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“Brain Training” Is Supported by Neuroscience

Online computer games promise to improve “memory, problem solving, concentration, speed of thinking, language, and visual-spatial recognition.” They further promise that they “work your social skills, social awareness, self-awareness, and self-control” while you’re having fun. These are tempting offers, and this is a very lucrative and growing business in the United States as people age and many older adults seek out ways to maintain cognitive functioning. “Brain training” grew from $600 milli...
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Gene therapy could treat rare brain disorder in unborn babies

Doctors could use Crispr tool to inject benign virus into foetus’s brain to ‘switch on’ key genesScientists are developing a radical form of gene therapy that could cure a devastating medical disorder by mending mutations in the brains of foetuses in the womb.The treatment, which has never been attempted before, would involve doctors injecting the feotus’s brain with a harmless virus that infects the neurons and delivers a suite of molecules that correct the genetic faults. Continue reading...
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Scientists are creating music to unlock your brain’s potential

Instead of prescribing medications to kids with ADD or ADHD, Clark and his team at Brain.fm are looking to music as another option for treatment. Through a grant from the National Science Foundation, the company is developing music that features "neural-phase locking" — a combination of different principles that create specific characteristics in the brain, such as increased concentration or relaxation. As long as they're listening to the music, the neural phase-locking aspect of Brain.fm's tun...
Tags: Health, Productivity, Technology, Startup, Neuroscience, Brain, Medical Research, Innovation, Mind, National Science Foundation, Clark, Dan Clark


The Brain Continues to Develop in Young People with Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia continues to be one of the lesser understood disorders of brain development. It is generally believed to involve both genetic and environmental influence and shares many risk factors with other brain disorders such as autism and intellectual disability. However, determining the exact path schizophrenia follows is difficult, to say the least. In an August 2018 study , researchers gathered enough data to describe brain development patterns associated with schizophrenia. Specifi...
Tags: Psychology, Neuroscience, Research, Schizophrenia, Psychosis, Young People, Foundation Scientific Council, Sinead Kelly


China’s mind-controlled cyborg rats are proof we live in a cyberpunk dystopia

Neuroscience researchers from Zhejiang University, China, have created a method that allows humans to control the movements of rats using a technology called a brain-brain interface. The post China’s mind-controlled cyborg rats are proof we live in a cyberpunk dystopia appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, China, Trends, Neuroscience, Rats, Brain-computer Interface, Control, Emerging Tech, Brain-brain Interface, Zhejiang University China


New drug raises hopes of reversing memory loss in old age

Toronto researchers believe the drug can also help those with depression, schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s An experimental drug that bolsters ailing brain cells has raised hopes of a treatment for memory loss, poor decision making and other mental impairments that often strike in old age.The drug could be taken as a daily pill by over-55s if clinical trials, which are expected to start within two years, show that the medicine is safe and effective at preventing memory lapses. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Science, Drugs, Memory, Americas, Toronto, Neuroscience, Society, World news, Mental Health, Depression, Schizophrenia, Medical Research, Canada, Alzheimer's, Ageing


“Odyssey of the Ear”: A Beautiful Animation Shows How Sounds Travel Into Our Ears and Become Thoughts in Our Brain

As all schoolchildren know, we hear with our ears. And as all schoolchildren also probably know, we hear with our brains — or if they don't know it, at least they must suspect it, given the way sounds around us seem to turn without effort into thoughts in our heads. But how? It's the interface between ear and brain where things get more complicated, but "Odyssey of the Ear," the six-minute video above, makes it much clearer just how sound gets through our ears and into our brains. Suitable ...
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Microdoses of LSD change how you perceive time

A new study offers some of the first evidence that microdosing – taking tiny, regular doses of LSD – does have measurable effects.Subjects taking LSD were less accurate when estimating how long an image appeared on a screen than subjects who were sober. The mechanism that causes this effect remains unknown, but several ideas have been put forward. None LSD is known to severely warp not only how takers perceive what they hear and see, but also how time and space are experienced. The incredible p...
Tags: Psychology, Science, Drugs, Time, Memory, Neuroscience, Brain, Medical Research, Innovation, Mind, Cognitive Science, Devin Terhune, Manoj Doss


The Man who Mapped LSD

Albert Hofmann first synthesized LSD on 16 November 1938. it was not until five years later that he would discover its effects, however. Some 75 years ago, on April 19th 1943, he realised the phenomenal effects of LSD first hand. Ingesting 250 micrograms of the compound, he experienced strong sensory and cognitive alterations, which reminded him of mystical episodes of his youth. That was the advent of the modern psychedelic age, which would go on to change society fundamentally.The fruits of Al...
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Brain-zapping implants that change mood and lift depression

Teams of researchers are developing sesame seed-size neuro-implants that detect brain activity that signals depression and then deliver targeted electrical zaps to elevate your mood. It's very early days in the science and technology but recent studies suggest that we're on the path. Links to scientific papers below. Fortunately, the goal is to develop tools and a methodology more precise than the horrifically blunt "shock therapy" of last century. From Science News: DARPA, a Department of...
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Women’s Brains Have This Major Advantage (M)

Brain scans examined how men and women's brains were processing oxygen and sugar. → Support PsyBlog for just $4 per month. Enables access to articles marked (M) and removes ads. → Explore PsyBlog's ebooks, all written by Dr Jeremy Dean: Accept Yourself: How to feel a profound sense of warmth and self-compassion The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything Activate: How To Find Joy Again By Changing What You Do
Tags: Psychology, Neuroscience, Jeremy Dean, Subscribers-only


A Fish Just Passed a Mirror Test for Self-Awareness, but What Does That Mean?

New research seems to demonstrate that a fish called the cleaner wrasse has passed the famous mirror test for self-recognition—and the results have ignited discussion about animal intelligence and the meaning of the test itself.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Neuroscience, Fish, Animal Cognition, Animal Intelligence, Mirror Test


Scientists Come Closer to Finding Out What Consciousness Looks Like in the Brain 

Most of the time, it’s easy to tell when someone is consciously aware. But there are many tragic cases when it’s unclear whether a person who is unresponsive after a serious brain injury is truly no longer conscious. That ambiguity can raise ethical questions about how to manage or ultimately end such a person’s…Read more...
Tags: Science, Neuroscience, Consciousness, Brains


Tweak your brain chemistry toward happiness, purpose, meaning

The body influences the mind: physical activity changes our brain chemistry.More activity in the body, and therefore in the brain, reorients us toward happiness, purpose, and meaning.Neuroplasticity suggests we can program ourselves to be more optimistic and hopeful. The 6 Keys: Unlock Your Genetic Potential for Ageless Strength, Health, and Beauty by now at amazone --> List Price: $28.00 New F...
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How to learn a new language while you sleep

While it was believed you cannot learn new information while asleep, a new study in Switzerland makes the case for sleep encoding. 41 native German speakers were introduced to a nonsense word alongside a German word to forge a relationship.When tested while awake, the real word was defined by the nonsense word 10 percent higher than random chance, suggesting a bond was formed while asleep. None On a recent trip to Berlin, I mostly conversed with my taxi driver through Google Translate. His Engl...
Tags: Learning, Sleep, Mexico, Berlin, Memory, Neuroscience, Language, Innovation, Switzerland, Visualizations, Sigur Ros, Bjork, Derek, Haus, Megan Schmidt, Interfaculty Research Cooperation


Doctors Zap the Brains of Awake Brain Surgery Patients to Make Them Laugh and Have Fun

Some forms of brain surgery require patients to be awake and responsive—a rather unsettling proposition for even the bravest among us. Neuroscientists have now devised an ingenious way of reducing fear and anxiety during these delicate procedures by electrically stimulating a part of the brain that triggers laughter…Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Neuroscience, Anxiety, Laughter, Pain Relief, Brain Surgery, Electrical Brain Stimulation


Women’s brains are four years younger than men’s, study finds

Analysis of metabolic brain age may explain differences in cognitive decline rate Women’s brains are nearly four years younger than men’s, at least in how they burn fuel, according to scans performed by US researchers.Scientists found that healthy women have a “metabolic brain age” that is persistently younger than men’s of the same chronological age. The difference is apparent from early adulthood and remains into old age. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Gender, Science, Biology, US, Neuroscience, Society, UK News, World news, Medical Research


The Device That Can ‘Read Minds’ And Convert To Words (M)

The system could eventually translate thoughts into words automatically. → There is now a small membership fee for accessing some articles. Support PsyBlog for just $4 per month. → Explore PsyBlog's ebooks, all written by Dr Jeremy Dean: Accept Yourself: How to feel a profound sense of warmth and self-compassion The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything Activate: How To Find Joy Again By Changing What You Do
Tags: Psychology, Neuroscience, Jeremy Dean, Subscribers-only


Habits come from what we do, not what we want to do

A new study suggests repetition is the key to developing a new habit. The study bases its conclusions on the habits of digital rodents. Just keep at it — go to the gym, floss — and the desired habit will eventually stick. None A paper, "Habits Without Values," recently published in Psychological Review suggests that forming habits is a matter of simply repeating the desired behavior until it sticks, not matter how little pleasure you derive from it. This conclusion comes from observing the ha...
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Neuroscientists Translate Brain Waves Into Recognizable Speech

Using brain-scanning technology, artificial intelligence, and speech synthesizers, scientists have converted brain patterns into intelligible verbal speech—an advance that could eventually give voice to those without. Read more...
Tags: Science, Neuroscience, Assistive Devices, Brain Computer Interfaces, Neuroprosthetics, Speech Synthesizers


Germ Communities in Our Gut Talk to Our Brain

There are trillions of microbes inside the human body, and University College Cork professor Dr John Cryan’s studies indicate that these germ communities appear to influence both the brain and its behaviors. Since that groundbreaking and contested 2014 announcement, much more research has continued to support the idea that the human microbiome impacts depression, dementia, autism, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s and even Parkinson’s disease. All of this …
Tags: Health, Science, Design, Medicine, Neuroscience, Tech, Microbiology, Brains, Germs, Linkaboutit, John Cryan, University College Cork


The Trap of Competition

We've evolved to think extensively about other people and to be keenly attuned to competitive dynamics. This gives us a tremendous advantage as a species--but can leave us deeply unhappy as individuals. What can we do about it? We think constantly about other people and our relationships with them. As UCLA neuroscientist Matthew Lieberman notes in Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect, our brains possess a "default network" that is activated whenever we're not consciously preoccupied ...
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Bounty Hunters, Monkey Clones, and the Green New Deal: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

January 2019 is nearly over and—for now—so is the month-plus federal government shutdown that blanketed national parks in filth and destruction, played with disturbing consequences for the nationwide “air safety environment,” threw off disaster preparation efforts, broke federal websites, and disrupted scientific…Read more...
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How a Periodic Table of Brains Could Revolutionize Neuroscience

Between your ears sits perhaps the most complex piece of biological machinery on the planet: an all-in-one computer, simulator, and creation device that operates out of a squishy, folded gray mass. And scientists aren’t quite sure how it works.Read more...
Tags: Science, Neuroscience, Brains


10 books to check out from Jordan Peterson's 'Great Books' list

Peterson's Great Books list features classics by Orwell, Jung, Huxley, and Dostoevsky. Categories include literature, neuroscience, religion, and systems analysis. Having recently left Patreon for "freedom of speech" reasons, Peterson is taking direct donations through Paypal (and Bitcoin).We like to know what informed thinkers we respect, to better understand what shaped their worldview. On his website, Jordan Peterson offers his Great Books list, granting insight into the turning of his own mi...
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10 incredible books from Jordan Peterson's 'Great Books' list

Peterson's Great Books list features classics by Orwell, Jung, Huxley, and Dostoevsky. Categories include literature, neuroscience, religion, and systems analysis. Having recently left Patreon for "freedom of speech" reasons, Peterson is taking direct donations through Paypal (and Bitcoin).We like to know what informed thinkers we respect, to better understand what shaped their worldview. On his website, Jordan Peterson offers his Great Books list, granting insight into the turning of his own mi...
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Why Do We Forget?

To live is to forget—account numbers, names, the precise locations of keys and wallets, friends from childhood, peripheral characters from prestige TV shows, inside jokes, past ambitions, U.S. history, much else. Goldfish with guns: that’s the human race. But every frailty, we know, serves some larger adaptive…Read more...
Tags: Psychology, Science, Memory, Neuroscience, Brain


Brain study finds circuits that may help you keep your cool

MIT NewsThe big day has come: You are taking your road test to get your driver's license. As you start your mom's car with a stern-faced evaluator in the passenger seat, you know you'll need to be alert but not so excited that you make mistakes. Even if you are simultaneously sleep-deprived and full of nervous energy, you need your brain to moderate your level of arousal so that you do your best.Now a new study by neuroscientists at MIT's Picower Institute for Learning and Memory might help to e...
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Attention is not a resource but a way of being alive to the world

'We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom.' Those were the words of the American biologist E O Wilson at the turn of the century. Fastforward to the smartphone era, and it's easy to believe that our mental lives are now more fragmentary and scattered than ever. The 'attention economy' is a phrase that's often used to make sense of what's going on: it puts our attention as a limited resource at the centre of the informational ecosystem, with our various alerts and notifications l...
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Why 'upgrading' humanity is a transhumanist myth

Though computer engineers claim to know what human consciousness is, many neuroscientists say that we're nowhere close to understanding what it is, or its source. Scientists are currently trying to upload human minds to silicon chips, or re-create consciousness with algorithms, but this may be hubristic because we still know so little about what it means to be human. Is transhumanism a journey forward or an escape from reality? Team Human...
Tags: Technology, Identity, Future, Neuroscience, Computers, Brain, Innovation, Consciousness, Evolution, Ai, Mind, Humanity, Cyborg