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Researchers show how vision relies on patterns of brain activity Visual prosthetics, or bionic eyes, are soon becoming a reality, as researchers make strides in strategies to reactivate parts of the brain that process visual information in people affected by blindness. Bursts in a neuron’s electrical activity — the number of “spikes” that result when brain cells fire — make up the basic code for [...]
Kindergarteners’ mathematics success hinges on preschool skills While many studies have been conducted on infants’ and preschoolers’ math competencies, few have evaluated how toddlers’ basic mathematics knowledge relates to early elementary school success. Now, in a study funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), researchers at the University of Missouri discovered that preschoolers who better process words associated with numbers, such as [...]
Getting to Know Your Three Brains: Part 3 Click here to refer to Part 1 of this series and Part 2 if you want a refresher. We cannot think our way through an emotion. Emotions must be experienced. We have to feel emotions viscerally, let them move through us until their energy releases. … ...
Social Media And Its Impact On Working Professionals I was contacted by a freelance journalist with the BBC for my thoughts about what social media has taken away from working professionals. I am reposting my response below (in a “Question and Answer” or “Q & A” format). Reporter Question: What do you think social media has taken away from us? In terms of … Continue reading Social Media And Its Impact On Working Professionals →
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Brain's finely tuned system of energy supply revealed New research reveals how the brain is able to meet its massive energy demands with a 'just in time' system that delivers oxygen that fuels nerve cells. The findings could shed light on diseases like Alzheimer's and help explain the cognitive decline that accompanies the disease.
Specific brain training reduces dementia risk across 10 years While many companies have long promised that their brain-training products can sharpen aging minds, only one type of computerized brain training so far has been shown to improve people's mental quickness and significantly reduce the risk of dementia, according to new research.
Vision: When it comes to recognizing shapes, timing is everything Visual prosthetics, or bionic eyes, are soon becoming a reality, as researchers make strides in strategies to reactivate parts of the brain that process visual information in people affected by blindness.
10 Science-Backed Steps For Insane Mental Focus Even the best of us get distracted, so find out how to develop laser-like mental focus.  
How Working Out Can Help With Autism And Depression I used to be a fitness buff you guys. Like I had this 25-minute routine I’d do on the floor in my dorm room no matter how I was feeling. … ...
How to Change Angry Thoughts Our thoughts can make us feel angry, but often people who have a problem with anger do not notice these angry thoughts. It is important in trying to gain control … ...
How You Might Be Unwittingly Relinquishing Your Power—and How... She’s driving me crazy! He doesn’t want to improve our relationship, so there’s nothing I can do. I have to work late. Yet again. I’m not smart. I’m not capable of accomplishing this. I don’t have time for what I really want to do. If … ...
Are the Results of Animal Therapy Studies Unreliable? Most studies of oxytocin ("the love hormone") do not have enough subjects to produce valid results. Unfortunately, this is also true of animal-assisted therapy research.
Schizophrenia simulator: When chemistry upends sanity's balance Schizophrenia goes hand in hand with brain chemistry out of kilter, and treatment options for a major symptom aren't great. Biomedical engineers data-mined the collective scientific knowledge of a major symptom, the disruption of working memory, to build a remarkably accurate simulator that can help researchers and doctors devise new treatments.
Beautifully Broken: An Invitation to see your Inner Beauty... I’m sure it’s strange to hear a man talk about beauty, but I feel like I must. Something about his old house caught my eye as I was walking by … ...
When Ants Grieve Last week I went outside to take my box turtle, Bruce, for a walk. When he finally stopped for a rest, I plopped down on the warm pavement next to … ...
OCD and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I)... Sleep is often a big issue for those with obsessive-compulsive disorder. In fact, in over five-and-a-half years of blogging on ocdtalk, my most viewed post, by far, is OCD and … ...
Today I Love That Music Soothes Today I love that when you hurt, music soothes. I love that when you are lost, music will find you. I love that when you need hope, music will tell … ...
Science (Again) Confirms Trolls Are Terrible Human Beings New studies of internet trolls show they are sadistic, psychopathic, and enjoy being cruel to others.