Sex Differences in the Brain

Written by Brett Weiss October 2019 Image by Clker-Free-Vector-Images from Pixabay Biological differences clearly exist between males and females.  Major biological differences that distinguish the sexes relate to brain structure and hormonal regulation of brain activity, which result in differences in behavior.  Defining these differences has proven difficult and very complex.  The following will present …

Brain Plasticity and Environmental Manipulations That Can Counteract Brain Pathology and Aging

Written by Brett Weiss August 2019 Image by Gordon Johnson from Pixabay Brain plasticity, the ability of neurons of the cerebrum to change structure and function with experience, constitutes a remarkable feature of cerebral neurons.  How does this ability evolve over the lifespan of neurotypical individuals?  Also, how might environmental manipulations facilitate enhanced brain plasticity …

Theory of Mind: Predicting Others’ Thoughts, Intentions, Beliefs, and Behavior

Written by Brett Weiss July 2019 Image by ElisaRiva from Pixabay Our social lives depend upon theory of mind, defined as attributing thoughts, intentions, and beliefs to others. We develop our theory of mind to predict future actions of others based on our past experiences with those individuals. Interestingly, when we have little acquired data …