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5 mind-bending facts about dreams

5 mind-bending facts about dreams
When your head hits the pillow, for many it's lights out for the conscious part of you. But the cells firing in your brain are very much awake, sparking enough energy to produce the sometimes vivid and sometimes downright haunted dreams that take place during the rapid-eye-movement stage of your sleep. Why do some people have nightmares while others really spend their nights in bliss? Like sleep, dreams are mysterious phenomena. But as scientists are able to probe deeper into our minds, they are finding some of those answers. Here's some of what we know about what goes on in dreamland. 1. As if nightmares weren't bad enough, a rare sleep disorder — called REM sleep behavior disorder — causes people to act out their dreams, sometimes with violent thrashes, kicks and screams. 2. Staying up late has its perks, but whimsical dreaming is not one of them. In the study 264 university students rated how often they experienced nightmares on a scale from 0 to 4, never to always, respectively. 3. Related:  Dreams& more Misc interesting things about the BrainNeuRal Notions

Dream meanings and the Subcontious mind. Spanking To dream that you are spanking someone suggests that you need to work on your childish rage and tantrums. Sparrow To see a sparrow in your dream represents inner dignity. Spark To see a spark in your dream represents a fresh idea, infinite possibilities or a new beginning. Sparkle To see sparkles or see something sparkly in your dream indicates an aspect of your life that is in need of your attention. Spartan To see or dream that you are a Spartan indicates that you are confronting life's challenges and taking conflicts head-on. Spatula To see or use a spatula in your dream indicates that that there is a difficult situation that you are trying your best to handle or manipulate. Speakers To see speakers in your dream indicates that you are demanding to be heard. Spear To dream that you are throwing spear indicates that you are thrusting forth your will and your power into a situation. To see a spear in your dream symbolizes power and fertility. Spectacles *Please See Eyeglasses. Speech Spit

Top 10 Mysteries of the Mind by Jeanna Bryner, Live Science Managing Editor | October 09, 2007 01:25pm ET Credit: NIH, NIDA Much of what we don't understand about being human is simply in our heads. The brain is a befuddling organ, as are the very questions of life and death, consciousness, sleep, and much more. Author Bio Jeanna Bryner Before becoming managing editor, Jeanna served as a reporter for Live Science and SPACE.com for about three years. Jeanna Bryner on

Men and women literally see the world differently Guys' eyes are more sensitive to small details and moving objects, while women are more perceptive to color changes, according to a new vision study that suggests men and women actually do see things differently. "As with other senses, such as hearing and the olfactory system, there are marked sex differences in vision between men and women," researcher Israel Abramov, of the City University of New York (CUNY), said in a statement. Research has shown women have more sensitive ears and sniffers than men. "[A] recent, large review of the literature concluded that, in most cases females had better sensitivity, and discriminated and categorized odors better than males," Abramov and colleagues write Tuesday (Sept. 4) in the journal Biology of Sex Differences. Abramov and his team from CUNY's Brooklyn and Hunter Colleges compared the vision of males and females over age 16 who had normal color vision and 20/20 sight — or at least 20/20 vision with glasses or contacts. Related on LiveScience.com:

Life+Times 25 Most Common Symbols 25 Most Common Symbols The 25 Most Common Images appearing in People's Dreams Compiled by the faculty of the School of Metaphysics, sponsor of the annual National Dream Hotline® Published by School of Metaphysics (SOM) Publishing, National Headquarters, Windyville, Missouri 65783 U.S.A For thousands of years mankind has been captivated and perplexed by memories of experiences arising when his physical consciousness is at rest. The idea that dreams are a communication from beyond the physical experience is not new. Mankind is now on the threshold of profound evolution and spiritual revelation. The Dreamer's Dictionary is a reference book published by the School of Metaphysics for understanding and interpreting universal symbology. 1) the word/symbol and its meaning in the Universal Language of Mind, 2) more in-depth meaning in the language of mind and possible contexts of the symbol, 3) the physical derivation of the word 4) thoughts to consider. The following are sample entries. 1. 1. 3.

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. 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 essence, the scientists found that our favorite moments in the music were preceeded by a prolonged increase of activity in the caudate. The question, of course, is what all these dopamine neurons are up to.

Neurologist discovers 'dark patch' inside brains of killers and rapists Scans reveal a patch at the front of the brain can be seen in people with records for criminal violenceGerman scientist who made the discovery classifies evil in three groups By Allan Hall In Berlin Published: 15:32 GMT, 5 February 2013 | Updated: 23:29 GMT, 5 February 2013 A German neurologist claims to have found the area of the brain where evil lurks in killers, rapists and robbers. Bremen scientist Dr Gerhard Roth says the 'evil patch' lies in the brain's central lobe and shows up as a dark mass on X-rays. He discovered it when investigating violent convicted offenders over the years for German government studies. Dr Gerhard Roth demonstrates where the 'evil patch' can be identified in the brains of those inclined to violence Scans studied by Dr Roth indicate that the patch he says is associated with wicked behaviour is found at the front of the brain 'We showed these people short films and measured their brain waves,' he said. 'Of course it is not automatic.

Sorry, I'm a Lady 10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Dreams Anyone else ever communicate with the dream? I don't mean talking in the dream, of course everyone's done that. When I was a kid, I had a recurring nightmare about a disembodied voice and a descent into nothingness (pretty common). Anyway, I eventually learned that it was a dream. It was just weird, though — I knew it was a dream and the dream knew it was a dream, and we both communicated that fact within the dream. As for the list, pretty interesting.

inversion vieillissement A technique to keep the tips of your chromosomes healthy could reverse tissue ageing. The work, which was done in mice, is yet more evidence of a causal link between chromosome length and age-related disease. Telomeres, the caps of DNA which protect the ends of chromosomes, shorten every time cells divide. But cells stop dividing and die when telomeres drop below a certain length – a normal part of ageing. The enzyme telomerase slows this degradation by adding new DNA to the ends of telomeres. Mariela Jaskelioff and her colleagues at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts, engineered mice with short telomeres and inactive telomerase to see what would happen when they turned the enzyme back on. Four weeks after the team switched on the enzyme, they found that tissue had regenerated in several organs, new brain cells were developing and the mice were living longer. Journal reference: Nature, DOI: 10.1038/nature09603 More From New Scientist Celery power (New Scientist)

Brain wave patterns can predict mistakes — Tri-City Psychology Services Image credit:iStockphoto From spilling a cup of coffee to failing to notice a stop sign, everyone makes an occasional error due to lack of attention. Now a team led by a researcher at the University of California, Davis, in collaboration with the Donders Institute in the Netherlands, has found a distinct electric signature in the brain which predicts that such an error is about to be made. The discovery could prove useful in a variety of applications, from developing monitoring devices that alert air traffic control operators that their attention is flagging, to devising new strategies to help children cope with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). How the brain responds to mistakes has been the subject of numerous studies, said Ali Mazaheri, a research fellow at the UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain. The test, known as the “sustained attention response task,” was developed in the 1990s to evaluate brain damage, ADHD and other neurological disorders. Source:UC Davis

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The Evolution of REM Dreaming New studies reveal that more animals are dreaming than we thought. In fact, all mammals and birds have REM, and if J.M. Siegel is correct, reptiles may have REM as well. REM, or Rapid Eye Movement sleep is a regularly occurring stage of sleep in which, when people are awakened and asked, dreams are often reported. After the 1953 discovery of REM in humans by modern science, researchers began testing other species for REM and searching for signs of dreaming in all kinds of creatures. A theory developed that dreaming was an evolutionary advance to keep the mammalian brain warm and alert and to not let it sink too deeply into inactivity. Now these older studies are being questioned as new research goes beyond the old methods of just looking for eye-twitching during sleep. At this time, the only studies that have been able to measure all three of these are studies with cats, but major advances in studying the first two now allow researchers to more closely monitor the sleep in animals. J.

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