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Top Five SciTech Connect Neuroscience Articles of 2016

By: , Posted on: December 29, 2016

As we bid farewell to 2016, here’s a look back at the some interesting and thought-provoking neuroscience articles published in SciTech Connect this year. To review all the 2016 neuroscience articles, please click here.

Why Psychology Lost Its Soul: Everything Comes from the Brain

Why Psychology Lost Its Soul: Everything Comes from the Brain
By George Paxinos

Many people today believe they possess a soul. While conceptions of the soul differ, many would describe it as an “invisible force that appears to animate us”. But as a neuroscientist and psychologist, I have no use for the soul. On the contrary, all functions attributable to this kind of soul can be explained by the workings of the brain. Read on.

Brain Hacking: Can Brain Stimulation Actually Make You Smarter?

Brain Hacking: Can Brain Stimulation Actually Make You Smarter?
By Roi Cohen Kadosh

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would that be? Be healthier, prettier, wealthier, or younger? At some time during your life, I’m sure you wanted to be older. One thing that is shared among different ages and different societies is the urge to be smarter. Read on.

How Children’s Brains Develop to Make Them Right or Left Handed

How Children’s Brains Develop to Make Them Right or Left Handed
By Gillian Forrester

As children grow older, they tend to favor one hand over the other for certain tasks, particularly for writing or drawing. A child’s “handedness” is generally categorized as right, left or mixed, and tends to settle around the same time they acquire language – about four-years-old. It remains a persistent characteristic throughout our life. Read on.

Highway to Addiction: How Drugs and Alcohol Can Hijack Your Brain

Highway to Addiction: How Drugs and Alcohol Can Hijack Your Brain
By University of Cambridge

There is a road down which those with substance addiction travel. Its beginnings are influenced by circumstances and genetics; it becomes well-trodden, habitual, initially reinforced by pleasurable effects and then by cues; and, for some, it will become a road they can never leave. Read on.

Explaining Color Constancy

Explaining Color Constancy
By Pascal Wallisch

The brain is using spectral information of light waves (their wavelength mix) to aid in the identification of objects. This works because any given object will absorb some wavelengths of the light source (the illuminant) and reflect others. For instance, plants look green because they absorb short and long wavelengths, but reflect wavelengths in the middle of the visible spectrum. Read on.

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