The Frontal Cortex

Archives for April, 2009

Money Illusion

Here’s a question: Consider two individuals, Ann and Barbara, who graudated from the same college a year apart. Upon graduation, both took similar jobs with publishing firms. Ann started with a yearly salary of $30,000. During her first year on the job there was no inflation, and in her second year Ann recieved a 2%…

Stress, Poverty, Working Memory

A new study has demonstrated, once again, that being poor is stressful, and that chronic stress is poison for the brain. Here’s the paper: The income-achievement gap is a formidable societal problem, but little is known about either neurocognitive or biological mechanisms that might account for income-related deficits in academic achievement. We show that childhood…

Twins and Poetry

In the latest New Yorker, Rebecca Mead has a wonderful profile of two poets (Michael and Matthew Dickman) with starkly different poetic styles who happen to be identical twins. Michael and Matthew share more than the same raw material; they share the same genetic material. Although there is a rich scientific literature on the subject…