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How Do You Learn. Consciousness. UCLA study suggests iron is at core of Alzheimer's disease. Findings challenge conventional thinking about possible causes of disorder Alzheimer's disease has proven to be a difficult enemy to defeat.

UCLA study suggests iron is at core of Alzheimer's disease

After all, aging is the No. 1 risk factor for the disorder, and there's no stopping that. Most researchers believe the disease is caused by one of two proteins, one called tau, the other beta-amyloid. As we age, most scientists say, these proteins either disrupt signaling between neurons or simply kill them. Now, a new UCLA study suggests a third possible cause: iron. Dr. The research appears in the August edition of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. Brain Games. Life's Messy. Train Your Brain to Adapt. What's the Big Idea?

Life's Messy. Train Your Brain to Adapt.

Margaret Moore is the founder and co-director of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital. Paul Hammerness, MD, is a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Together, they hope to get at the physical and psychological roots of chaos. Oliver Sacks on Manipulating the Brain. Oliver Sacks is a psychiatrist and neurologist best known for his collections of case histories from the far borderlands of neurological experience, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and An Anthropologist on Mars, in which he describes patients struggling to live with conditions ranging from Tourette's syndrome to autism, parkinsonism, musical hallucination, epilepsy, phantom limb …syndrome, schizophrenia, retardation, and Alzheimer's disease.

Oliver Sacks on Manipulating the Brain

In 1966, Dr. Why has synesthesia survived evolution? Public release date: 22-Nov-2011 [ Print | E-mail Share ] [ Close Window ] Contact: Bryan Ghoshbghosh@plos.org 44-122-344-2837Public Library of Science In the 19th century, Francis Galton noted that certain people who were otherwise normal "saw" every number or letter tinged with a particular color, even though it was written in black ink.

Why has synesthesia survived evolution?

Why It Pays to Taste Words and Hear Colors. While most of us see sights and hear sounds, some people also hear colors and taste words, a mysterious phenomenon called synesthesia, which occurs when stimulating one of the five senses triggers experiences in an unrelated sense.

Why It Pays to Taste Words and Hear Colors

Now researchers suggest this unusual trait can provide numerous mental benefits, potentially explaining why evolution has kept it around. Scientists first discovered synesthesia in the 19th century, noting that certain people saw every number or letter tinged with a particular color, even though they were written in black ink. Synesthesia's blended senses. If you ask Emma Anders about the number five, she'll tell you that it's red.

Synesthesia's blended senses

She'll also tell you that five is a mischievous, self-centered brat — like a kid throwing a temper tantrum at a party. "Two is yellow, three is purple, four is an intense sky blue," says the 21-year old student at UC San Diego. Hearing in Colors, Tasting Voices: The Experience of Synesthesia. “What would be truly surprising would be to find that sound could not suggest colour, that colours could not evoke the idea of a melody, and that sound and colour were unsuitable for the translation of ideas, seeing that things have always found their expression through a system of reciprocal analogy.”

Hearing in Colors, Tasting Voices: The Experience of Synesthesia

Charles Baudelaire A simple definition of synesthesia is that it is a “crosstalking” or overlapping of sensory experiences that for most people remain separate. Researchers find a higher proportion of creative people are synesthetes. The image is from the book “The Hidden Sense: Synesthesia in Art and Science.” SLEEP – How to Hack Your Brain. Lucid Dreaming Techniques.

Body of Thought: How Trivial Sensations Can Influence Reasoning, Social Judgment and Perception. How the Mind Creates Ideas. Tom Wujec on 3 ways the brain creates meaning. Memory Improvement Techniques - Improve Your Memory with MindTools. © VeerPRZEMYSLAW PRZYBYLSKI Use these techniques to improve your memory. The tools in this section help you to improve your memory. They help you both to remember facts accurately and to remember the structure of information. The tools are split into two sections. Firstly you'll learn the memory techniques themselves. Repeated Stress Linked to Impaired Memory. A natural mechanism associates repeated stress with impaired memory, reveals research.

Repeated Stress Linked to Impaired Memory

Stress hormones are known to influence the prefrontal cortex (PFC), a brain region that controls high level "executive" functions such as working memory and decision making. "Previous work has shown that chronic stress impairs PFC-mediated behaviors, like mental flexibility and attention. However, little is known about the physiological consequences and molecular targets of long-term stress in PFC, especially during the adolescent period when the brain is more sensitive to stressors," explains the author this study, Dr. Math Run - how fast is your brain? A simple Brain Training Game for everyone. Where is The Mind?: Science gets puzzled and almost admits a non-local mentalscape.

This will be the last "home-produced" blog entry for a while [save the short "Everyday Spirituality" which will follow it as a sign-off] .

Where is The Mind?: Science gets puzzled and almost admits a non-local mentalscape.

Left Brain, Right Brain - Creativity And Innovation. This image is from a series of Mercedes Benz ads.

Left Brain, Right Brain - Creativity And Innovation

The text reads: Left brain: I am the left brain. I am a scientist. Hack Your Brain to Use Cravings To Your Advantage. Imaginary Foundation. Learn Telekinesis Training. The Human Mind » Deep Spirits.