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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!

Brain wiring

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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The Incredible New Way To Measure Your IQ

The Incredible New Way To Measure Your IQ | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it

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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Brain scans support Freud: Guilt plays key role in depression

Brain scans support Freud: Guilt plays key role in depression | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it

Scientists have shown that the brains of people with depression respond differently to feelings of guilt -- even after their symptoms have subsided.

University of Manchester researchers found that the brain scans of people with a history of depression differed in the regions associated with guilt and knowledge of socially acceptable behaviour from individuals who never get depressed.


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The Irreversible Ways Educational Psychology and Technology Changed the Brain

The Irreversible Ways Educational Psychology and Technology Changed the Brain | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it

Children today are saturated in technology—from digital learning games to more advanced interactions like social networking and text messaging. The Internet has changed much about how young people today connect and receive information.

 


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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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