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The Science of How Poverty Harms the Brain

The Science of How Poverty Harms the Brain | Cognitive Neuroscience | Scoop.it
The stress of poverty can change the brain in ways that further disadvantage the poor.
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Sad but true; poverty has a lasting effect on brain!
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The Science of How Poverty Harms the Brain

The Science of How Poverty Harms the Brain | Cognitive Neuroscience | Scoop.it
The stress of poverty can change the brain in ways that further disadvantage the poor.
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Sad but true; poverty has a lasting effect on brain!
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A New Theory Explains How Consciousness Evolved

A New Theory Explains How Consciousness Evolved | Cognitive Neuroscience | Scoop.it
A neuroscientist on how we came to be aware of ourselves.
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Consciousness evolved to cope with information overload!
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Ferran Suay's curator insight, July 24, 4:55 AM
Evolution of Consciousness
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Brain scans reveal how psychedelic drugs create a 'higher state of consciousness'

Brain scans reveal how psychedelic drugs create a 'higher state of consciousness' | Cognitive Neuroscience | Scoop.it
University of Sussex have found unprecedented levels of neural activity when test subjects were administered LSD, psilocybin and ketamine
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More on drugs- higher consciousness linkage
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Alexis Brantes's curator insight, April 21, 3:29 PM
Brain scans reveal how psychedelic drugs create a 'higher state of consciousness'
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Why are people left or right-handed? Mystery deepens as brain not the source of asymmetry

Left or right-handedness may arise in the spinal cord and not the brain.
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Interesting research. We knew that even in left handed people , brain asymmetries like language specialization in left brain , was just like in normal people. This new finding explains much as to how handedness may arise early as a result of spinal cord asymmetry.  
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Is the Default Mode of the Brain to Suffer?

Is the Default Mode of the Brain to Suffer? | Cognitive Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Mental meanderings are “the baseline state of you as a cognitive system” --- is that a good thing?
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thoughts on DMN, creativity, depression etc
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Susanne Kjemtrup's curator insight, January 20, 9:21 AM
I often wonder why it is that "problems" and not "solutions"wake me up in the middle of the night. This article about the DMN might help explain it. 
Shanmugam Piramanayagam's curator insight, May 27, 1:31 PM
A great article discussing the relationship between human suffering and default mode network of the brain....
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What are animals thinking and feeling?

What are animals thinking and feeling? | Cognitive Neuroscience | Scoop.it
What's going on inside the brains of animals? Can we know what, or if, they're thinking and feeling? Carl Safina thinks we can. Using discoveries and anecdotes that span ecology, biology and behavioral science, he weaves together stories of whales, wolves, elephants and albatrosses to argue that just as we think, feel, use tools and express emotions, so too do the other creatures – and minds – that share the Earth with us.
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if someone still doubted about animal emotions or consciousnesses, this is a must watch!
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Do we see reality as it is? | Donald Hoffman

Cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman is trying to answer a big question: Do we experience the world as it really is ... or as we need it to be? In this eve
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Perception as not being evolved to see the truth!
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The hard problem of consciousness is a distraction from the real one – Anil K Seth | Aeon Essays

It looks like scientists and philosophers might have made consciousness far more mysterious than it needs to be
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tackling the 'real problem' of #consciousness!
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Our brains have a basic algorithm that enables our intelligence, scientists say

Our brains have a basic algorithm that enables our intelligence, scientists say | Cognitive Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Our brains have a basic algorithm that enables us to not just recognize a traditional Thanksgiving meal, but the intelligence to ponder the broader implications of a bountiful harvest as well as good family and friends.
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On neural structure
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UCLA scientists use ultrasound to jump-start a man’s brain after coma

UCLA scientists use ultrasound to jump-start a man’s brain after coma | Cognitive Neuroscience | Scoop.it
A 25-year-old man made remarkable progress following a treatment at UCLA that uses sonic stimulation to excite the neurons in the thalamus.
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something to look forward to, though needs replication!
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Scott Timmins's curator insight, September 8, 2016 7:26 AM
something to look forward to, though needs replication!
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Which Type of Exercise Is Best for the Brain?

Which Type of Exercise Is Best for the Brain? | Cognitive Neuroscience | Scoop.it
For the first time, scientists compared the neurological impacts of different types of exercise in rats: running, weight training and high-intensity interval training.
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Confirms my hunch that those who pump weights are less brainier overall:-)
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Ricard Lloria's curator insight, March 22, 2016 2:35 AM
Confirms my hunch that those who pump weights are less brainier overall:-)
John Parkinson's curator insight, September 8, 2016 1:32 PM

The study suggests that 'stress' prevents the potential benefits from exercise. In their study the weight training and high intensity training produced more physical/physiological stress than the running condition.

 

If we define stress as 'uncontrollable aversive stimulation' then it is not a surprising finding.  Whether weight training and HIT also produce increased physiological challenge in humans is not necessarily universally true and probably depends on an individual's approach. Nevertheless, a primary message we can take from this is to balance how much stress your training is having on your body... and always remember to keep smiling...

Ferran Suay's curator insight, July 24, 4:56 AM
Exercise and the brain
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Blood exerts a powerful influence on the brain

Blood exerts a powerful influence on the brain | Cognitive Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Instead of just responding to the energy needs of neurons, the blood can have a direct and powerful influence on the brain.
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Interesting...more active neurons cause expanded/enriched  blood vessels !

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Brain activity is as unique – and identifying – as a fingerprint

Brain activity is as unique – and identifying – as a fingerprint | Cognitive Neuroscience | Scoop.it

is as unique as fingerprijntnTypically, researchers pool a bunch of brain scans to figure out the average way brains handle certain tasks. Instead, could they pick out individual brain profiles from a stack of 126 people's scans?

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More on the 'brain activity is as unique as a fingerprint' study from on e of the authors herself. 

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Debunked: 10 Common Myths About Our Visual Brains

Debunked: 10 Common Myths About Our Visual Brains | Cognitive Neuroscience | Scoop.it
We debunk 10 widely believed statements about visual perception and how we use our brains, such as the myth that we only use 10% of our brains.
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beware of these myths that are usually perpetuated by those peddling a product!
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Melding Mind and Machine: How Close Are We?

Melding Mind and Machine: How Close Are We? | Cognitive Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Bioengineer James Wu explains how scientists are investigating the possibility of connecting humans brains to machines or even other brains, in order to transcend our human limitations.
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On the brain computer interface 
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Everything you’ve heard about sniffing oxytocin might be wrong

Everything you’ve heard about sniffing oxytocin might be wrong | Cognitive Neuroscience | Scoop.it
A nasal dose of the cuddle chemical makes us trust each other more. Or so we thought, until unpublished data started to come to light
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Sniffing intranasal oxytocin my not increase trust after all - it may still be the love/cuddle hormone nonetheless.
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Ferran Suay's curator insight, July 12, 2:42 PM
As per usual hormones are not that simple to understand. Moré context is needed to grasp the role of each one of them.
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Introduction: The Human Brain

Introduction: The Human Brain | Cognitive Neuroscience | Scoop.it
The brain is the most complex organ in the human body, and perhaps the most remarkable. Start finding out how it works with our beginner's guide
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A good , quick primer on the human brain
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You’re an Adult. Your Brain, Not So Much.

You’re an Adult. Your Brain, Not So Much. | Cognitive Neuroscience | Scoop.it
The brain reshapes itself for years after adolescence, scientists have found, raising questions about when an adult is mature in the legal sense.
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Brain continues developing well in your 20's
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The Challenge of Consciousness

The Challenge of Consciousness | Cognitive Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Riccardo Manzotti: For most people “consciousness” will have various meanings and include awareness, self-awareness, thinking in language. But for philosophers and neuroscientists the crucial meaning is that of feeling something, having a feeling you might say, or an experience. It’s all very problematic. The truth is that we do not know what consciousness is. That’s why we’re talking about it as a problem.
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light conversation around consciousness!
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The Case Against Reality

The Case Against Reality | Cognitive Neuroscience | Scoop.it
A professor of cognitive science argues that the world is nothing like the one we experience through our senses.
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bridging consciousness, evolution and quantum physics to reach surprising insights about reality!
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Shanmugam Piramanayagam's curator insight, May 27, 1:43 PM
I really enjoyed reading this. Gives a good insight on the observer, the consciousness..
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The power of two may help explain brain design

The power of two may help explain  brain design | Cognitive Neuroscience | Scoop.it
At its most basic level, the brain is about the power of two, says Medical College of Georgia neuroscientist Dr. Joe Z. Tsien.
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neuronal cliques!!
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Meet Your Second Brain: The Gut - Mindful

Meet Your Second Brain: The Gut - Mindful | Cognitive Neuroscience | Scoop.it
How what's going on in your gut could be affecting your brain.
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on the mind -gut connection!
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Chocolate makes you smarter, study suggests

Chocolate makes you smarter, study suggests | Cognitive Neuroscience | Scoop.it
People who eat chocolate at least once a week see their memory and abstract
thinking improve, researchers say
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another reason to savor chocolates!
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Jaydin Nies's curator insight, September 19, 2016 11:36 AM

Eat some chocolate, it will help you remember! Studies show that those who eat chocolate have a better memory amongst plenty of other things. 

Thérèse SCHUBETZER's curator insight, September 26, 2016 6:18 AM
Quel apport des neurosciences !
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To Better Cope With Stress, Listen to Your Body

To Better Cope With Stress, Listen to Your Body | Cognitive Neuroscience | Scoop.it
To handle stress and adversity more effectively, we should probably pay closer attention to what is happening inside our bodies, according to a fascinating new brain study.
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neural correlates of resilience as body awareness? and to increase resilience, do mindfulness meditation?

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What is consciousness? - YouTube

Understanding what consciousness is, and why and how it evolved, is perhaps the greatest mystery known to science. Subscribe NOW to The Economist: http://eco...
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decent intro video on the subject.

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