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The neuroscience of Bob Dylan's genius | Music | The Guardian
Just look at poets, who often rely on literary forms with strict requirements, such as haikus and sonnets. At first glance, this writing method makes little sense, since the creative act then becomes much more difficult. Instead of composing freely, poets frustrate themselves with structural constraints. Unless poets are stumped by the form, unless they are forced to look beyond the obvious associations, they'll never invent an original line. They'll be stuck with clichés and conventions, with predictable adjectives and boring verbs. And this is why poetic forms are so important. When a poet needs to find a rhyming word with exactly three syllables or an adjective that fits the iambic scheme, he ends up uncovering all sorts of unexpected connections; the difficulty of the task accelerates the insight process.
creativity  music  science  brain  dylan  poetry  writing  songwriting 
april 2012 by allaboutgeorge
Why I Returned My iPad - Peter Bregman - Harvard Business Review
Being bored is a precious thing, a state of mind we should pursue. Once boredom sets in, our minds begin to wander, looking for something exciting, something interesting to land on. And that's where creativity arises.

My best ideas come to me when I am unproductive. When I am running but not listening to my iPod. When I am sitting, doing nothing, waiting for someone. When I am lying in bed as my mind wanders before falling to sleep. These "wasted" moments, moments not filled with anything in particular, are vital.

They are the moments in which we, often unconsciously, organize our minds, make sense of our lives, and connect the dots. They're the moments in which we talk to ourselves. And listen.

To lose those moments, to replace them with tasks and efficiency, is a mistake. What's worse is that we don't just lose them. We actively throw them away.
addiction  attention  creativity  family  parenting  brain  ipad  work  socialmedia  time  technology  psychology  gtd  apple  innovation 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
A Conversation With Aniruddh D. Patel - Exploring Music’s Hold on the Mind - Question - NYTimes.com
What do humans have in common with parrots? Both species are vocal learners, with the ability to imitate sounds. We share that rare skill with parrots. In that one respect, our brains are more like those of parrots than chimpanzees. Since vocal learning creates links between the hearing and movement centers of the brain, I hypothesized that this is what you need to be able to move to beat of music.
interviews  music  brain  science  nytimes  medicine  language  thinking 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Is Marriage Good for Your Health? - NYTimes.com
“When someone holds your hand in a study or just shows that they are there for you by giving you a back rub, when you’re in their presence, that becomes a cue that you don’t have to regulate your negative emotion,” he told me. “The other person is essentially regulating your negative emotion but without your prefrontal cortex. It’s much less wear and tear on us if we have someone there to help regulate us.”
marriage  health  relationships  love  family  brain  emotion  research  science 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Waiting for death, alone and unafraid - Los Angeles Times
Sometimes he wonders if he is playing at being a tired old man or whether he actually is a tired old man.

Through the blur of his dozing, he hears muffled voices, the memory of the boys running from room to room, the happiest sound in the world. There was a time when he could hear Jeanne breathing beside him after she had died.
death  philosophy  psychology  health  medicine  losangeles  brain 
march 2009 by allaboutgeorge
UC Davis News & Information :: Study Finds Brain Hub That Links Music, Memory and Emotion
“What’s cool about this is that one of the main parts of the brain that’s tracking the music is the same part of the brain that’s responding overall to how autobiographically salient the music is,” Janata said.

Because memory for autobiographically important music seems to be spared in people with Alzheimer’s disease, Janata said, one of his long-term goals is to use this research to help develop music-based therapy for people with the disease.

“Providing patients with MP3 players and customized playlists,” he speculated, “could prove to be a quality-of-life improvement strategy that would be both effective and economical.”
memory  science  brain  music  beauty  health  mp3  identity 
february 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Beauty Affects Men's and Women's Brains Differently | Wired Science from Wired.com
"In current hunter-gatherer groups, men are in charge of hunting; meanwhile women collect," said Cela-Conde. "If this is a scheme that can be extended to ancestors’ behavior, then we can think about a selective pressure to increase the capacity of spatial orientation in men, and the capacity to identify edible plants and tubers in women."
psychology  brain  science  research  beauty  men  women  sex  gender 
february 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The Last Professor - Stanley Fish Blog - NYTimes.com
The other night, my son asked me why he couldn’t just “enjoy his life,” without the bother of schools or teachers. I answered by dropping a spoon into a glass of water, “Is the spoon straight or crooked?,” I asked. “It’s straight,” he replied. “Look again,” I said. “It looks crooked,” he told me, “but I know that it’s straight. ” “Your eyes tell you that it’s crooked,” I told him, “but your mind knows that the water is distorting what you see. That’s why your mind is important, and that’s why you have to learn to think.”

My water trick was taken from Plato’s “Republic,” and as some academic once wrote, “QED.”
thinking  education  academia  nytimes  attention  brain 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
TidBITS Opinion: Instant Messaging for Introverts
"Specifically, I'd like to advance the thesis that - for some people at least - an aversion to instant messaging is a natural consequence of one's temperament, and that this is neither good nor bad in and of itself, though it does of course have consequen
behavior  brain  communication  community  computers  culture  online  gtd  health  internet  mac  psychology  reading  socialnetworking  social  technology  toread  twitter  writing  work  apple 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
WebMD: Vitamin D May Ease Depression
"But how much vitamin D you need depends on several factors, such as the environment you live in, what time of year it is, your skin type, and sun exposure."
health  medicine  brain  psychology  race 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
New Year’s Eve - New York Times
"I remember the resolutions I made when I was younger. I find myself thinking that one way to describe nature is a realm where resolutions have no meaning."
ritual  brain  thinking  memory  aging  nature 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Drugs to build up that mental muscle - Los Angeles Times
"Just think what it would do to anybody's career in about any area. There are not too many occupations where it's really good to be dumb."
brain  drugs  health  music  marketing  science  classical  classicalmusic  games  athletes 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Idea #2: Mindful Sex :: News :: thetyee.ca
"We spend far too much time worrying about whether we're 'normal' or good enough. Mindfulness is about cutting out that kind of noise and tapping into what your body is doing."
sex  meditation  brain  psychology  identity  spirituality  attention  presence  relationships 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Rigging a study to make conservatives look stupid. - By William Saletan - Slate Magazine
"You've manufactured a tiny world of letters, half-seconds, and button-pushing, so you can catch us in clear errors and keep out the part of life where our tendencies correct yours."
politics  science  research  psychology  memory  identity  brain  statistics 
september 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Brain study finds political divide - Los Angeles Times
"Liberals had more brain activity and made fewer mistakes than conservatives when they saw a W, researchers said." O RLY?
science  research  psychology  politics  brain 
september 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Buffalo News: First Sunday: Are You Happy?
"The work you put in on improving your positive outlook could keep you healthier, lengthen your life and make that increased lifespan infinitely more enjoyable."
happiness  psychology  diy  exercise  brain 
september 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Buffalo News: First Sunday: How to Begin /Take our step-by-step self-help guide to being happier
"Here are the positive energy exercises taken on by the people in my story. They worked for them and they could work for you."
happiness  psychology  diy  exercise  brain 
september 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Study: Romantic love affects brain like drug addiction | Dallas Morning News | News for Dallas, Texas | Entertainment: Break Room
"We saw activity in the ventral tegmental area and other regions of the brain's reward system associated with motivation, elation and focused attention."
love  relationships  sex  story  science  brain  health  research  attention  drugs 
september 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Feline's four-legged walk reveals how memory works: study
"Although we use vision extensively to guide our walking, we don't look at our feet as we walk — we look three or four steps ahead and remember the terrain."
research  science  animals  fauna  brain  memory 
august 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Evolutionary psychology | Blatant benevolence and conspicuous consumption | Economist.com
"Geoffrey Miller is a man with a theory [...] His idea is that the human brain is the anthropoid equivalent of the peacock's tail. In other words, it is an organ designed to attract the opposite sex."
altruism  brain  culture  ethics  evolution  gender  men  nature  volunteering  psychology  research  science  sex  social  sociology  women  relationships  via:boycaught 
august 2007 by allaboutgeorge
CBC News: Culture shapes how brain interprets signals
"Culture has a measurable influence on our brain and, as a result, our behavior. Researchers need to take this into consideration when drawing conclusions about brain function and human behavior."
culture  behavior  science  health  research  communication  brain 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: And Now, A Few Words in Defense of Nostalgia
"In that sense, a reunion show is the ultimate rock ’n’ roll concert: a sensory experience overwhelmed by an imaginary one; a musical event that is merely a pretext for a social one."
memory  pop  rock  music  identity  social  aesthetics  brain 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Why do men ignore nagging wives? It's all science | Press Esc
"The main finding of this research is that people with a tendency toward reactance may nonconsciously and quite unintentionally act in a counterproductive manner simply because they are trying to resist someone else's encroachment on their freedom."
research  science  psychology  freed  women  sociology  social  relationships  men  marriage  love  family  brain  behavior 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: A Game of Magical Thinking Leaves Reality on the Sidelines
"Rationally, you should not feel responsible at all for the outcome of the Super Bowl. But the more people perceived themselves as having thought about the game, the more they thought themselves responsible for the game's outcome."
memory  brain  public  sports  identity  psychology  health  sociology  thinking 
february 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Music of the Hemispheres
"Most memories degrade and distort with time; why would pop music memories be so sharply encoded? Perhaps because music triggers the reward centers in our brains."
brain  music  pop  rock  memory  social  gender  science  research  nyc  culture 
january 2007 by allaboutgeorge
LAT: Searching for the Why of Buy
"What would happen in this country if corporate marketers and political consultants could literally peer inside our brains, and chart the neural activity that leads to our selections in the supermarket and the voting booth?"
marketing  politics  brain  aesthetics 
february 2005 by allaboutgeorge

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