Article. Are brains of men and women different? Over 100 years of research says - no. First science stated that larger brains of men make them more intelligent, but no relationship between brain size and intellect was found. Following this logic, elephants should be more intelligent than all men, which we believe is not the case. Size of individual regions of teh brain was not related to intelligence either. Brains of different people are simply too different. It was concluded that corpus callosum (the part joining both sides of the brain) is larger in women, but this is actually the case for all smaller brains, and is not relevant to women only. Actually, brains of men and women are more alike than different, and if you only had a brain to decide, you would not be able to distinguish man from woman. Therefore we must remain with conclusion that all brain differences are acquired and not innate - if we use specific skills, brain areas that manage this develop better. If you drive more often, following tradition or stereotype, then your dirving skills are better. No other secret here.
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Early autumn is a great time to talk about mushrooms.
This study was performed with the help of mice (thank you, again, even if you did not ask for it - hopefully this one was beneficial). One dose of psilocybin has increased the density and size of the dendritic spines due to their increased growth. The effect was rapid, visible after 24 hours after the effect, and still significant after one month. Other results indicate that this effect decreased stress induced behavior deficit (or "cured" the learned helplessness) and increased the excitatory neural signals - probably newly formed nerve connections allowed to form and express new behaviors.
Just in case - psilocybin is a known hallucinogenic substance, usually produced from mushrooms, but little researched because it carries a stigma of being a drug.
No, I still do not encourage you to take on individual experimenting with mushrooms, but scientific research would be so awesome!
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Research. Apparently, we are still evolving! Programming code is not activating the usual suspect brain regions - math, language or logic. Such type of activity rather activates a so called multiple demand network, which processes several signals from different areas of the brain and both hemispheres. Sounds quite renaissance!
With, that, I demand that IT profession is classified as exact science!
OK OK, just kidding. But still, brings a whole another perspective on how we think. And code.
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