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Supercomputer models one second of human brain activity

Supercomputer models one second of human brain activity | Mental Health | Scoop.it

The most accurate simulation of the human brain to date has been carried out in a Japanese supercomputer, with a single second’s worth of activity from just one per cent of the complex organ taking one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers 40 minutes to calculate.

 

Researchers used the K computer in Japan, currently the fourth most powerful in the world, to simulate human brain activity. The computer has 705,024 processor cores and 1.4 million GB of RAM, but still took 40 minutes to crunch the data for just one second of brain activity.

 

The project, a joint enterprise between Japanese research group RIKEN, the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University and Forschungszentrum Jülich, an interdisciplinary research center based in Germany, was the largest neuronal network simulation to date.

It used the open-source Neural Simulation Technology (NEST) tool to replicate a network consisting of 1.73 billion nerve cells connected by 10.4 trillion synapses.

 

While significant in size, the simulated network represented just one per cent of the neuronal network in the human brain. Rather than providing new insight into the organ the project’s main goal was to test the limits of simulation technology and the capabilities of the K computer.

 
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This show just how powerful the human brain truly is... very intriguing stuff.

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Miro Svetlik's curator insight, January 15, 2014 3:40 AM

It is somehow comforting that we start performing this kind of tests. At least it places current infrastructure in perspective with what we will be facing in biocomputing if we dont change hardware. It would be really interesting to perform the same test on the supercomputer with neuromorphic chips but for that we have to wait a while I guess.

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Tips to Overcome Autism and ADHD - Just Mind

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Tips to Overcome Autism and ADHD: Tips from a therapist who has ADD to help tune into your body and manage symptoms.
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Simple tips to begin your journey towards recovery.

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Tips to Overcome Autism and ADHD - Just Mind

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Tips to Overcome Autism and ADHD: Tips from a therapist who has ADD to help tune into your body and manage symptoms.
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How to Cope In Our Crazy World - Just Mind

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The daily news goes from informative to stressful in 60 seconds. Read on for tools that can help you cope more effectively with daily stress.
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Back to School Blues Part and Stress Relief for Students

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How to survive procrastination tendencies as a student. Tips for parents and college students.
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Exploring Intuitive Eating - Just Mind

Exploring Intuitive Eating - Just Mind | Mental Health | Scoop.it
Did you know that diets fail 80-95% of the time? Want to know how your mentality can help you? Read our post "Exploring Intuitive Eating"
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When Multitasking Creates Madness

When Multitasking Creates Madness | Mental Health | Scoop.it
Are you a multitasking maniac? As a therapist, I see this growing as an issue with clients in our practice. I see more people coming in for anxiety, depression, and wondering if they have ADHD due to their inability to focus.
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A lot of people multitask in society today but is the end result positive or negative from a mental health and productivity standpoint?

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Why We Can't Confuse Mental-Health Treatment and Violence Prevention

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There are many ways to prevent some violent tragedies, including high-quality mental-health treatment at all levels.
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Napping can Dramatically Increase Learning, Memory, Awareness, and More

Napping can Dramatically Increase Learning, Memory, Awareness, and More | Mental Health | Scoop.it
A natural phenomena in the circadian rhythm, napping can dramatically increase learning ability and memory, raise awareness, and much more, studies show.
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I wish the USA would become a napping friendly culture as it has tremendously positive effects for memory and cognitive performance. If you have the time, here is how to do it.

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Why We Need Technology Timeouts - Just Mind

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What did you do last night? Odd's are most of you fell into the same technology trap like I did. Here are 7 tips to regain control.
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What follows are specific tips to regain control over your "tech and life balance." It also offers some insight into look at the root cause for imbalance.

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Researchers search for earliest roots of psychiatric disorders

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A single molecular mechanism in the developing brain has been identified that sheds light on how cells may go awry when exposed to a variety of different environmental insults. The findings suggest that different types of stressors prenatally activate a single molecular trigger in brain cells that may make exposed individuals susceptible to late-onset neuropsychiatric disorders.
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It will be very interesting to see how different environmental stressors such as trauma, illness, and drug abuse affect the developing human brain and its potential for autism, schizophrenia, PTSD, and bipolar.

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Minimize Anxiety & Depression by Living in the Now - Just Mind

Minimize Anxiety & Depression by Living in the Now - Just Mind | Mental Health | Scoop.it
How much of you life do you spend in the present moment? How much time do you spend daydreaming, ruminating about the past, or worrying about the future?
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Staying in the now is a wonderful tool that I often use with clients and personally. It helps to fight the flooding anxiety that can be debilitating to people who are overwhelmed by how much they have on their plate in life.
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Mental Health and Stress - Guardian Express

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One's mental health can be affected by stress. The National Institute on Mental Health (NIMH) says at least three types of stress are known.

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This provides a small glimpse of the world of stress people can encounter. For all of this, support systems are vital. This is often where therapists are involved whether it be more of aiding through a negative event or supporting through a more traumatic experience. All of this helps people to process the stressor, adapt coping mechanisms, and move on in life.

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The Simplest Way to Overcome Anxiety and Depression - Just Mind

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The Simplest Way to Overcome Anxiety and Depression - Want to learn simple ways to treat depression and anxiety concurrently? Here is what research shows as best practices.
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Practical ways to overcome anxiety and depression in every day life. 

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How to Manage Adult ADD - Just Mind Counseling in Austin

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How to Manage Adult ADD - As a therapist with an attention deficit, I have had to find ways to clear and focus my mind. 6 Tips for free!
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My tips on what has helped me cope with ADD.

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When Caretaking Becomes An Unhealthy Equilibrium - Just Mind

When Caretaking Becomes An Unhealthy Equilibrium - Just Mind | Mental Health | Scoop.it
We often hear in the media about the how addiction ravages those who struggle with them and their families. Caretaking, also referred to as compulsive helping, is an addictive behavior that, while lesser known, is still highly destructive, according to Dr. Robert Lefever, a prominent addiction specialist in the UK.
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Back to School Blues and Stress Relief for Adults - Just Mind

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Here’s your survival guide for facing back to school blues. No matter who you are. There’s something here for you.
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Five Misconceptions about Suicide - Just Mind

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Five Misconceptions about Suicide - There are many misconceptions about suicide. Take a minute and think about these common misconceptions.
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How to Cope In Our Crazy World - Just Mind

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What It Takes To Be A Professional Athlete - Just Mind

What It Takes To Be A Professional Athlete - Just Mind | Mental Health | Scoop.it
Meet Austin-based former professional pole-vaulter Chelsea Johnson, and get insight into the mind of a world class sportswoman.
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Have you ever wondered if you could have been a professional athlete? Nature vs. Nurture... take a look at this article to find out if you could have untapped potential and what it takes.

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Arizona leading way on integrated mental health care - azcentral

Arizona leading way on integrated mental health care - azcentral | Mental Health | Scoop.it
Arizona leading way on integrated mental health care azcentral But a growing mountain of research confirms the benefits of "integrated" care and the lifelong suffering and expense that can be alleviated by linking our physical health with our...
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I hope Texas will follow a similar model. DSHS seems to be working in this direction.
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New research shows blood tests could be effective in diagnosing depression

New research shows blood tests could be effective in diagnosing depression | Mental Health | Scoop.it
Though blood tests as a means of detecting mental illness have long been considered ineffective, Austrian researchers have now demonstrated a link between l...

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This could be a huge breakthrough in proactive treatment of mental health issues. 

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Maintaining Your Boundaries - Just Mind

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Maintaining Your Boundaries - Setting your boundaries is the first step in healthy relationships, but maintaining them can be an even trickier task.
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I often talk about maintaining boundaries with clients and this is a wonderful blog post to help people maintain healthy relationships.

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Mental health care in the US needs a check-up - Washington Post

Mental health care in the US needs a check-up - Washington Post | Mental Health | Scoop.it
Mental health care in the US needs a check-up Washington Post Nearly 23 million Americans live with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or major depressive disorder, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.
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I agree there need to be more resources but I wonder about the efficacy and effectiveness of this bill. It is lumping together mental health issues that are each very different. My hope is more states will follow a model that includes more "non crisis care" so there are layers of care outside of "hospitalized" or not. Also, it would help if the hospitals didn't blend populations of mentally ill in treatment groups. People with severe anxiety typically don't blend well in treatment groups with people struggling with homelessness and schizophrenia, as an example. This also adds a stigma to reaching out for help when people need it.
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The Simplest Way to Overcome Anxiety and Depression - Just Mind

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Ever wonder about simple ways to overcome depression and anxiety? This article shows the simple ways outside of medicine or in combination with medicine and therapy that can help.

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How to Set Good Boundaries - Just Mind Counseling

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How do you set healthy boundaries? Personal boundaries are critical, yet often go unexamined. It can be healthy to take stock, particularly if you continually run into the same interpersonal or relationship problems.
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Boundaries are a common issue in counseling. Take a look and see how you might insert them in your own life.

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