Nobel goes for finding brain’s ‘GPS’

Nobel goes for finding brain’s ‘GPS’

Nobel goes for finding brain’s ‘GPS’ The award covered research on how the brain keeps track of where we are by mapping our place within our environment Nobel : Many drivers now depend on a global positioning system (GPS) to navigate roads in unfamiliar towns or subdivisions. But the brain has its own GPS-like system. It helps people and other animals orient themselves in their environment. For figuring out how this brain network works, the Nobel Prize committee granted this year’s award in Physiology or Medicine to three neuroscientists. The…

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Challenged :Why People Shut Down When Their Political Beliefs Are Challenged

Why People Shut Down When Their Political Beliefs Are Challenged

Challenged :Why People Shut Down When Their Political Beliefs Are Challenged Challenged : When it comes to politics, why can’t we all just get along? New brain imaging research offers a rather alarming neurological explanation. As we’ve repeatedly seen in this divisive post-election season, political beliefs are so deeply entrenched in the psyche that people will often defend them even in the face of overwhelming opposition and counterevidence. A University of Southern California study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, shows that challenging someone’s political beliefs activates brain areas that are involved…

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