The boy whose brain could unlock autism ON A RECENT VISIT to Lausanne, Kai wears a sky blue hoodie, his gray Chuck Taylor–style sneakers carefully unlaced at the top. “My rapper sneakers,” he says, smiling. He speaks Hebrew and English and lives with his mother in Israel, attending a school for people with learning disabilities near Rehovot. Alcohol linked to seven types of cancer in new warning of risks - The i newspaper online iNews Alcohol is a direct cause of at least seven deadly types of cancer and there is “no safe level of drinking”, scientists have warned. The emergence of “strong evidence” that alcohol is a direct cause of cancer has prompted campaigners to demand an urgent drive to alert drinkers to the risks. Among the action they believe ministers need to take urgently is the introduction of at-a-glance health warning labels on all alcoholic drinks. Risk for low-level drinkers Professor Jennie Connor from the University of Otago, in New Zealand, said alcohol is estimated to have caused about 500,000 deaths from cancer in 2012 alone – nearly 6 per cent of all cancer deaths worldwide.
Health and Learning:How to Teach Students About the Brain If we want to empower students, we must show them how they can control their own cognitive and emotional health and their own learning. Teaching students how the brain operates is a huge step. Even young students can learn strategies for priming their brains to learn more efficiently; I know, because I've taught both 5th graders and 7th graders about how their brains learn. I was a practicing neurologist before I became a teacher. Once I entered the classroom and observed how my students learned, the connections between my two professions became clear.
Personality Tests By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. All of our psychological quizzes below are free, and most are based upon scientific research. 10 key nutrients and how to get them from your food If you think that a banana is the best way to guarantee your daily dose of potassium or that plain old catfish is a nutritional “junk food” in comparison to salmon, the seafood superstar, then keep reading. G. ANDREW BOYD / THE TIMES-PICAYUNEEgg yolks are packed with choline, which is essential for brain and nerve function, liver metabolism and for transporting nutrients throughout the body. We’re setting the record straight on what foods really are top picks when it comes to packing a punch of these 10 key nutrients. Choline
Network dynamics with BrainX3: a large-scale simulation of the human brain network with real-time interaction 1. Introduction How should one visualize and simulate the large amounts of data being generated nowadays in neurobiology, in ways that could inform our understanding of the structure and function of the brain? Would that also link to clinical applications? Over the years, the cumulative spate of studies in structural and functional neuroimaging, electrophysiology, genetic imaging and axonal-tracing studies have generated enormous amounts of data (found in online repositories such as and to name a few), which, on one hand have led to many insights on the intricate patterns of signaling and connectivity, as well as the existence of multi-scale processes in the brain; on the other hand, it has exposed the need for an integrative framework for modeling and simulating whole-brain dynamics and function. BrainX3 is a large-scale simulation of the human cerebral connectome, which uses both anatomical structure and biophysical dynamics in order to reconstruct activity and predict function.
How We Grieve: Meghan O’Rourke on the Messiness of Mourning and Learning to Live with Loss by Maria Popova “The people we most love do become a physical part of us, ingrained in our synapses, in the pathways where memories are created.” John Updike wrote in his memoir, “Each day, we wake slightly altered, and the person we were yesterday is dead. So why, one could say, be afraid of death, when death comes all the time?” And yet even if we were to somehow make peace with our own mortality, a primal and soul-shattering fear rips through whenever we think about losing those we love most dearly — a fear that metastasizes into all-consuming grief when loss does come. In The Long Goodbye (public library), her magnificent memoir of grieving her mother’s death, Meghan O’Rourke crafts a masterwork of remembrance and reflection woven of extraordinary emotional intelligence.
20 Three-Minute Brain Breaks Wednesday's guest post about why kids need to move from pediatric occupational therapist Loren Shlaes was so popular that I decided to follow it up with a list of Brain Breaks you can use with your students. These are great to use anytime your students are feeling restless and are struggling to pay attention. Most of these will only take a few minutes, and then you can get back to the lesson with your students ready to focus on the lesson at hand.5-4-3-2-1. In this simple game, students stand up and the teacher (or leader) has them do five different movements in descending order. For example the teacher would say: "Do fivejumping jacks, spin around four times, hop on one foot threetimes, walk all the way around the classroom two times, give your neighbor one high-five (pausing in between each task for students to do it).Trading Places Have students stand behind their pushed-in chairs.