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Dec. 28 2009 - 10:00 am | 102 views | 0 recommendations | 2 comments

Neuro News Nanos

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Here are this morning’s:

* The “Peter principle” undoubtedly appeals to the cynic in all of us — it is also quite possibly true, if subsequent academic studies are to be believed — the longer a person stays at a particular level in an organization, the more most measures of their performance fall

* Talking aloud helps people solve mathematical problems more quickly — representations play an essential role in mathematic thought — not necessarily a good strategy for the SAT, though

* How memories are saved — exactly how the brain encodes and stores memories is one of the central, unsolved mysteries in neuroscience — currently the most widely accepted theory is long-term potentiation (LTP), the lasting communication established between two neurons when they are stimulated simultaneously

* The key to a successful relationship — accentuate the positive — members of happy couples also individually experience a higher ratio of upbeat emotions to negative ones

* Ten Psychology Studies from 2009 Worth Knowing About — playing video games could be an unlikely cure for psychological trauma — if you’re a man and find yourself in an argument with your significant other, choose your words very carefully

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