Sacred Values and the Radicalized Brain

Sacred Values and the Radicalized Brain

A key finding of this research for policymakers, whether in defense and war planning or in social programs aimed at preventing violence, is that when matters that are believed to be sacred are involved, people cannot be swayed from defensive, or even offensive, pursuit of their beliefs with carrots or sticks, as with ISIS.

Brain Words: A Solution for America’s Reading Problem

Moreover a fact still ignored by educators is that a great deal of research supports the use of standalone spelling books for delivering a deep level of spelling knowledge aka brain words (Wallace, 2006).

The Fear of Regret and Its Consequences

The Fear of Regret and Its Consequences

People who suffer from high degrees of neuroticism, for example, are more likely to feel regret than others. This means that the tendency to feel regret is linked with the experience of anger, fear, and loneliness.

When a Vegetative-State Patient Returns to Tell the Tale

When a Vegetative-State Patient Returns to Tell the Tale

With a brain injury like John’s, the chances of recovering after three months are very low and patients are usually reclassified as "permanently vegetative." We tested John using every tool we had at our disposal, looking for some sign of inner life, but we found nothing.

The man who came out 5 year of baby coma.

The man who came out 5 year of baby coma.

Here is a message to anyone who recently became a parent: If you feel that your brain is becoming mushy, that you can not focus on work, but instead just want to focus on your kids, if you feel that your creative energy is being channeled away from big projects towards building space ships in lego with your son; do not worry.

Is What We Thought We Knew About Brain Plasticity Wrong?

Is What We Thought We Knew About Brain Plasticity Wrong?

With the help of high-resolution brain scanning (fMRI), my lab has recently found that asking amputees to move their phantom inside the scanner reveals incredibly detailed maps representing all five missing fingers in the brain.

Do Women Age Slower Than Men?

A recent study investigated sex differences in how our brains age. In a recent study 1 , the researchers used PET imaging to look at metabolism in the brains of more than 200 healthy men and women between 20 and 82 years old.

What They Never Told You about Your First Love Story

What They Never Told You about Your First Love Story

As you start, try as best you can to steel yourself against a brain that will send out powerful messages, like shockwaves, about how unnatural this feels.

Helping Teens Regulate--Whether by Calendar or Coffee Break

Helping Teens Regulate--Whether by Calendar or Coffee Break

Teens Need to Have a Plan and a Schedule: Something as simple as keeping a calendar can be a powerful step for teenagers learning how to use their time; seeing their life literally on the page, whether it’s an app or a time-trusted notebook, helps them not only with organization but with managing expectations.

The Purpose of Brainpower: Are We "Misusing" Our Minds?

The Purpose of Brainpower: Are We "Misusing" Our Minds?

Our intelligence evolved to deal with each other more effectively and to leverage the skills and abilities we have when we work together.” The reason more than a century passed between global travel and suitcases with wheels is because our brains evolved for social solutions rather than technical ones.

Exercise-Linked Irisin May Protect Against Neurodegeneration

Exercise-Linked Irisin May Protect Against Neurodegeneration

Source: Sergey Nivens/Shutterstock The recent study by first author Mychael Lourenco et al., “ Exercise-Linked FNDC5/Irisin Rescues Synaptic Plasticity and Memory Defects in Alzheimer’s Models ,” adds to a growing body of evidence that exercise-induced irisin may protect against neurodegeneration and boost memory in both humans and mice.

How Brain Communication Differs Between Humans and Monkeys

How Brain Communication Differs Between Humans and Monkeys

It’s the first study to go beyond structural differences between humans and animals to look at how the brain computes information,” says Ziv Williams, a neurosurgeon at Harvard Medical School, who was not involved with the research.

Mindfulness Could Be a Powerful Painkiller

Mindfulness Could Be a Powerful Painkiller

This new meta-analysis, published in the peer-reviewed journal Evidence-Based Mental Health , analyzed the evidence from 21 previous studies involving 2,000 chronic pain sufferers. It was designed to assess whether mindfulness was as effective as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for relieving chronic pain and its associated distress.

The Value of Mind Wandering in Solving Difficult Problems

The Value of Mind Wandering in Solving Difficult Problems

4. Dozens of experiments have shown that people who are stumped in solving certain kinds problem are subsequently much more likely to solve the problem if they take a break (in which they think about something else for awhile) than they are if they work continuously on the problem (for reviews, see Sio et al, 2017; Sio & Ormerod, 2009).

Neuromorphic Computing Breakthrough May Disrupt AI

Neuromorphic Computing Breakthrough May Disrupt AI

Simon, and Magnus Berggren created an organic electrochemical transistor (OECT) that can learn, form new connections between an input and output, and has both short-term and long-term memory.

The Genetic Case for Monogamy

The Genetic Case for Monogamy

After birth, the imprinted brain theory proposes that these conflicts continue, with paternal genes pushing in an autistic direction, and maternal ones pushing towards the psychotic end of the spectrum.

The Human Cerebellum May Protect Itself Against Alzheimer’s

The Human Cerebellum May Protect Itself Against Alzheimer’s

The authors explain the design and significance of their study: “The current study aims to overcome some existing limitations by providing a spatially resolved analysis of protein expression in six regions of human control and AD-affected brain, reflecting varying levels of ‘affectedness,’ in well-matched, short post-mortem delay tissue.

Nature vs. Nurture: Another Paradox

Nature vs. Nurture: Another Paradox

Therefore, evolution likely proceeded in a way that resulted in our being biologically programmed to wire our automatic and repetitive behavioral responses in most environmental contests - in particular social contexts - in accordance with what we learn from our interactions with those attachment figures.

The Connection Between Sleep and Pain

The Connection Between Sleep and Pain

People reported on changes in their sleep from night to night and in any differences in their pain from day to day, a finding that was in line with the brain study.

Brains of Astronauts Show Deterioration Similar to Aging

Brains of Astronauts Show Deterioration Similar to Aging

“The white matter changes were primarily in regions that control movement and process sensory inputs,” said Rachael Seidler, a professor of applied physiology and kinesiology at the University of Florida, and a coauthor of the study.

Hey moms-to-be, how about stimulating your unborn's brain with a musical tampon?

Hey moms-to-be, how about stimulating your unborn's brain with a musical tampon?

Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about LinkedIn Pinterest Hey moms-to-be, how about stimulating your unborn's brain with a musical tampon? Hey moms-to-be, how about stimulating your unborn's brain with a musical tampon?

Stanford Neuroscientists May Revolutionize Pain Management

Stanford Neuroscientists May Revolutionize Pain Management

The Stanford researchers sought to discover the neurons responsible for the emotional experience of pain. Using a combination of brain-imaging and molecular testing, the researchers discovered a group of cells in the amygdala that serves as an on-off switch to pain aversion in laboratory mice.

Serotonin Plays a Surprising Role in Fight-Flight-or-Freeze

Serotonin Plays a Surprising Role in Fight-Flight-or-Freeze

Discussion of Fight-Flight-or-Freeze Responses Based on a Combination of Life Experience and Empirical Evidence Yesterday afternoon, I wrote a post, "Exercise May Promote Gene Expression of Feel-Good Chemicals" based on new research from McMaster University ( Allison et al., 2019 ), which found that the combination of vigorous aerobic exercise and weight-lifting caused a chain reaction along the kynurenine pathway that resulted in the synthesis of more serotonin and a decreased depression risk.

Do Animals Feel Grief?

Do Animals Feel Grief?

For simpler emotions such as happiness and fear, there are alternative explanations of behavior, such as that a dog only seems happy because of a reward mechanism, or that a cat only seems afraid because of threat reactions.

New Study Finds Possible Root of Schizophrenia Symptoms

New Study Finds Possible Root of Schizophrenia Symptoms

For the first time, we know what brain circuit to go after." The authors explain the significance of these results, “A breakdown of connectivity in a specific dorsolateral prefrontal cortex-to-cerebellum network directly corresponded to negative symptom severity.

Neuroscience Breakthrough: AI Translates Thought-to-Speech

Neuroscience Breakthrough: AI Translates Thought-to-Speech

After training the vocoder, the researchers recorded brain signals of the same participants while they listened to speakers count between zero to nine. Next the researchers used artificial neural networks to refine the speech produced by the vocoder, then had 11 subjects with normal hearing listen to the output.

Parents, stop trying to fast-forward your child's development

Parents, stop trying to fast-forward your child's development

Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about LinkedIn Pinterest Parents, stop trying to fast-forward your child's development We make up deadlines by which we expect our kids to master skills because it will make our lives easier.

Why Sleepless Nights Can Mean More Painful Days

Why Sleepless Nights Can Mean More Painful Days

"Activity in the somatosensory cortex, previously associated with the location and intensity of pain, was enhanced following sleep loss," explained study author Adam Krause. After a full night of sleep, most participants reported feeling heat discomfort at about 111 degrees Fahrenheit.

How Could Mind Emerge From Mindless Matter?

How Could Mind Emerge From Mindless Matter?

The brain is the most complex of complex adaptive systems Clearly, the brain is a phenomenon in which the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and its product, the mind or subjective sense of self, is radically different qualitatively from its parts—an emergent property.

The Neuroscience of "Rock-a-Bye Baby" and Rocking Adult Beds

The Neuroscience of "Rock-a-Bye Baby" and Rocking Adult Beds

The gentle and continuous rocking motion of the bed used by sleep researchers at the University of Geneva helped to synchronize neural activity between thalamo-cortical networks of the brain, which the researchers believe play an important role in boosting memory consolidation.

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