What If You Never Washed Your Hands? – Dear Blocko #3

What If You Never Washed Your Hands? – Dear Blocko #3

Hey there! Welcome to Life Noggin! Ooh! I have fingers! Do i like this? I can’t tell if i like this! Welcome to another episode of Dear Blocko! This is where I answer your questions about the world around you, or questions about my world! Let’s get started! Gaming Person of Roblox asks – What …

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Are You Under 24? Science Says You Still Have the Brain of a Teen

Are You Under 24? Science Says You Still Have the Brain of a Teen

We define adolescence as the years between childhood and adulthood. The exact age might depend on the country — things like the age you can vote or drink — but it’s roughly defined as being from age 10 to 19. But, a new study is suggesting that adolescence should end as late as 24 to …

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The Common Character Trait of Geniuses | James Gleick | Big Think

The Common Character Trait of Geniuses | James Gleick | Big Think

I’m tempted to say smart, creative people have no particularly different set of character traits than the rest of us except for being smart and creative, and those being character traits. Then, on the other hand, I wrote a biography of Richard Feynman and a biography of Isaac Newton. Now, there are two great scientific …

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Steven Pinker: Linguistics as a Window to Understanding the Brain | Big Think

Steven Pinker: Linguistics as a Window to Understanding the Brain | Big Think

My name is Steve Pinker, and I’m Professor of Psychology at Harvard University.  And today I’m going to speak to you about language.  I’m actually not a linguist, but a cognitive scientist.  I’m not so much interested as language as an object in its own right, but as a window to the human mind. Language …

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Are You a Psychopath? Take the Test! | Kevin Dutton | Big Think

Are You a Psychopath? Take the Test! | Kevin Dutton | Big Think

We all know about the psychopath’s enhanced killer instinct, their finely tuned vulnerability antennae. But it may surprise you to know that there are some situations in which psychopaths are actually more adept at saving lives than they are at taking them. So let me give you an example of what I mean by that, okay?  Imagine you’ve got …

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Understanding the p-value – Statistics Help

Understanding the p-value – Statistics Help

One of the most important concepts in statistics is the meaning of the P-value. Whenever we use Excel or other computer packages to analyse data, one of the key outputs is the p-value or sig. In formal terms, The p-value is the probability that, IF the null hypothesis were true, sampling variation would produce an …

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The HITECH Act: Electronic Health Records and Meaningful Use

If you are like most doctors you’ve probably heard something about a government incentive program encouraging physicians to implement electronic health records, however you’re probably a little fuzzy on the details. Well,you’re not alone the let’s take a closer look and see if we can help you make sense of it all. On February seventeenth …

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What Is She Thinking – The Psychology Behind Facial Expressions?

This episode is brought to you by Skillshare. Get 2 months of Skillshare free and learn new skills by using the link in the description. Being able to understand facial expressions is an important part of nonverbal communication. When you only listen to what a person is saying, but ignore what their face is telling …

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Liberal vs. Conservative: A Neuroscientific Analysis with Gail Saltz

Liberal vs. Conservative: A Neuroscientific Analysis with Gail Saltz

So I think what’s really fascinating is that there have been a number of recent studies looking at brain structural differences between liberals and conservatives. And what’s been found in several studies is that liberals tend to have a larger anterior cingulate gyrus. That is an area that is responsible for taking in new information …

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The Science of Learning: How to Turn Information into Intelligence | Barbara Oakley

The Science of Learning: How to Turn Information into Intelligence | Barbara Oakley

A very important idea that people are often unaware of is the fact that we have two completely different ways of seeing the world, two different neural networks we access when we’re perceiving things. So what this means is when we first sit down to learn something—for example, we’re going to study math. You sit …

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