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The brain is wired in a 3D grid structure. Our brain pathways are organized like woven sheets and not as tangled as once thought

The brain is wired in a 3D grid structure. Our brain pathways are organized like woven sheets and not as tangled as once thought | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it

"The brain appears to be wired in a rectangular 3D grid structure, suggests a new brain imaging study. (...) “Far from being just a tangle of wires, the brain’s connections turn out to be more like ribbon cables — folding 2D sheets of parallel neuronal fibers that cross paths at right angles, like the warp and weft of a fabric,” (...)

 

“The wiring of the mature brain appears to mirror three primal pathways established in embryonic development.” (...) “Before, we had just driving directions. Now, we have a map showing how all the highways and byways are interconnected,” said Wedeen. “Brain wiring is not like the wiring in your basement, where it just needs to connect the right endpoints. Rather, the grid is the language of the brain and wiring and re-wiring work by modifying it.”

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"By looking at how the pathways fit in the brain, we anticipated the connectivity to resemble that of a bowl of spaghetti, a very narrow and discreet object," (...) "We discovered that the pathways in the top of the brain are all organized like woven sheets with the fibers running in two directions in the sheets and in a third direction perpendicular to the sheets. These sheets all stack together so that the entire connectivity of the brain follows three precisely defined directions." (...)
"This is the first time it has ever been determined that the geometry of the brain is described by a three-dimensional grid," (...)

 

"The research took MRI scanners and new mathematical algorithms to determine a geometry to the relationship of nearby pathways in the brain so that each pathway was part of a two-dimensional sheet of pathways that together looked exactly like a woven sheet of fabric," Each pathway was part of a parallel series next to it crossed by a perpendicular series at a right angle, together which formed a woven grid.

 

The structure was part of a three-dimensional scaffold connections of the brain conformed to the extremely simple three-dimensional structure, a single woven grid with fibers in only three axes. By using diffusion MRI and mapping the three-dimension motion of the water molecules in the brain, the scientists ran the maps through mathematical algorithms that inferred from the water motion pattern the fiber architecture of the tissue of the brain." -- http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=123711&org=NSF&from=news


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When parenting styles clash | GreatKids

When parenting styles clash | GreatKids | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Whether you're right or wrong, call a cease-fire and find a way to build a united front for the kids’ sake.
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3 Ways Catholics Can Respond to the Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

3 Ways Catholics Can Respond to the Same-Sex Marriage Ruling | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
'We must be a Church that listens before it speaks'
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This piece indicates and explores how progressive attitudes are changing the Church. Religion serves purposes so needs to evolve in order to continue doing so.
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15 Ways to Accomplish More With the Right Kind of Humor

15 reasons and ways to attract support, trust, friendship, visibility and opportunities by employing the right kinds humor at work and it all parts of your life.

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How to Write Funny

Do you want to know how to write funny? In this article you'll learn the secrets of how to write funny.
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21 Hacks for Word for Writers

21 Hacks for Word for Writers | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Many of us use the same medium to craft our documents – Microsoft Word. Few of us know how to tap into its full potential as a tool of the trade. Here are 21 essential hacks for any writer working in Word.
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Machine Vision Algorithm Chooses the Most Creative Paintings in History | MIT Technology Review

Machine Vision Algorithm Chooses the Most Creative Paintings in History | MIT Technology Review | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Several advances have come together to make this advance possible. The first is the rapid breakthroughs that have been made in recent years in machine vision, based on a way to classify images by the visual concepts they contain.
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excerpt: "Several advances have come together to make this advance possible. The first is the rapid breakthroughs that have been made in recent years in machine vision, based on a way to classify images by the visual concepts they contain."

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Americans truly are exceptional — at least when it comes to circumcision

Americans truly are exceptional — at least when it comes to circumcision | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it

"There's no question that among the world's wealthy nations, the U.S. stands out when it comes to circumcision. The WHO estimates that the overall male circumcision rate in the states is somewhere between 76 and 92 percent. Most Western European countries, by contrast, have rates less than 20 percent.  But even these numbers mask considerable regional variation within countries."

 

Tags: perspective, cultural norms, culture, gender, regions. 


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A Handy Google Drive Tool for Annotating PDFs ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Handy Google Drive Tool for Annotating PDFs ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it

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Matthew Schuler | Why Creative People Sometimes Make No Sense

Matthew Schuler | Why Creative People Sometimes Make No Sense | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it

I’ve been having an insightful shuffle through Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s book Creativity: The Work and Lives of 91 Eminent People. Mihaly is a seminal professor of Psychology and Management, and is the Founding Co-Director of the Quality of Life Research Center at Claremont. He writes:

“I have devoted 30 years of research to how creative people live and work, to make more understandable the mysterious process by which they come up with new ideas and new things. If I had to express in one word what makes their personalities different from others, it’s complexity. They show tendencies of thought and action that in most people are segregated. They contain contradictory extremes; instead of being an individual, each of them is a multitude.”


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Wow! This explains so much!

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Limitations imposed by wearing armour on Medieval soldiers’ locomotor performance - Medievalists.net

Limitations imposed by wearing armour on Medieval soldiers’ locomotor performance - Medievalists.net | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Our findings can predict age-associated decline in Medieval soldiers’ physical performance, and have potential implications in understanding the outcomes of past European military battles.

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Pamela D Lloyd's curator insight, February 12, 2014 3:02 AM

Very useful for writers of historical and historical fantasy novels.

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What Is Boredom?

What Is Boredom? | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it

The key factors underlying boredom....

As Eastwood, Frischen, Fenske, and Smilek point out, bored people become aware of their difficulty concentrating.  As a result, bored people often try to amuse themselves by daydreaming and letting their mind wander.  Interestingly, while mind wandering helps people to keep their minds occupied, studies suggest that the more your mind wanders, the more bored you feel.  The idea is that you recognize that this daydreaming is meant to occupy your mind, and so you realize that the situation is boring.

One more key element of boredom is control.  Boredom often occurs when you have little control over your situation.  Waiting rooms, lectures, and airline gates are all places where you have little control over your situation.  Normally, we react to unpleasant situations by changing the situation.  If you don’t like a book you are reading, for example, you close it and do something else.  Boredom happens when you are unable to change the situation.  

Finally, a real problem caused by boredom is that it leads you to dislike the things that are the object of boredom.  In my senior year of high school, for example, I was forced to readMoby Dick.  I struggled to get interested in it and spent long hours staring at the pages trying to lose myself in it.  To this day, I really do not like Moby Dick.  The negative feelings that came with the boredom have stuck to the book.

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Corporate Field Researchers Share Tricks of the Trade — HBS Working Knowledge

Corporate Field Researchers Share Tricks of the Trade — HBS Working Knowledge | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Among economic scholars, field research often takes place within the walls of corporations, non-profits, small businesses, or government entities. Ideally, these organizations eventually can apply the findings of the research to improve operations within their own workforces. But a successful field study requires a lot of ingenuity and trust from both the academics and the field participants. "Doing Empirical Research in, with, and through Companies" was the topic of a lively session last week at the annual Harvard Business School Faculty Research Symposium. Held each May, the event provides the opportunity for a few faculty members to share recent work with an audience of doctoral students, staff members, and other professors. In a panel discussion, several professors shared practical findings and tricks-of-the-trade from recent field research. Among the discoveries: how to prompt employees to get a flu shot.
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3 Tips For Writing A Successful Cover Letter

3 Tips For Writing A Successful Cover Letter | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Job seekers without a flair for writing and storytelling may find it painfully difficult to put together an impressive cover letter.
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How Not to Be Misled by Data

How Not to Be Misled by Data | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Numbers can deceive just as surely as words—so here’s a guide to avoid being led astray.
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144 years of marriage and divorce in the United States, in one chart

144 years of marriage and divorce in the United States, in one chart | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
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15 Brutally Honest Cards For Couples With A Sense Of Humor

15 Brutally Honest Cards For Couples With A Sense Of Humor | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
If mushy-gushy declarations of love make you feel uncomfortable -- you're not alone.

Fortunately, there are plenty of less nauseating ways for couples to express their feelings for one another. Be

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Pregnancy Loss Article, Miscarriage, Stillbirth | Donna Rothert, Ph.D.

Pregnancy Loss Article, Miscarriage, Stillbirth | Donna Rothert, Ph.D. | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Pregnancy Loss often starts a period of pain and searching as a woman struggles with the impact of losing the baby she had dreamed of bringing home.
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Michael B.@wonderlib--"Anniversary Effect", sometimes called Anniversary Reaction, is defined as a unique set of unsettling feelings, thoughts or memories that occur on the anniversary of a significant experience. It can reactivate thoughts and feelings from the actual event, and survivors may experience peaks of anxiety and depression. Around the anniversary of the event, people are likely to remember events clearly and many will feel emotions more intensely than usual. One of the major effects is for survivors to have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This is the same with people who experienced stillbirth. These include symptoms of intrusion, avoidance, negative alterations in cognition and mood, and arousal and re-activity. However, these emotions are not only triggered by the anniversary. Others reported that seeing other people's healthy baby, hearing about other stillbirths, hearing a specific date, or being in a specific place can produce same emotions. On a more positive note, the anniversary of a disaster or traumatic event also can provide an opportunity for emotional healing. Individuals can make significant progress in working through the natural grieving process by recognizing, acknowledging, and paying attention to the feelings and issues that surface during their anniversary reaction. You can read more about these on the referenced links. Hope these help!"

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The Science of Storytelling: 6 Ways to Write More Persuasive Stories : @ProBlogger

The Science of Storytelling: 6 Ways to Write More Persuasive Stories : @ProBlogger | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Guest post by Gregory Ciotti. When it comes to crafting words that sell, the research shows us that stories are ...

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Karen Dietz's comment, February 21, 2013 5:02 PM
So true Renee! I concur with comeja -- thanks for both of your comments!
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Ignacio Conejo Moreno's curator insight, February 22, 2013 6:49 AM

Seis claves para contar historias perfectas:

1- Audiencia (target)

2- Realismo

3- Engadgement

4- Imágenes

5- Estructura

6- Contexto

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DIY Lake Science - Simulations and Activities for Learning About Lakes - iPad Apps for School

DIY Lake Science - Simulations and Activities for Learning About Lakes - iPad Apps for School | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
DIY Lake Science is a relatively new iPad app from the Lawrence Hall of Science. The free iPad app is designed to help students learn about lake ecosystems. In the app students will find a small simulation of a lake ecosystem. Students can change the depth of the lake, the temperature, and the general climate around the lake to learn how those changes alter the ecosystem. After using the simulation students can learn more about lake ecosystems in the DIY Lake Science video library.

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US police kill more in days than other countries do in years

US police kill more in days than other countries do in years | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it

The Guardian has built the most comprehensive database of US police killing ever published. Compare our findings to those from the UK, Australia, Iceland and beyond.


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