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What is so special about the human brain?

What is so special about the human brain? | Brain | Scoop.it
The human brain is puzzling -- it is curiously large given the size of our bodies, uses a tremendous amount of energy for its weight and has a bizarrely dense cerebral cortex. But: why?
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The invention of the heterosexual

The invention of the heterosexual | Brain | Scoop.it
“The history of straightness is much shorter than you'd think. An expert explains its origins”
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7 Weird Things Money Does To Your Brain

7 Weird Things Money Does To Your Brain | Brain | Scoop.it
“Neuroeconomics is giving us a picture of the brain on money. Some of it isn't pretty.”
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Tweet from @nicosuavehh

Tweet from @nicosuavehh | Brain | Scoop.it
“The system seems so supremely confident in the vast expanse of human brainpower.... #CapitailsmKeepsUsStupid http://t.co/cFpwmWUjCo”;
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Research that links TV to attention deficits disorders

Research that links TV to attention deficits disorders | Brain | Scoop.it
Helping children with ADHD, television and ADHD, attention span, meditation, children watching TV (TV may actually be rewiring your child's brain.
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The Teenage Brain Explained - YouTube

Being a teenager is hard. Especially when hormones play their part in wreaking havoc on the teenage body and brain. In this episode, Hank explains what is ha... (RT @YouTube: What’s inside your brain?
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What is so special about the human brain?

What is so special about the human brain? | Brain | Scoop.it
The human brain is puzzling -- it is curiously large given the size of our bodies, uses a tremendous amount of energy for its weight and has a bizarrely dense cerebral cortex. But: why?
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The Illusion That Makes It Sound Like a Pitch Is Constantly Rising

The Illusion That Makes It Sound Like a Pitch Is Constantly Rising | Brain | Scoop.it
Discovered by the same people who brought you the modern computer

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Gerald Carey's curator insight, January 29, 2014 5:36 AM

I do like the picture above but this article is about aural illusions including the shepherd scale.  It includes some nice videos and explanations of the phenomena.

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A Neuroscientist's Radical Theory of How Networks Become Conscious - Wired Science

A Neuroscientist's Radical Theory of How Networks Become Conscious - Wired Science | Brain | Scoop.it

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Spaceweaver's curator insight, November 28, 2013 6:36 PM

Interesting

Erika Harrison's curator insight, December 1, 2013 12:16 PM

Neuroscientist Christof Koch, chief scientific officer at the Allen Institute for Brain Science, argues that "we live in a universe of space, time, mass, energy, and consciousness arising out of complex systems.”

 

"What Koch proposes is a scientifically refined version of an ancient philosophical doctrine calledpanpsychism — and, coming from someone else, it might sound more like spirituality than science. But Koch has devoted the last three decades to studying the neurological basis of consciousness. His work at the Allen Institute now puts him at the forefront of the BRAIN Initiative, the massive new effort to understand how brains work, which will begin next year".

Joe Stafura's curator insight, December 2, 2013 3:13 PM

Consciousness emerges from the right combination of content and context, and therefore it isn't a unique human characteristic as much as a spectrum attribute along the evolutionary chain.

 

Our Thrive product also counts on emergent properties enabled by  content and context, as is the case in most complex systems we have learned.

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This is how your brain tells time

This is how your brain tells time | Brain | Scoop.it
New research helps to explain a phenomenon so ingrained it's impossible to imagine life without it

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Luisa Fernanda Aguirre de Cárcer's curator insight, January 1, 2014 2:58 PM

¿Qué hace que percibamos el paso del tiempo de maneras distintas? ¿Por qué a veces se nos pasa volando y otras se nos hace eterno? 

 

"A new study, recently published in the Journal of Neuroscience by neuroscientists at the University of California, Irvine, reveals that the brain may in fact have a second method for sensing elapsed time. What’s more, the authors propose that this second internal clock not only works in parallel with our primary neural clock, but may even compete with it."

 

Nathan S. Jacobs, Timothy A. Allen, Natalie Nguyen, and Norbert J. Fortin
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Ceridwen - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ceridwen

For other uses of Ceridwen see Ceridwen (disambiguation) In Welsh medieval legend, Ceridwen was an enchantress. She is the mother of a hideous son, Morfran, and a beautiful daughter, Creirwy. Her husband was Tegid Foel, and they lived near Bala Lake ( Llyn Tegid) in north Wales.

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Mentally Strong People: The 13 Things They Avoid

Mentally Strong People: The 13 Things They Avoid | Brain | Scoop.it
Particularly for entrepreneurs, numerous articles talk about critical characteristics of mental strength—tenacity, “grit”, optimism, and an unfailing ability as Forbes contributor says, to “fail up.”However, we can also define mental strength by identifying the things mentally strong individuals don’t do. This list is my thoughts on how each of these items is particularly applicable to entrepreneurs.
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What Neuroscience Says About The Link Between Creativity And Madness - Co.Design

What Neuroscience Says About The Link Between Creativity And Madness - Co.Design | Brain | Scoop.it
“ What Neuroscience Says About The Link Between Creativity And Madness Co.Design The idea that very creative people are also a little crazy has been around since humanity's earliest days.”
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The conservative mindset in two sentences

The conservative mindset in two sentences | Brain | Scoop.it
“But the arguments for a pluralistic Israel-friendly Iraq WERE SO ...”
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How science deniers use false equivalency to pretend there's a debate

How science deniers use false equivalency to pretend there's a debate | Brain | Scoop.it
“Original article found at Skeptical Raptor's Blog.If you read a news article, Google a scientific topic, or watch TV, you'd think that some scientific principles were actually being debated by ...”
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Studying Collective Human Decision Making and Creativity with Evolutionary Computation

We report a summary of our interdisciplinary research project "Evolutionary Perspective on Collective Decision Making" that was conducted through close collaboration between computational, organizational and social scientists at Binghamton University. We redefined collective human decision making and creativity as evolution of ecologies of ideas, where populations of ideas evolve via continual applications of evolutionary operators such as reproduction, recombination, mutation, selection, and migration of ideas, each conducted by participating humans. Based on this evolutionary perspective, we generated hypotheses about collective human decision making using agent-based computer simulations. The hypotheses were then tested through several experiments with real human subjects. Throughout this project, we utilized evolutionary computation (EC) in non-traditional ways---(1) as a theoretical framework for reinterpreting the dynamics of idea generation and selection, (2) as a computational simulation model of collective human decision making processes, and (3) as a research tool for collecting high-resolution experimental data of actual collaborative design and decision making from human subjects. We believe our work demonstrates untapped potential of EC for interdisciplinary research involving human and social dynamics.Studying Collective Human Decision Making and Creativity with Evolutionary ComputationHiroki Sayama, Shelley D. Dionnehttp://arxiv.org/abs/1406.6291
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Exploring the Nature of Mind and Our Holographic Brain - Project Global Awakening

What is the true nature of mind, and the true function of your brain?
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NonStop - The Partysquad ft Brainpower (Official Music Video) - YouTube

NonStop videoclip. The single of The Partysquad feat.
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12 talks on understanding the brain | TED Blog

12 talks on understanding the brain | TED Blog | Brain | Scoop.it

Read Montague is interested in the human dopamine system -- or, as he puts it in this illuminating talk from TEDGlobal 2012, that which makes us "chase sex, food and salt" and therefore survive Specifically, Montague and his team at the Roanoke Brain Study are interested in how dopamine and valuation systems work when two human beings interact with each other."


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Maggie Rouman's curator insight, November 26, 2013 4:17 PM

Great videos and insights about how our brains work...

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, November 26, 2013 4:46 PM

Suggested by Maggie Roumain a colleague and former student who I trust as a source of information on brain research! 

Randy Bauer's curator insight, December 17, 2013 10:34 AM

A great resource of research that involves How Our Brain Works from TED Talks.

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Stunning 3D 'glass brain' shows neurons firing off in real-time

Stunning 3D 'glass brain' shows neurons firing off in real-time | Brain | Scoop.it
brain? Now you can find out using a new system that peers into the storm of activity in real-time.
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12 talks on understanding the brain | TED Blog

12 talks on understanding the brain | TED Blog | Brain | Scoop.it

Read Montague is interested in the human dopamine system -- or, as he puts it in this illuminating talk from TEDGlobal 2012, that which makes us "chase sex, food and salt" and therefore survive Specifically, Montague and his team at the Roanoke Brain Study are interested in how dopamine and valuation systems work when two human beings interact with each other."


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Maggie Rouman's curator insight, November 26, 2013 4:17 PM

Great videos and insights about how our brains work...

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, November 26, 2013 4:46 PM

Suggested by Maggie Roumain a colleague and former student who I trust as a source of information on brain research! 

Randy Bauer's curator insight, December 17, 2013 10:34 AM

A great resource of research that involves How Our Brain Works from TED Talks.

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How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life

How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life | Brain | Scoop.it

What do you write down? For most of us, writing consists of emails, task lists, and perhaps the odd work project. However, making time to write down certain things, such as our daily experiences, our goals, and our mental clutter can change the way we live our lives.

 

Here are six different ways that writing things down can change your life, and what you can do to get the most out of each.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, November 28, 2013 5:25 PM

Writing things down can foster a sense of achievement and progress, expanding our possibilities and increasing our productivity.

Sarah Busse's curator insight, September 28, 2014 7:24 PM

Something to think about.

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(Saving...) Freyja - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Freyja - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

In Norse mythology, Freyja ( Old Norse the " Lady") is a goddess associated with love, sexuality, beauty, fertility, gold, seiðr, war, and death. Freyja is the owner of the necklace Brísingamen, rides a chariot pulled by two cats, owns the boar Hildisvíni, possesses a cloak of falcon feathers, and, by her husband Óðr, is the mother of two daughters, Hnoss and Gersemi.

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Why You Should Stop Reading Things About Change And Start To Change

Why You Should Stop Reading Things About Change And Start To Change | Brain | Scoop.it
Do you have your driver’s license? Do you know how to ride a bike? How about how to use a Smartphone? These must probably seem like silly examples, but bear with me a little. If you only study the theory side of driving a car, you wouldn’t be able to drive, right? If you only read about learning how to ride, you would probably fall off the first few times you tried. If you read the manual on your new phone, you won’t suddenly be able to master all of its functions.The same applies with change: you can read a million self-help books, which will give you advice, tools, motivation, and guidance, but unless you put the book down and apply what you learn, your efforts will remain fruitless. Here are 5 reasons why you should stop reading things about change and start to change now.
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Taking Music Lessons As A Child Could Physically Change Your Brain - Huffington Post

Taking Music Lessons As A Child Could Physically Change Your Brain - Huffington Post | Brain | Scoop.it
“ Taking Music Lessons As A Child Could Physically Change Your Brain Huffington Post The researchers from the University of Kansas Medical Center found that the people who had the”
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