Mathematics

Publication Title: 
Human Biology

Past considerations of kin selection have assumed a dyadic fitness exchange relationship between altruist and recipient. This approach does not account for all alleles affected by altruistic behavior. This can be corrected by focusing on matings rather than on individuals. I present a model that tries to account for fitness changes resulting from altruistic acts, not only for the altruist and recipient but also for their spouses, in an evolving population.

Author(s): 
Williams, B. J.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Theoretical Biology

Although the prisoner's dilemma (PD) has been used extensively to study reciprocal altruism, here we show that the n-player prisoner's dilemma (NPD) is also central to two other prominent theories of the evolution of altruism: inclusive fitness and multilevel selection. An NPD model captures the essential factors for the evolution of altruism directly in its parameters and integrates important aspects of these two theories such as Hamilton's rule, Simpson's paradox, and the Price covariance equation.

Author(s): 
Fletcher, Jeffrey A.
Zwick, Martin
Publication Title: 
Science (New York, N.Y.)

Humans behave altruistically in natural settings and experiments. A possible explanation-that groups with more altruists survive when groups compete-has long been judged untenable on empirical grounds for most species. But there have been no empirical tests of this explanation for humans. My empirical estimates show that genetic differences between early human groups are likely to have been great enough so that lethal intergroup competition could account for the evolution of altruism.

Author(s): 
Bowles, Samuel
Publication Title: 
Psychoneuroendocrinology

Decisions are rarely made in social isolation. One phenomenon often observed in social interactions is altruistic punishment, i.e. the punishment of unfair behavior by others at a personal cost. The tendency for altruistic punishment is altered by affective states including those induced by stress exposure. Stress is thought to exert bi-directional effects on behavior: immediately after stress, reflex-like and habitual behavior is promoted while later on more far-sighted, flexible and goal-directed behavior is enhanced.

Author(s): 
Vinkers, Christiaan H.
Zorn, Jelle V.
Cornelisse, Sandra
Koot, Susanne
Houtepen, Lotte C.
Olivier, Berend
Verster, Joris C.
Kahn, RenÈ S.
Boks, Marco P. M.
Kalenscher, Tobias
JoÎls, Marian
Publication Title: 
The American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis
Author(s): 
Mysior, A.
Publication Title: 
Anesthesia Progress

Hypnosis is used as part of a psychological approach in dealing with phobic patients. The patient focuses on the stimuli of images offered by the therapist's voice. The critical faculty is bypassed, and selective thinking is established.

Author(s): 
Goldman, L.
Publication Title: 
The American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis

Conceptually, hypnotizability has always been associated with the increase in suggestibility produced by hypnosis. In practice, hypnotizability is measured as suggestibility following a hypnotic induction. Our understanding of hypnosis and suggestion has been hampered by this discordance between the conceptual and operational definitions of hypnotizability. For example, despite hundreds of studies purporting to use standardized scales to assess hypnotizability, we know next to nothing about that construct, as it has been defined conceptually.

Author(s): 
Kirsch, I.
Publication Title: 
Metabolic Engineering

A key consideration in metabolic engineering is the determination of fluxes of the metabolites within the cell. This determination provides an unambiguous description of metabolism before and/or after engineering interventions. Here, we present a computational framework that combines a constraint-based modeling framework with isotopic label tracing on a large scale.

Author(s): 
Suthers, Patrick F.
Burgard, Anthony P.
Dasika, Madhukar S.
Nowroozi, Farnaz
Van Dien, Stephen
Keasling, Jay D.
Maranas, Costas D.
Publication Title: 
The International Journal of Neuroscience

EEG activity, alertness, and mood were assessed in 40 adults given 3 minutes of aromatherapy using two aromas, lavender (considered a relaxing odor) or rosemary (considered a stimulating odor). Participants were also given simple math computations before and after the therapy. The lavender group showed increased beta power, suggesting increased drowsiness, they had less depressed mood (POMS) and reported feeling more relaxed and performed the math computations faster and more accurately following aromatherapy.

Author(s): 
Diego, M. A.
Jones, N. A.
Field, T.
Hernandez-Reif, M.
Schanberg, S.
Kuhn, C.
McAdam, V.
Galamaga, R.
Galamaga, M.
Publication Title: 
Why aren't more women in science?: Top researchers debate the evidence

Society is becoming increasingly scientific, technological, and knowledge-based, depending on the utilization and maximization of human talent and potential (Friedman, 2005). A nation's strength, both economically and civically, is now linked to what it can call forth from the minds of its citizens. Consequently, much attention is being focused on strategies for increasing the number of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professionals produced in the United States and possible untapped pools of talent.

Author(s): 
Lubinski, David S.
Benbow, Camilla Persson

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