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Category: Mind & Brain

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21 Animated GIFs Teach You Mathematical Concepts Better Than Your Teacher Did

“Let’s face it; by and large math is not easy, but that’s what makes it so rewarding when you conquer a problem, and reach new heights of understanding.” Danica McKellar As the new school year is coming, it is time to hit the ground running in your classes. Math could [...]

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Marijuana Abuse Hampers the Brain’s Response to Dopamine

According to a latest research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences recently, abuse of marijuana could blunts the brain’s ability in its reaction to dopamine, the neurotransmitter responsible for human feelings, such as pleasure, motivation as well as reward. The impact of that “high” could eventually cause depression and anxiety, [...]

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A Great Leap in Understanding How the Brain Processes Emotions

To different people, various things, such as visual stimulus and different taste sensations could cause emotion. But what is the relationship between the different feelings and sensory perception? Published in Nature Neuroscience, the latest research hosted by Adam Anderson from Cornell University has discovered that emotions are encoded by the brain [...]

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Study Says Math and Reading Capabilities Are Driven By the Same Genes

According to the latest research released in Nature Communications this week, children’s reading and math abilities are closely associated with a same large and overlapping genetic component. Although math and reading abilities are thought be relatively linked, little is known yet about how the system of genes could affect such cognitive traits. [...]

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What Will Happen When You Play Music through a Squid

In order to really visualize neuron action potential, bioamplifiers are designed to apply impulses for stimulation of muscle movement. To such purpose, Backyard Brains established by Greg Gage and Tim Marzullo have been selling bioamplifiers named as SpikerBoxes to allow scientists and students to explore neuroscience at-home. It is just connect electrodes [...]

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Blue Light Exposure Before Dinner Increases Your Hunger

Blue-enriched light exposure immediately before the evening meal may increase hunger, according to a new study published in the journal Sleep. Ten healthy adults were recruited into a study group in which they were given the same carbohydrate-rich isocaloric meals with regular sleep and eating schedules. In a four-day experiment under dim [...]

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Researchers Reveal Correlation between Porn Viewing and Less Grey Matter in the Brain

According to the research done by the scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, there is remarkable association between the time spent on watching pornography and different volume of gray matter in a certain area of the brain. Their study has been published in the journal of JAMA [...]

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Can You Trust Your Ears? Amazing Auditory Illusions Explained

Everyone is fond of a good optical illusion. There are various of sorts of optical illusions, which are closely related with the different mechanisms to trick human brains into thinking we see something in a different way from what it should be. Actually, it does happen to human ears similarly. If [...]

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Scientists Discover Probable Way to Silence Fear Gene

A group of scientists led by Dr Timothy Bredy at Queensland Brain Institute of University of Queensland, Australia has identified a way to silence the gene responsible for fear. This new study, released in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is focused on the processes related with decreasing the [...]

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Driving & phoning Don't do it. Unless you're a supertasker. Then still don't. Image credit: Ed Poor / Wikimedia Commons.

Only Two Percent of People Can Multitask Well, Are You a Supertasker?

 Now that I have your undivided attention… It is the bad behavior to make phone call while driving. Even if you are a supertasker in this respect, you should be extremely careful about it. When people are engaged in doing multiple things at the same time, their ability would be much [...]

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