Later #chicago, you’ve been awesome.
Posted by Sofo It has been my experience that gifted and talented persons are more likely to experience a type of depression referred to as existential depression. Although an episode of existentia…
See the rest of Tom Murphy’s gorgeous photos & info about the rewilding of Yellowstone here.
A single dose of the hormone oxytocin, delivered via nasal spray, has been shown to enhance brain activity while processing social information in children with autism spectrum disorders, Yale School of Medicine researchers report in a new study published in the Dec. 2 issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
“This is the first study to evaluate the impact of oxytocin on brain function in children with autism spectrum disorders,” said first author Ilanit Gordon, a Yale Child Study Center adjunct assistant professor, whose colleagues on the study included senior author Kevin Pelphrey, the Harris Professor in the Child Study Center, and director of the Center for Translational Developmental Neuroscience at Yale.
Gordon, Pelphrey, and their colleagues conducted a double-blind, placebo-controlled study of 17 children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders. The participants, between the ages of 8 and 16.5, were randomly given either oxytocin spray or a placebo nasal spray during a task involving social judgments. Oxytocin is naturally occurring hormone produced in the brain and throughout the body.
“We found that brain centers associated with reward and emotion recognition responded more during social tasks when children received oxytocin instead of the placebo,” said Gordon. “Oxytocin temporarily normalized brain regions responsible for the social deficits seen in children with autism.”
Gordon said oxytocin facilitated social attunement, a process that makes the brain regions involved in social behavior and social cognition activate more for social stimuli (such as faces) and activate less for non-social stimuli (such as cars).
“Our results are particularly important considering the urgent need for treatments to target social dysfunction in autism spectrum disorders,” Gordon added.
Books we love:
The Stars by H. A. Rey ($12)
Who, upon leaving the city on a dark, clear night hasn’t been suddenly struck by the intensity and intricacy of the rural sky? And who hasn’t wished they knew more about what’s up there?
Lovingly devised & illustrated by the creator of Curious George, The Stars is easily the most accessible and enjoyable guide we’ve found for developing a casual & practical familiarity with the celestial world.
Architectural Columns at the Palais de Tokyo Explode into Organic Forms. Baitogogo by Henrique Oliveira.
This life-size kimono which is the largest woven glass structure in the world, weighing around 125 pounds, represents the four seasons. It is made of 19 separate pieces of woven glass supported by a metal mannequin.
Good work Corey!
Nonotak is an art collaboration between Noemi Schipfer and Takami Nakamoto. Together they construct hypnotic audio/visual installations.
Comfy. #bronx #beauty #nyc #newyork #patrickxiong
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Nike took their first shot at the skateboard footwear market in the late 1990s. Granted skaters had been wearing the Swoosh off and on over the years, but the company had never tried to make skateboard specific shoes or sponsored a team. Nike gave it the old college try, but things did not go all that well aside from some clever ads. I think what hurt them the most was that the shoes did not look very appealing. They did put together a team, which included Remy Stratton, Choppy Omega, a young Bam Margera and I believe Jaya Bonderov.
Big Brother - April 1998 Issue 35
Those ads were funny though