Neuroscience Neuroscience is the scientific study of the nervous system. Traditionally, neuroscience has been seen as a branch of biology. However, it is currently an interdisciplinary science that collaborates with other fields such as chemistry, computer science, engineering, linguistics, mathematics, medicine and allied disciplines, philosophy, physics, and psychology. It also exerts influence on other fields, such as neuroeducation and neurolaw. The term neurobiology is usually used interchangeably with the term neuroscience, although the former refers specifically to the biology of the nervous system, whereas the latter refers to the entire science of the nervous system. Because of the increasing number of scientists who study the nervous system, several prominent neuroscience organizations have been formed to provide a forum to all neuroscientists and educators. History The study of the nervous system dates back to ancient Egypt. Modern neuroscience Human nervous system
Rubin Museum of Art:Brainwave 2010 If you are only now catching up with Brainwave, or you want to revisit some of the best of the last seven years, this ten-episode DVD is available at the museum’s Shop or online at What happens in our brains when we attempt to overcome adversity, survive tests of endurance and stay focused under pressure? This is the subject of the seventh annual Brainwave, a series of on-stage conversations, films and experiences. Tickets Brainwave programs tend to sell out, so advance purchase is strongly recommended. Leading Sponsor Featured Events Buy Tickets TALK | Friday, April 11, 7:00 p.m.The Yoga TeacherElena Brower + Kenneth Perrine$20 | Learn More Buy Tickets TALK | Friday, April 25, 7:00 p.m. Buy Tickets TALK | Friday, May 2, 7:00 p.m. Recent Events TALK | Monday, January 6, 7:00 p.m. TALK | Saturday, January 11, 6:00 p.m. TALK | Friday, January 24, 7:00 p.m.The Ballet Dancer Wendy Whelan + neuropsychologist Mark Solms Film See Full List of Screenings
AtGoogleTalks AtGoogleTalks (or @Google Talks or Talks@Google) is a series of presentations by invited speakers sponsored by Google given at various Google offices throughout the world. The series has feature categories such as Authors@Google, Candidates@Google, Women@Google, Musicians@Google and others. For technical topics, there is Google Tech Talks (also known as EngEDU) which is dedicated to exploring areas of technology and science. Guest speakers range from present and past world leaders to little-known poets and artists. In March 2006, Google announced that videos of the talks would be available on Google Videos. Most are now put on YouTube before they are put on Google Videos. Speakers include Lady Gaga, musician List of speakers, by category and date Authors@Google Comedians@Google Eddie Izzard, British stand-up comic and actor, delivered August 15, 2011.Stephen Colbert, American comedian and television host, delivered December 7, 2012. Broadway@Google
TED Talks: Goldie Hawn, Daniel Siegel On Mindfulness For Childre Actress Goldie Hawn spoke at the TEDMED conference about her "very big, very broad dream" of bringing happiness to children. "I thought, let's do something drastic," she said. "Lets hope and pray for all kids to experience happiness." She turned this big dream into an innovative program called "MindUP" -- a curriculum that goes beyond academics, teaching children how to be in touch with their emotions and manage stress through focused breathing, focused attention, relaxation and awareness. Saddened by the problems affecting today's youth -- depression, suicide, drop out rates and a growing lack of empathy -- she assembled a team of neuroscientists, doctors, researchers, educators and psychologists to create the program. The children are also taught neuroscience; the idea being that if they know how their minds work, they will be better able to understand and control their behavior. It's crucial to take the stress away in order to open the mind up for learning, Hawn said.
Managing with the Brain in Mind Naomi Eisenberger, a leading social neuroscience researcher at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), wanted to understand what goes on in the brain when people feel rejected by others. She designed an experiment in which volunteers played a computer game called Cyberball while having their brains scanned by a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) machine. Cyberball hearkens back to the nastiness of the school playground. This article is featured in the strategy+business app “Don’t Blame Your Culture,” available for smartphone and tablet devices. To download, select your device: This reaction could be traced directly to the brain’s responses. Eisenberger’s fellow researcher Matthew Lieberman, also of UCLA, hypothesizes that human beings evolved this link between social connection and physical discomfort within the brain “because, to a mammal, being socially connected to caregivers is necessary for survival.” This presents enormous challenges to managers.
Redirect to 26.2 Quest The Neuroscience Of Music | Wired Science Why does music make us feel? On the one hand, music is a purely abstract art form, devoid of language or explicit ideas. The stories it tells are all subtlety and subtext. And yet, even though music says little, it still manages to touch us deep, to tickle some universal nerves. When listening to our favorite songs, our body betrays all the symptoms of emotional arousal. We can now begin to understand where these feelings come from, why a mass of vibrating air hurtling through space can trigger such intense states of excitement. Because the scientists were combining methodologies (PET and fMRI) they were able to obtain an impressively precise portrait of music in the brain. The more interesting finding emerged from a close study of the timing of this response, as the scientists looked to see what was happening in the seconds before the subjects got the chills. In other words, the abstract pitches have become a primal reward cue, the cultural equivalent of a bell that makes us drool.
Future Actions Decoded And Predicted In The Human Brain » The Behavioral Medicine Report Bringing the real world into the brain scanner, researchers at The University of Western Ontario from The Centre for Brain and Mind can now determine the action a person was planning, mere moments before that action is actually executed. Included in this report is several videos – one that shows FMRI data and another that contains interviews with the two lead researchers. The findings were published this week in the prestigious Journal of Neuroscience, in the paper, “Decoding Action Intentions from Preparatory Brain Activity in Human Parieto-Frontal Networks.” “This is a considerable step forward in our understanding of how the human brain plans actions,” says Jason Gallivan, a Western Neuroscience PhD student, who was the first author on the paper. A volunteer completes tasks while in the functional magnetic imaging (fMRI) machine. “Neuroimaging allows us to look at how action planning unfolds within human brain areas without having to insert electrodes directly into the human brain.
Dyslexic Advantage - Dyslexia is an advantage. How Chocolate Keeps Your Brain Healthy What's the Latest Development? In a recent study of elderly people with poor blood flow, researchers found that drinking two cups of hot chocolate each day improved the seniors' circulation, resulting in more blood flow to the brain. "The study involved 60 people with an average age of 73 who did not have dementia. The participants drank two cups of hot cocoa per day for 30 days and did not consume any other chocolate during the study. They were given tests of memory and thinking skills. They also had ultrasounds tests to measure the amount of blood flow to the brain during the tests." What's the Big Idea? Seniors who began the study with regular blood flow (the control group) experienced no increase as a result of drinking chocolate, but those with poor circulation measured an 8.3 percent increase in blood flow. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com Read it at Kurzweil AI
First human brain-to-brain interface University of Washington researcher Rajesh Rao, left, plays a computer game with his mind. Across campus, researcher Andrea Stocco, right, wears a magnetic stimulation coil over the left motor cortex region of his brain. Stocco’s right index finger moved involuntarily to hit the “fire” button as part of the first human brain-to-brain interface demonstration. (Credit: University of Washington) University of Washington researchers have performed what they believe is the first noninvasive human-to-human brain interface, with one researcher able to send a brain signal via the Internet to control the hand motions of a fellow researcher. Using electrical brain recordings and a form of magnetic stimulation, Rajesh Rao sent a brain signal to Andrea Stocco on the other side of the UW campus, causing Stocco’s finger to move on a keyboard. “The Internet was a way to connect computers, and now it can be a way to connect brains,” Stocco said. The cycle of the experiment. Remote control