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David Brooks, Neuroendocrinologist Having digested Leonard Sax on "the emerging science of sex differences", David Brooks has been continuing his education in neuroscience by reading Louann Brizendine's The Female Brain (" Is Chemistry Destiny?
MYTH 1 Women’s brains are more balanced "It is true that men use one side of their brain to listen while women use both sides," says the Suite 101 website with misplaced confidence. This is a variation of the popular idea found in many books and websites that men depend more than women on one hemisphere or the other for particular functions (especially language), and related to this, that women have a chunkier corpus callosum—the bridge of neurons that connects the two brain hemispheres.
"The difficulty lies, not in the new ideas, but in escaping from the old ones, which ramify...into every corner of our mind." - John Maynard Keynes
Mar. 8, 2012 — In both animals and humans, vocal signals used for communication contain a wide array of different sounds that are determined by the vibrational frequencies of vocal cords. For example, the pitch of someone's voice, and how it changes as they are speaking, depends on a complex series of varying frequencies. Knowing how the brain sorts out these different frequencies -- which are called frequency-modulated (FM) sweeps -- is believed to be essential to understanding many hearing-related behaviors, like speech.
It seems so archaic: I type with my fingers and I use my hands to drive.
June 18, 2011 — Scientists and educators alike have long known that cramming is not an effective way to remember things. With their latest findings, researchers at the RIKEN Brain Science Institute in Japan, studying eye movement response in trained mice, have elucidated the neurological mechanism explaining why this is so. Published in the Journal of Neuroscience , their results suggest that protein synthesis in the cerebellum plays a key role in memory consolidation, shedding light on the fundamental neurological processes governing how we remember.
Jan. 27, 2012 — Memories in our brains are maintained by connections between neurons called "synapses." But how do these synapses stay strong and keep memories alive for decades?
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