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Caltech Scientists Find First Physiological Evidence of Brain's Response to Inequality
02/24/2010

Caltech Scientists Find First Physiological Evidence of Brain's Response to Inequality

Lori Oliwenstein

The human brain is a big believer in equality—and a team of scientists from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, has become the first to gather the images to prove it. Specifically, the team found that the reward centers in the human brain respond more strongly when a poor person receives a financial reward than when a rich person does. 

 

Caltech Receives More than $33 Million from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
02/24/2010

Caltech Receives More than $33 Million from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Jon Weiner

Research in genomic sciences, astronomy, seismology, and neuroeconomics are some of the many projects being funded at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Caltech Neuroscientists Find Brain System Behind General Intelligence
02/22/2010

Caltech Neuroscientists Find Brain System Behind General Intelligence

Kathy Svitil

A collaborative team of neuroscientists at Caltech, the University of Iowa, the University of Southern California, and the Autonomous University of Madrid have mapped the brain structures that affect general intelligence. The study, published the week of February 22 in the early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, adds new insight to a highly controversial question: What is intelligence, and how can we measure it?

Caltech Neuroscientists Discover Brain Area Responsible for Fear of Losing Money
02/08/2010

Caltech Neuroscientists Discover Brain Area Responsible for Fear of Losing Money

Kathy Svitil

Caltech neuroscientists and their colleagues have tied the human aversion to losing money to a specific structure in the brain—the amygdala. The finding, described in the latest online issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, offers insight into economic behavior, and also into the role of the amygdala, which registers rapid emotional reactions and is implicated in depression, anxiety, and autism. 

 

 

Caltech Scientists Develop Novel Use of Neurotechnology to Solve Classic Social Problem
09/10/2009

Caltech Scientists Develop Novel Use of Neurotechnology to Solve Classic Social Problem

Lori Oliwenstein

Economists and neuroscientists from Caltech have shown that they can use information obtained through fMRI measurements of whole-brain activity to create feasible, efficient, and fair solutions to one of the stickiest dilemmas in economics, the public goods free-rider problem—long thought to be unsolvable. This is one of the first-ever applications of neurotechnology to real-life economic problems, the researchers note.

Caltech Neuroscientists Find Brain Region Responsible for Our Sense of Personal Space
08/30/2009

Caltech Neuroscientists Find Brain Region Responsible for Our Sense of Personal Space

Kathy Svitil

In a finding that sheds new light on the neural mechanisms involved in social behavior, neuroscientists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have pinpointed the brain structure responsible for our sense of personal space. The discovery, described in the August 30 issue of the journal Nature Neuroscience, could offer insight into autism and other disorders where social distance is an issue.

Caltech Researchers Pinpoint the Mechanisms of Self-Control in the Brain
04/30/2009

Caltech Researchers Pinpoint the Mechanisms of Self-Control in the Brain

Lori Oliwenstein

When you're on a diet, deciding to skip your favorite calorie-laden foods and eat something healthier takes a whole lot of self-control--an ability that seems to come easier to some of us than others. Now, scientists from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have uncovered differences in the brains of people who are able to exercise self-control versus those who find it almost impossible. 

Mapping Intelligence in the Brain
03/11/2009

Mapping Intelligence in the Brain

Kathy Svitil

Neuroscientists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have conducted the most comprehensive brain mapping to date of the cognitive abilities measured by the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS), the most widely used intelligence test in the world. The results offer new insight into how the various factors that comprise an "intelligence quotient" (IQ) score depend on particular regions of the brain.

Markets Are Better Than Patents in Promoting Discovery, Says Caltech Economists
03/05/2009

Markets Are Better Than Patents in Promoting Discovery, Says Caltech Economists

Lori Oliwenstein

When it comes to intellectual curiosity and creativity, a market economy in which inventors can buy and sell shares of the key components of their discoveries actually beats out the winner-takes-all world of patent rights as a motivating force, according to a California Institute of Technology (Caltech)-led team of researchers.

Caltech's Colin Camerer Makes a Game of Economic Theory
02/15/2009

Caltech's Colin Camerer Makes a Game of Economic Theory

Lori Oliwenstein
"Economics is the field that has used game theory the most broadly to understand bargaining, pricing, firm competition, incentive contracts, and more," explains Camerer.