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. 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 Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), the research team, led by Dr. "Our results show for the first time how different musical features activate emotional, motor and creative areas of the brain", says Professor Petri Toiviainen of the University of Jyväskylä, who was also involved in the study. This figure shows that listening to music activates not only the auditory areas, but large networks throughout the brain. The whole brain reacts to music Professor Petri Toiviainen
ASMR: A Guide To Those Mysterious Head Tingles ASMR is a relaxing, tingling sensation that starts at the top of the head and can extend through the limbs. It can be broken down into two types: A and B. Type A ASMR occurs by using only your mind. The sensation is consciously controlled and set off by certain thought patterns. Type B, however, is much more common and is an uncontrolled reaction to an external trigger. This external trigger is required in order for Type B ASMR to occur. As for the medical explanation behind this phenomenon... well, there isn't one.
ASMR, the Good Feeling No One Can Explain If you’re like me, you have no idea what’s going on with the above YouTube clip. Six minutes of a pretty blond woman who goes by GentleWhispering and looks like every kid’s favorite babysitter whispering to the camera in a light Eastern European accent, caressing it occasionally, staring into it intimately, almost flirtatiously. It’s a little unsettling, almost like finding someone’s video diary and knowing immediately you weren’t supposed to watch it, and the tag “ASMR” doesn’t explain much, least of all why it has 125,000 views and more than 800 likes. ASMR is a tricky feeling to describe, and I can only talk about it secondhand. Maria, aka GentleWhispering (she didn’t want me to use her last name), has been triggered by everything from accented whispers to scratching grainy surfaces to being tickled when she was in kindergarten. Maria is the reigning queen of the ASMR videos, with over 34,000 subscribers to her channel and 12 million views. Back in 2008, a Yahoo! But what is it?
ASMR. Massages for your brain! 8 Things Everybody Ought to Know About Concentrating “Music helps me concentrate,” Mike said to me glancing briefly over his shoulder. 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. Mike made a shift about every thirty seconds between all of the above. Do you know a person like this? The Science Behind Concentration In the above account, Mike’s obviously stuck in a routine that many of us may have found ourselves in, yet in the moment we feel it’s almost an impossible routine to get out of. When we constantly multitask to get things done, we’re not multitasking, we’re rapidly shifting our attention. Phase 1: Blood Rush Alert When Mike decides to start writing his History essay, blood rushes to his anterior prefrontal cortex. Phase 2: Find and Execute Phase 3: Disengagement While in this state, Mike then hears an email notification. The process repeats itself sequentially. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
Claire Shropshall: Braingasms and Towel Folding - The ASMR Effect "Hey everybody, this is The Water Whispers and I've decided to make a towel folding video today, and maybe if I have enough time I'll do some paper cutting... Strange things are afoot in the online video community of late. Have you ever found yourself reacting oddly to certain stimuli? Only in the last two years has this tingly phenomenon been given a name - the Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, more commonly known as ASMR. I happily fall into the latter category. Insomnia seems to be a common theme among those cruising the ASMR waves. The ASMR high is commonly referred to as an orgasm for the brain, or a 'braingasm' but it's not a remotely sexual sensation. So is it possible that something so easy to trigger, which feels so great, really has no harmful side effects? After all, what if you find yourself somewhere without internet access and you need that tingly goodness to get to sleep?
List of neuroscience databases A number of online neuroscience databases are available which provide information regarding gene expression, neurons, macroscopic brain structure, and neurological or psychiatric disorders. While some databases contain descriptive and numerical data, others include postmortem brain sections or 3D MRI and fMRI images. A list that is regularly updated can be found at the Neuroscience Information Framework database list, which contains over 2500 databases relevant to neuroscience. Other databases See also Neuroinformatics External links References TIL about ASMR, aka "that unnamed feeling" or "head orgasms". So, who else here has this? : todayilearned 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. 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. We can't vouch for any of these, either their effectiveness or safety. All we can say is that they sound awesome, since apparently you can make your brain... #5. So you just picked up the night shift at your local McDonald's, you have class every morning at 8am and you have no idea how you're going to make it through the day without looking like a guy straight out of Dawn of the Dead, minus the blood... hopefully. "SLEEEEEEEEEP... uh... What if we told you there was a way to sleep for little more than two hours a day, and still feel more refreshed than taking a 12-hour siesta on a bed made entirely out of baby kitten fur? Holy Shit!