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Science is showing how the brain's development affects free will | Philadelphia Inquirer | 01/08/2012 A baseball player, for example, "sees the ball and hits the ball" without waiting to think about it. The batter has practiced recognizing the pitch and timing the swing until lower nerve centers govern the process. Similarly, a skilled pianist is able to perform complex compositions on the keys while carrying on a conversation or planning a dinner. The individual brain forms many such connections through thousands of hours of practice; other modules have developed in the brain of the species over millions of years of evolution. Therefore, we jump when something is slithering in the nearby grass, even those of us who have never seen a snake; moreover, we share this innate response with other primates on the same basis.
I’ve just written a piece for the Discover Magazine blog The Crux about a new study that used anaesthetics to “put people under” and test the limits of their conscious mind even after they’d stopped responding to the outside world. Doing psychology experiments on people undergoing anaesthesia is not a new idea but it has always been done on people who volunteered due to undergoing genuine surgery. But this was the first study to put volunteers under anaesthesia solely as part of an experiment. In this case, the experiment tested whether people had conscious experiences despite being unable to respond to outside stimuli – the medical definition of being unconscious. It turns out the conscious mind keeps working way past the point where people are medically defined as unconscious. In addition to the standard surgical way of checking unconsciousness, participants were also regularly asked to open their eyes to check when they stopped and started responding. Anesthesia as a consciousness scalpel
Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience : A transcriptomic analysis of type I-III neurons in the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis Abstract The activity of neurons in the anterolateral cell group of the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNSTALG) plays a critical role in anxiety- and stress-related behaviors. Histochemical studies have suggested that multiple distinct neuronal phenotypes exist in the BNSTALG. Consistent with this observation, the physiological properties of BNSTALG neurons are also heterogeneous, and three distinct cell types can be defined (Types I–III) based primarily on their expression of four key membrane currents, namely Ih, IA, IT, and IK(IR). Significantly, all four channels are multimeric proteins and can comprise of more than one pore-forming α subunit. Hence, differential expression of α subunits may further diversify the neuronal population.
It’s a moral and ethical problem that has been studied before: you see a train heading towards five hikers and you have the power to save them. Just pull a switch to make the train swerve out of the way on another track. BUT you’ll kill another hiker who won’t see the train coming at all. People Will Virtually Kill One to Save Five
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Watching 'Jersey Shore' might make you dumber, study suggests Elisabetta Villa / Getty Images Watching these "Jersey Shore" goofballs might influence your smarts more than you realize, a new study suggests. Oh, dear. By Melissa Dahl, NBC News
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De la physique quantique à la thérapie informationnelle en passant par le champ corporel humain et à la cohérence cardiaque, ce film explore des idées novatrices au sujet de la santé. Des scientifiques, chercheurs, journalistes et des thérapeutes holistiques partagent leurs connaissances, leurs expériences et leurs visions. Dans le film, des chercheurs et praticiens révèlent les théories scientifiques sous-jacentes aux guérisons alternatives et offrent leurs perspectives sur le changement de paradigme dans la santé que peuvent apporter ces nouveaux concepts.
It’s a moral and ethical problem that has been studied before: you see a train heading towards five hikers and you have the power to save them. Just pull a switch to make the train swerve out of the way on another track. BUT you’ll kill another hiker who won’t see the train coming at all. People will virtually kill one to save five
People Will Virtually Kill One to Save Five
Want to be happy? Don't live in the UK | Money Miserable weather, not enough holidays, and lower life expectancy ... why live in the UK? Photograph: Gerry Penny/EPA The UK and Ireland have been named as the worst places to live in Europe for quality of life, according to research published today. The UK has the 4th highest age – 63.1 – at which people choose or can afford to take retirement, and one of the lowest holiday entitlements. Net household income in the UK is just £2,314 above the European average, compared with £10,000 above average last year, falling behind Ireland, the Netherlands and Denmark.
The Blog : The Mystery of Consciousness (Photo by AlicePopkorn) You are not aware of the electrochemical events occurring at each of the trillion synapses in your brain at this moment. But you are aware, however dimly, of sights, sounds, sensations, thoughts, and moods.
Powerful Facts About Visual Communication | The Mindjet Blog Did you know that visuals are processed 60,000 times faster than text? Or how about the fact that they are processed simultaneously? I wanted to share some interesting facts about visuals with you today from an article by Mike Parkinson of billiondollargraphics.com.
Elvis in potato chip neuroscience A new study just published in Cerebral Cortex on the neuroscience on how we see meaningful information in unpatterned visual scenes, seems a little fixated on Elvis. The study concludes: Future studies of the neural processing relevant to pareidolia and to meaning more generally may provide novel insights into how the organization of conceptual processing differs across individuals (see also Pizzagalli et al. 2001), thereby addressing the question of what neurocognitive architecture is necessary to see a potato chip not just as a tasty snack but as the embodiment of Elvis.
Un institut indépendant jugera La commission fédérale des prestations générales, critiquée de toutes parts, sera réorganisée. Sa composition devra être revue et en particulier le fait que la présidence soit assurée par un collaborateur de l’Office fédéral de la santé publique. Cette commission devra se prononcer sur l’efficacité des médecines complémentaires se basant sur les expertises émises par un institut internationalement reconnu qui devra livrer ses recommandations. Les médecines douces remboursées - Suisse
The Coma Science Group (CRCyclotron, University of Liège /Liège University Hospital), led by Dr Steven Laureys, has developed, along with its partners in London, Ontario, (Canada) and Cambridge (England), a portable test which will permit a simpler and less expensive diagnosis of 'vegetative' patients who still have consciousness, despite the fact that they do not have the means to express it. The researchers' conclusions are published this week in The Lancet. The desire to develop this simple test of consciousness, at the patient's bedside, follows on from previous research carried out by the Coma Science Group. New test for consciousness in 'comatose' patients
Scientists Measure Dream Content For The First Time
Just a few weeks ago, we posted about how brain patterns can reveal almost exactly what you're thinking. Now, researchers at UC Berkeley have figured out how to extract what you're picturing inside your head, and they can play it back on video. The way this works is very similar to the mind-reading technique that we covered earlier this month. A functional MRI (fMRI) machine watches the patterns that appear in people's brains as they watch a movie, and then correlates those patterns with the image on the screen.
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More Than Meets the Mirror: Illusion Test Links Difficulty Sensing Internal Cues with Distorted Body-Image
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