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Exercise-Induced Muscle Factor Promotes Memory | The Scientist Magazine®

Exercise-Induced Muscle Factor Promotes Memory | The Scientist Magazine® | Brain research | Scoop.it
Running releases an enzyme that is associated with memory function in mice and humans.
 
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If the research is applicable to humans, does this mean that we should learn during walking or running? That would change how to think about learning and teaching in schools. Outdoor class rooms, yey!
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Why People Share: The Psychology of Social Sharing - CoSchedule

Why People Share: The Psychology of Social Sharing - CoSchedule | Brain research | Scoop.it
“How do you get more people to share your content? It’s a simple question that lacks a simple answer. But, perhaps it’s not as complicated as you think. In a …”
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Is your brain male or female?

Is your brain male or female? | Brain research | Scoop.it
BBC Horizon asks whether there really are significant brain differences between the sexes.
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I wonder why we seem to know this things and are able to proof them scientifically. But why is this not reflected in education or people development in companies?
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Was passiert im Gehirn wenn das Handy klingelt?

Was passiert im Gehirn wenn das Handy klingelt? | Brain research | Scoop.it
3sat.online - anders Internet
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Ich bin erschrocken! Alarmstufe im Gehirn wenn es klingelt? Na dann: Abschalten für ein paar Stunden.
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Do You Know the Value of Your Values?

Do You Know the Value of Your Values? | Brain research | Scoop.it
You can't consume your values. Do You Know the Value of Your Values? May be to see that you can live a life that comes complete with meaning and purpose.
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Books Can Change How a Child's Brain Grows

Studies comparing identical and nonidentical twins show that genes play an important role in the development of the cerebral cortex, the thin, folded structure that supports higher mental functions. But less is known about how early life experiences influence how the cortex grows.
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Becoming Bi-Cultural Makes You More Creative

The value of living in more than one culture.
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Brain might not stand in the way of free will - New Scientist

Brain might not stand in the way of free will - New Scientist | Brain research | Scoop.it
Advocates of free will can rest easy, for now. A 30-year-old classic experiment that is often used to argue against free will might have been misinterpreted.

In the early 1980s, Benjamin Libet at the University of California in San Francisco, used electroencephalography (EEG) to record the brain activity of volunteers who had been told to make a spontaneous movement.
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Brains of teens who smoke cigarettes reveal early signs of addiction - Medical Xpress

Brains of teens who smoke cigarettes reveal early signs of addictionMedical XpressHe used functional magnetic resonance imaging to monitor which regions of the teenagers' brains were activated when viewing a random assortment of smoking imagery.
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Young Brains Lack Skills for Sharing: Scientific American

Young Brains Lack Skills for Sharing: Scientific American | Brain research | Scoop.it
If a child you know refuses to share his toys, chances are he knows he is doing wrong but cannot help it. New research published in March in Neuron reveals that underdevelopment of an impulse control center in the brain is, at least in part, the reason children who fully understand the concept of fairness fail to act accordingly.
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Compassion Meditation Changes The Brain

Can we train ourselves to be compassionate? A new study suggests the answer is yes. Cultivating compassion and kindness through meditation affects brain regions that can make a person more empathetic to other peoples' mental states, say researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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Are you learning for your self or for a teacher?

Are you learning for your self or for a teacher? | Brain research | Scoop.it

"We need to move beyond the idea that an education is something that is provided for us, and toward the idea that an education is something that we create for ourselves. It is time, in other words, that we change out attitude toward learning and the educational system in general."

 

Quote from a Huffington Post article by Stephen Downes. www.huffingtonpost.com/stephen-downes/a-world-to-change_b...

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Decisions Are Emotional, not Logical: The Neuroscience behind Decision Making | Experts' Corner | Big Think

Decisions Are Emotional, not Logical:  The Neuroscience behind Decision Making | Experts' Corner | Big Think | Brain research | Scoop.it
Think of a situation were you would have THE facts, good reasons, and logic on your side. You would certainly believe there could be no way an other person could say no to your perfect proposal...

Decision-making is probably entirely emotional, according to the latest findings in neuroscience.
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Women think 'as rationally' as men - but also use more gut feeling

Women think 'as rationally' as men - but also use more gut feeling | Brain research | Scoop.it
How much do men and women differ psychologically? Does greater emotional empathy in women result in less rational thinking when it comes to choosing to do harm for a greater good?
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Mindfulness and the Brain

Mindfulness and the Brain | Brain research | Scoop.it
Researchers explore the neuroplastic changes that occur with mindfulness training, and are finding that practitioners’ brains seem to reflect their expertise.
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Learned, especially if you are a beginner, can greatly benefit from this findings. By training with the same thing again and again you build experience, you build your brains.
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Debunked: ‘Right-Brain’ and ‘Left-Brain’ Personalities — PsyBlog

Evidence from over 1,000 fMRI brain scans finds no evidence people are ‘right-brained’ or ‘left-brained’.
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However, in my courses or in class I still use the right - left definition. It is quite handy to make a point. People tend to understand better when there is a strict difference. But I always tell the participants that it is just a thinking model and that in reality it is different.
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Discovery of Gatekeeper Nerve Cells Explains the Effect of Nicotine on Learning and Memory

Discovery of Gatekeeper Nerve Cells Explains the Effect of Nicotine on Learning and Memory | Brain research | Scoop.it
Researchers discovered a new group of nerve cells that regulate processes of learning and memory. These cells act as gatekeepers and carry a receptor for nicotine, which can help explain our ability to remember and sort information.
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The Effects of Texting on Grammar Skills

The Effects of Texting on Grammar Skills | Brain research | Scoop.it

It is amazing 'how our kids and students are using their mobile devices. Sometimes I wonder how life would be for them without these gadgets. As a teacher advocating the use of technology ( including the mobile one ) in education , I feel good about the dexterity with which our learners hande their mobile devices but I also have some serious caveats as to how much time should our students and kids spend on this technology. I don't like to sound pessimistic but I am afraid there should be some limits or to put it mildly , an adult supervision should be exercised.


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What the brain draws from: Art and neuroscience - CNN

What the brain draws from: Art and neuroscience. The human brain is wired in such a way that we can make sense of lines, colors and patterns on a flat canvas.
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Why Success Breeds Success: The Science of “The Winner Effect”

Biochemistry and the self-reinforcing upward spiral of
winning.
The past century of science has demonstrated the pivotal role of biochemistry in such human phenomena as love, attraction, and lust. But to consider that individual neurobiology might impact things as rational and complex as, say, stock markets seems rather radical.
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Grin and bear it: Does Smiling facilitates stress recovery?

"The next time you are stuck in traffic or are experiencing some other type of stress," says Sarah Pressman of the University of Kansas , "you might try to hold your face in a smile for a moment. Not only will it help you 'grin and bear it' psychologically, but it might actually help your heart health as well!"
Study to investigate the potential benefits of smiling
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Brain Development in ADHD, Study

Could attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) happening due to a delay in brain development? Scientists scanned over 200 children to get closer to a possible answer.
- I myself just wonder: if the so called disorder or deficit is really one. In remembering Darwin, the ADHD people may have served a purpose in evolution. Hence, they survived.
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Could a brain scanner be able to read your mind?

Could a brain scanner be able to read your mind? | Brain research | Scoop.it
New MRI technology could allow those without motor functions to communicate. There is a brain scanner in existence that could, in theory, be able to read your mind and tell you what you’re thinking.
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The brain organizes objects by size: MIT scientists | KurzweilAI

The brain organizes objects by size: MIT scientists | KurzweilAI | Brain research | Scoop.it
Researchers at the MIT have discovered that the brain organizes objects based on their physical size.

“Prior to this study, nobody had looked at whether the size of an object was an important factor in the brain’s ability to recognize it,” said Aude Oliva, MIT Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and senior author of the study.
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The 6 Types Of Social Media User You Must Know

The 6 Types Of Social Media User You Must Know | Brain research | Scoop.it
A lot of marketers miss the boat when they try to measure social media value in their marketing strategy. While it matters how many likes, re-tweets, etc occur, it matters more what the value and engagement of those customers is rather than just the activity around the site or campaign.
And how, is engagement normaly driven by our brains? Or emotions?
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