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You Are Getting Sleepy: The Art of Hypnosis

While driving on a trip from New York City to the Catskills, which I had taken numerous times, I noticed a tree was missing in a spot along the route. I was surprised that I recognized one tree among many miles of scenery. I knew that I could not have paid attention to every single tree or house or any other item on the route. How could my mind keep track of such things when I wasn’t […]

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Where’s Your Brain’s Dictionary?

Research from MIT suggests that there are parts of our brain dedicated to language and only language, a finding that marks a major advance in the search for brain regions specialized for sophisticated mental functions. Functional specificity, as it’s known to cognitive scientists, refers to the idea that discrete parts of the brain handle distinct tasks. […]

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Man’s Best Friend For 32,000 Years (and Counting)

Dogs and humans share a mutual desperation for each other’s attention. According to a study in Nature Communications, scientists estimate that dogs and humans have been best friends for quite some time; they’re talking, 32,000 years! By sequencing the genomes of our hairy best friends – dogs – and comparing them with their even hairier ancient ancestors – grey wolves […]

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This Is Your Brain on Games

Do you love doing crossword puzzles or playing sudoku because you think it keeps your mind sharp? Well, think again. “Most of those things don’t have a measurable impact — if it makes people happy to play them that’s good, but it doesn’t make them smarter,” says Steven Aldrich, president and CEO of Posit Science, a developer of brain-fitness software. […]

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The Myth Of Multitasking

In today’s modern, technologically advanced world, with e-mail and smartphones and Twitter and Facebook demanding all of our attention all of the time — even as we work, socialize and play — multitasking may seem like the only answer. But science cautions us to restrict multitasking efforts: do not deceive yourself — you are not accomplishing more by multitasking. […]

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AMERICA’S HEALTH HABITS

America’s Brain Health Index, a state-by-state measure of the nation’s brain health, evaluated the 50 US states and the District of Columbia based on 21 factors, including diet, physical health, mental health and social well-being. […]

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FALL 2011 CALENDAR OF BRAIN-RELATED EVENTS

October 3-10 Cold Spring Harbor, New York Neurobiology of Drosophila meetings.cshl.edu/meetings/dros11.shtml 3-15 San Quirico d’Orcia, Italy Translational Research in CNS Diseases nsas.it/translational-research-in-cns-diseases 6-8 Dresden, Germany 43rd International Danube Neurology Symposium 2011 danube2011.org 10 London, England […]