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Is social media making us stupid?

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Gemma Williams
Social media expert, entrepreneur and author of #winning at social media...  · 20 декабря 2016
If you take Facebook as an example, they want to ensure you stay on their platform for as long as possible, and therefore they’re going to try to please you by showing you things you like, or they think you might agree with. But if you just hang around with people who agree with you the... Читать далее
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Do 'mind gym' games like Sudoku really delay the onset of senility and dementia?

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Jim Butler
Director of the Science Gallery at King’s College, London. @bnglaser  · 22 февраля 2017
It’s a subject of active debate within the field. There is some evidence that playing new games - by new I mean things that you haven’t done before - has what’s called a neuroprotective effect. The story goes - and it’s important to state that this is just one hypothesis - that if you... Читать далее
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If MDMA can mimic the neurobiology of love, is that experience as valid as 'real' love?

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Jim Butler
Professor of Social Psychology at Anglia Ruskin University @AngliaRuskin, and...  · 1 декабря 2016
There is some evidence that, when people fall in love, the brain releases a set of chemicals – such as dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin. These same compounds are also released by taking amphetamine. But does that mean that taking drugs can mimic the experience of love? No. Taking... Читать далее
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Is there a biological basis for intelligence?

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David Bowden
Director of the Science Gallery at King’s College, London. @bnglaser  · 31 января 2017
This can be answered in a number of ways. We are biological machines so intelligence is a biological property. It’s not spiritual, or driven by clouds. It’s biology that does intelligence. If it’s a human doing it, it has a biological basis. The question of what we mean by intelligence... Читать далее
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Is it wrong to think of the brain as being like a computer?

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Danny Bassett
Director of the Science Gallery at King’s College, London. @bnglaser  · 31 января 2017
It’s certainly not morally wrong to think about it. If you think it’s morally wrong then you’re getting into some interesting territory about the moral responsibility of computers and drones and things like that. I don’t think that’s what people mean by this. It’s clear that human... Читать далее
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Do any foods or pharmacological substances genuinely improve brain function?

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Joe Mugford
Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London. @sophiescott  · 25 ноября 2016
Well yes, food itself does, because you need nutrition for your brain to function properly! “Eat food, mostly plants” as the saying goes – that’s the long and the short of it. Anything you could say that has psychoactive effects is not considered food, on the whole, just according to... Читать далее
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Does pregnancy really give women "baby brain"?

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Jim Butler
Director of the Science Gallery at King’s College, London. @bnglaser  · 21 февраля 2017
Most of what your brain is doing is electrical, but actually chemicals and hormones play a huge role in the brain. Now obviously that plays a role in emotion, but actually emotion plays a huge role in cognition and thinking of all kinds, including memory and every other neuro function... Читать далее
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Is there an ideal time of day for me to study?

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Stephen Eastwood
Professor of Education, University of Derby, and Director of Academics for...  · 12 декабря 2016
No. There’s a common belief, based on research by psychologists, that you learn best two to four hours after waking up. I don’t think that’s true, and it’s different for everyone anyway. For instance, when I was at school, and even now, studying in the evenings and late at night has... Читать далее
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Where are our memories stored?

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Steve Turnbull
Director of the Science Gallery at King’s College, London. @bnglaser  · 30 января 2017
There isn’t a single place in the brain where memories are stored. We can say that because there’s never been evidence of someone who has damaged a particular part of the brain and lost all their memories, but has everything else intact. Memory, therefore, seems to be distributed across... Читать далее
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Is the popular conception of the left brain vs the right brain accurate?

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Joe Mugford
Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London. @sophiescott  · 21 ноября 2016
This is accurate in as much as you do have different functions in your left and your right brain. For most people, speech perception, language, listening to other people taking and producing your own speech is something that happens on the left side of the brain. And for most people... Читать далее
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