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Are you a mover, perceiver, stimulator or adaptor? A new map of how the brain works

Are you a mover, perceiver, stimulator or adaptor? A new map of how the brain works | Psychology |
Forget dated ideas about the left and right hemispheres. New research provides a more nuanced view of how we plan our lives and experience the world. Which cognitive mode best describes you?

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Extended Mind & Human Intuitive Abilities - Rupert Sheldrake

Date: 01-2012 Biography: Rupert Sheldrake is a biologist and author. He studied natural sciences at Cambridge and philosophy at Harvard, where he was a Frank...

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How to focus in the age of distraction

How to focus in the age of distraction | Psychology |

Seth Dixon's insight: 

I can be an very distracted individual, but some of my greatest works are a function of my multi-tasking and constant connectedness. 


However, things will fall through the crack as you can feel overwhelmed with work and simultaneously displeased with the quality of your work if you are 'too connected' technologically and not connected enough with people. 


These are some helpful hints to avoid burn-out and to create a better life/work separation.  And important skills and habits to pass on to the next generation that has been raised with technology in their fingertips.

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Sharrock's curator insight, October 21, 2013 4:09 PM

This is valuable at a few different levels. It all comes down to habits and skills. students need this kind of reinforcement from home, school, and other points of contact (clergy, counselors, employers, etc.).

David McGavock's curator insight, October 24, 2013 4:18 PM

Surviving in the 21st Century requires choices and knowing what pulls your attention.

Marta Torán's curator insight, November 7, 2013 11:45 AM

Un mapa mental para que nos "enfoquemos".

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The Smartest Kids In The World: 50 Brilliant Students That Model A Love For Learning

The Smartest Kids In The World: 50 Brilliant Students That Model A Love For Learning | Psychology |

There have always been some pretty smart—make that incredibly smart—teenagers around.


Take, for example, the French mathematician Evariste Galois (1811–1832; at left), who invented the field of abstract algebra known as group theory while still in his teens. This branch of mathematics lies at the heart of modern quantum mechanics, among other things.


Galois may have been brilliant, but he was no nerd: He died in a duel over a love affair at the tender age of 21! So, teen geniuses are nothing new. However, it does seem like there are more of them around today than ever before.


Some of them are inventors; some, like Galois, solve difficult mathematical problems; some are brilliant artists, performers, or entrepreneurs; and some have encyclopedic knowledge, speak multiple languages, or can correctly spell any word.


They are all smart. Very smart. Smart way beyond their years. So, how do we measure intelligence? The most popular measure for intelligence is the Stanford-Binet IQ test offered through Mensa International, an organization for high-IQ people. An average IQ score is 85–114; 144 or above is considered genius-level. Yet, some people have intelligence and gifts that defy or go beyond a test score.


At first glance, it’s pretty hard to recognize the smartest teenagers. Just like fruit and other gifts of nature, we can’t (and shouldn’t) judge that proverbial book by its cover. You’ll recognize the diversity among these 50 smart teenagers and find very little in common among them in terms of physical characteristics, locations, background, etc.

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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, October 21, 2013 11:50 AM

This can be reviewed and allow students to read about their peers. Here's the key to the kingdom of knowledge...inquiry base, student centered learning... the main reason for the  learners success.

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Resilience: The Other 21st Century Skills | Pe...

Resilience:  The Other 21st Century Skills | Pe... | Psychology |
Due to the interest of my post The Other 21st Skills, I decided to individually discuss each of the skills or dispositions I proposed that are in addition to the seven survival skills as identified...

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"Brains Sweep Themselves Clean Of Toxins During Sleep Downloadable" audio + transcript

"Brains Sweep Themselves Clean Of Toxins During Sleep Downloadable" audio + transcript | Psychology |
Mouse brains get washed with cerebrospinal fluid while they sleep. Humans may use the same process.




While the brain sleeps, it clears out harmful toxins, a process that may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's, researchers say.


During sleep, the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain increases dramatically, washing away harmful waste proteins that build up between brain cells during waking hours, a of mice found.

"It's like a dishwasher," says , a professor of neurosurgery at the University of Rochester and an author of the study in Science.


The results appear to offer the best explanation yet of why animals and people need sleep. If this proves to be true in humans as well, it could help explain a mysterious association between sleep disorders and brain diseases, including Alzheimer's.


Nedergaard and a team of scientists discovered the cleaning process while studying the brains of sleeping mice.


The scientists noticed that during sleep, the system that circulates cerebrospinal fluid through the brain and nervous system was "pumping fluid into the brain and removing fluid from the brain in a very rapid pace," Nedergaard says.


The team discovered that this increased flow was possible in part because when mice went to sleep, their brain cells actually shrank, making it easier for fluid to circulate. When an animal woke up, the brain cells enlarged again and the flow between cells slowed to a trickle. "It's almost like opening and closing a faucet," Nedergaard says. "It's that dramatic."


Nedergaard's team, which is funded by the , had previously shown that this fluid was carrying away waste products that build up in the spaces between brain cells.

The process is important because what's getting washed away during sleep are waste proteins that are toxic to brain cells, Nedergaard says. This could explain why we don't think clearly after a sleepless night and why a prolonged lack of sleep can actually kill an animal or a person, she says.


So why doesn't the brain do this sort of housekeeping all the time? Nedergaard thinks it's because cleaning takes a lot of energy. "It's probably not possible for the brain to both clean itself and at the same time [be] aware of the surroundings and talk and move and so on," she says.


The brain-cleaning process has been observed in rats and baboons, but not yet in humans, Nedergaard says. Even so, it could offer a new way of understanding human brain diseases including Alzheimer's. That's because one of the waste products removed from the brain during sleep is beta amyloid, the substance that forms sticky plaques associated with the disease.


That's probably not a coincidence, Nedergaard says. "Isn't it interesting that Alzheimer's and all other diseases associated with dementia, they are linked to sleep disorders," she says.


Researchers who study Alzheimer's say Nedergaard's research could help explain a number of recent findings related to sleep. One of these involves how sleep affects levels of beta amyloid, says , a professor of neurology Washington University in St. Louis who wasn't involved in the study.


"Beta amyloid concentrations continue to increase while a person is awake," Bateman says. "And then after people go to sleep that concentration of beta amyloid decreases. This report provides a beautiful mechanism by which this may be happening."


The report also offers a tantalizing hint of a new approach to Alzheimer's prevention, Bateman says. "It does raise the possibility that one might be able to actually control sleep in a way to improve the clearance of beta amyloid and help prevent amyloidosis that we think can lead to Alzheimer's disease."

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The Dyslexic Brain: Must-See Video - NCLD

The Dyslexic Brain: Must-See Video - NCLD | Psychology |

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Marie Schoeman's curator insight, October 21, 2013 9:14 PM

Very useful information for teachers and parents who need to understand how the brain of a learners with dyslexia functions.

Mussalon koulu's curator insight, November 3, 2013 8:18 PM

MIelenkiintoinen ted-pätkä dysleksiasta.

Shranna's curator insight, January 24, 2014 7:20 AM

1 in 5 people have Dyslexia. The common definition that we know about Dyslexia isn't exactly what it is. When an individual have Dyslexia it isn't just about reading the words backwards but it is the incapablity of manipulating the words into different formats. Further, not being able to read the word as a whole. I think this is essential in knowing when being an instructor because this is a common disablity amongst young children. Syllable types and rules are a way we can use to help children with Dyslexia. I think it is essential to understand the different methods on teaching a child in a classroom.