Brain Areas Critical To Human Time Sense Identified. Timing is everything. It comes into play when making split second decisions, such as knowing when to stop at a red light, catch a ball or modulate rhythm when playing the piano. Now researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Albuquerque have identified areas in the brain responsible for perceiving the passage of time in order to carry out critical everyday functions. Their study is the first to demonstrate that the basal ganglia located deep within the base of the brain, and the parietal lobe located on the surface of the right side of the brain, are critical areas for this time-keeping system. Their results are published in the current issue of Nature Neuroscience. Importantly, the study calls into question a long-standing and widely held belief in the scientific community that the cerebellum is the critical structure involved in time perception. Coauthor of the study with Drs.
[Contact: Toranj Marphetia] 27-Feb-2001. Neuroscience and the Soul. Bluebrain. Ways to Improve Human Intelligence. This briefing is intended to pull into one convenient, single frame of reference a body of key information which currently is scattered across a great many different contexts.
Until recently, even the possibility of any such information existing was, for essentially political reasons and funding reasons, denied by most of our institutions, together with most of our educators and psychologists, so that such findings as were made in various contexts and circumstances never got discussed across a broader context. Now that it is evident that the brain, and one's intelligence, are highly changeable and that a wide variety of conditions, arrangements and techniques may be employed to improve both brain functioning and intelligence to even a profound degree, we need to make a start on getting a lot of this key information organized to where you and other inquirers can more readily get at it, understand it, and use it. Winsights, Part 71, "Eye Tracks" (December 2003)
When last I checked, around the start of the new millennium, developmental optometry and practitioners were listed under "Behavioral Optometrists" — ditto with opthalmologists — but since then we now see ten pages of listings under "Developmental.
" The term "developmental" is much more descriptive of the profession. This should make it easier for you to track down and use one more major sets of ways to enhance your abilities, as described in this briefing. Some of you have seen in one piece or another of my writing how the reflexive movement of our eyes is a key part of how our brain retrieves information.
Any area where the eyes do not track smoothly, well and comfortably together represents a type of information, the access to which is thereby hampered, though specific areas will differ from person to person as to what type of information is engaged there. If you got a pain in the neck every time you started to have a new idea, pretty soon you'd stop having new ideas. Winsights, No. 29 (page 1 of 4), "Breathing as a way of life. Winsights, No. 28 (page 1 of 2), "Breathing as a way of life. Many years ago, when I was still studying to become an educator, I used to marvel how despite the fact that most people had children, and despite the billions of parent-child relationships already experienced thus far by the civilized human race, no one until Jean Piaget, researching in Switzerland, ever really looked at his own children.
(Piaget, subsequently all the rage in American educational circles, was not even a psychologist; he was a biologist, trained to observe, and his first papers were records of his observations on the behavior of oysters!) All those billions of parent-child relationships, I used to marvel, yet only one looked closely at what's right there in front of everyone!
What else, I mused, could we be overlooking today that's equally common to experience? What a shock to realize that, in retrospect, every experience and every kind of experience has its own breathing pattern attached to it. In retrospect, the reader will also find this true for himself or herself. How Brain Imaging Could Help Predict Alzheimer's. Developing drugs that effectively slow the course of Alzheimer’s disease has been notoriously difficult.
Scientists and drug developers believe that a large part of the problem is that they are testing these drugs too late in the progression of the disease, when significant damage to the brain makes intervention much more difficult. “Drugs like Lilly’s gamma secretase inhibitor failed because they were tested in the wrong group of patients,” says Sangram Sisodia, director of the Center for Molecular Neurobiology at the University of Chicago. People in the mid or late stages of the disease “are too far gone, there is nothing you can do.” New brain imaging research may help solve that problem. Two studies presented at the Society for Neuroscience conference in San Diego this week identified changes in the brains of people who would go on to develop the disease.