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Scientists Begin Looking at Programmers' Brains: The Neuroscience of Programming

Chris Parnin | Posted 02.21.2014 | Huffpost Code
Chris Parnin

Scientists are finding that there may be a deeper connection between programming languages and other languages then previously thought. Brain-imaging techniques, such as fMRI allow scientists to compare and contrast different cognitive tasks by analyzing differences in brain locations that are activated by the tasks.

Tickling the Child Brain

Pascal Vrticka | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Pascal Vrticka

Our findings on the neural basis of humor processing (in children) may provide some preliminary clues informing theories regarding humor evolution and function in humans.

This Is Your Brain on Rejection

Guy Winch, Ph.D. | Posted 10.15.2013 | Science
Guy Winch, Ph.D.

Rejections are the most common psychological injury we encounter in daily life. The one thing all rejections have in common is -- they hurt! So, what exactly happens in our brains that makes rejections so painful?

Why Are Humans So Cruel?

Michael Shammas | Posted 09.07.2013 | College
Michael Shammas

Recent science is shedding light on this question, and the main culprit at work seems to be envy. The more we envy someone, the more pleasure we derive when that person meets some horrid end.

Consciousness Glimpsed In Babies HOW Young?

| Posted 04.19.2013 | Science

By Paul Gabrielsen For everyone who's looked into an infant's sparkling eyes and wondered what goes on in its little fuzzy head, there's now an answ...

REVEALED: Why Your Brain Loves New Tunes

Posted 04.13.2013 | Science

By: Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 04/13/2013 09:14 AM EDT on LiveScience Activity in certain regions of the brain can pre...

Brain Scans Predict Which Criminals Will Be Repeat Offenders

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 07.16.2013 | Science

Police predicting crimes before they happen? We're not quite there yet, but a new brain study may help law enforcement make an educated guess about wh...

This Study Brought to You by the Letter 'C' -- How Sesame Street Predicts Kids' Brain Maturity

Ben Thomas | Posted 03.11.2013 | Science
Ben Thomas

Watching TV doesn't necessarily equal zoning out -- kids' brains may actually be picking up cues for maturation from naturalistic educational programming. How's that for an argument for keeping PBS funded?

Intrepid Patient Helps Scientists Settle Brain Debate

| Posted 10.24.2012 | Science

By Elizabeth Norton The ability to recognize faces is so important in humans that the brain appears to have an area solely devoted to the task: the ...

Jane Austen Weekly: Elizabeth Bennet's Brain Scan

Susan Celia Greenfield | Posted 12.11.2012 | Books
Susan Celia Greenfield

In Pride and Prejudice, the reward for meticulous critical scrutiny is self-consciousness, intellectual expansion and moral growth. Long before the invention of fMRIs, Jane Austen knew that close reading was good for the brain... and for the soul.

Jane Austen Weekly: The Brain and Mind

Susan Celia Greenfield | Posted 12.05.2012 | Books
Susan Celia Greenfield

Among her countless accomplishments, Jane Austen is making news in the field of neuroscience.

The Haunters of the Machine

Ben Thomas | Posted 10.03.2012 | Science
Ben Thomas

In study after study, researchers have discovered clear signs of active consciousness in dozens of vegetative patients. A 2009 study found that 40 percent of patients diagnosed as vegetative are at least somewhat conscious.

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.

Brain Scans Show Odd Way Men React To Caresses From Sexy Women, Manly Men

Posted 06.11.2012 | Science

By: Wynne Parry, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 06/11/2012 01:15 PM EDT on LiveScience It's clear touch and emotion can be closely tied: T...

WATCH: Brain Scanner Contest Shows "Hardest" Lover

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 02.16.2012 | Science

All's fair in love and war? Maybe. But the seven intrepid souls who participated in what's being called the "first annual love competition" all agreed...

The Brain Is Not an Explanation

Wray Herbert | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Wray Herbert

Consumers of science prefer simple messages and have heightened confidence in biological evidence to explain behavior. That may be human nature, but scientists should be careful not to play into these pervasive biases.

Religious and Secular Belief: All The Same To The Brain

scientificamerican.com | Allison Bond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

"Believing the sun is a star is rather the same as believing Jesus was born of a virgin," says Sam Harris, co-author of a study that suggests that the...

The Emperor's New FMRI

Barry Schwartz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Barry Schwartz

The lay attitude, "naïve reductionism," assumes that the causes of behavior lie in states of the brain, not in states of psychology. This is a profound mistake.