14 Stories That Prove Animals Have Souls The Brain—Information about the Brain 1 Introduction “I think, therefore I am.” —René Descartes, 17th-century philosopher Few of us question the crucial importance of the brain. It is vital to our existence. Our brains enable us to think, as René Descartes so skillfully pointed out nearly 400 years ago. The brain makes up only 2 percent of our body weight, but it consumes 20 percent of the oxygen we breathe and 20 percent of the energy we consume. Scientists have worked for many years to unravel the complex workings of the brain. Despite these and other significant advances in the field of brain research, most of the processes responsible for the integrated functioning of billions of brain cells remain a mystery. An essential aspect of any scientific research is communicating results to the public in a way that is easily understood. To correctly interpret the information transmitted through these venues, we need a better understanding of basic concepts related to the brain. 2 Myths and Realities about the Brain Figure 1.
Top 10 Amazing Facts About Dreams Facts This afternoon I had a (very rare) nap. During that nap I had a lucid dream (most of which I no longer remember). As I was waking up, I was thinking about my dream and thought that it would be a great idea to write a list about dreams for the site. So, here are the top 10 amazing facts about dreams. 10. People who become blind after birth can see images in their dreams. 9. Within 5 minutes of waking, half of your dream if forgotten. In Xanadu did Kubla Khan A stately pleasure-dome decree: Where Alph, the sacred river, ran Through caverns measureless to man Down to a sunless sea. [...] Curiously, Robert Louis Stevenson came up with the story of Doctor Jeckyll and Mr. 8. Every human being dreams (except in cases of extreme psychological disorder) but men and women have different dreams and different physical reactions. 7. 6. 5. A full 12% of sighted people dream exclusively in black and white. 4. If you dream about some particular subject it is not often that the dream is about that.
11 Signs Someone Is Lying To You | Business Insider New research by Dr. Leanne ten Brinke, a forensic psychologist at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, and her collaborators, suggests that our instincts for judging liars are actually fairly strong — but our conscious minds sometimes fail us. Luckily, there are signs we can look for when trying to detect a lie. Dr. 1. If you see someone suddenly make a head movement when you ask them a direct question, they may be lying to you about something. “The head will be retracted or jerked back, bowed down, or cocked or tilted to the side,” writes Glass. 2. When someone is lying to you, they may begin to breathe heavily, Glass says. When their breathing changes, their shoulders will rise and their voice may get shallow, she adds. 3. It’s common knowledge that people fidget when they get nervous, but Glass says that you should also watch out for people who are not moving at all. 4. 5. 6. 7. This may include areas such as the throat, chest, or abdomen. 8. 9. 10. 11.
The neurobiology of politics What, if anything, should we make of studies that purport to find neurological differences between people who self-identify as "conservative" and people who self-identify as "liberal?" You've seen studies like that in the paper. You've heard them argued about on radio and TV shows. But what do they actually mean? Is this just so much high-tech phrenology? Behavioral therapist Andrea Kuszewski has a great guest post up at The Intersection blog, looking at what we can (and can't) learn from the handful of studies that have attempted to link politics and neurobiology. If you're going to talk about these studies at all, Kuszewski writes, you're going to have to understand the context behind them. This is definitely a story worth reading all the way through. 1.
Facts About Dreams Facts About Dreams (1961) Thinking About Becoming A Psychology Student? Find A Psychology School Near You Facts About Dreams All of us know we need sleep. But what we haven't known is that, even more than sleep, we need dreams. With completely new methods for looking into what goes on in our minds at night, they have been upsetting a great many old misconceptions and superstitions, discovering one fascinating fact after another, and building up a whole new science of dreams. Research Shows That All of us Dream Every Night And not just one dream, either. That's clear from years of research. To find out more, the Chicago investigators had adult volunteers sleep on cots in the laboratory and stuck tiny electrodes on their eye sockets so electric recordings could be made of eye movements. Could the brain and eye activity indicate dreaming? Although investigators haven't been able to monitor the sleep of everybody in the country, the evidence that everybody dreams every night is strong.
100 Things I Want To Learn One of my favourite songs by one of my favourite bands, The Van Pelt , is called “Let’s Make A List”. I love Chris Leo’s vocal delivery and the guitar line, but it’s the lyrics about frustrated teachers that really get me: let’s make a list so we can feel like we’re accomplishing something, so we can feel like we’re working together… I’m a big fan of making lists, especially as a creativity and brainstorming technique. Usually I just list my most immediate thoughts and ideas, rather than pushing through to a specific target amount. Day 092/366 - To Do List, by I think my question was very general which resulted in a list of general learning rather than “100 Things I want to achieve with my DIY Masters Project”. Since writing the list earlier this week I’ve found that there’s a local printing museum which runs bookbinding and letterpress tutorials in German. But that is another list, for another day.
Brain Explorer 10 Ways Our Minds Warp Time How time perception is warped by life-threatening situations, eye movements, tiredness, hypnosis, age, the emotions and more… The mind does funny things to our experience of time. Just ask French cave expert Michel Siffre. In 1962 Siffre went to live in a cave that was completely isolated from mechanical clocks and natural light. He soon began to experience a huge change in his perception of time. When he tried to measure out two minutes by counting up to 120 at one-second intervals, it took him 5 minutes. But you don’t have to hide out in a cave for a couple of months to warp time, it happens to us all the time. 1. People often report that time seems to slow down in life-threatening situations, like skydiving. But are we really processing more information in these seconds when time seems to stretch? To test this, Stetson et al. (2007) had people staring at a special chronometer while free-falling 50 metres into a net. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Time is relative “Time is an illusion.
Some brain wiring continues to develop well into our 20s The human brain doesn't stop developing at adolescence, but continues well into our 20s, demonstrates recent research from the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta. It has been a long-held belief in medical communities that the human brain stopped developing in adolescence. But now there is evidence that this is in fact not the case, thanks to medical research conducted in the Department of Biomedical Engineering by researcher Christian Beaulieu, an Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions scientist, and by his PhD student at the time, Catherine Lebel. Lebel recently moved to the United States to work at UCLA, where she is a post-doctoral fellow working with an expert in brain-imaging research. "This is the first long-range study, using a type of imaging that looks at brain wiring, to show that in the white matter there are still structural changes happening during young adulthood," says Lebel. The duo recently published their findings in the Journal of Neuroscience.
300+ Mind Expanding Documentaries You Can Watch Online I watch a lot of documentaries. I think they are incredible tools for learning and increasing our awareness of important issues. The power of an interesting documentary is that it can open our minds to new possibilities and deepen our understanding of the world. On this list of mind expanding documentaries you will find different viewpoints, controversial opinions and even contradictory ideas. Critical thinking is recommended. I’m not a big fan of conspiracy documentaries but I do like films that challenge consensus reality and provoke us to question the everyday ideas, opinions and practices we usually take for granted. Watching documentaries is one of my favorite methods of self-education. I hope you find these mind expanding documentaries as enlightening as I did!  Life In The Biosphere Explore the wonder and interconnectedness of the biosphere through the magic of technology. 1.  Creativity and Design: 1.  The Education Industrial Complex: 1.  The Digital Revolution: 1. 1. 1.
BRAINMETA.COM - NEUROSCIENCE, CONSCIOUSNESS, BRAIN, MIND, MIND-BRAIN, NEUROINFORMATICS, BRAIN MAPS, BRAIN ATLASES 10 Profound Ways The World Will Change In Your Lifetime Our World Society and culture can change beyond recognition in a lifetime—people with criminal convictions for homosexuality are today seeing gay marriage become legal. A bunch of you are reading this on a multifunctional device that would outperform any supercomputer from 20 years ago, and when you’re finished, you’ll put it in your pocket. The great physicist Niels Bohr is said to have written, “Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future.” As correct as that may be, the world will definitely evolve in the next few decades, and we’ve got a good idea just how some of those changes will play out. 10 A Cash-Free Economy Cash has had a long history (going through some odd iterations before we got it to the coins and paper we know today). The cost of maintaining hard currency is up to 1.5 percent of a country’s GDP. So will there be a cashless society soon? There are possible disadvantages to going cashless. 9 Peak Population 8 First Person To Reach 150 (And Other Milestones)