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Should we sacrifice our brains to the Internet?

Should we sacrifice our brains to the Internet? | omnia mea mecum fero | Scoop.it

One of the greatest effects of the Internet is its ability to capture our attention only to scatter it, ultimately producing a generation whose brains are being better hardwired to scan, skim and multitask, causing a weakening in our ability to read and think deeply in a concentrated manner.


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This is your brain on sugar: Study in rats shows high-fructose diet sabotages learning, memory

This is your brain on sugar: Study in rats shows high-fructose diet sabotages learning, memory | omnia mea mecum fero | Scoop.it
A new study is the first to show how a diet steadily high in fructose slows the brain, hampering memory and learning -- and how omega-3 fatty acids can minimize the damage.

 

SUGAR: http://www.scoop.it/t/science-news?tag=sugar

 


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What Eating Too Much Sugar Does to Your Brain

What Eating Too Much Sugar Does to Your Brain | omnia mea mecum fero | Scoop.it

The damage added sugar does to our bodies begins in our brains


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How Our Brains Set the World Spinning

How Our Brains Set the World Spinning | omnia mea mecum fero | Scoop.it

If there’s ever excuse to publish an optical illusion as cool as the “Rotating Snakes,” I’ll take it. This illusion was invented in 2003 by Akiyoshi Kitaoka of Ritsumeikan University in Japan, and ever since, Kitaoka and other scientists have been trying to figure out why it works. A new paper by Stephen Macknik at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix may have the answer.


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The Human Brain: 9 Of The Most Stunning Images Ever (PHOTOS)

The Human Brain: 9 Of The Most Stunning Images Ever (PHOTOS) | omnia mea mecum fero | Scoop.it
In making the case for the raw aesthetic appeal of neuroscience data, I focus on the powerful ideas that have given us this striking visual vocabulary.

 

Articles about NEUROSCIENCE: http://www.scoop.it/t/science-news?tag=neuroscience

 


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The Rubber Hand Illusion - Horizon: Is Seeing Believing? - BBC Two

Horizon explores the strange and wonderful world of illusions - and reveals the tricks they play on our senses and why they fool us.


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Language Pragmatics: Why We Can't Talk to Computers

Language Pragmatics: Why We Can't Talk to Computers | omnia mea mecum fero | Scoop.it

But in a day and age when computers can win at Jeopardy and chess programs can consistently defeat the best human players, why hasn’t voice technology reached a similar plateau of mastery? Here is cognitive scientist, popular author, and Floating University professor Steven Pinker exploring the issue in a clip from his lecture “Say What? Linguistics as a Window to Understanding the Brain.”


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Mike Magliaco's curator insight, July 15, 2014 5:22 PM

So this explains all those Siri fails 

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A couple of projects show how easy it is to create fake memories

A couple of projects show how easy it is to create fake memories | omnia mea mecum fero | Scoop.it
Artist Alasdair Hopwood and the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit at Goldsmiths College are creating an archive of memories — false memories.

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Cognitive Computing: When Computers Become Brains

Cognitive Computing: When Computers Become Brains | omnia mea mecum fero | Scoop.it

The gnomes at IBM’s research labs were not content to make merely a genius computer that could beat any human at the game of jeopardy, they had to go and create a new kind of machine intelligence that mimics the actual human brain.


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Why your brain sees men as people and women as body parts

Why your brain sees men as people and women as body parts | omnia mea mecum fero | Scoop.it
The sexual objectification of women isn’t just in your head—it’s in everyone’s. A new study finds that our brains see men as people and women as body parts.

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BPS Research Digest: Total recall: The man who can remember every day of his life in detail

BPS Research Digest: Total recall: The man who can remember every day of his life in detail | omnia mea mecum fero | Scoop.it

For most of us, it's tricky enough to remember what we were doing this time last week, let alone on some random day years ago. But for a blind 20-year-old man referred to by researchers as HK, every day of his life since the age of about eleven is recorded in his memory in detail. HK has a rare condition known as hyperthymesia and his is only the second case ever documented in the scientific literature (the first, a woman known as AJ, was reported in 2006.

 

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BBC Future column: Does the internet rewire your brain?

BBC Future column: Does the internet rewire your brain? | omnia mea mecum fero | Scoop.it

Being online does change your brain, but so does making a cup of tea. A better question to ask is what parts of the brain are regular internet users using.


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Why so few people are left-handed

Why so few people are left-handed | omnia mea mecum fero | Scoop.it
Right-handers have long accounted for 90 percent of the population, and scientists may have figured out why...

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What Is Intelligence? Just a Byproduct of Cooperation.

What Is Intelligence? Just a Byproduct of Cooperation. | omnia mea mecum fero | Scoop.it

By developing computer simulations of neural networks that evolved over 50,000 generations, scientists at Trinity University have concluded that intelligence is an evolutionary byproduct of social teamwork.


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Harry Madigan's curator insight, October 4, 2014 2:53 AM

Similar to the second source i curated, this article explores the notion that intelligence is an evolutionary byproduct of social teamwork.


The idea that without cooperation then intelligence would not be what it is today. 

 

a perfect article for cooperative contribution :) 

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Making Sense of the World, Several Senses at a Time

Making Sense of the World, Several Senses at a Time | omnia mea mecum fero | Scoop.it

Our five senses–sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell–seem to operate independently, as five distinct modes of perceiving the world. In reality, however, they collaborate closely to enable the mind to better understand its surroundings. We can become aware of this collaboration under special circumstances. In some cases, a sense may covertly influence the one we think is dominant. When visual information clashes with that from sound, sensory crosstalk can cause what we see to alter what we hear.


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Memory strengthened by stimulating key site in brain

Memory strengthened by stimulating key site in brain | omnia mea mecum fero | Scoop.it
Ever gone to the movies and forgotten where you parked the car? New research may one day help you improve your memory.

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Christian Ayala's curator insight, March 18, 2013 9:51 AM

Memory is well needed in everyday life and improving memory would be well accepted

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You are a time machine

You are a time machine | omnia mea mecum fero | Scoop.it
Time and space are the two fundamental dimensions of our lives. All forms of human behavior require us to process and understand information we receive from our environment in either spatial or temporal patterns.

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Food Choices Affect Brain Size, Study Suggests

Food Choices Affect Brain Size, Study Suggests | omnia mea mecum fero | Scoop.it

Not only do healthy foods keep your body in shape, they may keep your noggin fit as well. That’s the finding of new study of brain size and memory, NPR reports.


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