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In The “Creative” Zone: An Interview with Dr. Charles Limb

What do Franz Liszt and Jay Z have in common? Not much — one is a classical composer, the other is a rapper; one is dead, the other is alive. We could go on, but one thing they do have in common is their fantastic ability to improvise. Both have or had musical, skill but what really sets them apart from their contemporaries is their ability to perform without preparation — creating music on the spur of the moment. [ … ]

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Aging with a Bilingual Brain

Adaptation of the brain could also be the reason older bilinguals with Alzheimer’s show fewer signs of cognitive malfunction than those who only speak one language. “The brain is more robust, its abilities and functionality are more distributed, so when Alzheimer’s begins to take effect, a bilingual’s brain is better able to adapt,” says Canadian psychologist Ellen Bialystok. [ … ]

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God Is In The Details

Religion has long been a topic of philosophical discussion, but only relatively recently have neuroscientists begun to investigate faith and spirituality, too. Several different strands of research now indicate that there are specific parts of our brains that relate to belief in God, and that if [ … ]

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Everything You Wanted to Know About the Cerebellum (But Were Afraid to Ask)

Professor Sam Wang, associate professor of molecular biology and neuroscience at Princeton University, has spent a long time studying the cerebellum. Latin for “little brain,” the cerebellum has the appearance of a separate structure attached to the bottom of the brain, tucked underneath the cerebral hemispheres. Even though the region has been associated with only guiding movement [ … ]