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Is this why time speeds up as we age?

Recent memories run in our brains like sped-up old movies. In childhood, we capture images in our memory much more quickly. The complexities of grownup neural pathways are no match for the direct routes of young brains. None Mechanical engineer Adrian Bejan of Duke University has an interesting theory regarding the strange phenomenon by which time seems to speed up as we age. It's not the only theory, mind you, but an interesting one. In his just-published paper, "Why the Days Seem Shorter as...
Tags: Time, Physics, Memory, Children, Brain, Sight, Aging

Better detection of concussions using vital signs

As a father of a young ice hockey player, I’m all too familiar with every parent’s concern about concussions. As a neuroscientist, I chose not to accept that it was okay to rely on subjective and error-prone tests to understand how best to care for our brains after concussion. We dared ourselves to think bigger, and to devise a solution that was larger than concussions – to ask the question: “Why don’t we have objective vital signs for brain function?”We have vital signs for our body like heart ...
Tags: Featured, Health & Medicine, Science & Medicine, A Journal of Neurology, Biomedicine, Brain, Brain Injury, Concussion, Health, Medical Mondays, Neurology, Neuroscience, Ryan CN D’Arcy

New evidence for a human magnetic sense that lets your brain detect the Earth’s magnetic field

Do human beings have a magnetic sense? Biologists know other animals do. They think it helps creatures including bees, turtles and birds navigate through the world.Scientists have tried to investigate whether humans belong on the list of magnetically sensitive organisms. For decades, there's been a back-and-forth between positive reports and failures to demonstrate the trait in people, with seemingly endless controversy.The mixed results in people may be due to the fact that virtually all past s...
Tags: Brain, Neuroscience, Senses, Cognitive science, Physics, Magnetic field

Why is 18 the age of adulthood if the brain can take 30 years to mature?

Research suggests that most human brains take about 25 years to develop, though these rates can vary among men and women, and among individuals.Although the human brain matures in size during adolescence, important developments within the prefrontal cortex and other regions still take pace well into one's 20s.The findings raise complex ethical questions about the way our criminal justice systems punishes criminals in their late teens and early 20s. None At what age does someone become an adult? ...
Tags: Children, Neuroscience, Bbc, Brain, Innovation, San Diego, Cambridge University, Criminal Justice, Jones, Temple University, Newsweek, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Laurence Steinberg, Peter Jones, Rady Children s Hospital, Howard Forman

Mini-brains attach to spinal cord and twitch muscles

Researchers find a new and inexpensive way to keep organoids growing for a year. Axons from the study's organoids attached themselves to embryonic mouse spinal cord cells. The mini-brains took control of muscles connected to the spinal cords. None Scientists have been experimenting with organoids — mini-brains — for a while now, but research just published in Nature Neuroscience takes things up another notch. Three things distinguish the lentil-sized mini-brains developed by Madeline Lancaster...
Tags: Neuroscience, Discovery, Brain, Medical Research, Innovation, Cambridge, Synthetic Biology, Biomechanics, Nature Neuroscience, Medical Research Council, Madeline Lancaster, Cognitive Science, Organoid, Mini-brain, ALI CO

Well : Broken-Heart Syndrome Is Not All in the Head

Broken-heart syndrome, a serious medical condition, may begin in the brain.
Tags: News, Brain, Death and dying, Heart, Medicine and Health, Nerves and Nervous System, Grief (Emotion

A new study has investigated who watched the ISIS beheading videos, why, and what effect it had on them

In the summer of 2014, two videos were released that shocked the world. They showed the beheadings, by ISIS, of two American journalists – first, James Foley and then Steven Sotloff. Though the videos were widely discussed on TV, print and online news, most outlets did not show the full footage. However, it was not difficult to find links to the videos online. At the time, Sarah Redmond at the University of California, Irvine and her colleagues were already a year into a longitudinal study to as...
Tags: Psychology, Politics, Isis, Media, Religion, US, Brain, Middle East, Islam, Innovation, Boston Marathon Bombing, James Foley, Steven Sotloff, Mind, BPS Research Digest, Redmond

Your romantic partner is probably less intelligent than you think, suggests new study

It's now well known that many of us over-estimate our own brainpower. In one study, more than 90 per cent of US college professors famously claimed to be better than average at teaching, for instance – which would be highly unlikely. Our egos blind us to our own flaws.But do we have an even more inflated view of our nearest and dearest? It seems we do – that's the conclusion of a new paper published in Intelligence journal, which has shown that we consistently view our romantic partners as being...
Tags: Psychology, UK, Sex, Relationships, Love, US, Intelligence, Brain, Innovation, BPS Research Digest, David Robson, Hodder Stoughton, Gignac, University of Western Australia, University of Warsaw, Cognitive Science

Mental Illness Isn’t All in Your Head

A “formulation” gathers the biological, psychological and social factors that lead to a mental illness — and offers clues to the way out of suffering.
Tags: News, Brain, Mental Health and Disorders, Psychiatry and Psychiatrists

A Possible Alzheimer’s Treatment With Clicks and Flashes? It Worked on Mice

Researchers hope the techniques can be applied to help people with Alzheimer’s.
Tags: News, Brain, Alzheimer's Disease, Animal Cognition, Mice, Genetic Engineering, Massachusetts Institute Of Technology, Cell (Journal, Your-feed-science

What’s Your Story?

A “formulation” gathers the biological, psychological and social factors that led to a mental illness — and offers clues to the way out of suffering.
Tags: News, Brain, Mental Health and Disorders, Psychiatry and Psychiatrists

Actors show altered brain activity when in character, study finds

Method actors employ an intensive approach to acting that involves staying in character for long periods of time.The recent study asked trained method actors a variety of hypothetical questions under four different scenarios.The results showed changes in brain activity depending on whether actors were in and out of character, including alterations to activity in the prefontal cortex — a key region in terms of self-awareness. None Method actors famously blur the lines between their everyday perso...
Tags: Psychology, Science, Brain, Medical Research, Innovation, Al Pacino, Romeo, Larry King, University Of Liverpool, Centre for Research, Philip Davis

Flashing Lights and Sounds Improve Memory and Learning Skills in Mice

Researchers hope the techniques can be applied to help people with Alzheimer’s.
Tags: News, Brain, Alzheimer's Disease, Animal Cognition, Mice, Genetic Engineering, Massachusetts Institute Of Technology, Cell (Journal, Your-feed-science

How Emotional Freedom Technique Can Transform Your Mental Health for Good

A fast-paced life surely offers you the luxuries you have always dreamed of. On the flip side, however, it’s uglier than you have ever expected. The constant rat race and the urge to stay ahead in every sphere of life have resulted in tremendous peer pressure, relationship issues, social image concerns, and different types of disorders. One out of every five individual suffers from anxiety, anger issues, and depression owing to pressure at work and stringent societal norms. Do you know what is m...
Tags: Health, UK, Brain, Ptsd, Lifehacks, Callahan, Eft, CRF, King 's College London, Gary Craig, Brain Behavior Research Foundation, Emotional Freedom Technique, Roger Callahan, Chinese Medicines, Acupressure EFT, Addictions Addiction

Brazilian scientists produce mini-brains with eyes

Mini-brains, or "neural organoids," are at the cutting edge of medical research. This is the first one that's started developing eyes. Stem cells are key to the growing of organoids of various body parts. None Organoids are tiny, self-organized tissue cultures. They're comprised of stem cells that can be programmed to replicate naturally occurring tissue. Using them, scientists can grow mini organs of various types for research purposes, and, not surprisingly, there's a lot of interest in min...
Tags: Neuroscience, Brain, Medical Research, Microbiology, Innovation, Synthetic Biology, Bioethics, Zika, Sight, D Or Institute for Research and Education IDOR, Organoid, Mini-brain, IDOR, Stevens K Rehen Incomplete

How financial insecurity sinks American IQ scores

Not being able to pay your bills has the functional equivalent of lowering your IQ by 13 points. Many Americans have scarcity mindsets because of their inability to pay their bills. In a scarcity mindset, your functional bandwidth decreases — it influences you to be less generous and less reasonable. The opposite of a mindset of scarcity is a mindset of abundance, which is what many entrepreneurs have. Abundance mindsets tend to build on to themselves if the environment is right. ...
Tags: Psychology, Security, Science, Money, Finance, Neuroscience, Economics, Intelligence, Brain, Innovation, Fear, Universal Basic Income, Andrew Yang,, 16x9

Sleep is a brain-repair mechanism, new study proves

Scientists Lior Appelbaum and David Zada in Israel publish new proof that sleep serves to help our brains repair damage. Their study, published in the journal Nature, used genetically engineering transparent zebrafish with colorful chemical tags attached to chromosomes in their neurons, and found that chromosomes constantly change shape to repair DNA damage, but move twice as much during sleep as when awake. “I think this is one of the key reasons we need to sleep,” said Lior Appelbaum from B...
Tags: Post, Science, News, Israel, Neuroscience, Brain, Appelbaum, Bar Ilan University, Picks, Lior Appelbaum, David Zada

Should you listen to music while doing intellectual work? It depends on the music, the task, and your personality

Given how many of us listen to music while studying or doing other cerebral work, you'd think psychology would have a set of clear answers as to whether the practice is likely to help or hinder performance. In fact, the research literature is rather a mess (not that that has deterred some enterprising individuals from making bold claims).There's the largely discredited "Mozart Effect" – the idea that listening to classical music can boost subsequent IQ, except that when first documented in the 9...
Tags: Psychology, Work, Productivity, Music, Brain, Creativity, Innovation, BPS Research Digest, Gonzalez, Manuel Gonzalez, Mozart Effect, Cognitive Science, John Aiello

Freud is renowned, but his ideas are ill-substantiated

Sigmund Freud stands alongside Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein as one of history's best-known scientists.Despite his claim of creating a new science, Freud's psychoanalysis is unfalsifiable and based on scant empirical evidence.Studies continue to show that Freud's ideas are unfounded, and Freud has come under scrutiny for fabricating his most famous case studies. None Few thinkers are as celebrated as Sigmund Freud, a figure as well-known as Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein. Neurologist an...
Tags: Psychology, Health, Science, Sex, Memory, Bbc, Mental Health, Brain, Vienna, Innovation, Consciousness, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Darwin, Ati

How Is Taking Ketamine for Depression Different From Falling Into a K-Hole?

You’ve probably heard a lot about ketamine this week, thanks to the Food and Drug Administration’s decision to approve a nasal spray based on the drug as a new depression treatment. But given ketamine’s long-standing reputation as a recreational drug—so notorious that users talk about entering a “K-hole” after taking…Read more...
Tags: Science, Brain, Depression, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Ketamine, Spravato

The evolution of mathematics, from agriculture to quantum mechanics

Mathematics has snowballed from counting to 10 on our fingers, to calculus, to abstract concepts like imaginary numbers that move in 11 dimensions and predict particles physics.The math that led us down the rabbit hole of quantum mechanics is bizarre and while we can crunch the numbers, we can't really understand what they mean. If the math confirms that particles can move in 11 dimensions, is that a fundamental truth of the universe?
Tags: Space, Math, Learning, Brain, Physics, Innovation, Universe, Mind, Humanity, Ask an astronomer

Here’s How Strokes Happen When You’re as Young as Luke Perry

The actor’s death leaves middle-age Americans wondering how it could happen — and whether it could happen to them. Here’s what scientists know.
Tags: News, Age, Brain, Stroke, Young, Chronological, Massachusetts General Hospital, University of Pittsburgh, Luke, Perry, Luke Perry, Blood Clots, Aneurysms, Deaths (Fatalities, Hemorrhagic Stroke

How to Quit Antidepressants: Very Slowly, Doctors Say

Mustering solid evidence, two psychiatrists have denounced their field’s standard guidelines for how best to wean patients from depression medications.
Tags: News, Brain, National Health Service, Antidepressants, Drugs (Pharmaceuticals, Depression (Mental, Mental Health and Disorders, Psychiatry and Psychiatrists, Zoloft (Drug, Serotonin (Chemical, Your-feed-science

More Seniors Should Be Getting Brain Health Screenings, Experts Say

According to a 2019 Alzheimer's Association report
Tags: News, Uncategorized, Brain, Association

The biggest A.I. risks: Superintelligence and the elite silos

We have no guarantee that a superintelligent A.I. is going to do what we want. Once we create something many times more intelligent than we are, it may "insane" to think we can control what it does. What's the best bet to ensure superintelligent A.I. remains compliant with humans and does good works, such as advance medicine? To raise it in a way that's imbued with compassion and understanding, says Goertzel. One way to limit "people doing bad things out of frustration," it may be advantageous f...
Tags: Government, Computers, Artificial Intelligence, Brain, Innovation, Ai, Mind, Ben Goertzel, Goertzel

"I cannot speak, walk or use my hands anymore. I am unable to move my limbs or vocalize a grunt. I communicate with my eyes..."

"... using my gaze on a specialized computer screen to write a letter at a time. I am unable to extend my neck or swallow. I drool incessantly, choking on my secretions several times a day. Deep breathing is a thing of the past. Even simple breathing is done with the help of a machine. I am a physician and a scientist and built a career studying brain diseases, and now I am living with one of the diseases that I study. I am just 40 with an amazing wife and two beautiful children.... The irony is...
Tags: Science, Marriage, Law, Brain, Lou Gehrig, Ann Althouse, Rahul Desikan WaPo

Matter: These Mice Sing to One Another — Politely

Alston’s singing mice “converse,” scientists report. The finding may shed light on human language.
Tags: News, Long, Brain, Singing, Animal Behavior, Mice, Alston, Mammals, Phelps, Language and Languages, Voice and Speech, Science (Journal, Steven M, Michael A, Your-feed-science

What if you were immune to chronic pain? Vaccines could make it happen.

Alzheimer's disease and unintentional deaths (like opioid overdoses and suicides) have been driving down U.S. longevity statistics for three consecutive years – a trend not seen since the Spanish flu pandemic. Our current approach to treating chronic pain is drug-based, but a vaccine-based approach can cut addiction out of the equation. You can vaccinate against pain! Scientists are developing vaccines for migraines and sciatica, which will lower the need for opioids, be cheaper, and make dr...
Tags: Health, Science, Medicine, Drugs, Future, Brain, Medical Research, Innovation, Addiction, Alzheimer's, Mind, Vaccines, Narcotics

Massive Comparison Of Narrative Accounts Finds Ketamine Trips Are Remarkably Similar to Near Death Experiences (NDEs), Supporting The Neurochemical Model Of NDEs

By Christian Jarrett. The results are consistent with neurochemical explanations of near death experiences.
Tags: Psychology, Brain, Magic, Biological

The answer to Skynet? A democratically controlled supermind

A.I. technology is often developed within the proprietary silos of big tech companies. What if there was an open, decentralized hub for A.I. developers to share their creations? Enter SingularityNET.The many A.I.s in the network could compete with each other to provide services for users but they could also cooperate, giving way to an emergent-level mind: artificial general intelligence.SingularityNET is powered by blockchain technology, meaning whatever 'digital organism' emerges will not be ow...
Tags: Technology, Democracy, Future, Startup, Intelligence, Computers, Artificial Intelligence, Brain, Innovation, Skynet, Ai, Mind, Blockchain