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Neuroplasticity: You Can Teach An Old Brain New Tricks Big Think

Neuroplasticity: You Can Teach An Old Brain New Tricks  Big Think | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

"Dr. Dennis Charney, dean of the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, has studied how the brain responds to dramatic changes in peoples' environments. In the video below, Charney describes how prisoners of war who were placed in solitary confinement developed unusual cognitive capacities because the only activity they were allowed to do was think. The POWs were essentially exercising their brains. What can we learn from this?Charney is using this research to conduct psychological therapies that can improve learning and memory, and solve problems with anxiety and depression."

 

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Inside the Mind of Worry|New York Times

Inside the Mind of Worry|New York Times | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

The basic architecture of the brain ensures that we feel first and think second."Researchers in neuroscience, psychology, economics and other disciplines have made a range of discoveries about why human beings sometimes fear more than the evidence warrants, and sometimes less than the evidence warns. That science is worth reviewing at length. But one current issue offers a crash course in the most significant of these findings: the fear of vaccines, particularly vaccines for children."

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A Future Without Chronic Pain - Dana Foundation

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Chronic pain affects 1.5 billion people worldwide, an estimated 100 million of whom live in the United States. "Most chronic pain conditions produce changes in the brain that contribute to what can be termed the “centralization of pain.” This implies that ongoing pain produces progressive alterations in brain connections, molecular biology, chemistry, and structure, with behavioral consequences. One brain region consistently affected in chronic pain conditions is called the dorsolateral prefrontal lobe, a region in the front of our brains thought to be involved in several higher-order functions, including cognition, motor planning, and working memory. This centralization of pain involves alterations in sensory, emotional, and modulatory circuits, which normally inhibit pain. Thus chronic pain may alter cognition and emotion, leading to increased fear, anxiety, or depression."

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Anxious brains have child-like circuits › News in Science (ABC Science)

Anxious brains have child-like circuits › News in Science (ABC Science) | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
A study suggests anxiety in adults can result from specific parts of the amygdala remaining like those of a child.

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High Anxiety: How Worrying About Math Hurts Your Brain | TIME.com

High Anxiety: How Worrying About Math Hurts Your Brain | TIME.com | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

Does math make you anxious? The latest research shows that even the thought of arithmetic can trigger a physical reaction that looks a lot like pain in the brain.

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LJ's curator insight, February 22, 2013 10:48 PM

Most students with learning disabilities experience some form of anxiety, from mild to extreme. This article is a great reference that addresses anxiety and math.

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How the Brain Learns from Mistakes - Dana Foundation

How the Brain Learns from Mistakes - Dana Foundation | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

"Imagine renting a car in the United Kingdom. Though you may be an experienced driver on American soil, making the switch to the “wrong” side of the road can be a bit of a challenge. You have to remain vigilant and pay close attention to the new rules, as well as inhibit your automatic tendency to want to drive on the right. Chances are, you will also make a few mistakes at first or as you grow tired.Common wisdom holds that we learn best from our mistakes. But researchers at Michigan State University have published a new study that suggests something more is needed: We must be conscious of our mistakes to reap the benefits of improved performance."

 

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Charlie Rose: The Brain Series (Videos)

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The Charlie Rose Brain Series (videos) explores one of sciences final frontiers, the study of the human brain. Charlie interviews the most knowledgeable scientists and researchers in hopes of illuminating a new topic of study. Each monthly episode examine different subjects of the brain, including perception, social interaction, aging and creativity. Dr. Eric Kandel joins Charlie. He is a psychiatrist and neuroscientist and professor at Columbia University. He’s also affiliated with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Episodes:

Episode 1 - The Great Mysteries of the Human Brain

Episode 2 - The Perceiving Brain

Episode 3 - The Acting Brain

Episode 4 - The Social Brain

Episode 5 - The Developing Brain

Episode 6 - The Aging Brain

Episode 7 - The Emotional and Vulnerable Brain

Episode 8 - The Anxious Brain

Episode 9 - The Mentally Ill Brain

Episode 10 - The Disordered Brain

Episode 11 - The Deciding Brain

Episode 12 - The Creative Brain

Episode 13 - Highlights from the Series

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Audrey's comment, January 29, 2013 5:31 AM
I will certainly be looking at these.