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Royal Society Neuroscience and Cognition Articles Free

Posted by dlende on July 2, 2010

For the month of July 2010, Royal Society Publishing is providing free access to all their neuroscience and cognition articles.

To give you just one example, here is Joan Chiao & Katherine Blizinsky’s 2010 article (pdf) (sometimes problematic link…). The abstract reads:

Culture–gene coevolutionary theory posits that cultural values have evolved, are adaptive and influence the social and physical environments under which genetic selection operates. Here, we examined the association between cultural values of individualism–collectivism and allelic frequency of the serotonin transporter functional polymorphism (5-HTTLPR) as well as the role this culture–gene association may play in explaining global variability in prevalence of pathogens and affective disorders. We found evidence that collectivistic cultures were significantly more likely to comprise individuals carrying the short (S) allele of the 5-HTTLPR across 29 nations. Results further show that historical pathogen prevalence predicts cultural variability in individualism–collectivism owing to genetic selection of the S allele. Additionally, cultural values and frequency of S allele carriers negatively predict global prevalence of anxiety and mood disorder. Finally, mediation analyses further indicate that increased frequency of S allele carriers predicted decreased anxiety and mood disorder prevalence owing to increased collectivistic cultural values. Taken together, our findings suggest culture–gene coevolution between allelic frequency of 5-HTTLPR and cultural values of individualism–collectivism and support the notion that cultural values buffer genetically susceptible populations from increased prevalence of affective disorders. Implications of the current findings for understanding culture–gene coevolution of human brain and behaviour as well as how this coevolutionary process may contribute to global variation in pathogen prevalence and epidemiology of affective disorders, such as anxiety and depression, are discussed.

Here’s a whole list copied of what is freely available in just one journal:

Autism and talent(freely available)
Predictions in the brain: using our past to prepare for our future(freely available)
Mechanisms and functions of brain and behavioural lateralization(freely available)
Sensory learning(freely available)
Neuroeconomics(freely available)
The neurobiology of violence(freely available)
The neurobiology of addiction(freely available)
Japan: its tradition and hot topics in biological sciences(freely available)
The sapient mind: archeology meets neuroscience(freely available)
Perception of Speech (freely available)
Stem cells and brain repair (freely available)
Models of natural action selection (freely available)
Mental processes in the human brain (freely available)
Social intelligence: from brain to culture(freely available)
The use of artificial neural networks to study perception in animals(freely available)
The neurobiology of social recognition, attraction and bonding (freely available)

Link to Royal Society Publishing Neuroscience and Cognition articles.

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