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The Science Behind How We Learn New Skills. THE BRAIN FROM TOP TO BOTTOM. Neuroscience of Music - How Music Enhances Learning - Neuroplasticity. Neuroscience research into the neuroscience of music shows that musicians’ brains may be primed to distinguish meaningful sensory information from noise.

Neuroscience of Music - How Music Enhances Learning - Neuroplasticity

This ability seems to enhance other cognitive abilities such as learning, language, memory and neuroplasticity of various brain areas. Scientific review of how music training primes nervous system and boosts learning Those ubiquitous wires connecting listeners to you-name-the-sounds from invisible MP3 players, whether of Bach, Miles Davis or, more likely today, Lady Gaga, only hint at music’s effect on the soul throughout the ages. Now a data-driven review by Northwestern University researchers that will be published July 20 in Nature Reviews Neuroscience pulls together converging research from the scientific literature linking musical training to learning that spills over to skills including language, speech, memory, attention and even vocal emotion.

Contact: Pat Vaughan Tremmel Source: Northwestern University. What 'Brain Food' Actually Does for Your Brain. 10 Ways to Alter Your Consciousness Without Drugs. I'm typically not one for altered states of consciousness.

10 Ways to Alter Your Consciousness Without Drugs

I don't do drugs. I've never been drunk. In fact, the only time I can claim to have been synthetically high was when, against my will, I was injected with Fentanyl moments before being put under for surgery (and that high was not a pleasant experience). So, when I purchased a book Get High Now (without drugs) at a book sale, many of my friends and loved ones thought it extremely peculiar. When I set out to make an Instructable along the same theme, they felt I had perhaps come unhinged. Upside-down glasses. Scientists discover how the brain encodes memories at a cellular level. (Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Scientists at UC Santa Barbara have made a major discovery in how the brain encodes memories. The finding, published in the December 24 issue of the journal Neuron, could eventually lead to the development of new drugs to aid memory.

The team of scientists is the first to uncover a central process in encoding memories that occurs at the level of the synapse, where neurons connect with each other. "When we learn new things, when we store memories, there are a number of things that have to happen," said senior author Kenneth S. Kosik, co-director and Harriman Chair in Neuroscience Research, at UCSB's Neuroscience Research Institute. Kosik is a leading researcher in the area of Alzheimer's disease. Browse the latest tests - Cambridge Brain Sciences. How to Beat the Odds at Judging Risk. May 11, 2012 6:28 p.m.

How to Beat the Odds at Judging Risk

ET. How to Disagree. March 2008 The web is turning writing into a conversation.

How to Disagree

Twenty years ago, writers wrote and readers read. Explicit Groups vs Implicit Groups. Kevin Cheng (aka @k), product manager at Twitter and an all around smart guy wrote a great blog post called Can We Ever Digitally Organize Our Friends?.

Explicit Groups vs Implicit Groups

Mapping out a new era in brain research. The Human Connectome Project is giving neuroscientists a new perspective on the connections in the brain and how they communicate with each other.

Mapping out a new era in brain research

Copyright Laboratory of Neuro Imaging, UCLA and Randy Buckner, PhD. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, MGH. www.humanconnectomeproject.org New maps of the networks of live brains could lead to better treatments for Alzheimer's diesease and schizophrenia. Copyright Paul M. Need for Constant Stimulation Triggered by Dopamine in the Brain. Our need for stimulation and dopamine's action upon the brain are connected, which explains why people who constantly crave stimulation are in danger of addictive behaviour such as drug abuse and gambling.

Need for Constant Stimulation Triggered by Dopamine in the Brain

The urge to actively seek out new experiences is a personality trait that psychologists have known about for years, but up until now scientists have been unable to prove how this urge relates to hormonal activities in the brain. 20 Super Brain Foods « Zen. We know that the foods we eat affect the body but they can have even more influence on how well our brain functions.

20 Super Brain Foods « Zen

What we eat can have a POWERFUL affect on our brain’s energy, how the mind handles tasks, and our general mood. Our focus here is on those particular nutrients found in foods that enhance neuron firing and cross-linking in the brain. The foods listed below can help you: concentrate, increase memory, tune sensorimotor skills, keep you motivated, speed up your reaction time, control stress, and even slow down the aging of brain cells! Consciousness.

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Personality. Brain. Psychology. Try It Yourself. Watch Free Documentaries Online - StumbleUpon. Architects of Control, Program One – Mass Control & The Future of Mankind. Psychology studies relevant to everyday life from PsyBlog.

47 Mind-Blowing Psychology-Proven Facts You Should Know About Yourself - StumbleUpon. WHAT YOU ARE ABOUT TO READ IN THE NEXT PARAGRAPH IS COMMONLY BELIEVED, BUT NOT TRUE – You read by recognizing the shapes of words and groups of words.

47 Mind-Blowing Psychology-Proven Facts You Should Know About Yourself - StumbleUpon

Words that are in all capital letters all have the same shape: a rectangle of a certain size. This makes words displayed in all uppercase harder to read than upper and lower case (known as “mixed case”). Mixed case words are easier to read because they make unique shapes, as demonstrated by the picture below. What Everyone Should Know About Their Own Minds. 40 Superb Psychology Blogs. Psychology...