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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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"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."

 

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Kate Jenkin's curator insight, September 2, 2013 8:30 PM

Another amazing insight into the magic of music.
"We found that listening to what might be called “peak emotional moments” in music — that moment when you feel a “chill” of pleasure to a musical passage — causes the release of the neurotransmitter dopamine, an essential signaling molecule in the brain."

 
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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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Eric Hardek's curator insight, March 18, 2015 10:31 AM

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

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Yoga better than crosswords for preventing pre-Alzheimer’s memory loss 

Yoga better than crosswords for preventing pre-Alzheimer’s memory loss  | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
After 12 weeks the scientists saw similar verbal memory improvements in both groups of volunteers. However, visual-spatial memory was increased to a greater degree in the yoga-meditation group.

Participants practising yoga and meditation were also less likely to be depressed and anxious, and were better able to cope with stress.
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Yoga is not only a great way to find balance, but it helps us as we age.
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A Reconsideration of Children and Screen Time

A Reconsideration of Children and Screen Time | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
As new technologies have transformed many aspects of daily life, new questions have arisen. Did discouraging screen time for children under 2 mean no Skyping with Grandma? Did a limit of two hours for older children mean that if a sixth-grader did her homework on her computer, as assigned, she had used up her allotment? When those guidelines were originally composed in the 1990s, screen time was essentially taken to mean time in front of the television, or time spent playing old-style computer games; by 2013, the policy had changed to limiting “total entertainment screen time” for older children, while still “discouraging” all screens for those under 2.
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Valid points and well balanced article analyzing points from both sides of the pro tech or no tech argument. My view is that a little screen time is ok and necessary, as long as children are also spending time engaging with family and peers in a variety of ways and taking time for creative play.
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Which Type of Exercise Is Best for the Brain?

Which Type of Exercise Is Best for the Brain? | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | 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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Researchers pinpoint brain region as ‘ground zero’ of Alzheimer’s disease

Researchers pinpoint brain region as ‘ground zero’ of Alzheimer’s disease | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
“Education and engaging careers produce late-life ‘cognitive reserve,’ or effective brain performance, despite encroaching pathology,” said Mather, who holds a joint appointment as professor of psychology at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. “Activation of the locus coeruleus-norepinephrine system by novelty and mental challenge throughout one’s life may contribute to cognitive reserve.”
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Great article! Another reason to keep challenging yourself mentally.
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Does Size Matter—for Brains?

Does Size Matter—for Brains? | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
Turns out some species are better endowed than we are in key cognitive regions
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Good read. Dispels some myths about the brain.
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Who needs brain training? Boost your mind with these 7 proven tips

Who needs brain training? Boost your mind with these 7 proven tips | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
Lumosity's claims to improve brain performance may have been disproved, but these simple strategies are backed up by science.
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Good advice!
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8 Fascinating Things We Learned About The Mind In 2015

8 Fascinating Things We Learned About The Mind In 2015 | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
Studies published this year shed light on the mysteries of the brain and human behavior, and began paving the way for new treatments to mental and neurological health problems, ranging from addiction to autism to Alzheimer's disease. 
Here are eight fascinating things we learned about the human mind in 2015. 
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Fascinating! Links to articles about top brain discoveries...
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Giving Back: Can pro-social behavior be self-protective?Learning and the Brain blog

Giving Back: Can pro-social behavior be self-protective?Learning and the Brain blog | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
Thanksgiving is the start of the holiday season when we prioritize giving back. Recent research suggests this tradition may have developmental benefits.
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Physical proof that giving back is not only good for the recipient, but the giver's brain.
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How stress affects your brain - Madhumita Murgia

How stress affects your brain - Madhumita Murgia | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
Stress isn’t always a bad thing; it can be handy for a burst of extra energy and focus, like when you’re playing a competitive sport or have to speak in public. But when it’s continuous, it actually begins to change your brain. Madhumita Murgia shows how chronic stress can affect brain size, its structure, and how it functions, right down to the level of your genes.
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Great TED video!
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Raquel Oliveira's curator insight, November 10, 2015 1:09 PM

Que estamos num momento crucial da história sobre stress, não há dúvida. Qual o impacto disso na vida? Uau...pesquisas indicam que mudam nosso cérebro e estamos a investigar as consequencias disso para o cognitivismo e a forma de aprender. #avancee.

Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, November 11, 2015 6:52 AM

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How sugar affects the brain - Nicole Avena

How sugar affects the brain - Nicole Avena | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
When you eat something loaded with sugar, your taste buds, your gut and
your brain all take notice. This activation of your reward system
is not unlike how bodies process addictive substances such as alcohol
or nicotine -- an overload of sugar spikes dopamine levels and leaves
you craving more. Nicole Avena explains why sweets and treats should be
enjoyed in moderation.
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102 Brain-Based Learning Resources For, Well, Brain-Based Teaching

102 Brain-Based Learning Resources For, Well, Brain-Based Teaching | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
102 Brain-Based Learning Resources For, Well, Brain-Based Teaching
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What Happens When Freud Meets Modern Neuroscience

What Happens When Freud Meets Modern Neuroscience | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
The emerging field of “neuropsychoanalysis” is combining two fundamentally different areas of study for a whole new way of understanding how the mind works.
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Infographic: Brains, Games and Learning

Infographic: Brains, Games and Learning | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
Knowing how dopamine-releasing activities can aid student learning could spur changes in classroom instruction.
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13 Reasons Why Your Brain Craves Infographics

13 Reasons Why Your Brain Craves Infographics | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
Enjoy our HTML 5 interactive infographic that exaplains why infographics are so successful
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Maggie Rouman's curator insight, April 29, 12:44 AM
Nice visual explanation... of why the brain loves visual information
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This is Your Child's Brain on TV

This is Your Child's Brain on TV | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
Read research and facts about how TV affects child development 75 years after television was first introduced to American homes.
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Some valid points are brought up. However, I personally think there has to be a balance. Children need time for creative play. To go outside. To run. To swim. To engage with family and peers in variety of ways. Then... I think a little screen time whether on tv  (if educational) or a tablet or computer program (if educational) is fine. 
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Hard Exercise Can Boost Brain Chemicals Sapped by Depression

Hard Exercise Can Boost Brain Chemicals Sapped by Depression | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
A new imaging study shows that intense exercise boosts two critical neurotransmitters — glutamate and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) — resulting in better menta
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Fiction in the Classroom: Can Stories Foster Empathy?Learning and the Brain blog

Fiction in the Classroom: Can Stories Foster Empathy?Learning and the Brain blog | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
We have long encouraged children to expand their imagination by engaging with make believe, but could reading fiction have even greater lifelong benefits?
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50 is the new 42: technology is making brains of middle-aged younger

50 is the new 42:  technology is making brains of middle-aged younger | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
The studies both provide confirmation of the “Flynn effect” — a trend in rising performance in standard IQ tests from generation to generation.
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Interesting how too much technology is not so good for the  younger generation but helpful for older generations...
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4 Reasons Imagination is Important for DevelopmentLearning and the Brain blog

4 Reasons Imagination is Important for DevelopmentLearning and the Brain blog | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
Everyone knows imagination is an important part of childhood - but could it also be an important part of education and cognitive development?
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What making music does to your brain

What making music does to your brain | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
What's it like to have a song inside your head, itching to get out? A neuroscientist and a songwriter compare notes from the frontier of music and science.
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Interesting how your brain changes when composing music...Great Ted talk.
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Can you grow your hippocampus? Yes. Here’s how, and why it matters

Can you grow your hippocampus? Yes. Here’s how, and why it matters | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
. A pair of thumb-sized struc­tures deep in the cen­ter of the human brain are crit­i­cal for our abil­ity to learn and remem­ber. Thanks to their shape, each of them is called hip­pocam­pus — whic…
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How does my brain work? | Playlist | TED.com

How does my brain work? | Playlist | TED.com | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
How exactly does the brain -- a 3-pound snarl of nervous tissue -- create inspired inventions, the feeling of hunger, the experience of beauty, the sense of self? Researchers at the edge of science explain …
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Wonderful playlist with 14  groundbreaking Ted Talks about the brain. Bookmark this one!

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What percentage of your brain do you use? - Richard E. Cytowic

What percentage of your brain do you use? - Richard E. Cytowic | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
Two thirds of the population believes a myth that has been propagated for over a century: that we use only 10% of our brains. Hardly! Our neuron-dense brains have evolved to use the least amount of energy while carrying the most information possible -- a feat that requires the entire brain. Richard E. Cytowic debunks this neurological myth (and explains why we aren’t so good at multitasking).
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It amazes me how many people believe in this myth. Great video!

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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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