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Patients Creating Meaningful Solutions for their Own Disease

We live in a time of transformation in the way scientific breakthroughs are created. Or more correctly, we all feel like it is time we will be living in times in which there is a transformation in the way scientific breakthroughs are created. People are more informed then ever and the free flow of information […]

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Interview with Toni Alika Hickman – Songwriter, Singer, Stroke Survivor

Toni Alika Hickman is not only a talented singer-songwriter; she is the survivor of two brain aneurysms and a stroke. Born in New York, raised in New Orleans by the streets and a single mother who both worked and went to school, she was on her own at the age of 15. Writing poetry was […]

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Best and Worst of Neuroscience and Neurology – April 2017

The number of neuroscience publications steadily grows over the years. In 2006, around 27,000 paper on this subject were published, while in 2015 this number went up to almost 37,000. This is a seriously big increase that reflects the importance of brain science and the growing interest in this field of research. The selection of […]

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Does High Testosterone Mean Low Empathy?

Empathy is defined as the ability to understand the feelings, emotions, and perspective of another person.  Empathy is critical for healthy social interactions, and impairments in empathy contribute to disorders of social interaction such as autism and psychopathy. Women score higher on tests of empathy than men, leading researchers to examine a potential role for […]

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Communicating with ALS One Blink at a Time

In their new book One Blink at a Time, Ismail and Cheryl Tsieprati share how they teamed up and overcame each and every challenge ALS placed before them. Ismail has lived with ALS for more than thirty years. His wife, Cheryl, has been challenged over the years to build, train and maintain a reliable and […]

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Living with Schizoaffective Disorder – A Personal Story

Being diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder was a real blow. I felt alone. I felt helpless. I felt my life had ended. I can’t tell you how many times I sat in a bathtub staring at the vein in my arm, wondering how much it would hurt to cut through the skin, or how frightened I’d […]

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Motor Neurons – Why Are They Important and How Are They Made?

Motor neurons are the nerve cells in the body responsible for controlling movement.  A number of diseases are caused by damage to motor neurons, including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and spinal muscular atrophy (SMA).  In order to treat these diseases, scientists are developing methods to generate new, healthy motor neurons from stem cells. A recent […]

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Humanlike Ways of Thinking Evolved 1.8 Million Years Ago

A new study places the appearance of modern humanlike cognition at the emergence of Homo erectus 1.8 million years ago, 600 years before the appearance of Neanderthals. The post Humanlike Ways of Thinking Evolved 1.8 Million Years Ago appeared first on Neuroscience News.

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Long-Term Memory: What is that Elephantine Memory?

Elephantine memory So far, we have looked at sensory memory and short-term memory both of which last for under a minute. So how does one go about acquiring an elephantine memory? What are the secrets of long-term memory? Long-term memory involves actual physical changes made to the brain and is virtually limitless. In our computer, […]

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The Truth about Short-Term Memory

Have you see Memento where Guy Pearce has difficulties creating new long-term memories? What that means is that he only has his short-term memory working for him. The film was praised by neuroscientists as an accurate portrayal of the different memory systems that we possess. Types of memory So What is Short-Term Memory? Through attention, […]

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Types of Memory: Importance of Sensory Memory

I have a tough time remembering names even though I can easily remember faces, events, ideas and concepts. Does that mean I have poor memory? The answer to that is not so straightforward. In the previous post on memory, we looked at the concept of short-term, long-term and working memory. Here’s a simple diagram that […]

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What every Brain Owner should know about their Memory

Our brain is not so different from a computer after all. Here’s a closer look at the similarities between our memory and that of a computer. An overview of the computer process Memory-Computer-Analogy     1. The computer receives its input from keyboard, mouse or stylus, microphone or camera. 2. Next these inputs are processed […]

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How does meditation impact brain plasticity?

photo credit: h.koppdelaney Brain plasticity teaches us that the brain is constantly evolving. 70% of our brain cells change every day. Meditation changes the brain in many ways. 1. Meditation promotes higher order thinking through reduced stress and greater positive emotions. Meditation helps us to experience positive emotions and a sense of well-being and joy. […]

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How the Brain Works – Links 01

Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is a worldwide effort organized by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives and the Society for Neuroscience to promote the public and personal benefits of brain research.  This year, BAW is being organised from  March 14-20, 2011.  However, any week is a good week to get to know our brain. This […]

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Does your brain support multi-tasking?

Everyone knows that multi-tasking means doing more than one task at the same time. Let’s face it, all of us multi-task fairly regularly. But did you know that for the brain not all multi-tasking is the same? Cognitively, multi-tasking is of two different kinds. 1) Multi-tasking that involves different brain process or structure. e.g. Humming […]

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