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RNA Storage in Neurons Contributes to Brain Plasticity

The brain shows a remarkable ability to adapt to environmental stimuli that is critical to the process of learning and memory. This flexibility is attributable in part to rapid modifications of neuronal structure and function. A recent study has illuminated how these rapid changes take place, involving the storage of a readily releasable pool of […]

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My Nephew and his Brain, Part 2 – Revealed to be Complicated

Continued from Part 1. After we had arrived at the new hospital and my nephew had been placed into the Pediatric ICU (PICU), the doctors started running more tests, and in conjunction with what the ER doctor had found out, my nephew was diagnosed with a seizure disorder or, as it is more commonly known, […]

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My Nephew and his Brain, Part 3 – Try to Work Out their Troubles

Continued from Part 2. After we had been transferred to the large university hospital, the doctors decided to delve more deeply into the specifics of my nephew’s brain malformation. The MRIs had told us some things, but not everything, so they scheduled him for a Positron Emission Tomograph, commonly known as a PET-scan. A PET-scan […]

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My Nephew and his Brain, Part 4 – Their Life Today

Continued from Part 3. After the surgery we were hopeful, that with a few limitations on his left side, my nephew would have a fairly normal life. Unfortunately, this was not to be. The faulty electrical impulses that had caused his seizures had migrated to the left lobe and a few days after surgery the […]

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Interview with the Woman who Changed her Brain

Barbara Arrowsmith-Young life’s work has been a quest to develop programs that use the principles of neuroplasticity to strengthen underlying cognitive functions in the brain that impact learning. Today she can assess, and has programs to strengthen, 19 cognitive areas of potential learning dysfunction. In her book, The Woman Who Changed Her Brain: Stories of […]

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What is Creativity? Art as a Symptom of Brain Disease

We don’t normally associate creativity with brain disease, but a recent paper published in Brain suggests that maybe we should. When we think of someone affected by a serious brain disorder, we imagine deterioration and loss of function, but a surprising new study shows that some people may actually develop artistic talent as a result […]

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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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A Vastly Underdiagnosed Brain Disorder That Brings Frequent Tears

The patient’s sobs did not stem from depression but a condition known as pseudobulbar affect  — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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The Multi-tasking Brain – Stories from the Web

photo credit: niezwyciezony [View the story “Multi-tasking and the Brain” on Storify] The Multi-tasking Brain – Stories from the Web is a post from: Brain Training For All Technorati Tags: brain fitness, brain function, multi-tasking Related posts: Does your brain support multi-tasking? The Brain’s Capacity to Direct Attention When your brain functions in conflict mode

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Brain Blogging, Thirty-Eight Edition

Welcome to the thirty-eight edition of Brain Blogging. In this round, we cover a series on electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), how the brain continuously repairs itself, and a recently approved anti-psychotic drug Invega. Remember, we review the latest blogs related to the brain and mind that go beyond the basic sciences into a more human and […]

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Brain Blogging, Thirty-Seventh Edition

Welcome to the thirty-seventh edition of Brain Blogging. In this round, we try to uncover the neuropathology of Asperger’s syndrome, correlate sleep disturbances with chronic fatigue syndrome, link OCD to specific neuroanatomy, and discuss several brain fitness techniques. Remember, we review the latest blogs related to the brain and mind that go beyond the basic […]

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Brain Blogging, Thirty-Sixth Edition

Welcome to the thirty-sixth edition of Brain Blogging. In this round, we cover the diagnostic dilemma in ADHD, novel radiological therapies for Aspergers, unravel cross-gender studies, and discuss personal stories of escaping depression through creativity. Remember, we review the latest blogs related to the brain and mind that go beyond the basic sciences into a […]

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