SOURCE: Wall Street Journal
The History of Female Brain Studies Reveal a Lot
by Kimberly Hamlin
The historical quest to document sex differences in brains was founded on the premise that women’s brains are inherently inferior to men’s.
SOURCE: Time Magazine
This philosopher says historians have been going about their job all wrong
by Alex Rosenberg
We may be hardwired to tell history as a story but neuroscience proves that this isn’t the path to truth, says Alex Rosenberg.
Hey Historians: Nostalgia Can Be Good for Us
by John Medina
Why that’s good news for aging historians.
On Our Evolving Knowledge of the Brain and Nervous System: An Interview with Dr. Mitchell Glickstein
by Robin Lindley
History is the best way to learn about the complex field of neuroscience, asserts renowned neuroscientist Dr. Mitchell Glickstein in his sweeping new book, "Neuroscience – A Historical Introduction."
SOURCE: Press Release -- Warwick Business School, University of Warwick
Hindsight is not such a wonderful thing after all say scientists
Hindsight is supposed to give us 20:20 vision but scientists have found it distorts our memories and there is not much we can do about it.
SOURCE: The Atlantic
Secrets of the Creative Brain
by Nancy Andreasen
A leading neuroscientist who has spent decades studying creativity shares her research on where genius comes from, whether it is dependent on high IQ—and why it is so often accompanied by mental illness.
How Brain Wounds and Illnesses Have Advanced Medical Science: An Interview with Acclaimed Science Writer Sam Kean on the History of Neuroscience
by Robin Lindley
Modern neuroscience evolved over the centuries as physicians learned about the brain from horrific head injuries, vexing diseases, and congenital abnormalities.
How Memory Works: Interview with Psychologist Daniel L. Schacter
by Robin Lindley
Image via Shutterstock.Memory is deceptive because it is colored by today’s events.--Albert EinsteinMemory is the stuff of history. Historians rely on the memories of individuals as they seek and discover the facts and stories from which we create our public memory. Thus, knowledge from a scientific perspective of how human memory works can be instructive to historians.
SOURCE: Global Post
Study sheds light on Neanderthals
Madrid, May 7 (EFE).- Eleven of the 13 Neanderthals who lived in northern Spain's El Sidron cave were right-handed, indicating that these cousins of modern humans had a brain structure similar to that of Homo sapiens, a study published in Plos One magazine said.Researchers, among them members of Spain's CSIC research council, analyzed grooves in more than 60 Neanderthal dental pieces.Manual laterality "reflects specialized organization of the brain, so its evolutionary origin has been the subject of research for decades," project director Antonio Rosas said....
Are We Still in the Dead Grip of a Premodern Conception of Time?
by George E. Marcus
Image via Shutterstock.
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