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Like That New Song? Your Brain Shows It

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Activity in a particular part of our brains while listening to new music reveals whether we enjoy the tune, and even how much we’d be willing to pay to hear it again.­­

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Social Network Size Linked to Brain Size

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Our brains are not as large as they are in order to provide each of us with the raw computational power to think our way out of a sticky situation, instead our brain size helps each of us to deal with the large and complex network of relationships we rely on to thrive.


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Brain Predicts Future by Looking at Past

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New research has shown how a certain region of the brain helps predict trends and how it sees pattern in random things.

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Brains are Different on Macs

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German researchers Ed Gronenschild and colleagues took a set of 30 brains and got FreeSurfer to estimate the size and thickness of various structures. Then they did the same thing, on the exact same brains, with a different version of the software.

They found substantial differences in regional volumes, depending upon the version of FreeSurfer used. Running the same version of the software on a Mac vs a PC also created differences, and even the version of Mac OS had an impact.


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A Countdown to a Digital Simulation of Every Last Neuron in the Human Brain

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Reductionist biology—examining individual brain parts, neural circuits and molecules—has brought us a long way, but it alone cannot explain the workings of the human brain, an information processor within our skull that is perhaps unparalleled anywhere in the universe. We must construct as well as reduce and build as well as dissect. To do that, we need a new paradigm that combines both analysis and synthesis. The father of reductionism, French philosopher René Descartes, wrote about the need to investigate the parts and then reassemble them to re-create the whole.

 

 


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Human brain shaped by duplicate genes

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Multiple copies of a gene may have boosted the computational power of our ancestors' brains.

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Your Brain is Beautiful (And Your Neurons Are Particularly Attractive) | The Big Picture

Your Brain is Beautiful (And Your Neurons Are Particularly Attractive) | The Big Picture | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it

From the NYT, these electron microscopy photos are strangely beautiful.

 

 

 


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Why Emotions Are Attention-getters

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Nerve cells from the brain’s emotion hub talk directly to a region that doles out attention, a study of monkeys shows. The connection, described in the April 11 Journal of Neuroscience, may help explain how people automatically focus on emotional events.

 

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Brainy Trees, Metaphorical Forests: On Neuroscience, Embodiment, and Architecture | Neuroanthropology

Brainy Trees, Metaphorical Forests: On Neuroscience, Embodiment, and Architecture | Neuroanthropology | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it

Inspiration and interpretation are inevitable. As metaphor is basic to what we do, so emerging results in neuroscience will be taken well beyond the intentions and even meanings of their authors. Much caution and critique will be needed. Yet at the same time, I want to preserve a space for this other mantle, from science to art and humanism. To creation and design and expression.

 

A revolution based on neuroscience? No. A recognition of our bodies and experiences and senses? Yes. And thus much closer to metaphors that inspire us every day. Like HOME or WARMTH. And maybe even a tree or two.


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The Human Brain Online: An Open Resource for Advancing Brain Research

The Human Brain Online: An Open Resource for Advancing Brain Research | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it

Here we describe an open online resource, the Allen Human Brain Atlas, which puts comprehensive, standardized data from multiple entire human brains into the hands of the global research community, along with tools for mining and making sense of that data. This resource opens new avenues for advancing research programs across disciplines that share an interest in the human brain—from neuroscience research programs based on functional MRI (fMRI) or neuropharmacology, for example, to comparative evolutionary studies and human genetics. The Allen Human Brain Atlas is a multimodal atlas of gene expression and anatomy comprising a comprehensive “all genes, all structures” array-based dataset of gene expression and complementary in situ hybridization (ISH) studies targeting selected genes in specific brain regions. All data are publicly available online (www.brain-map.org) along with a suite of integrated data visualization and mining tools that enable scientists to uncover connections between structure, function, and the brain's underlying biochemistry.

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How digital culture is rewiring our brains

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Sydney Morning HeraldHow digital culture is rewiring our brainsSydney Morning HeraldOur brains are superlatively evolved to adapt to our environment: a process known as neuroplasticity.

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How is our consciousness connected to the world?

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How is our consciousness connected to the world?
Explore the unconscious functions of the brain with visual illusions and mysterious perceptual phenomena.


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[VIDEO - VISUALISATION] Memory Threads

This video illustrates the creation of memory threads. A simulated P2P network is generated where each peer contains digital memories.

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Controlling a Robot With Your Mind (Infographics)

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Brain implants, a robotic arm, thought control — it sounds far out. But in Brown University’s BrainGate experiment, the combination work...

 

 


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Five Ways Neuroscience Will Change Education

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Neuroscience isn't just for scientists anymore. The way experts study how children's brains develop over time is changing education overall.

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Cooperating Mini-Brains Show How Intelligence Evolved

Cooperating Mini-Brains Show How Intelligence Evolved | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
Working together can hasten brain evolution, according to a new computer simulation.

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The Electronic Brain? Your Mind Vs. a Computer

The Electronic Brain? Your Mind Vs. a Computer | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it

According to Chris Chatham at Developing Intelligence, the brain-computer metaphor has lead to a lot of over-simplification in our thinking about our thinking. "An unfortunate legacy is the tendency to seek out modularity in the brain... the idea that computers require memory has lead some to seek for the 'memory area,' when in fact these distinctions are far more messy." We're now learning that regions cannot be associated with a singular function (i.e. the frontal cortex as "the place where personality occurs").

The brain is not a storage dump, and consciousness is not a place. Synapses are also far more complex than electrical circuits. Neither processing speed nor short term memory capacity are fixed, whereas RAM is.


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