Brain and Cognition

Negative psychological aspects of working with experimental animals in scientific research
Bob Patton –– Of broad interest across disciplines
Conjuring up creativity: the effect of performing magic tricks on divergent thinking
Bob Patton –– An interesting paper
Positive emotion induction improves cardiovascular coping with a cognitive task
Claudia Scorolli –– The relevance of the work lies in exploring the relationship between positive emotion induction, psychophysiological responses, and performance on a cognitive task. The reach of the findings is limited by the analysis of a single task.
Effects of self-isolation and quarantine on loot box spending and excessive gaming—results of a natural experiment
Bob Patton –– An interesting paper, relevant to Covid.
Arithmetic processing in children with dyscalculia: an event-related potential study
Genevieve McArthur –– This article demonstrates the heterogeneity that exists within Dyscalculia both at the level of cognition and the brain. Understanding heterogeneity in learning difficulties is absolutely critical. And as a relatively new cognitive disorder on the "scene", it is really important that researchers in the field explore, and understand, this heterogeneity as rapidly as possible. It was ignored for way too long in other fields of learning difficulties.
Prediction of state anxiety by machine learning applied to photoplethysmography data
Marco Tullio Liuzza –– A well conducted study that provides an interesting tool for scholars in the psychobiological and in the biomedical engineering filed.
Reduced recognition of facial emotional expressions in global burnout and burnout depersonalization in healthcare providers
Francesco Chirico –– This paper is a very good work!
Registered report: investigating a preference for certainty in conversation among autistic adults compared to dyslexic adults and the general population
Anna Borghi –– An interesting investigation on uncertainty in inferring meanings in conversation, and on how different populations (autistic vs. non autistic adults) might experience this uncertainty.
A Bayesian brain model of adaptive behavior: an application to the Wisconsin Card Sorting Task
Marco Tullio Liuzza –– It is a useful application of Bayesian computation approaches to the modeling of the human behavior in the Wisconsin Card Sorting Game.
Freeze-like responses to pain in humans and its modulation by social context
G. Lorimer Moseley –– This is more than an incrememental step because it takes this interesting field of enquiry in a new direction, which may yield really important discoveries for the prevention and treatment of persisting pain problems.
Brain and Cognition

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Conjuring up creativity: Can magic tricks hold the key to unlocking children's creative thinking?