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Written By: grant on August 14, 2014 No Comment

Scientific American has more on the weird quantum effects that make consciousness go bye-bye:

General anaesthetics may extinguish consciousness through mysterious quantum biological effects that cause subtle changes in the electronic state of proteins, rather than through ‘conventional’ pharmacological mechanisms such as directly interfering with receptors or ion channels, new research proposes.

The work, carried [...]

Written By: grant on July 14, 2014 No Comment

New Scientist locates the specific place where knowledge and self-awareness sits – in a brain region called the claustrum:

In a study published last week, Mohamad Koubeissi at the George Washington University in Washington DC and his colleagues describe how they managed to switch a woman’s consciousness off and on by stimulating her [...]

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Written By: grant on June 27, 2014 No Comment

Stop studying. Take a nap. That’s the message from Catholic University of Leuven researchers who found that one more hour of sleep makes a big difference to your grade:

Additionally, the number of hours slept – and not the quality of sleep during that time – played a significant role in exam performance. “Students who [...]

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Written By: grant on June 18, 2014 No Comment

Science Daily has MRI proof that all those *boring* scales help switch on problem-solving, better-judgement brain areas:

Executive functions are the high-level cognitive processes that enable people to quickly process and retain information, regulate their behaviors, make good choices, solve problems, plan and adjust to changing mental demands.

“Since executive functioning is a strong predictor [...]

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Written By: grant on May 7, 2014 No Comment

Nature reveals that sometimes our mouths really do move faster than our brains:

But some researchers think that speech is not entirely planned, and that people know what they are saying in part through hearing themselves speak.

So cognitive scientist Andreas Lind and his colleagues at Lund University in Sweden wanted to see what would [...]

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Written By: grant on April 17, 2014 No Comment

Science magazine turns on yet another way electromagnetism can alter the way we think and remember – by switching on vivid visual hallucinations:

A 22-year-old male was receiving deep brain stimulation to isolate where his daily seizures originated. His disorder appeared after he caught West Nile virus at the age of 10 and subsequently [...]

Written By: grant on March 7, 2014 No Comment

New Scientist has an amazing new therapy for patients in a vegetative state – using the same direct current-stimulation that increases creative “flow” to turn their brains back on all the way:

The team worked with 55 people who had experienced a traumatic brain injury or lack of oxygen to the brain and were in [...]

Written By: grant on March 3, 2014 No Comment

At least if we’re flies, it does. Nature has more on the laser beam that puts flies in the mood for love:

Optogenetics — triggering neurons with light — has been successful in mice but has not been pursued much in flies, says Barry Dickson, a neuroscientist at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Farm [...]

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Written By: grant on February 12, 2014 No Comment

Nature explains the unusual effects that chloride ions can have on our developing brains, and what that means for a drug that seems to help autistic kids socialize:

The findings, reported today in Science, do not suggest that autism spectrum disorders can be prevented in children. But researchers not involved in the study say [...]

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