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REACH to Rewire your Brain

REACH to Rewire your Brain | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it

Until recent years, the story of your brain was pretty discouraging. When I was getting my degree in Cognitive Science in the 1980s, I was told what you may have heard: you are born with billions of brain cells. Your brain sets like concrete as you become an adult. Neurons die throughout your lifetime, and then you die. So suck it up!

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Neuroscience is rewriting the story of your brain to be much more encouraging. Neuroplasticity is your brain’s ability to rewire and restructure itself due to learning and experience. Few scientists believed in neuroplasticity until recent years. Now the consensus is clear: under the right circumstances your brain physically and significantly changes throughout your life.


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Manipulating Critical Periods for Brain Development

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Re-opening Windows: Manipulating Critical Periods for Brain Development:

The brain acquires certain skills—from visual perception to language—during critical windows, specific times in early life when the brain is actively shaped by environmental input. Scientists like Takao K. Hensch are now discovering pathways in animal models through which these windows might be re-opened in adults, thus re-awakening a brain’s youth-like plasticity. Such research has implications for brain injury repair, sensory recovery, and neurodevelopmental disorder treatment. In addition, what we know today about these critical windows of development already has enormous implications for social and educational policy.

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Scientists Discover What Our Brain Is Doing When We Become Aware That We Are Dreaming

Scientists Discover What Our Brain Is Doing When We Become Aware That We Are Dreaming | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it
A team of researchers in Germany have discovered the source of human awareness in the brain through the analysis of dreams.

Previous research has been unable to document exactly what happens in the transitional period when people drift out of consciousness and into unconsciousness. But, by contrasting lucid dreams with non-lucid dreams, using EEG and MRI machines, researchers were able to discern exactly which brain areas came alive through lucid dreams.

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What happens to our brains when we exercise and how it makes us happier

What happens to our brains when we exercise and how it makes us happier | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it

If you start exercising, your brain recognizes this as a moment of stress. As your heart pressure increases, the brain thinks you are either fighting the enemy or fleeing from it. To protect yourself and your brain from stress, you release a protein called BDNF (Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor). This BDNF has a protective and also reparative element to your memory neurons and acts as a reset switch. That’s why we often feel so at ease and things are clear after exercising and eventually happy.

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The Incredible New Way To Measure Your IQ

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Apparently, according to a new study from Washington University in St. Louis, having a bigger brain could actually mean you’re smarter. 

The study found brain size accounts for 6.7% variance in intelligence. In other words, it plays a role. The study went on to measure the strength of neural connections between the left prefrontal cortex (right behind your forehead) and the rest of the brain. The strength of this area leads to a 10% difference in intelligence. In other words, the stronger your connections here… the higher your IQ.

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Metacognition - BrainFacts.org

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Metacognition -- awareness of one's attention and thinking process -- is increasingly a 21st century necessity. -- Howard

 

"At New York University, Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow Dr Steve Fleming is exploring the neural basis of metacognition: how we think about thinking, and how we assess the accuracy of our decisions, judgements and other aspects of our mental..."


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