The human brain and the mind
The organ of many a paradox. A plethora of writhing juxtapositions of physical, physically tangible and tangible intangibility. The aspects humans can understand and observe are blatant; yet blatant is its obscure and esoteric crypt. They say that thought is another dimension. The brain portals its way to elusive and ethereal places – pieced by segments and glimpses and fleeting instances of memory and scene and feeling and emotion and amalgamated into something higher: the mind. This team was created as an attempt to understand the visible physical elements of processing, reasoning, chemical composition (etc..) and how it creates and perceives the abstruse mind. Jun 16
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Biology - Brain Brain Waves When you drop a small stone in water, you see waves.
The conscious mind is the part we are aware of – the part that does the thinking, worrying, planning and creating.
Neuroscience research into the neuroscience of music shows that musicians’ brains may be primed to distinguish meaningful sensory information from noise. This ability seems to enhance other cognitive abilities such as learning, language, memory and neuroplasticity of various brain areas.
This is your brain on Google.
If you see a student dozing in the library or a co-worker catching 40 winks in her cubicle, don’t roll your eyes. New research from the University of California, Berkeley, shows that an hour’s nap can dramatically boost and restore your brain power. Indeed, the findings suggest that a biphasic sleep schedule not only refreshes the mind, but can make you smarter.
Mind & Brain :: Feature Articles :: February 17, 2010 :: :: Email :: Print
1 Introduction “I think, therefore I am.”
Much of the brain is still mysterious to modern science, possibly because modern science itself is using brains to analyze it. There are probably secrets the brain simply doesn't want us to know.
The portion about not remembering is always what has fascinated me. When high, you focus so much clearly on the present and find the simple pleasures in things ordinarily taken for granted.
A new new brain imaging system that can identify a subject's simple thoughts may lead to clearer diagnoses for Alzheimer's disease or schizophrenia – as well as possibly paving the way for reading people's minds. Michael Greicius at Stanford University in California and colleagues used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to identify patterns of brain activity associated with different mental states. He asked 14 volunteers to do one of four tasks: sing songs silently to themselves; recall the events of the day; count backwards in threes; or simply relax.
Why are we so attracted to prophecies of doom, from religious raptures to environmental collapse? It's part of our psychology
Francis Crick The Salk Institute
Many cognitive biases have been demonstrated by research in psychology and behavioral economics .
In modern psychology , cognitive dissonance is the feeling of discomfort when simultaneously holding two or more conflicting cognitions : ideas, beliefs, values or emotional reactions. In a state of dissonance, people may sometimes feel "disequilibrium": frustration, hunger, dread, guilt, anger, embarrassment, anxiety, etc. [ 1 ] The phrase was coined by Leon Festinger in his 1956 book When Prophecy Fails , which chronicled the followers of a UFO cult as reality clashed with their fervent belief in an impending apocalypse. [ 2 ] [ 3 ] Festinger subsequently (1957) published a book called A Theory of Cognitive Dissonance in which he outlines the theory.