It’s time for this week’s installment of Neurosciency Friday (inspired by NPR Science Friday!), in which I bring you science news and tidbits from around the web!
Happy Friday! Eek…It’s been a little while since I did one of these, which means that I somehow completely missed Nobel Prize week…probably my favorite week for science. And what a week it was! cell transport, quantum physics, and chemical systems, oh my! (Oh, and there was some pretty cool economics, too.)
(I also missed National Polar Bear Week, which is this week! Le sigh.)
But, anyway, on to this week’s news:
– Some Halloween trick-or-treaters were the subject of a science experiment. Nothing too crazy. While passing out candy on Halloween, behavioral economists from Yale University studied whether children’s Halloween-related planning behaviors — picking out their costume ahead of time, or strategizing about how to eat their candy, for example — are related to making healthy food choices.
– “Decoding Annie Parker,” a movie about the history of the discovery of the BRCA-1 breast cancer gene, stars Helen Hunt as Dr. Mary Claire King, who discovered the gene. The movie is not yet commercially available.
– Mindfulness may be associated with better self-control in the face of immediate rewards.
– A recent study published in Biological Psychiatry shows that maternal stress may affect gene expression across generations.
Tomorrow I’m headed to San Diego for the Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN), so check back next week for an SfN-inspired Neurosciency Friday!
Have a great weekend!