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Written By: grant on September 10, 2014 No Comment

BBC reports the in no way worrisome news that researchers have discovered a correlation benzodiazepines (pills for anxiety and sleep) and a hugely increased risk of dementia:

A study of older Canadian adults found that past benzodiazepine use for three months or more was linked to an increased risk (up to 51%) of dementia.

“Benzodiazepine [...]

Written By: grant on September 4, 2014 No Comment

Science Daily breaks the news that telepathy – brain communication through machines – is not only possible, but scientists have already done it across 5,000 miles:

“We wanted to find out if one could communicate directly between two people by reading out the brain activity from one person and injecting brain activity into the second [...]

Written By: grant on September 1, 2014 No Comment

ScienceDaily has more on a Northwestern University experiment using transcranial magnetic stimulation to improve memory:

The discovery opens a new field of possibilities for treating memory impairments caused by conditions such as stroke, early-stage Alzheimer’s disease, traumatic brain injury, cardiac arrest and the memory problems that occur in healthy aging.

“We show for the first time [...]

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 [...]

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