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Understanding how the brain learns, functions and stays healthy.
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How The Brain Rewires Itself

How The Brain Rewires Itself | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it


"FOR DECADES, THE PREVAILING DOGMA IN neuroscience was that the adult human brain is essentially immutable, hardwired, fixed in form and function, so that by the time we reach adulthood we are pretty much stuck with what we have. Yes, it can create (and lose) synapses, the connections between neurons that encode memories and learning. And it can suffer injury and degeneration. But this view held that if genes and development dictate that one cluster of neurons will process signals from the eye and another cluster will move the fingers of the right hand, then they'll do that and nothing else until the day you die. There was good reason for lavishly illustrated brain books to show the function, size and location of the brain's structures in permanent ink.ut research in the past few years has overthrown the dogma. In its place has come the realization that the adult brain retains impressive powers of "neuroplasticity"--the ability to change its structure and function in response to experience."

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Did you know that thinking about performing a particular task can improve motor skills?

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Why Your Brain Loves Good Storytelling

Why Your Brain Loves Good Storytelling | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

"Many business people have already discovered the power of storytelling in a practical sense – they have observed how compelling a well-constructed narrative can be. But recent scientific work is putting a much finer point on just how stories change our attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors."

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Las historias cambian nuestras actitudes y conductas. Estamos "cableados" para contar y escuchar historias.#PsicologiaPositiva, #PosPsy,  #historias

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The benefits of a bilingual brain - Mia Nacamulli

The benefits of a bilingual brain - Mia Nacamulli | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
It’s obvious that knowing more than one language can make certain things easier — like traveling or watching movies without subtitles. But are there other advantages to having a bilingual (or multilingual) brain? Mia Nacamulli details the three types of bilingual brains and shows how knowing more than one language keeps your brain healthy, complex and actively engaged.
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What Poverty Does to the Young Brain - The New Yorker

What Poverty Does to the Young Brain - The New Yorker | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
For a growing child, deprivation and stress can become a kind of neurotoxin.
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This proves what many brain experts have believed for years.. that poverty is the biggest factor affecting children's learning. 

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Harvard neuroscientist: Meditation not only reduces stress, here’s how it changes your brain

Harvard neuroscientist: Meditation not only reduces stress, here’s how it changes your brain | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
Meditation's benefits may derive from its impact on the shape of the brain, thickening parts associated with mind-wandering, memory and compassion, and shrinking the fear center
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Great interview & video

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Social Connection Makes a Better Brain

Social Connection Makes a Better Brain | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
Recent trends show that people increasingly value material goods over relationships—but neuroscience and evolution say this goes against our nature.
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The strange afterlife of Einstein's brain

The strange afterlife of Einstein's brain | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

"Perhaps the most striking is that Einstein had an extra ridge on his mid-frontal lobe, the part used for making plans and working memory. Most people have three ridges but Einstein had four. She also found Einstein's parietal lobes were dramatically asymmetric, and he had a knob on his right motor strip. This latter feature is called the "sign of omega" and it is thought to be correlated to musicians who use their left hands. Einstein played the violin."

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Fascinating story about what happened to Einstein's brain...

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Maggie Rouman's curator insight, April 20, 2:14 PM

Fascinating story about what happened to Einstein's brain...

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Your Brain Detects Confidence In Voices Faster Than You Can Blink

Your Brain Detects Confidence In Voices Faster Than You Can Blink | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

New research puts a finer point on the confidence issue by tracking changes in listeners’ brain activity when hearing someone make a statement. The results suggest that the brain detects and assesses confidence in another’s voice in as little as 0.2 seconds.

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A Man's Incomplete Brain Reveals Cerebellum's Role In Thought And Emotion

A Man's Incomplete Brain Reveals Cerebellum's Role In Thought And Emotion | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
Jonathan Keleher is one of a handful of people known to have lived their entire lives without a cerebellum. His experiences are helping scientists show how this brain structure helps shape who we are.
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Interesting insights and story about the role of the cerebellum.

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Keeping actively bilingual makes our brains more efficient at relaying information

Keeping actively bilingual makes our brains more efficient at relaying information | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
There is increasing evidence that bilingualism can affect how the brain works. Older, lifelong bilinguals have demonstrated better cognitive skills in tasks that require increased cognitive control.
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Interesting... Thoughts? Our findings further support the idea that bilingualism “reshapes” the brain, but also suggest that bilingual immersion is a crucial factor in the process. In other words, it is possible that the better preservation of brain structure that has been reported in older bilinguals is simply an effect of continuously using the two languages, rather than an effect of early language acquisition or lifelong bilingualism.
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Forever young: Meditation might slow the age-related loss of gray matter in the brain

Forever young: Meditation might slow the age-related loss of gray matter in the brain | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
Building on their earlier work that suggested people who meditate have less age-related atrophy in the brain's white matter, a new study found that meditation appeared to help preserve the brain's gray matter, the tissue that contains neurons.
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What Facebook Addiction Looks Like in the Brain

What Facebook Addiction Looks Like in the Brain | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
As it turns out, this type of "Facebook addiction" may show up in the brain: A new study found that the brains of people who report compulsive urges to use the social networking site show some brain patterns similar to those found in drug addicts. One possibility is that, in cases of Facebook addiction, people are sensitized to respond strongly to positive triggers associated with the site, said study co-author Ofir Turel, a psychologist at California State University, Fullerton. Several studies have suggested that Facebook and other social networking sites have a profound impact on people. In recent years, researchers have coined the term "Facebook addiction" to describe people with an unhealthy desire to spend hours checking the social networking site.
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What Happens to a Woman's Brain When She Becomes a Mother

What Happens to a Woman's Brain When She Becomes a Mother | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

YFrom joy and attachment to anxiety and protectiveness, mothering behavior begins with biochemical reactions.

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I've experienced this myself....

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The Science of ‘Inside Out’

The Science of ‘Inside Out’ | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
Pixar’s latest movie gets a lot right about how the emotions work.
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Great movie! The brain science behind Inside-Out.

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Teachers tap into brain science to boost learning

Teachers tap into brain science to boost learning | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
Research on the brain and how we think and act is influencing the way some teachers teach. Special correspondent John Tulenko of Learning Matters goes into a classroom where the instructor uses different methods to engage different parts of the students’ brains, then checks with a neuroscientist about whether that strategy actually works.
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All teachers should teach this way.

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Inside Out Nails the Science of How Our Memories Function

Inside Out Nails the Science of How Our Memories Function | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
The movie is sweet and scientifically accurate.
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Interesting insights about what this movie can teach us about the brain...

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To Treat Depression, a New Approach Tries Training the Brain

To Treat Depression, a New Approach Tries Training the Brain | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
The approach is to think of a brain region that goes awry as “more like a muscle that is atrophied,” says Greg J. Siegle, director of the Program in Cognitive Affective Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. “The solution to an atrophied muscle is to rehab it.”
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What an interesting approach. 

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Brain Smart Webinar - NICABM - 2015

Brain Smart Webinar - NICABM - 2015 | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
Learn about advances in brain research and cognitive science that can help your patients today. NICABM's Brain Science 2013 Series helps practitioners easily utilize neuroscience, and promote brain development.
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"Get the expert, brain-building strategies that can help clients strengthen resilience, speed healing, and increase happiness." 

Great program, with amazing speakers. A must see.

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Maggie Rouman's curator insight, May 8, 11:44 PM

"Get the expert, brain-building strategies that can help clients strengthen resilience, speed healing, and increase happiness." 

Great program, with amazing speakers. A must see.

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This Is Your Brain on Podcasts: Why Audio Storytelling Is So Addictive

This Is Your Brain on Podcasts: Why Audio Storytelling Is So Addictive | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
The emotional appeal of listening
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The researchers reason that experiencing tension in a story makes people feel stressed, which makes their bodies release the hormone and neurotransmitter oxytocin. Since oxytocin has been shown to increase empathy in some experiments, when things get tense while listening to a story, reading a book, or watching a TV show or movie, you may begin to empathize with the characters and get “transported” into the story.

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Maggie Rouman's curator insight, April 20, 2:29 PM

"The researchers reason that experiencing tension in a story makes people feel stressed, which makes their bodies release the hormone and neurotransmitter oxytocin. Since oxytocin has been shown to increase empathy in some experiments, when things get tense while listening to a story, reading a book, or watching a TV show or movie, you may begin to empathize with the characters and get “transported” into the story."


Empathy... a key trait of emotional intelligence.

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Your Brain on Multitasking - CNN.com

Your Brain on Multitasking - CNN.com | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
A lot of people think they are good at multitasking, but the sad truth is, they are probably not.
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'Time-Outs' Are Hurting Your Child

'Time-Outs' Are Hurting Your Child | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
In a brain scan, relational pain—that caused by isolation during punishment—can look the same as physical abuse. Is alone in the corner the best place for your child?
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I never really thought it this way, but the authors make a lot of sense.

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The science of homework: tips to engage students' brains

The science of homework: tips to engage students' brains | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
Neurologist Judy Willis explores what kinds of homework help students at different stages of development and just how long out-of-hours work should take
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dr. Judy Willis has some great ideas. I've attended her workshops. She's very knowledgeable.
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Why Music Makes Our Brain Sing

Why Music Makes Our Brain Sing | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
“ When a song triggers both anticipation and reward, it moves us like nothing else.”
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Maggie Rouman's curator insight, June 16, 2013 1:06 PM

"So why does this thingless “thing” — at its core, a mere sequence of sounds — hold such potentially enormous intrinsic value?

The quick and easy explanation is that music brings a unique pleasure to humans. Of course, that still leaves the question of why. But for that, neuroscience is starting to provide some answers."

 
Dennis T OConnor's comment, June 16, 2013 4:29 PM
Nice find Maggie. I re-scooped this to my integrated medicine page. It fits nicely with my own music therapy experiences.
Maggie Rouman's comment, June 17, 2013 7:54 PM
I've studied music and sound therapy as well. Glad you liked the article!
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How the Brain Uses Glucose to Fuel Self-Control

How the Brain Uses Glucose to Fuel Self-Control | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
The brain requires tons of energy—and new experiments show how low glucose levels and self-control issues are connected.
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Being Neglected Harms Brain Development in Kids

Being Neglected Harms Brain Development in Kids | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
Kids put in institutions have different brain compositions than kids in foster care
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