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  • We develop engaging, diverse programs with high visibility to reach broad segments of the population or well-defined target audiences.
  • We create and organize special events on topics that advance our mission, including Brain Awareness Week.
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  • We conceptualize, develop, and disseminate informative publications about the brain and brain research.
  • We act as a resource for and gateway to current, accurate information about the brain and brain science for the public, media, educators, seniors, children, and other specialized groups.
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    "The Dana Alliance's mission is to advance public awareness about the progress and benefits of brain research and to disseminating information about the brain in an understandable and accessible fashion. Through a breadth of programs, publications, and special events, the Alliance promotes a greater understanding of brain science."
Borne Mace

The Science Behind What Naps Do For Your Brain--And Why You Should Have One Today | Fas... - 29 views

David McGavock

We dislike being alone with our thoughts : Nature News & Comment - 20 views

  • Which would you prefer: pain or boredom?

    Given the choice, many people would rather give themselves mild electric shocks than sit idly in a room for 15 minutes, according to a study published today in Science1.

  • “We lack a comfort in just being alone with our thoughts,” says Malia Mason, a psychologist at Columbia University in New York, who was not involved in the study. “We’re constantly looking to the external world for some sort of entertainment.”
  • repeated the experiment, this time allowing participants to perform the exercise at home. Nearly one-third of the study subjects later admitted to cheating.
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  • Wilson and his colleagues began by asking undergraduate students to stash their mobile phones and other distractions, and to sit in a sparsely furnished room for up to 15 minutes. Afterwards, nearly half of the 409 participants said that they did not enjoy the experience.
  • when they were placed in the room to sit alone with their thoughts, 67% of male participants and 25% of female subjects were so eager to find something to do that they shocked themselves voluntarily.
  • Wilson thinks that the discomfort comes from a lack of mental control: that it is difficult to tell our minds to stay on one topic and keep it there for a long time. Subjects who reported a positive experience during the experiment tended to think about future events, often with loved ones. Those who did not enjoy the time for quiet reflection often thought about work.
  • Wilson intends to pursue ways to tame what he calls “the disengaged mind”. “There are lots of times in our daily lives, when we have a little bit of time out, or are stuck in traffic or trying to get to sleep,” says Wilson. “Having this as a tool in our mental toolbox as a way to retreat or reduce stress would be a useful thing to do.”
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    Seems people don't know what to do with their minds when left alone. This is sad and unbelievable to me.
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    Whatever happened to meditation and reflection?
Gerald Carey

http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2013/04/29/3740590.htm?site=science_dev& - 4 views

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    Good article showing the difference between correlation and causation. Really important in psychology.
Gerald Carey

When Introverts Should Avoid Coffee -- Science of Us - 6 views

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    Interesting article Gerald. The article was a bit off, in my experience, because as an introvert and someone who also works with many (coders), I don't think meetings / presentations are that bad. Far worse would be larger environments / gatherings where there is a lot of stuff happening at once, conversations, noise, etc. If anything I could expect coffee might help focus in smaller meeting / presentation environments for introverts as well, where there isn't really that much danger of over stimulation (unless a fight breaks out :) )
Gerald Carey

What Families Should Know About Bystander Intervention - US News - 7 views

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    Social psychology - bystander effect
Gerald Carey

Jeff Iliff: One more reason to get a good night's sleep | Talk Video | TED.com - 11 views

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    Very good email on the lastest research about the brain and sleep.
Gerald Carey

Bodily maps of emotions - 30 views

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    "Bodily topography of basic (Upper) and nonbasic (Lower) emotions associated with words. The body maps show regions whose activation increased (warm colors) or decreased (cool colors) when feeling each emotion. (P < 0.05 FDR corrected; t > 1.94). The colorbar indicates the t-statistic range."
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