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The headlines BBC: Truth or lie – trust your instinct, says research British Psychological Society: Our subconscious mind may detect liars Daily Mail: Why you SHOULD go with your gut: Instinct is better at detecting lies than our conscious mind The Story Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have shown that we have the ability to unconsciously detect lies, even when we’re not able to explicitly say who is lying and who is telling the truth. What they actually did The team, led by Leanne ten Brinke of the Haas School of Business, created a set of videos using a “mock high-stakes crime scenario”. This involved asking 12 volunteers to be filmed while being interrogated about whether they had taken US$100 dollars from the testing room. Mind Hacks

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By Bjorn Carey (Stanford News) Nalini Ambady, a Stanford professor of psychology, died Oct. 28 after a long battle with leukemia. Her passing followed a yearlong, worldwide effort by family, friends and students to find a bone marrow donor match. She was 54. A distinguished social psychologist, Ambady was well known for her research showing that people can form accurate first impressions about others based only on seconds-long observations of their nonverbal behavior. The Situationist
What We Talk About When We Talk About Genius A personal essay about the meaning of genius and the importance of intellectual ancestry. The Cold Humanists The Beautiful Brain | The Art and Science of the Human Mind The Beautiful Brain | The Art and Science of the Human Mind
I'm vaguely aware of the vast new field of epigenetics, defined in various ways, but all definitions are based in the central concept that environmental forces can affect gene behavior, either turning genes on or off. I thought this recent summary by Helen Fisher was a nice statement of the importance of this new field: ..two basic mechanisms are known: one involves molecules known as methyl-groups that latch on to DNA to suppress and silence gene expression; the other involves molecules known as acetyl-groups which activate and enhance gene expression...Moroccan Amazighs or Berbers, people with highly similar genetic profiles reside in three different environments: some roam the deserts as nomads; some farm the mountain slopes; some live in the towns and cities along the Moroccan coast. Deric Bownds' MindBlog Deric Bownds' MindBlog
title Depression and Creativity symposium at the Library of Congressdescription With excellent video production quality (but no slides), this webcast "…marks the bicentennial of the birth of German composer Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847), who died after a depression, a very severe depression following the death of his sister [Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel]," says Dr. Jamison to open the long unedited video featuring three top speakers. She gives an overview and review of studies on mental illness and creativity, Terence Ketter speaks on related clinical studies and neuroimaging, and Peter Whybrow, Director of UCLA's Semel Institute talks about neurobiological correlates of creativity. producer Library of Congressfeaturing Kay Redfield Jamison, Terence Ketter, Peter Whybrowformat Real Mediadate 03/02/09length 02:04:43link Tags: brain video lecture depression bipolar art neuropsychiatry neuroimaging Channel N Channel N
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