Democratic Dendrites

Each of our neurons compute inordinate amounts of information in compartmentalised sections, according to one of the first recordings of electrical activity in human brain cells. Our understanding of neurons (brain cells) is almost exclusively from investigation into our small mammalian friends - the rodent. A study Published in the journal Cell, however, has revealed … Continue reading Democratic Dendrites

How intelligent are we? Its for our cells to decide.

Cattell, in the 1960’s, defined two sets of intelligence that were inextricably linked: that of fluid and crystallised intelligence. According to Cattell, one’s aptitude to solve for novel problems, apply cognitive tools to new situations and identify patterns, outlines their fluid intelligence. Crystallised intelligence, on the other hand, envelops one’s ability to take what they … Continue reading How intelligent are we? Its for our cells to decide.

We are unconscious perceivers of emotion.

Often, when someone dashes a smile your way, you reciprocally dash one back, regardless of whether that person is categorised as a stranger or a friend to you – a social reflex you might say, or something of a contagion i.e. when one-person smiles, that communique is irrevocably passed on. You would have thought, as … Continue reading We are unconscious perceivers of emotion.

An Intelligent Paradox Yielding Progress.

Studies of intelligence quotient (IQ) differences in a population seem to entail that the variance of intelligence between individuals is predominantly the effect of genetic difference. In fact, genetic variance is said to account for almost 80 per cent of the IQ variances in the population, leaving just 20 per cent of the variance to … Continue reading An Intelligent Paradox Yielding Progress.

Dopamine: A Memoir of Reward, Addiction and Online-shopping.

In the 1930’s psychology was dominated by the behaviourist school of thinking. This facet of psychological thought is based on the premise that all behaviours are maintained and learnt, or rather conditioned, either through positive or negative reinforcement i.e. an elicited behaviour must be followed by a reward for it to be repeated. B.F. Skinner, … Continue reading Dopamine: A Memoir of Reward, Addiction and Online-shopping.