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How Exercise Makes You Smarter, Happier, and Less Stressed

'Exercise is like taking a little bit of Prozac and a little bit of Ritalin,' says a Harvard researcher, describing the amazing effects of fitness on the brain.

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Do it daily. Make it a habit. Your mind, body and spirit will thank you forever.

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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, February 17, 6:35 PM

I don't know if this makes me want to go out for a jog, but the author makes a great case for exercise and why skipping recess and PE is a bad idea. -Lon

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Breakthrough Prize for Illuminating the Brain's Secret Code

Breakthrough Prize for Illuminating the Brain's Secret Code | neuroscience | Scoop.it
Optogenetics is probably the biggest buzzword in neuroscience today. It refers to techniques that use genetic modification of cells so they can be manipulated with light. The net result is a switch that can turn brain cells off and on like a bedside lamp.

The technique has enabled neuroscientists to achieve previously unimagined feats and two of its inventors—Karl Deisseroth of Stanford University and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Ed Boyden of Massachusetts Institute of Technology—received a Breakthrough Prize in the life sciences on November 8 in recognition of their efforts. The technology is able to remotely control motor circuits—one example is having an animal run in circles at the flick of a switch. It can even label and alter memories that form as a mouse explores different environments. These types of studies allow researchers to firmly establish a cause-and-effect relationship between electrical activity in specific neural circuits and various aspects of behavior and cognition, making optogenetics one of the most widely used methods in neuroscience today.

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Stay tuned. This will be huge.

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What Your Brain Is Doing When You Think It's Doing Nothing - PsyBlog

What Your Brain Is Doing When You Think It's Doing Nothing - PsyBlog | neuroscience | Scoop.it
Solved? Long-standing mystery about what the brain is doing when it's doing nothing.

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Review and Evaluation of Mindfulness-Based iPhone Apps

Review and Evaluation of Mindfulness-Based iPhone Apps | neuroscience | Scoop.it

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Wired for habit

Wired for habit | neuroscience | Scoop.it
Researchers discover neurons in the brain that weigh costs and benefits to drive formation of habits.

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The Neuroscience of Decision Making Explained in 30 Seconds - Wired Science

The Neuroscience of Decision Making Explained in 30 Seconds - Wired Science | neuroscience | Scoop.it
Is it possible to explain the neuroscience of decision making in 30 seconds? Wired Science blogger Christian Jarrett gives it his best shot.

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Kasia Hein-Peters's curator insight, March 15, 2014 4:34 PM

Decision making process requires emotions as much as rational

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Are You Mindful or Mindless?

Are You Mindful or Mindless? | neuroscience | Scoop.it
Mindfulness is making its way into corporate culture as a term, but here's how to make it a reality for yourself. Learn to slow down, think more clearly, and unleash your creativity.

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With greater mindful comes the ability for better self-regulation.

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Dave Vago's curator insight, March 20, 2014 6:15 PM

"noticing new things"...hmmm 

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Your Brain Can Be Trained to Self-Regulate Negative Thinking

Your Brain Can Be Trained to Self-Regulate Negative Thinking | neuroscience | Scoop.it
New research shows that mindfulness training can improve your ability to self-regulate emotions and reduce negative thinking.

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The next Sydney Leadership with the Brain in Mind Meetup is Tuesday 9th February in Bondi Jct. Topic - Why self-regulation is crucial for leaders. 

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First Human Tests of Memory Boosting Brain Implant a Big Leap Forward - Singularity HUB

First Human Tests of Memory Boosting Brain Implant a Big Leap Forward - Singularity HUB | neuroscience | Scoop.it
“You have to begin to lose your memory, if only bits and pieces, to realize that memory is what makes our lives. Life without memory is no life at all.” — Luis Buñuel Portolés, Filmmaker

Every year, hundreds of millions of people experience the pain of a failing memory.

The reasons are many: traumatic brain injury, which haunts a disturbingly high number of veterans and football players; stroke or Alzheimer’s disease, which often plagues the elderly; or even normal brain aging, which inevitably touches us all.

Memory loss seems to be inescapable. But one maverick neuroscientist is working hard on an electronic cure. Funded by DARPA, Dr. Theodore Berger, a biomedical engineer at the University of Southern California, is testing a memory-boosting implant that mimics the kind of signal processing that occurs when neurons are laying down new long-term memories.

The revolutionary implant, already shown to help memory encoding in rats and monkeys, is now being tested in human patients with epilepsy — an exciting first that may blow the field of memory prosthetics wide open.

To get here, however, the team first had to crack the memory code.

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There are times when I could use this!

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Want To Be Mentally Tough? Stop Doing These Five Things

Want To Be Mentally Tough? Stop Doing These Five Things | neuroscience | Scoop.it
  //     There are a lot of ways to get stronger. Adding more resistance, adversity, or stress is one way, learning how to adapt to the challenge is another, and adopting dialectical thinking (see blog post 9/23/14) is another. Yet...

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The science of forgiveness: “When you don’t forgive you release all the chemicals of the stress response”

The science of forgiveness: “When you don’t forgive you release all the chemicals of the stress response” | neuroscience | Scoop.it
Researchers are studying how we can let go of our grievances and live a healthier life. Here's how it works

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Forgive and forget safely.

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The Neuroscience of Success | Big Think

The Neuroscience of Success | Big Think | neuroscience | Scoop.it
Neuroscience and psychology have identified willpower as essential to success in school and beyond. Like a muscle, it can be developed through exercise, and exhausted through overwork. 

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Self restraint, delayed gratification, willpower - key ingredients for success.

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Daniel Goleman - Common Misconceptions About Focus

Daniel Goleman - Common Misconceptions About Focus | neuroscience | Scoop.it
Daniel Goleman, author of Focus, debunks common myths circulating about how we concentrate.

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