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August 29, 2014

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2:05 PM | Learning New Skills: It's All About Flexing The Brain
Learning a new skill is easier when it is related to an ability we already have. For example, a trained pianist can learn a new melody easier than learning how to hit a tennis serve. Scientists from the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC) have discovered a fundamental constraint in the brain that may explain why this happens. Writing in Nature, they say that there are limitations on how adaptable the brain is during learning and that these restrictions are a key determinant for […]
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11:15 AM | Brand new brain myths to keep neurobloggers in work | Dean Burnett
The recent release of Susan Greenfields new book and the film Lucy, both of which are dependent on tired misconceptions or dubious theories about the brain, suggest one worrying conclusion: we are running out of myths about the brain. So here are some new ones, to keep things mysterious One of the best things about being a neuroscientist used to be the aura of mystery around it. It was once so mysterious that some people didnt even know it was a thing. When I first went to university and people […]
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2:00 AM | This Is Your Brain On Coffee
The latest episode from Mitchell Moffat and Gregory Brown of AsapSCIENCE is on the brain-boosting effects of coffee and the mechanisms of caffeine addiction. Plus, Moffatt and Brown take a crack at the age old question (no, not that one ): how much caffeine is too much? Read more...

August 28, 2014

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8:53 PM | This is your Brain. This is your Brain on Drugs
Drugs are bad for the brain. That is (excuse the horrible pun) a no-brainer, but while scientists have seen the after effect drugs have on the brain, we have never […]

You, J., Du, C., Volkow, N. & Pan, Y. (2014). Optical coherence Doppler tomography for quantitative cerebral blood flow imaging, Biomedical Optics Express, 5 (9) 3217. DOI: 10.1364/BOE.5.003217

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8:53 PM | This is your Brain. This is your Brain on Drugs
Drugs are bad for the brain. That is (excuse the horrible pun) a no-brainer, but while scientists have seen the after effect drugs have on the brain, we have never […]

You, J., Du, C., Volkow, N. & Pan, Y. (2014). Optical coherence Doppler tomography for quantitative cerebral blood flow imaging, Biomedical Optics Express, 5 (9) 3217. DOI: 10.1364/BOE.5.003217

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8:53 PM | This is your Brain. This is your Brain on Drugs
Drugs are bad for the brain. That is (excuse the horrible pun) a no-brainer, but while scientists have seen the after effect drugs have on the brain, we have never […]

You, J., Du, C., Volkow, N. & Pan, Y. (2014). Optical coherence Doppler tomography for quantitative cerebral blood flow imaging, Biomedical Optics Express, 5 (9) 3217. DOI: 10.1364/BOE.5.003217

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6:35 PM | #Brain article of interest: Children with Autism Have Extra Synapses in Brain
From Neuroscience RSS Feeds - Neuroscience News UpdatesRead the full article here-> http://ift.tt/1mYubkv
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5:57 PM | #Brain article of interest: Ask Anything: Why Don’t Woodpeckers Get Brain Damage?
From Popular ScienceRead the full article here-> http://ift.tt/1zdLUK6
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3:45 PM | Juneau Where I Am: <i>Scientific American</i> Alaska Cruise, Part 2
Scientific American Bright Horizons Cruise 22 arrives in Juneau, Alaska -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:13 PM | Bt and Leukemia – Another Anti-GMO Myth
The headline of an article on the Organic Consumers Association proclaims, “New Study Links GMO Food To Leukemia.” The same article trumpets the thoroughly discredited Seralini study. The claim is not true, but is part of a pattern of behavior that is depressingly familiar. The pattern is not unique to anti-GMO activism. In fact, it [...]

August 27, 2014

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8:01 PM | Brain Networks Hyper-Connected In Depressed Young Adults
Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) has led University of Illinois at Chicago scholars to conclude that young adults who previously experienced the mental illness have hyper-connected emotional and cognitive networks in the brain. The college students were ages 18 to 23 while they were in a resting state. 30 un-medicated young adults who claimed to have experienced depression and 23 healthy controls were used in the study, which has published in PLOS ONE. "We wanted to see if the […]
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7:23 PM | The Learning Brain Unravelled
As an engineer you would think math would come easy to me, it didn’t. Funny thing though, science in general and biology in particular came very easy to me. The […]

Patrick T. Sadtler,, Kristin M. Quick,, Matthew D. Golub,, Steven M. Chase,, Stephen I. Ryu,, Elizabeth C. Tyler-Kabara,, Byron M. Yu, & Aaron P. Batista (2014). Neural constraints on learning, Nature, Other:

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7:23 PM | The Learning Brain Unravelled
As an engineer you would think math would come easy to me, it didn’t. Funny thing though, science in general and biology in particular came very easy to me. The […]

Patrick T. Sadtler,, Kristin M. Quick,, Matthew D. Golub,, Steven M. Chase,, Stephen I. Ryu,, Elizabeth C. Tyler-Kabara,, Byron M. Yu, & Aaron P. Batista (2014). Neural constraints on learning, Nature, Other:

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7:23 PM | The Learning Brain Unravelled
As an engineer you would think math would come easy to me, it didn’t. Funny thing though, science in general and biology in particular came very easy to me. The […]

Patrick T. Sadtler,, Kristin M. Quick,, Matthew D. Golub,, Steven M. Chase,, Stephen I. Ryu,, Elizabeth C. Tyler-Kabara,, Byron M. Yu, & Aaron P. Batista (2014). Neural constraints on learning, Nature, Other:

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7:23 PM | The Learning Brain Unravelled
As an engineer you would think math would come easy to me, it didn’t. Funny thing though, science in general and biology in particular came very easy to me. The […]

Patrick T. Sadtler,, Kristin M. Quick,, Matthew D. Golub,, Steven M. Chase,, Stephen I. Ryu,, Elizabeth C. Tyler-Kabara,, Byron M. Yu, & Aaron P. Batista (2014). Neural constraints on learning, Nature, Other:

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7:23 PM | The Learning Brain Unravelled
As an engineer you would think math would come easy to me, it didn’t. Funny thing though, science in general and biology in particular came very easy to me. The […]

Patrick T. Sadtler,, Kristin M. Quick,, Matthew D. Golub,, Steven M. Chase,, Stephen I. Ryu,, Elizabeth C. Tyler-Kabara,, Byron M. Yu, & Aaron P. Batista (2014). Neural constraints on learning, Nature, Other:

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5:32 PM | Secrets of the Flamboyant Cuttlefish’s Display
The flamboyant cuttlefish lives up to its name with its complex passing cloud display, in which bands of color travel across its body. New research characterizes details of this display and suggests how the cuttlefish might accomplish it. Read about it in my latest Zoologic post, Secrets of the Flamboyant Cuttlefish’s Display .
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4:52 PM | #Brain article of interest: Area of brain responsible for exercise motivation discovered: Scientists have discovered an area of the brain that could control a person’s motivation to exercise and participate in other rewarding activities – potentially leading to improved treatments for depression
From Neuroscience News and DiscussionRead the full article here-> http://ift.tt/1syL1cK
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2:58 PM | Diagnostic Profile in Pathological Gamblers
Behavioral disorders like pathological gambling (PG) rarely occur alone as a single uncomplicated disorder.In a previous post, I noted the overlap of PG with personality disorder, anxiety disorder, depression, bipolar disorder and substance abuse.A recent study from Germany adds to our knowledge of the general diagnostic profile in the PG population.Erbas and Buchner reviewed German national data sources and other German studies to come up with a series of findings:Twelve month prevalence rates […]

Erbas B & Buchner UG (2012). Pathological gambling: prevalence, diagnosis, comorbidity, and intervention in Germany., Deutsches Arzteblatt international, 109 (10) 173-9. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22470406

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4:32 AM | #Brain article of interest: Wii Balance Board induces changes in brains of people with multiple sclerosis
From Neuroscience News -- ScienceDailyRead the full article here-> http://ift.tt/1vODHvN
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4:32 AM | #Brain article of interest: Train your heart to protect your mind
From Neuroscience News -- ScienceDailyRead the full article here-> http://ift.tt/1vODKb3

August 26, 2014

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7:15 PM | The man who grew eyes | Mo Costandi
Growing nerve tissue and organs is a sci-fi dream. I met the pioneering researcher who grew eyes and brain cellsThe train line from mainland Kobe is a marvel of urban transportation. Opened in 1981, Japans first driverless, fully automated train pulls out of Sannomiya station, guided smoothly along elevated tracks that stand precariously over the bustling city streets below, across the bay to the Port Island.The island, and much of the city, was razed to the ground in the Great Hanshin […]
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6:35 PM | When Happiness Isn’t a Choice
American poet T. S. Eliot wrote: I said to my soul, be still and wait without hope, for hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love, for love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith, but the faith and the love are all in the waiting. Wait without […]
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1:28 PM | You Can Find Happiness Here: A Tip from Mitch Albom
The best way to get the brain to change it seems is through engaging novelty. Kids are doing it like crazy, everything is new. I remember when my oldest was born and we’d walk around the neighborhood. I’d grab a leaf on a tree and say, “See this, this is a leaf. Look closely at […]
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11:30 AM | How Woodpecker Bodies Cushion Collision Impact On Bird Brains
Image credit: vastateparksstaff via flickr | http://bit.ly/1niJe8g. Rights information: http://bit.ly/cGotEbread more

August 25, 2014

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11:13 PM | Zombie Ant Fungi knows it’s prey
So awhile back I was bored and to kill some time wisely I wrote this little bit on real life (sometime potential) zombies. It featured a special section on a […]

de Bekker C, Quevillon LE, Smith PB, Fleming KR, Ghosh D, Patterson AD & Hughes DP (2014). Species-specific ant brain manipulation by a specialized fungal parasite., BMC evolutionary biology, 14 (1) 166. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25085339

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11:13 PM | Zombie Ant Fungi knows it’s prey
So awhile back I was bored and to kill some time wisely I wrote this little bit on real life (sometime potential) zombies. It featured a special section on a […]

de Bekker C, Quevillon LE, Smith PB, Fleming KR, Ghosh D, Patterson AD & Hughes DP (2014). Species-specific ant brain manipulation by a specialized fungal parasite., BMC evolutionary biology, 14 (1) 166. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25085339

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11:13 PM | Zombie Ant Fungi knows it’s prey
So awhile back I was bored and to kill some time wisely I wrote this little bit on real life (sometime potential) zombies. It featured a special section on a […]

de Bekker C, Quevillon LE, Smith PB, Fleming KR, Ghosh D, Patterson AD & Hughes DP (2014). Species-specific ant brain manipulation by a specialized fungal parasite., BMC evolutionary biology, 14 (1) 166. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25085339

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11:13 PM | Zombie Ant Fungi knows it’s prey
So awhile back I was bored and to kill some time wisely I wrote this little bit on real life (sometime potential) zombies. It featured a special section on a […]

de Bekker C, Quevillon LE, Smith PB, Fleming KR, Ghosh D, Patterson AD & Hughes DP (2014). Species-specific ant brain manipulation by a specialized fungal parasite., BMC evolutionary biology, 14 (1) 166. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25085339

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11:13 PM | Zombie Ant Fungi knows it’s prey
So awhile back I was bored and to kill some time wisely I wrote this little bit on real life (sometime potential) zombies. It featured a special section on a […]

de Bekker C, Quevillon LE, Smith PB, Fleming KR, Ghosh D, Patterson AD & Hughes DP (2014). Species-specific ant brain manipulation by a specialized fungal parasite., BMC evolutionary biology, 14 (1) 166. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25085339

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