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This Is Why Stairs Can Leave You Out of Breath | Psychology Today
"Humans (and many of our closest animal relatives) tend to stop or slow their breathing when concentrating on a specific task for a short period of time."

I always thought that was just a quirk of mine - when I focus on a tough task on the computer, usually. Good to know it's a normal, human thing.
meetup-movnat  brain  psychology  fitness  health  counterintuitive 
9 weeks ago by daguti
Why Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates both do this mundane chore
They both prefer to wash the dishes. It's what I've always said: I come up with my best ideas when I'm washing the dishes, showering, brushing my teeth or otherwise doing some other soothing, mentally simple activity.
people-jeff-bezos  people-bill-gates  mind  brain  creativity 
november 2017 by daguti
Bacteria on the Brain - The New Yorker
you really have to read the whole article, but in short I disagree with the way that the primary subject conducted research. He does not look for the mechanisms that create the outcomes he's looking for. He's in for looks for the outcomes. This is similar to believing in magic. Although you might argue that yes, helping people at any cost is good, I believe that we should always seek the mechanisms because it is only then that we can truly know what we are doing. I do this in my daily life with everything I interact with. I am not satisfied with just having a positive result, I need to know why I did, because when situations change, you don't want to believe in magic period you want to know exactly what variables cost what outcome so that you can change them to suit the new circumstances.
brain  brain-surgery  disease-cancer  disease-treatment  disease-cure  counterintuitive 
december 2015 by daguti
Brains aren’t actually ‘male’ or ‘female,’ new study suggests - The Washington Post
I tagged this with redpill because this has always been my argument against their philosophy. their stuff works on certain girls with certain types of brains, but they think AWALT. (All Women Are Like That)
brain  gender  relationships-theredpill  men-boys  women 
december 2015 by daguti
This Activity Postpones Brain Aging - PsyBlog
"The link between physical fitness, better brain function and brain activation has been shown for the first time. Research on older Japanese men has shown that the brains of those who are fitter perform like those of much younger men."
fitness  meetup-movnat  health  health-aging  brain 
november 2015 by daguti
We May Have Snakes To Thank For Our Acute Vision : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture : NPR
"The All Things Considered story notes, "Primates in parts of the world with lots of poisonous snakes evolved better vision than primates elsewhere, Isbell found out. It's no accident that lemurs in Madagascar have the worst vision in the primate world, she says. There are no venomous snakes [in Madagascar].""
evolvify-topics  evolution  animals-monkeys  eyes  brain  animals-snakes  eyes-vision 
march 2015 by daguti
This Is Not Yellow - YouTube
Computer screen can't show you yellow, so it shows you a mix of red and green.
video  perception  eyes  brain  eyes-vision 
february 2015 by daguti
How Men’s Minds Reveal the Wisdom of Women’s Bodies | Psychology Today
I spent HOURS looking for this, because A) I thought I had bookmarked it, when, in fact, I had only posted it to Facebook 2012-02-12 B) I thought it was an NPR article C) I thought the title was more along the lines of "How Men's Brains Can Teach Us About Women's Bodies" (the operative idea being that "brains" was used instead of "minds" (which is actually in the title) ........................... Another article along the same lines: http://beingamom.life/fat-butt-and-thighs-are-building-blocks-for-babies-brains/ ........................ "This research satisfyingly connects several themes in the study of human evolution, but the arc of discovery leads even farther, into the realm of public health. A huge shift in US food policy--driven by a collaboration of poor science and corporate interests--has progressively sucked the DHA out of the American food supply and replaced it with metabolically competing omega-6 fats. This means that American women are coming up short on the raw ma..."
evolvify-topics  beauty  brain  men-boys  women  psychology  babies  health  health-supplements 
january 2015 by daguti
These X's Are The Same Shade, So What Does That Say About Color? : Shots - Health News : NPR
ideas-stolen = I always thought about this as a kid: "That means people learn the names of colors — what kinds of experiences to call yellow or blue — and they could talk forever about colors and never disagree. Yet inside their heads, it could all be very different."
color  brain  perception  ideas-stolen  eyes-vision 
november 2014 by daguti
The Brain on Trial - David Eagleman - The Atlantic
In his book Incognito, David Eagleman tells the story of the Texas Tower shooter. (and inadvertently tells us the story of the poor mental health care in this country, which couldn't help a man who felt a change inside himself, but couldn't pinpoint it) ........................ "He requested in his suicide note that an autopsy be performed to determine if something had changed in his brain—because he suspected it had. .......... 'I talked with a Doctor once for about two hours and tried to convey to him my fears that I felt [overcome by] overwhelming violent impulses. After one session I never saw the Doctor again, and since then I have been fighting my mental turmoil alone, and seemingly to no avail.' "
brain  crime-lone-shooters  health-mental 
october 2014 by daguti
The Learning Myth: Why I'm Cautious About Telling My Son He's Smart | Khan Academy
Children praised for their persistence, struggle or perseverance in the face of something difficult cultivate a growth mindset whereas those praised for being smart often avoid things that might make them look dumb (i.e. they only take on easy challenges.) ........................... Also see the bookmark from 2011-08-21 about the book from Carol Dweck, who is quoted in this article.
learning-self-taught  childrearing  children  brain  success 
august 2014 by daguti
SLEEP MUSIC RELAX Delta binaural waves [Meditation & Relaxation] - YouTube
Jessica Graham on Facebook said this made Amelia (her newborn) sleep after 9 minutes, despite 1 hour of struggling beforehand.
sleep  video  music  brain 
march 2014 by daguti
Your Fat Is Why You're Not As Bright As You Could Be | Co.Exist | ideas impact
"obese mice did poorly on mouse-sized cognitive tests, presumably because the interleukin 1 was clogging things up. But the study didn't end there. The researchers wanted to make sure that it was the extra fat cells--and not something else--causing the disturbing brain changes in the mice. .................................. Upon removing fat from the obese mice in a mini-liposuction procedure, the critters scored highly on the same thinking and memory tests they struggled with previously, and the interleukin 1 virtually disappeared from their bloodstreams. When the researchers put fat pads inside thin mice, those previously svelte rodents started doing worse than they had previously on cognitive tests."
fitness  brain  health  cognitive-load  meetup-movnat-be-fit-to-be-useful  meetup-movnat  fitness-apocalypse-marketing-material 
march 2014 by daguti
How Scarcity Trap Affects Our Thinking, Behavior : NPR
This is Butler to a T: "In a study looking at poor farmers in India, for example, the researchers found that farmers tended to be better planners and thinkers when they were flush with cash. But right before harvest, when they were strapped for cash, Mullainathan says their brains focused only on short-term goals."
books-to-buy  resources-scarcity  time  money  brain  psychology 
february 2014 by daguti
Chris Abani: Telling stories from Africa | Video on TED.com
"We often think that language mirrors the world in which we live, and I find that's not true. Language actually makes the world in which we live."
tedtalks  language  perception  brain 
february 2014 by daguti
Spoken And Unspoken : NPR
The Phuc Tran talk is about the subjunctive and the advantages & drawbacks it gives us when thinking about the future or how things "might have been."
tedtalks  language  perception  time  body-language  language-text-speak  brain  grammar 
december 2013 by daguti
Gut Bacteria Might Guide The Workings Of Our Minds : Shots - Health News : NPR
identity-as-a-concept = Bold mice became timid when they were fed different diets, which altered their gut microbiota.
health-gut-bacteria  mind  brain  health  identity-as-a-concept  disease-cure  disease-autism  food-fermented 
december 2013 by daguti
The Inside Story On The Fear Of Holes : Shots - Health News : NPR
The fear of holes is thought to come from the fact that venomous animals tend to have ringed features (like the blue ringed octopus) and that holes have the same visual characteristics that these rings evoke.
animals  evolvify-topics  brain  eyes-vision 
september 2013 by daguti
5 examples of how the languages we speak can affect the way we think
For these links that are tagged with language+perception, note that a few links with closely related phenomenon are bookmarked under language+vision.
perception  language  brain  tedtalks 
february 2013 by daguti
How Memory Works: 10 Things Most People Get Wrong — PsyBlog
Lots of these tips have to do with teaching or learning. For example, in #9, it states:
"But, in the long-run this kind of mix-and-match learning works best.

One explanation for why this works is called the 'reloading hypothesis'. Each time we switch tasks we have to 'reload' the memory. This process of reloading strengthens the learning."
teaching  learning  mind  brain  memory-brain 
november 2012 by daguti
BBC News - Do you see what I see? ALSO SEE: http://boingboing.net/2011/08/12/how-language-affects-color-perception.html
Also see: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b013c8tb
Reminds me of a Science Channel special called "Do You See What I See" where they had a bunch of interesting segments on perception. One in particular was a color test administered to indigenous native Africans or something. They couldn't distinguish between green and blue because their language used the same word for both colors... but on the flip side, they were able to distinguish between two VERY similar shades of green because in their language, those two shades had different names.

Scientists also said the reason they could distinguish green from green is because it's important in their daily life (i.e. as a farmer a certain green might indicate disease or lack of water vs another green indicating vitality.) So vision is not absolute, rather a function of LANGUAGE and NEED.
They also called the sky "black" which is interesting...

NOTE: Unrelated, but also why wine tasting needs to be trained and given a language to describe it.
brain  optical-illusion  language  color  perception  eyes-vision 
august 2012 by daguti
Jokers Wild - NYTimes.com
This reminds me of the "Bi-polar II" article I recently read by Michael Ellsberg, a self-diagnosis of sorts.

Then one winter evening, a neighbor, a minister’s wife, knocked on our door. I cracked it open a few inches and saw her kind, gentle smile. “I think I know how you’re suffering, and I think this might help,” she said. She slipped a blue clothbound book through the slot: “Peace From Nervous Suffering,” by Dr. Claire Weekes. “This is for you. I have my own copy.” I read it cover to cover, that night, and then I curled up around that book and wept. Finally, someone understood my living hell. I wasn’t alone.
disease-cure  disease-mental-illness  brain 
july 2012 by daguti
Our brains often fail to notice key words that can change the whole meaning of a sentence
I know this from sales. People often hear what they want to hear rather than what you have said. This is why I always made sure to repeat things in several different ways, even going so far as to pretend I forgot mentioning something so that I could repeat it again at a later time. It saved me (and customers) a lot of headaches.

tips-n-tricks =
"There are a number of tricks we can use to make sure we get the correct message across: "We know that we process a word more deeply if it is emphasised in some way. So, for example in a news story, a newsreader can stress important words that may otherwise be missed and these words can be italicised to make sure we notice them when reading," said Professor Leuthold."

human-limitation = last paragraph
"The study findings also suggest that we should avoid multi-tasking when we are reading or listening to an important message: "For example..."
human-limitation  tips-n-tricks  reading  optical-illusion  sales  warnings  language  brain  communication-negotiation 
july 2012 by daguti
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