Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

Compendium of interesting bits I come across, with an occasional IMHO

Dude, Where’s My Frontal Cortex?

Excellent article explaining teenage brain and behaviour.

Dude, Where’s My Frontal Cortex?

By Robert Sapolsky | July 24, 2014 | Nautilus

There’s a method to the madness of the teenage brain

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February 15, 2015 Posted by | behaviour, brain | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sex hormones: For the birds

Aggressiveness (a measure of which is the ratio of lengths of the ring finger to index finger) is assumed to be dependent on the testosterone exposure in utero.   The study described in this article claims that instead it is dependent of the body’s response to fetal estrogen. So far, tha claim is based on birds only.  From The Economist, June 12, 2010:

Sex hormones: For the birds

September 1, 2011 Posted by | behaviour | , , , , , | Leave a comment

How much of the ability to lead is genetic?

How much of the ability to lead is genetic? Nature vs nurture as applied to management is discussed. From The Economist, September 25, 2010:

The biology of business

Homo administrans

Biologists have brought rigour to psychology, sociology and even economics. Now they are turning their attention to the softest science of all: management

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March 12, 2011 Posted by | behaviour, brain, business, genes | , , , | Leave a comment

Hormones can make it sweeter


From The Economist July 24th, 2008 print edition:

Appetite control

A sweet result

Hormones influence how sensitive taste buds are to sugar

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September 23, 2009 Posted by | behaviour, diet, health, nutrition | , , , | Leave a comment

Market boom/bust cycles are men’s fault

…well, actually, it’s the testosterone… from BBC News, and below it, TIME Magazine’s take on it:

Hormones ‘may fuel market crises’

Hormone surges among City traders could be partly responsible for driving “boom and bust” economics, say researchers. Continue reading

April 15, 2008 Posted by | behaviour, decision making, economics, emotions | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Laugh away stress

Article from Nature:

How to laugh away stress

Just thinking about laughing makes you feel better.

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April 8, 2008 Posted by | behaviour, brain | , , | Leave a comment

The Science of Risk-Taking

From Time Magazine.
Thursday, Mar. 13, 2008

The Science of Risk-Taking

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March 27, 2008 Posted by | anthropology, behaviour, brain, evolutionary psychology | , , , , , | Leave a comment