanisms underlying well-being.

'Empathic Civilization': Do We Have Empathy Or Are We Just Good Rule Followers?

Simon Baron-Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Simon Baron-Cohen

Following rules of morality, or adhering to convention are important for our social system to function smoothly, but they may not reflect empathy.

Technology For Brain Health: an Upcoming Revolution

Alvaro Fernandez | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alvaro Fernandez

We talk to the CEO of Baycrest, a brain fitness institute, about why Ontario and Baycrest chose to become pioneers in this area, and discuss some of the main opportunities, and challenges.