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Feb. 17 2010 - 7:00 am | 80 views | 1 recommendation | 0 comments

Neuro News Nanos

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Here are this morning’s:

* The comedy circuit — when your brain gets the joke — laughing in a scanner

* Facebook looks at relationship status versus happiness — being in an open relationship seems to be a real bummer — positivity amongst people with that status is even lower than people who list themselves as being widowed or “it’s complicated”

* Our politics may be all in our head — Nick Kristof looks at neuropolitics — the roots of political judgments may lie partly in fundamental personality types and even in the hard-wiring of our brains

* Advice on how best to use caffeine — from a neuroscientist — small, frequent amounts

* Robot genetics — how exactly does this not lead to cylons? — robots are simpler than rats, so the researchers can reverse-engineer the “evolved” software at the end of a series of experiments to see what worked and why

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