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Future - The brain’s miracle superpowers of self-improvement. For years she had tried to be the perfect wife and mother but now, divorced, with two sons, having gone through another break-up and in despair about her future, she felt as if she’d failed at it all, and she was tired of it.

Future - The brain’s miracle superpowers of self-improvement

On 6 June 2007. Debbie Hampton, of Greensboro, North Carolina, took an overdose. That afternoon, she’d written a note on her computer: “I’ve screwed up this life so bad that there is no place here for me and nothing I can contribute.” How to increase serotonin in the human brain without drugs. Home < The Gazzaley Lab. Storeroom. ASMR Research & Support. How music touches the brain. Finnish researchers have developed a new method that makes it possible to study how the brain processes various aspects of music such as rhythm, tonality and timbre.

How music touches the brain

The study reveals how a variety of networks in the brain, including areas responsible for motor actions, emotions, and creativity, are activated when listening to music. According to the researchers, the new method will increase our understanding of the complex dynamics of brain networks and the way music affects us. Responding to Argentinian tango. Consciousness. Mental. The Mind and other Dangerous Things.

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Pearltrees videos. Serotonin-and-dopamine.gif (Imagem GIF, 620x368 pixéis) Rscheearch Shmecsearch - fontblog. Change Blindness; you cannot be aware of everything. Letter-Color Synaesthesia. For as long as I can remember, I've had this implicit sense of a relationship between letters and colors.

Letter-Color Synaesthesia

To me, every letter seems to have a color of its own. When I think of a word, I am aware of its color and the color of its component letters. The phenomenon is consistent enough that I can rely on it to help me remember things like phone numbers and proper names. I call it my letter-color synaesthesia. Webster's Dictionary defines synaesthesia as "the production of a mental sense-impression relating to one sense by the stimulation of another sense. " The effect is completely involuntary. 8 Things Everybody Ought to Know About Concentrating. “Music helps me concentrate,” Mike said to me glancing briefly over his shoulder.

8 Things Everybody Ought to Know About Concentrating

Mike was in his room writing a paper for his U.S. History class. On his desk next to his computer sat crunched Red Bulls, empty Gatorade bottles, some extra pocket change and scattered pieces of paper. In the pocket of his sweat pants rested a blaring iPod with a chord that dangled near the floor, almost touching against his Adidas sandals. On his computer sat even more stray objects than his surrounding environment. Mike made a shift about every thirty seconds between all of the above.

Do you know a person like this? The Science Behind Concentration. 5 Ways To Hack Your Brain Into Awesomeness. Much of the brain is still mysterious to modern science, possibly because modern science itself is using brains to analyze it.

5 Ways To Hack Your Brain Into Awesomeness

There are probably secrets the brain simply doesn't want us to know. But by no means should that stop us from tinkering around in there, using somewhat questionable and possibly dangerous techniques to make our brains do what we want. Oliver Sacks: What hallucination reveals about our minds. Sebastian Seung: I am my connectome. Less Empathy Toward Outsiders: Brain Differences Reinforce Preferences For Those In Same Social Group. An observer feels more empathy for someone in pain when that person is in the same social group, according to new research in the July 1 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience.

Less Empathy Toward Outsiders: Brain Differences Reinforce Preferences For Those In Same Social Group

The study shows that perceiving others in pain activates a part of the brain associated with empathy and emotion more if the observer and the observed are the same race. The findings may show that unconscious prejudices against outside groups exist at a basic level. The study confirms an in-group bias in empathic feelings, something that has long been known but never before confirmed by neuroimaging technology. Researchers have explored group bias since the 1950s. In some studies, even people with similar backgrounds arbitrarily assigned to different groups preferred members of their own group to those of others.

"Our findings have significant implications for understanding real-life social behaviors and social interactions," said Shihui Han, PhD, at Peking University in China, one of the study authors. Why don’t women just leave abusers? Less Empathy Toward Outsiders: Brain Differences Reinforce Preferences For Those In Same Social Group. Instant Expert: The Human Brain - life - 04 September 2006 - New. 12.08.2010 - Our brains are wired so we can better hear ourselves speak, new study shows. Like the mute button on the TV remote control, our brains filter out unwanted noise so we can focus on what we’re listening to.

12.08.2010 - Our brains are wired so we can better hear ourselves speak, new study shows

But when it comes to following our own speech, a new brain study from the University of California, Berkeley, shows that instead of one homogenous mute button, we have a network of volume settings that can selectively silence and amplify the sounds we make and hear. Activity in the auditory cortex when we speak and listen is amplified in some regions of the brain and muted in others. In this image, the black line represents muting activity when we speak. (Courtesy of Adeen Flinker) Neuroscientists from UC Berkeley, UCSF and Johns Hopkins University tracked the electrical signals emitted from the brains of hospitalized epilepsy patients.