Need for Constant Stimulation Triggered by Dopamine in the Brain Our need for stimulation and dopamine's action upon the brain are connected, which explains why people who constantly crave stimulation are in danger of addictive behaviour such as drug abuse and gambling. The urge to actively seek out new experiences is a personality trait that psychologists have known about for years, but up until now scientists have been unable to prove how this urge relates to hormonal activities in the brain. Now, an international research team made up of scientists from the University of Copenhagen, University of Aarhus and University of Tokyo have been able to prove for the first time that this hunger for stimulation is greater on average among people who possess more of the gratification hormone - dopamine in the brain.
20 Super Brain Foods « Zen We know that the foods we eat affect the body but they can have even more influence on how well our brain functions. What we eat can have a POWERFUL affect on our brain’s energy, how the mind handles tasks, and our general mood. Our focus here is on those particular nutrients found in foods that enhance neuron firing and cross-linking in the brain. The foods listed below can help you: concentrate, increase memory, tune sensorimotor skills, keep you motivated, speed up your reaction time, control stress, and even slow down the aging of brain cells! So here is a list of 20 different food types that we can add to our diet, their effects, and how they function: 1. Whole grain is a great brain stimulator because it contains high percentage of folate. Wholegrain breads and cereals are rich in Vitamin B6, an important brain vitamin. Nuts 2. Both literally and figuratively speaking, walnuts are “brain food”. Omega 3 fatty acids found in walnuts are especially helpful in brain function. 3. 4. 5.
Scientists discover how the brain encodes memories at a cellular level (Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Scientists at UC Santa Barbara have made a major discovery in how the brain encodes memories. The finding, published in the December 24 issue of the journal Neuron, could eventually lead to the development of new drugs to aid memory. The team of scientists is the first to uncover a central process in encoding memories that occurs at the level of the synapse, where neurons connect with each other. "When we learn new things, when we store memories, there are a number of things that have to happen," said senior author Kenneth S. "One of the most important processes is that the synapses –– which cement those memories into place –– have to be strengthened," said Kosik. This is a neuron. (Photo Credit: Sourav Banerjee) Part of strengthening a synapse involves making new proteins. The production of new proteins can only occur when the RNA that will make the required proteins is turned on. When the signal comes in, the wrapping protein degrades or gets fragmented.
10 Ways to Alter Your Consciousness Without Drugs I'm typically not one for altered states of consciousness. I don't do drugs. I've never been drunk. In fact, the only time I can claim to have been synthetically high was when, against my will, I was injected with Fentanyl moments before being put under for surgery (and that high was not a pleasant experience). This whole endeavor is highly out of character for me. Collected here are are a number of techniques for altering your consciousness. While none of these 10 approaches are as consciousness-altering as being injected with Fentanyl, I can say that they will all make you perceive the world in alternative ways.
Upside-down glasses If you just want to get yourself a pair of perspective flipping goggles, all you have to do is download the file, arrange the parts to be cut (being sure to include two earpieces, they're identical, you know) and laser cut yourself a pair (mirror side down on the plastic, please.) It's pretty simple. What those of you without laser cutters (poor souls that you are) may take away is this cool construction method I learned from puzzle maker Lee Krasnow. I measured my screws, nuts, and washers, and modeled them simply in cad. I measured the width of my plexiglass. Knowing those dimensions, I could make some tabs in the design.
47 Mind-Blowing Psychology-Proven Facts You Should Know About Yourself - StumbleUpon I’ve decided to start a series called 100 Things You Should Know about People. As in: 100 things you should know if you are going to design an effective and persuasive website, web application or software application. Or maybe just 100 things that everyone should know about humans! The order that I’ll present these 100 things is going to be pretty random. So the fact that this first one is first doesn’t mean that’s it’s the most important.. just that it came to mind first. Dr. <div class="slide-intro-bottom"><a href="
Architects of Control, Program One – Mass Control & The Future of Mankind | Watch Free Documentary Online “The real war is the war on consciousness. It’s very important to always remember that …Mind control is ubiquitous. It’s almost a question of who is not mind controlled, as opposed to who is mind controlled. Produced by Michael Tsarion and Blue Fire Film, Architects of Control: Program One, explores humankind’s future and the posthuman world. What Everyone Should Know About Their Own Minds Classic psychology studies show just how little access we have to the workings of our own minds. Ever wondered where your opinions come from, how you manage to be creative, or how you solve problems? Well, don’t bother. Psychology studies examining these areas and more have found that while we’re good at inventing plausible explanations, these explanations are frequently completely made-up. In this series of posts, I examine some of the classic findings in psychology that show we have precious little insight into our own thought processes. How do great artists create? » Read on about the hidden workings of our minds -» When you change your attitude about something, do you know why? » Read on about our secret attitude changes -» The process of human creativity is both fascinating and, at the same time, mystifying. » Read on about why problem solving is a puzzle -» » Read on about shopping, reading, watching TV and judging people -» » Read on about when we are fools to ourselves -»
What 'Brain Food' Actually Does for Your Brain "it's just a chemical dosage that goes from your mouth to your brain" - sorry, but that is completely misleading, and in an article purporting to explain how food interacts with the brain, is downright false. It also ignores information given by the sources you actually quote. Neurotransmitters, with a few exceptions, are composed of protein-like molecules which are digested and absorbed by the gut like any other protein. The most basic knowledge of nutrition would tell you that foodstuffs are rendered down into absorbable monomers by acids and enzymes while they are still in the gut - i.e. outside the body. Even then, to enter the brain it's necessary to pass through another, more stringent selection system. This is why drug design for the nervous system is difficult - the drugs have to be either similar to a transported substance, and hence carried across, or fat soluble in order to bypass the barrier.
Mapping out a new era in brain research The Human Connectome Project is giving neuroscientists a new perspective on the connections in the brain and how they communicate with each other. Copyright Laboratory of Neuro Imaging, UCLA and Randy Buckner, PhD. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, MGH. www.humanconnectomeproject.org New maps of the networks of live brains could lead to better treatments for Alzheimer's diesease and schizophrenia. Copyright Paul M. Human Connectome Project Emerging field of "Connectomics" aims to uncover the complex secrets of the brain Human Connectome Project shedding new light on connectivity and functionNew advances could pave the way for treatments of brain disorders like autism (CNN) -- The complex architecture of the human brain and how its billions of nerve cells communicate has baffled the greatest minds for centuries. But now, new technology is allowing neuroscientists to map the brain's connections in ever-greater detail. More from CNN Labs: The credit-card sized $35 PC
Explicit Groups vs Implicit Groups Kevin Cheng (aka @k), product manager at Twitter and an all around smart guy wrote a great blog post called Can We Ever Digitally Organize Our Friends?. I've been thinking many of the same things that Kevin wrote about since I started to use Google+ a few weeks ago and Kevin's post is a good opportunity to riff on the same ideas. But first, a bit of humor courtesy of someecards: With that out of the way, here's my thinking on grouping things. I don't like to be that organized personally. So when faced with the chore of taking all my friends and colleagues and dropping them in buckets (or circles as it were), I tired of that chore quickly. I did create two groups that I think are particularly valuable; my family and our firm. But past that it becomes muddy. How about the people I share music and music interests with? The point I am trying to make, which Kevin makes so well in his post, is that friends and interests are not so finite and fixed. This is an oppportunity to use machines.
How to Disagree March 2008 The web is turning writing into a conversation. Twenty years ago, writers wrote and readers read. The web lets readers respond, and increasingly they do—in comment threads, on forums, and in their own blog posts. Many who respond to something disagree with it. That's to be expected. The result is there's a lot more disagreeing going on, especially measured by the word. If we're all going to be disagreeing more, we should be careful to do it well. DH0. This is the lowest form of disagreement, and probably also the most common. u r a fag!!!!!!!!!! But it's important to realize that more articulate name-calling has just as little weight. The author is a self-important dilettante. is really nothing more than a pretentious version of "u r a fag." DH1. An ad hominem attack is not quite as weak as mere name-calling. Of course he would say that. This wouldn't refute the author's argument, but it may at least be relevant to the case. DH2. DH3. DH4. DH5. DH6. What It Means Related:
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