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Understanding how the brain learns, functions and stays healthy.
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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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A Future Without Chronic Pain - Dana Foundation

A Future Without Chronic Pain - Dana Foundation | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

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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