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Your Brain by the Numbers: Scientific American (Infographic)

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Created by: Dwayne Godwin, a neuroscientist at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. & Jorge Cham, who draws the comic strip Piled Higher and Deeper at www.phdcomics.com .


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PIERRE PAUL GAGNE's curator insight, March 1, 2014 9:29 AM

Une image.... des milliards de connexions !!!

The Brain Might Learn that Way
Understanding how the brain changes and develops
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Harvard neuroscientist: Meditation not only reduces stress, here’s how it changes your brain

Harvard neuroscientist: Meditation not only reduces stress, here’s how it changes your brain | The Brain Might Learn that Way | Scoop.it
Meditation's benefits may derive from its impact on the shape of the brain, thickening parts associated with mind-wandering, memory and compassion, and shrinking the fear center

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Maggie Rouman's curator insight, May 28, 5:02 PM

Great interview & video

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Surge in US 'brain-reading' patents - BBC News

There is a dramatic rise in the number of technology patents filed that relate to reading brainwaves.
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U.S. schools are still shortchanging gifted kids, experts say

U.S. schools are still shortchanging gifted kids, experts say | The Brain Might Learn that Way | Scoop.it
Far too many high-ability children are still languishing in American classrooms, bored and unchallenged. A new report calls for academic acceleration for America's brightest students.
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EDITORIAL: Standardized tests necessary evil - Asbury Park Press

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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, December 23, 2014 7:47 PM

I know many parents who believed their child's taking of the ACT (Illinois' NCLB compliance assessment since 2000) was a waste, but there was no "opt out" movement then. Why, now that standards have changed to be unified is the uproar so heated? Could it be fueled by political machines?

Maggie McGuirk Veres's curator insight, December 26, 2014 9:28 PM

A look at another opinion.

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Dopamine helps with math rules as well as mood

Dopamine helps with math rules as well as mood | The Brain Might Learn that Way | Scoop.it
The chemical messenger dopamine – otherwise known as the happiness hormone – is important not only for motivation and motor skills. It seems it can also help neurons with difficult cognitive tasks. Torben Ott, Simon Jacob and Professor Andreas Nieder of Tübingen's Institute for Neurobiology have ...
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Study Reports Musicians Show Advantages in Long Term Memory

Study Reports Musicians Show Advantages in Long Term Memory | The Brain Might Learn that Way | Scoop.it
Professional musicians might have the edge when it comes to long term memory, a new study reports.
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Finding 'Lost' Languages in the Brain

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According to a new study, the unconscious brain retains neural patterns of an infant's first language, even if they stop using it.
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This is your brain trying to be funny

This is your brain trying to be funny | The Brain Might Learn that Way | Scoop.it
While comedians think up jokes, activity rises in brain areas involved in reward and making links between opposing ideas
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Experimental Videogame Consoles That Let You Make One Move a Day | WIRED

Experimental Videogame Consoles That Let You Make One Move a Day | WIRED | The Brain Might Learn that Way | Scoop.it
Instead of focusing on skills like eye-hand coordination, these games challenge our memory and observation says the designer
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New knowledge about human brain's plasticity

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The brain's plasticity and its adaptability to new situations do not function the way researchers previously thought, according to a new study. Earlier theories are based on laboratory animals, but now researchers have studied the human brain, and reached some new conclusions.
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Cool new findings on brain development!

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Neuroscience of choking under pressure: New insight

Neuroscience of choking under pressure: New insight | The Brain Might Learn that Way | Scoop.it
Everyone knows the scene: a basketball player at the free throw line, bouncing the ball as he concentrates on the basket. It’s a tight game, and his team needs this point. He regularly makes baskets from much farther away while avoiding defenders, but now, when all is calm, he chokes and misses the basket, and his team loses. Recent research suggests that in situations like this, performance depends on two factors: the framing of the incentive in terms of a loss or a gain, and a person’s aversio
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Brain changes linked to prematurity may explain risk of neurodevelopmental disorders

Brain changes linked to prematurity may explain risk of neurodevelopmental disorders | The Brain Might Learn that Way | Scoop.it
The identification of neuroanatomical changes related to prematurity helps explain what brain structure and circuitry are affected, and may lead to designing effective prevention strategies and early interventional treatments for cognitive disabilities.
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The Role and Sources of Individual Differences in Critical-Analytic Thinking: a Capsule Overview - Online First - Springer

The Role and Sources of Individual Differences in Critical-Analytic Thinking: a Capsule Overview - Online First - Springer | The Brain Might Learn that Way | Scoop.it

Critical-analytic thinking is typically conceived as a meta-construct that arises at the junction of a problem state (i.e., a situation that requires analysis that challenges previous assumptions) and an individual (i.e., an entity with the capacity to exercise critical-analytic thinking). With regard to the latter, there is a substantial body of research focusing on developmental and educational prerequisites for critical-analytic thinking. A less studied aspect of critical-analytic thinking pertains to individual differences, particularly in the set of foundational or componential cognitive skills that embody this construct. The bottom line here is whether, all else being equal (i.e., the same situation and the same developmental/educational stage), there is variation in whether, when, and how people think critically/analytically. We argue that there is unequivocal evidence for both the existence and importance of individual differences in critical-analytic thinking. This review focuses on theoretical and empirical evidence, identifying the cognitive processes that serve as the sources of these individual differences and capturing these processes’ differential contributions to both the critical and analytic components of this construct.

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Trounced by a brain-training octogenarian - BBC News

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Experts debate the value of brain games, but Adam Shaw was surprised to be beaten at a simple arithmetic test by a woman double his age.
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Childhood self-control linked to enhanced job prospects throughout life - PsyPost

Childhood self-control linked to enhanced job prospects throughout life - PsyPost | The Brain Might Learn that Way | Scoop.it
Parents who work to instill self-control in their children will see them reap the benefits not only in the short-term but throughout their working life, ac ...
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Mind over matter: Can you think your way to strength?

Mind over matter: Can you think your way to strength? | The Brain Might Learn that Way | Scoop.it
Regular mental imagery exercises help preserve arm strength during 4 weeks of immobilization, researchers have found. Strength is controlled by a number of factors -- the most studied by far is skeletal muscle. However, the nervous system is also an important, though not fully understood, determinant of strength and weakness. In this study, researchers set out to test how the brain's cortex plays into strength development.
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Frontiers for Young Minds

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Frontiers for Young Minds is a scientific open access journal edited by and for kids.
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Sleep's Link To Learning And Memory Traced To Brain Chemistry

Sleep's Link To Learning And Memory Traced To Brain Chemistry | The Brain Might Learn that Way | Scoop.it
During sleep, the brain locks in existing memories and can even form new ones. Scientists say they are starting to understand how that happens. A midnight snack may interfere.
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Why People Text And Drive, Even When They Know Better

Why People Text And Drive, Even When They Know Better | The Brain Might Learn that Way | Scoop.it
It should come as no surprise that our near-constant use of technology has an impact on the functioning of the brain. And that has a major effect on our behavior.

For example, digital devices "hijack" the prefrontal cortex of the brain,...
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Neuroscience Improves Early Childhood Education Quality

Neuroscience Improves Early Childhood Education Quality | The Brain Might Learn that Way | Scoop.it
Who doesn't want the education and care for young children to be high quality? Parents look for it, advocates fight for it, policy makers debate it. But just what is it?...
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Social brain is duped by fake personal interactions —

Social brain is duped by fake personal interactions — | The Brain Might Learn that Way | Scoop.it
RT @autismcrisis: Theory of mind at its finest: nonautistics are totally fooled by fake social interaction http://t.co/yCEN8iVade @SFARIaut…
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First peek at how neurons multitask

First peek at how neurons multitask | The Brain Might Learn that Way | Scoop.it
Researchers have shown how a single neuron can perform multiple functions in a model organism, illuminating for the first time this fundamental biological mechanism and shedding light on the human brain.
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The Brain-Games Conundrum: Does Cognitive Training Really Sharpen the Mind?

The Brain-Games Conundrum: Does Cognitive Training Really Sharpen the Mind? | The Brain Might Learn that Way | Scoop.it
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Another addition to the brain training debate.

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Less reward, more aversion when learning tricky tasks

Less reward, more aversion when learning tricky tasks | The Brain Might Learn that Way | Scoop.it
We can easily learn by seeking reward or avoiding punishment. But either way, we'd rather have any task be easy. A new study finds a direct behavioral and physiological linkage between those inclinations: When even subtle conflict made an experimental task harder, it affected the perception of reward and punishment, skewing how subjects learned the task.
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Links between grammar, rhythm explored by researchers

Links between grammar, rhythm explored by researchers | The Brain Might Learn that Way | Scoop.it
A child's ability to distinguish musical rhythm is related to his or her capacity for understanding grammar, according to a recent study. The study is the first of its kind to show an association between musical rhythm and grammar.
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