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Two Genes Do Not a Voter Make

Posted March 24, 2012 By Kevin Orrman-Rossiter

Voting behavior cannot be predicted by one or two genes as previous researchers have claimed, according to Evan Charney, a Duke University professor of public policy and political science. In “Candidate Genes and Political Behavior,” a paper published in the February 2012 American Political Science Review, Charney and co-author William English of Harvard University call […]

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Anticipation of stressful events may cause cellular ageing

Posted February 24, 2012 By Kevin Orrman-Rossiter

Psychologists have found people most threatened by the anticipation of stressful tasks looked older at the cellular level.  The ability to anticipate future events allows us to plan and exert control over our lives.  Anticipation may also contribute to stress-related increased risk for the diseases of aging, according to this study. The researchers studied 50 […]

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A computer program of the genius category

Posted February 20, 2012 By Kevin Orrman-Rossiter

Researchers have developed a computer programme more intelligent than 96% of the human population.  Intelligence is often measured through IQ tests where the average score for humans is 100.  The computer programme can score 150, putting it in the ‘genius’ category. The programme is smarter than George W Bush, but not as smart as Stephen […]

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Me, a bird-brain? thank you for the compliment

Posted February 17, 2012 By Kevin Orrman-Rossiter

Humans move between ‘patches’ in their memory using the same strategy as bees flitting between flowers for pollen or birds searching among bushes for berries. When faced with a memory task, we focus on specific clusters of information and jump between them like a bird between bushes. For example, when hunting for animals in memory, most […]

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The stress reducing possibilities of Yogurt

Posted October 26, 2011 By Kevin Orrman-Rossiter

What might healthy mice swimming in water-filled containers in Ireland and Canada, and you immersed at work after a routinely healthy breakfast including yogurt, have in common?  A lot, the authors of a recent study have concluded.  The studies “suggest that certain organisms (Lactobacillus bacteria) may prove to be useful therapeutic adjuncts in stress-related disorders […]

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Stress and the city

Posted July 8, 2011 By Kevin Orrman-Rossiter

David lives in a large city, much like Melbourne or Sydney.  He enjoys apartment living, a good wage, has benefited from a good education and enjoys the good food and entertainment that he finds are a key part of the enjoyment of city living.  He wouldn’t think of trading places with his cousin Bill, who […]

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Going lobal: what business can learn from neuroscience

Posted July 1, 2011 By Kevin Orrman-Rossiter

Neuroscience is now telling us that we can retrain our brains.  Researchers show how they are applying this to business and career training. There is a well known phenomena that suggests that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.  That may be true or not for dogs, however the latest in neuroscience research has […]

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