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So, what is actually active in our brain when we are doing something creatively? That’s always been extremely hard to track as creativity has always been considered a very vague activity. Until recently researchers Allen Braun and Siyuan Liu had a genius idea: Track the brain activity of rappers doing freestyle and turn it into a research study.
Full story at Buffer
You’ve heard the saying for years now: you are what you eat It’s true. According to Psychology Today, complex brain processes are “literally fed by glucose that circulates from gut to brain.”
Researchers have begun to challenge the theory that brain development comes to a complete halt once a person reaches adulthood. After detailed study, they have established that a number of things that could help regenerate and increase the number of brain cells, and has been held responsible for boosting memory and brainpower in people.
Navigated from AR Karthick
The human body and its brain are pretty incredible. They’re also fragile and dumb. Realizing this can make your life miserable, or you can look at it as an opportunity and take control. Learn a few built-in superpowers you may not have known you had. All they take is a little practice.
Much of what we don’t understand about being human is simply in our heads. The brain is a befuddling organ, as are the very questions of life and death, consciousness, sleep, and much more. Here’s a heads-up on what’s known and what’s not understood about your noggin.
Via Live Science
The value of mental-training games may be speculative, as Dan Hurley writes in his article on the quest to make ourselves smarter, but there is another, easy-to-achieve, scientifically proven way to make yourself smarter. Go for a walk or a swim. For more than a decade, neuroscientists and physiologists have been gathering evidence of the beneficial relationship between exercise and brainpower. But the newest findings make it clear that this isn’t just a relationship; it is the relationship.
Navigated from The New York Times
Neuroscience may seem like an advanced subject of study, perhaps best reserved for college or even graduate school. Two researchers from Temple University in Philadelphia propose that it be taught earlier, however—much earlier. As in first grade.
Full story at Mind Shift
Millions of elderly Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s. And listening to tunes from their salad days could help them unearth old memories – and make new ones.
Full story at The Week
Overeating, poor memory formation, learning disorders, depression – all have been linked in recent research to the over-consumption of sugar. And these linkages point to a problem that is only beginning to be better understood: what our chronic intake of added sugar is doing to our brains.
Navigated from Forbes
Our fond or fearful memories — that first kiss or a bump in the night — leave memory traces that we may conjure up in the remembrance of things past, complete with time, place and all the sensations of the experience. Neuroscientists call these traces memory engrams. In a new MIT study, researchers used optogenetics to show that memories really do reside in very specific brain cells, and that simply activating a tiny fraction of brain cells can recall an entire memory.
Via MIT News