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Memory implantation is now officially real

Memory implantation is now officially real | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

In a study published in the latest issue of Science, a team of researchers led by MIT neuroscientist and Nobel Laureate Susumu Tonegawa demonstrate their ability to isolate and activate engrams in a mouse's memory-rich hippocampus. The researchers go on to implant false memories in the mouse's mind, causing it to recall experiences that have never actually occurred. Here's how they did it.


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Pedro Barbosa's curator insight, July 25, 2013 5:15 PM

Excellent article. Mandatory

 

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David Gifford's curator insight, July 26, 2013 3:05 AM

Singularity coming...

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Food logos light up kids' 'pleasure' centers

Food logos light up kids' 'pleasure' centers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

This child's brain -- brought to you by McDonald's.

 

Finally, there's proof of what most parents already know: food ads work really well on kids.

 

Researchers have found the most popular food companies have branded the brains of young people in such a powerful and genetic way, just seeing a logo trips the pleasure and reward switches in their young heads.

 

This means, on cue, if they see certain company names, their appetite controls are triggered. Although the same doesn't happen with logos for items not connected to food -- say, BMW versus Rice Krispies. . . .

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Signs of Cognitive Decline and Alzheimer’s Are Seen in Gait

Signs of Cognitive Decline and Alzheimer’s Are Seen in Gait | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Five studies presented this month provide striking evidence that when a person’s walk gets slower or becomes more variable or less controlled, his cognitive function is also suffering.

 

“Changes in walking may predate actually observable cognitive changes in people who are on their way to developing dementia,” said Molly Wagster, chief of the National Institute on Aging’s behavioral and systems neuroscience branch. Experts said the studies could lead to . . .

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How is our consciousness connected to the world?

How is our consciousness connected to the world? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

How is our consciousness connected to the world?
Explore the unconscious functions of the brain with visual illusions and mysterious perceptual phenomena.


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NEUROTHEOLOGY: Is The Human Brain Hardwired for God?

NEUROTHEOLOGY: Is The Human Brain Hardwired for God? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Why do we care whether or not God exists? And why do so many people believe? A new generation of neuroscientists is addressing those questions directly, with the ambitious goal of measuring what happens to the human brain during spiritual experiences.


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Scientists offer quantum theory of soul's existence

Scientists offer quantum theory of soul's existence | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

American Dr Stuart Hameroff and British physicist Sir Roger Penrose developed a quantum theory of consciousness asserting that our souls are contained inside structures called microtubules which live within our brain cells.

 

Their idea stems from the notion of the brain as a biological computer, "with 100 billion neurons and their axonal firings and synaptic connections acting as information networks". (...)

 

They argue that our experience of consciousness is the result of quantum gravity effects inside these microtubules - a process they call orchestrated objective reduction (Orch-OR).

 

In a near-death experience the microtubules lose their quantum state, but the information within them is not destroyed. Or in layman's terms, the soul does not die but returns to the universe. (...)

 

Dr Hameroff explained the theory at length in the Morgan Freeman-narrated documentary Through the Wormhole, which was recently aired in the US by the Science Channel. (...)

 

The quantum soul theory is now trending worldwide, thanks to stories published this week by The Huffington Post and the Daily Mail, which have generated thousands of readers comments and social media shares. (...)

 

 


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[VIDEO - ANIMATION] How do Nerves Work?

At any moment, there is an electrical storm coursing through your body. Discover how chemical reactions create an electric current that drives our responses to everything from hot pans to a mother's caress.

Lesson by Elliot Krane, animation by TED-Ed.


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Rest is a key part of life

Rest is a key part of life | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The lost art of introspection -- even daydreaming -- may be an increasingly valuable but elusive part of life, U.S. researchers said.

 

 


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Gut Bacteria Regulate Happiness

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APC scientists have shown that brain levels of serotonin, the ‘happy hormone’ are regulated by the amount of bacteria in the gut during early life.

 

This research has multiple health implications as it shows that manipulations of the microbiota (e.g. by antibiotics, diet, or infection) can have profound knock-on effects on brain function. . . .


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Gina Stepp's comment, June 12, 2012 11:08 PM
Interesting . . . especially considering that gut regulation and other emotion-related processes are affected by early-life bonding (attachment . . . relationships). You can't separate bodily health from mental health in the end.
Alice Ruxton Abler's comment, June 13, 2012 4:38 PM
Many thanks!
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[VIDEO] The Brain Science of Change – Your Human Decision System


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