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Brain Basics: Know Your Brain

Frontal Lobe: Part of the cortex, the frontal lobe is a key area in the brain involved in memory, problem solving, language, judgment, impulse control, social behavior and motor function. In a sense, this is where much of our “self” and personality is located. It is also home to executive function […]

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Brain-Sight: Can Touch Allow Us to “See” Better Than Sight?

Which of the following procedures do you think would produce the most accurate representation of an object: tracing the object; looking at the object while drawing it; or, with your eyes closed, touching and feeling the object and then drawing it, without having ever seen it? Most educators and parents would insist that the range in the quality of the three renditions would match the order […]

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Colorful Language: How Synesthetes Perceive Words

Although the phenomenon of synesthesia has been known for centuries, it is only in the last 20 years or so (since scientists developed brain-imaging technology) that synesthesia has been seriously studied. In 1995, Dr. Simon Baron-Cohen, a Cambridge University neuroscientist, headed a team that undertook brain-imaging studies […]