molecular neuroscience

Enzyme-constrained interethnic biodiversity (3)

Excerpt: Understanding a “correlational mechanism” is like understanding mutation-driven evolution. You have a mutation. You have evolution. Thus, you understand the simple-minded magic of the correlation. No energy-dependent molecular mechanisms are required. For comparison: Enzyme-constrained interethnic biodiversity is exemplified in Amish populations in the United States of America. Obviously, interethnic difference in genes matter. See: Low cancer incidence rates in Ohio Amish (2009) Why Don’t The Amish Get Cancer? (2016) See also: A null mutation in SERPINE1 protects against biological…

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Unconscious affect (revisited)

Kohl et al., (2001) …the importance of human non-verbal signals is based upon information processing, which occurs in the limbic system, and without any cognitive (cortical) assessment. Affect thus does not require conscious interpretation of signal content. Underlying this fact is that affect dominates social interaction and it is the major currency in social interactions [6]. Affective reactions can occur without extensive perceptual and cognitive encoding. They are made with greater confidence than cognitive judgments, and can be made sooner…

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