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Findings Friday: The aging brain is a distracted brain

As the brain ages, it becomes more difficult for it to shut out irrelevant stimuli—that is, it becomes more easily distracted. Sitting in a restaurant, having a conversation with your table partner right across the table from you, presents as a new challenge when the restaurant is buzzing with activity. 370 more words

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Technique Thursday: Microiontophoresis

In the brain, communication is both electrical and chemical. An electric impulse (action potential) propagates down an axon, and chemicals (neurotransmitters) are released. In neuroscientific research, the application of a neurotransmitter to a specific region may be necessary. 212 more words

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Is Your Brain Wired for Awe? The Neurobiology of Spiritual Practices

There is growing evidence that suggests our brains may be naturally wired — by experience or by design — for spirituality. Researchers pioneering the neurobiology of spiritual practices hope to answer questions that have challenged spiritual and religious thinkers for centuries, from the neural nature of revelatory and mystical experiences to the changes in brain function that register the neuro-chemical activity in our brains when we meditate, engage in yoga, and visualize our oneness with God. 770 more words

We Need to Belong

“We must love one another – or die.”  W.H. Auden

I continue to be surprised by the lack of understanding we have about what we humans need to thrive. 1,624 more words

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The Pain in Brain Stays Mainly in the...Brain?

Pain is a major force of survival. Without pain, we would, simply, not survive. Of course, pain can be cumbersome, and unnecessary, at times. For example, when you stub your toe on your desk, do you really need that much pain for that long? 229 more words

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Monty Python's influence in Neuroscience

Ever heard of the computer programming language called Python? Where do you think Python got its name from?

Monty Python!

Python programming has had an increasing effect on neuroscientific developments. 472 more words

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What Goes on in Your Head During Creative Musical Improvisation? Part 2

This is the second of a two-part article about what goes on in your head when you’re improvising music. In the first part we looked at what’s happening in the brain during creative musical improvisation. 1,145 more words

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