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Tero Toivanen

Discovery of quantum vibrations in microtubules inside brain neurons corroborates contr... - 0 views

  • A review and update of a controversial 20-year-old theory of consciousness published in  Elsevier’s Physics of Life Reviews (open access) claims that consciousness derives from deeper-level, finer-scale activities inside brain neurons.

    The recent discovery of quantum vibrations in microtubules inside brain neurons corroborates this theory, according to review authors Stuart Hameroff and Sir Roger Penrose.

Tero Toivanen

How The Memory Works In Learning - 2 views

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    "This introduction to the basics of the neuroscience of learning includes information that should be included in all teacher education programs. It is intentionally brief such that it can be taught in a single day of instruction."
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    Very nice - simple summary for teachers.
Tero Toivanen

Berkeley researchers map out how our brains categorize the things we see | The Verge - 2 views

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    "Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley have created a map showing how and where the brain categorizes the actions and objects we see every day."
Tero Toivanen

Use It or Lose It: The Principles of Brain Plasticity - 1 views

  • You probably haven't realizd it, but as you acquire an ability – for example, the ability to read – you have actually created a system in the brain that does not exist, that's not in place, in the non-reader. It [the ability; the brain system that controls the ability] actually evolves in you as it has been acquired through experience or learning.
  • "There are some very useful exercises at www.BrainHQ.com that are free, and using them can give a person a better understanding of how exercising your brain can drive it in a rejuvenating direction. Using exercises at BrainHQ, most people, of any age, can drive sharp improvements in brain speed and accuracy, and thereby rewire the brain so that it again represents information in detail," he says.
  • Children operating in the 10th to 20th percentile of academic performance are commonly able to improve their scores to the middle or average level with 20-30 hours of intensive computer-based training.

    "That's a big difference for the child," he says. "It carries most children who are near the bottom of the class, on the average, to be somewhere in the middle or above average in the class. And that gives struggling children a chance to really succeed and in many cases excel in school."

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  • Careful controlled studies in seniors have also been reported in scientific journals. After 40 hours of computer-based training, the average improvement in cognitive performance across the board was 14 years. On average, if you were 70 years old when you underwent the training after 40 hours of brain training, your cognitive abilities operated like that of a 56-year old. Equally strong or even greater effects were seen in 40 to 50 year olds using the program. Individuals who worked on the BrainHQ exercises at home did just as well as those who completed training in a clinic or research center.
  • Ideally, it would be wise to invest at least 20 minutes a day. But no more than five to seven minutes is to be spent on a specific task. When you spend longer amounts of time on a task, the benefits weaken. According to Dr. Merzenich, the primary benefits occur in the first five or six minutes of the task.
  • Find ways to engage yourself in new learning
  • "When it matters to you, you are going to drive changes in your brain," he explains. "That's something always to keep in mind. If what you're doing seems senseless, meaningless, if it does not matter to you, then you're gaining less from it."
  • Get 15-30 minutes of physical exercise each day,
  • Spend about five minutes every day working on the refinement of a specific, small domain of your physical body.
  • You can typically improve yourself to the highest practical or possible level in anywhere between five to a dozen brief sessions of seven or eight minutes each. Again, having a sense of purpose is crucial.
  • Stay socially engaged.
  • Practice "mindfulness,"
  • Foods have an immense impact on your brain, and eating whole foods as described in my nutrition plan will best support your mental and physical health.
  • The medical literature is also showing that coconut oil can be of particular benefit for brain health, and anecdotal evidence suggests it could be very beneficial in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease.
  • Take a high-quality animal-based omega-3 fat.
  • Avoid processed foods and sugars, especially fructose
  • Avoid grains
  • Avoid artificial sweeteners
  • Avoid soy
  • Men who ate tofu at least twice weekly had more cognitive impairment, compared with those who rarely or never ate the soybean curd, and their cognitive test results were about equivalent to what they would have been if they were five years older than their current age.
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    "It was once thought that any brain function lost was irretrievable. Today, research into what's referred to as "brain plasticity" has proven that this is not the case. On the contrary, your brain continues to make new neurons throughout life in response to mental activity."
Tero Toivanen

Guitars And Brains: Neuroscience Synchronization Happens In Musical Duets - 0 views

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    "The current data indicate that synchronization between individuals occurs in brain regions associated with social cognition and music production. And such interbrain networks are expected to occur not only while performing music. "We think that different people's brain waves also synchronise when people mutually coordinate their actions in other ways, such as during sport, or when they communicate with one another," Sänger says."
Tero Toivanen

How Depression, Stress Trigger Loss of Brain Volume | Psych Central News - 1 views

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    "People who suffer from chronic stress or major depression tend to lose brain volume, and such loss can lead to both emotional and cognitive dysfunction."
Tero Toivanen

A stroke can make half your world disappear - video | Science | guardian.co.uk - 0 views

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    "A stroke can sometimes leave people with a syndrome known as hemispatial neglect as a result of damage to the parietal lobe on the right or left side of their brain."
Tero Toivanen

VS Ramachandran: The neurons that shaped civilization - YouTube - 0 views

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    "Neuroscientist Vilayanur Ramachandran outlines the fascinating functions of mirror neurons. Only recently discovered, these neurons allow us to learn complex social behaviors, some of which formed the foundations of human civilization as we know it."
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Your Brain at Work - YouTube - 0 views

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    This is Fantastic!
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    This is Fantastic! via Jesse Soininen
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How the Brain Forms Categories | Neuroscience News - 0 views

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    "...amazing skill of our brain to turn a wealth of sensory information into a number of defined categories and objects"
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Researchers reveal first brain study of Temple Grandin - - 0 views

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    "Unlike controls ..., Temple Grandin has lateral ventricles... that are significantly larger on the left side of her brain than on the right."
Tero Toivanen

AP Bio- Physiology 7: Neurons by David Knuffke on Prezi - 0 views

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    Great presentation about neurons.
Tero Toivanen

Scientists discover how brain cells age | KurzweilAI - 1 views

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    "Now scientists at Newcastle University, led by Professor Thomas von Zglinicki, have shown that neurons in fact follow the same pathway as senescing fibroblasts, the cells that divide in the skin to repair wounds."
Tero Toivanen

How Does the Brain Recover After Stroke? | Brain Blogger - 1 views

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    "A recent study published in Brain demonstrates the ingenious ability of the central nervous system to repair itself after brain injury."
Tero Toivanen

How to Learn in Your Sleep: Scientific American - 3 views

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    Research published today in Nature Neuroscience shows that we can learn entirely new information while we snooze.
Tero Toivanen

Your Brain Scan Looks Different on Mac and PC - 2 views

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    "Science and medicine are supposedly based on rigor-a rigor where theories are only correct if you can replicate results. It turns out, though, that the software used to analyze medical images of your brain gives wildly different answers if it's run on Mac or PC."
Tero Toivanen

12 Findings on Mind, Brain & Education | Getting Smart - 1 views

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    Important findings!
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