Computer Science

Humans as Robots, Robots as Humans

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Robots are becoming more human, but are humans becoming like robots? Social media, college admissions, work: these are all aspects of our daily lives where we are exemplified for perfection. A human appearance, facial recognition, and individual thought: these are traits thought to encompass the most intelligent robots. But what draws the line between the […]

Health

Psychological and Social Aspects of Breast Cancer

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Abstract A number of different psychological and social factors can affect the emotional stability and physical outcomes for patients with breast cancer. Assessing the psychological aspects of breast cancer treatment and identifying activities that can alleviate stress involved in the treatment process, could reduce the anxiety and emotional upheaval associated with breast cancer. This paper […]

Psychology

Intimate Relationships in the Era of WeChat

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  Abstract Given the prevalence of social media and the limitations of existing studies, the present research seeks to examine the correlation between WeChat use and intimate relationships based on the Investment Model, and the contribution of each Investment Model construct (i.e. Satisfaction, Quality of Alternatives, and Investment Size) to predict Commitment Level. In an […]

Biology

A new perspective on Alzheimer’s

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According to the NHS, 850,000 people in the UK suffer from dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, but because of the lack of understanding of the disease and its pathology, there are currently no ways of treating it. However, a recent study by researchers at the University of Eastern Finland has […]

Biology

Does Classical Music Improve Short Term Memory?

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A study by Zurafa Sakel.   Abstract The aim of this study is to explore whether classical music can improve short term memory in healthy volunteers. This may help learning of healthy people. It may also have a positive impact on communication and interaction as well as reducing agitation in dementia patients. This standardised prospective […]

Biology

How does one mistake lead to another?

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Imagine you are doing a multiple choice exam, and you know that you made a wrong choice in the first question. How would it affect how you answer the next question and your subsequent performance? Recent research finds out that our brain ‘pauses’ after we made a mistake, leading to the decrease in accuracy of […]

Biology

Is it more important to understand the mind or the brain?

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  Here, we are faced with the fixed, biological complexity of the brain and the intricate concept, which is open to vast influential change, of one’s mind. The question proposes the task of whether the understanding of the brain or that of the mind holds more significance. However, what this discussion essentially requires is the […]

Neuroscience

How do recreational drugs work in the brain?

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The brain is the most complicated organ in the human body and is integral to human life. It is made up of a network of billions of brain cells, called neurones, which communicate with each other by sending and receiving electrical signals or chemical neurotransmitters. These chemicals attach to receptors on the receiving neurone which […]

Biology

The Brain Observatory

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Until about 40 years ago it was only possible to study the workings of the brain of a living individual by their outward appearance and proposed symptoms. In 1977 the MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scanner was developed and has since revolutionised the way in which we can investigate the anatomy and structure of the brain […]