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Understanding how the brain learns, functions and stays healthy.
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Neuroplasticity: You Can Teach An Old Brain New Tricks Big Think

Neuroplasticity: You Can Teach An Old Brain New Tricks  Big Think | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

"Dr. Dennis Charney, dean of the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, has studied how the brain responds to dramatic changes in peoples' environments. In the video below, Charney describes how prisoners of war who were placed in solitary confinement developed unusual cognitive capacities because the only activity they were allowed to do was think. The POWs were essentially exercising their brains. What can we learn from this?Charney is using this research to conduct psychological therapies that can improve learning and memory, and solve problems with anxiety and depression."

 

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Memory and the Brain | SUPER BRAIN with Rudy Tanzi and Deepak Chopra (Video)

(Video) Integration of neuroscience and Eastern philosophy. "SUPER BRAIN is a manual for relating to the brain in a revolutionary new way. Learn how to use your brain as a gateway for achieving health, happiness, and spiritual growth. Hosted by author and physician Deepak Chopra, and Harvard Medical School professor Rudy Tanzi, the series and book combines cutting edge research and spiritual insights to help you tap into your brain's incredible capacity to heal and change. Dr. Tanzi is one of the world's foremost experts on the causes of Alzheimer's and includes tips and ideas to health promote brain health."

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The Brain Set Free - Science News

The Brain Set Free - Science News | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

Lifting neural constraints could turn back time, making way for youthful flexibility..."In time, these brain connections crystallize, forming indelible patterns etched into marble. Impressionable brain systems that allowed a child to easily learn a language, for instance, go away, abandoned for the speed and strength that come with rigidity. In a fully set brain, signals fly around effortlessly, making common­place tasks short work. A master of efficiency, the adult brain loses the exuberance of childhood.But the adult brain need not remain in this petrified state. In a feat of neural alchemy, the brain can morph from marble back to limestone."

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Can You Build a Better Brain?

Can You Build a Better Brain? | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

The explosion in neuroscience is slowly revealing the mechanisms of cognition. “We have accumulated enough knowledge about the mechanisms and molecular underpinnings of cognitionat the synaptic and circuit levels to say something about which processes contribute,” says James Bibb of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center...Greater cognitive capacity comes from having more neurons or synapses, higher levels of neurogenesis (the creation of new neurons, especially in the memory-forming hippocampus), and increased production of compounds such as BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor), which stimulates the production of neurons and synapses, says neuroscientist Yaakov Stern of Columbia University. Both neurogenesis and synapse formation boost learning, memory, reasoning, and creativity. And in people who excel at particular tasks, Stern’s neuro-imaging studies show, brain circuits tend to be more efficient (using less energy even as cognitive demand increases), higher capacity, and more flexible.

 

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Does the internet rewire your brain?

Does the internet rewire your brain? | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | 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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Change The Structure of Your Brain! - Neuroplasticity | SUPER BRAIN (Video)

Description: How can we change the structure of our brain and what is neuroplasticity?

"SUPER BRAIN is a manual for relating to the brain in a revolutionary new way. Learn how to use your brain as a gateway for achieving health, happiness, and spiritual growth.* Hosted by author and physician Deepak Chopra, and Harvard Medical School professor Rudy Tanzi, the series and book combines cutting edge research and spiritual insights to help you tap into your brain's incredible capacity to heal and change. Dr. Tanzi is one of the world's foremost experts on the causes of Alzheimer's and includes tips and ideas to health promote brain health."

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How The Brain Rewires Itself

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"FOR DECADES, THE PREVAILING DOGMA IN neuroscience was that the adult human brain is essentially immutable, hardwired, fixed in form and function, so that by the time we reach adulthood we are pretty much stuck with what we have. Yes, it can create (and lose) synapses, the connections between neurons that encode memories and learning. And it can suffer injury and degeneration. But this view held that if genes and development dictate that one cluster of neurons will process signals from the eye and another cluster will move the fingers of the right hand, then they'll do that and nothing else until the day you die. There was good reason for lavishly illustrated brain books to show the function, size and location of the brain's structures in permanent ink.ut research in the past few years has overthrown the dogma. In its place has come the realization that the adult brain retains impressive powers of "neuroplasticity"--the ability to change its structure and function in response to experience."

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Eric Hardek's curator insight, March 18, 2015 10:31 AM

Did you know that thinking about performing a particular task can improve motor skills?

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Neurodevelopment: Unlocking the brain

Neurodevelopment: Unlocking the brain | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

During critical periods, children can make rapid progress at discerning facial features that look like their own, recognizing spoken language and locating objects in space. But within a few months or years, each window of opportunity slams shut, and learning anything new in that realm becomes difficult, if not impossible. Or maybe not. What Hensch and others in the small, but rapidly advancing, field of critical-period research are finding is that those windows can be prised back open. “For the first time, we are beginning to understand the biology that underlies critical periods,” says Hensch. And that understanding is suggesting ways to intervene in various neural disorders, including intractable conditions such as adult amblyopia, in which information from one eye is not correctly processed by the brain, and possibly even autism. The work could even lead to 'plasticity pills' that enhance learning or help to wipe out traumatic memories.

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Neuroplasticity: How to Rewire our Brains with Neuroplasticity

The National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine (NICABM)

In this clip, Dr. Ruth Buczynski interviews Dr. Daniel Siegel about neuroplasticity, what neuroplasticity is, how neuroplasticity works, and how you can use neuroplasticity to help improve your life. (video)

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The Brain: How The Brain Rewires Itself

The Brain: How The Brain Rewires Itself | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
Not only can the brain learn new tricks, but it can also change its structure and function--even in old age (RT @JosieJosieg: The Brain: How The Brain Rewires Itself - #creativity #neuroscience via @CreatvEmergence
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