Updated: 7/11/2006; 12:03:32 AM.
Introductory Psychology 100
Includes: Thinking Critically with Psychological Science Neuroscience and Behavor The Nature and Nurture of Behavior The Developing Person Sensation Perception States of Consciousness Learning Memory

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Detecting prejudice in the brain.

Three Florida teenagers recently pleaded not guilty to the brutal beatings and in one case, death, of homeless men. One of the beatings was caught on surveillance video and in a most chilling way illustrates how people can degrade socially outcast individuals, enough to engage in mockery, physical abuse, and even murder. According to new research, the brain processes social outsiders as less than human; brain imaging provides accurate depictions of this prejudice at an unconscious level.

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Ultrasound may help regrow teeth.

Hockey players, rejoice! A team of University of Alberta researchers has created technology to regrow teeth--the first time scientists have been able to reform human dental tissue. Using low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS), Dr. Tarak El-Bialy from the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry and Dr. Jie Chen and Dr. Ying Tsui from the Faculty of Engineering have created a miniaturized system-on-a-chip that offers a non-invasive and novel way to stimulate jaw growth and dental tissue healing.

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Game Theory: Addictive as Chips, but Less Fattening. Heroes of Might and Magic V is not the best game ever made, but once you start playing, it becomes almost impossible to stop. By CHARLES HEROLD. [NYT > Technology]
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Gaming to Save the World. The recent Games for Change Conference was covered on NPR, featuring interviews with the developers of games such as Darfur is Dying and Peacemaker. The premise of these games is that to reach the Net Generation with socially progressive ideas, you need to engage them with their favorite interactive media. Since one of the familiar objectives in many of our campus' strategic plans is to develop the next generation of leaders, and to ensure that our graduates participate effectively in the political process, these new models of developing thoughtful and yet engaging game environments to teach progressive values seem worth paying attention to, both for the lessons they teach, and more generally as models of platforms for thinking about future educational environments. [Academic Commons -]
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ACLU Files for Info on New Brain-Scan Tech.

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Semiconductor Brain: Nerve Tissue Interfaced With A Computer Chip: Nerve tissue interfaced with a computer chip. Scientists at the Max-Planck Institute for Biochemistry have developed a "revolutionary non-invasive technique" that enables them to record neural communication between thousands of nerve cells in the tissue of a brain slice with high spatial resolut... [KurzweilAI.net Accelerating Intelligence News]
9:32:37 AM    comment

Be careful with this brave new world. Where do we draw the line between eradicating genetic disease and enhancing a child?

In his new book, After Dolly: The Uses and Misuses of Human Cloning, Ian Wilmut considers the moral and ethical implications that the cloning of Dolly the sheep ... [KurzweilAI.net Accelerating Intelligence News]
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A Dose Of Genius. The use of "smart pills" that increase concentration, focus, wakefulness and short-term memory is soaring. ... [KurzweilAI.net Accelerating Intelligence News]
9:18:43 AM    comment

A Sixth Sense for a Wired World. What if, seconds before your laptop began stalling, you could feel the hard drive spin up under the load? Or you could tell if an electrical cord was live before you touched it?

For the few people who have rare earth magnets implanted in their fi... [KurzweilAI.net Accelerating Intelligence News] suggest a new role for piercing using extra sensory sensors -- BL

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Cancer Rewind?. Using an experimental anti-cancer drug called flavopiridol, scientists were able to actually rewind the process of cell division. Cells that had already split in two could recombine and re-form a single nucleus.... [KurzweilAI.net Accelerating Intelligence News]
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Brain can be made to self-repair. Triggering stem-cell growth could help the brain recover after a stroke.... [KurzweilAI.net Accelerating Intelligence News]
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