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Mind

Polar Bears Say "Stay Away!"

It's winter, and while Los Angeles has been unseasonably warm, I find my mind wandering to cooler things, like polar bears. In most zoos and animal parks, polar bears ( ursus maritimus ) attract such a disproportionate amount of attention that they are referred to in the industry as "charismatic megafauna," or in other words, "really cool animals." Perhaps it is because it is especially rare for the average zoo-goer to happen upon a polar bear in the wild, or because they live in such an inhospitable environment...

January 5, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman
Health

Editor's Selections: Brain and Gut, Aesop's Crows, Antipsychotic Drugs, and Psychopaths

Here are my Research Blogging Editor's Selections for this week. Your brain isn't alone in processing emotion - it needs your body, too! Find out how the brain and body interact in processing emotions at Bill Yates's blog Brain Posts: Brain and Gut in Processing Emotion Over at Inkfish, Elizabeth Preston hits another one outta' the park: Aesop's Crows Understand Physics, Literature Neuroskeptic points out that, "antipsychotic use in Canadian children and teens is rising dramatically - prescriptions more than doubled in just 4 years, from 2005 to 2009." Find out why: Young, Canadian and on Antipsychotics A handful of disorders have been hypothesized to involve a "disconnection," or a reduction in connectivity among brain areas...

December 20, 2011 — Jason G. Goldman
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