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Sell high calorie foods in plain packaging to beat obesity, says Brain Prize winner | Science | The Guardian Peter Dayan, Ray Dolan and Wolfram Schultz share €1m neuroscience prize for work unravelling the brain’s reward system Selling high calorie foods in plain packaging could help in the battle against obesity according to a leading researcher who has won a share of the most lucrative prize in neuroscience for his work on the brain’s reward system. The colourful wrapping and attractive advertising of calorie-rich foods encourage people to buy items that put them at risk of overeating and becoming obese in the future, said Wolfram Schultz, a professor of neuroscience at the University of Cambridge. “We should not advertise, propagate or encourage the unnecessary ingestion of calories,” [ ... dopamine is released in anticipation of a reward, not just consumption of reward, thus seeing comfort food packaging and buying it, releases dopamine = walking into today's supermarket is dopamine rush for some, a high, irresistible, can not stop themselves from buying them 50/50 sugar/fat combos! ]
obesity  Tobacco  Alcohol  food–industrial  complex  lobby  multinational  conglomerate  UK  USA  Germany  European  Union  Advertising  overweight  chronic  inflammation  CVD  Cancer  premature  ageing  diabetes  death  NHS  health  care  demand  big  pharma  prevention  neuroscience  coping  mechanism  self-medication  reward  Consumerism  Drug  abuse  addiction  Sugar  Salt  Fat  whole-food  plant-based  western  diet  fast  food  standard  american  Tax  Theresa  May  David  Cameron  nanny  state  Tories  nasty  party  Conservative  childhood  parenthood  public  dopamine  system  Brain  self-regulation  Regulation  regulators 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
New Brain Cancer Treatment - YouTube
neuroblastoma treatment, that is inoperable and does not respond the chemo/radiation after several treatments.
neuroscience  brain  cancer 
november 2016 by asterisk2a
Greek economic migrants increasing, while joblessness soars | World news | The Guardian
Greece is experiencing its biggest brain drain in modern history with close to half a million of its most able and talented professionals having left since the start of its economic crisis, the country’s central bank has revealed.
Greece  austerity  Mark  Blyth  brain  drain  European  Union  PIGS 
july 2016 by asterisk2a
"Auf ärztliches Anraten" - Roxette sagen geplante Welt-Tournee ab
Bei der 57-Jährigen war 2002 ein Hirntumor diagnostiziert worden, sie galt aber als geheilt. Ob die Absage mit Nachwirkungen der damaligen Erkrankung zusammenhänge, konnte eine Sprecherin auf Anfrage nicht sagen. //&! - she underwent successful surgery to remove the tumor. It was malignant and she endured months of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. She had difficulties reading, writing and counting for a period of time, and is now blind in her right eye. [...] On 18 April 2016 Roxette announced that their 30th anniversary summer tour was cancelled as advised by Fredriksson's doctors. [...] [from FB page] " However, singer Marie Fredriksson has been advised by her doctors to refrain from touring and as a consequence all the summer shows are cancelled. [...] 'Sadly, now my touring days are over'"
Roxette  Marie  Fredriksson  cancer  chemotherapy  brain  tumor  premature  ageing  ageing  population  OAP  babyboomers  diet-related  disease  chronic  disease  Radiation  therapy  radiationtherapy 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
seizures, mri scan, op 90% removed, biopsy - grade 4 glioblastoma. 26 years old. [... + life extension treatments that will reduce quality of life significantly ] Nadia started chemotherapy and radiotherapy to treat the tumour this week. She said: “The idea is to try and shrink it – hopefully holding it off a little bit and give me a longer life expectancy.”
brain  tumor  brain  cancer  glioma  cancer  chemotherapy  radiotherapy  health  care  demand  health  care  budget  health  care  cost  health  care  spending  sick  population  diabetes  diet-related  disease  chronic  disease  obesity  epidemic  chronic  low-grade  inflammation  health  crisis  overweight  obesity  heart  disease  high  blood  pressure  Statin  Statins  NHS  austerity  rationing  ethics 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
Novel Drugs Seek Cure for Cancer That Killed Ted Kennedy
[CTFxC Charles Trippy had a not so invasive one, grade 2 glioma if I remember well. Currently stable. No talk about remission. Likely to mutate into a more aggressive one late in life. See below. ] &!// &! - Wall Street billionaire Ted Forstmann is fighting for his life -- reportedly against the same virulent form of brain cancer that felled Sen. Edward Kennedy in 2009 [...] Among people aged 15 to 44, such tumors are the second most common cause of cancer-related death. [...] Patients with the least aggressive type can live 10 years. //&! - every patient can get 2nd and 3rd opinions and approaches/arguments for and against what treatment &! //&! - Gliomas are a broad category, [...] They include grade 1 and 2 tumors that are regarded as precancerous, although about 70% of these go on to become malignant, and also include grade 3 anaplastic astrocytomas and grade 4 glioblastomas.
brain  cancer  gioblastoma  malignant  glioma  cancer  medical  profession 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
Health officials have 'failed brain tumour patients and their families for decades' | Health News | Lifestyle | The Independent
Damning parliamentary report finds patients are let down at every stage from diagnosis to treatment [...] Brain Tumour Research said just 1 per cent of the national spend on cancer research is allocated to studies into brain tumours. //&!
brain  cancer  cancer  premature  death  sick  population  health  crisis 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
I HATE THIS FEELING (2.24.16 - Day 2492) - YouTube
min 9:30 - breakdown. fear. not being on chemo and this type of aggressive cancer coming back, back more aggressive as is known. and thus killing him slowly. //&! - 10:00 - seizure // days later checkup - - 1:30 - 'it's still stable'
cancer  brain  cancer  chemotherapy  well  being  mental  health 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
Looking at your phone makes you temporarily deaf | Daily Mail Online
Findings suggest the brain's visual and auditory processing centers share limited resources
mobile  homescreen  neuroscience  brain  attention  span 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Brain cancers like Beau Biden’s kill about 15,000 adults each year - The Washington Post
"Beau Biden fought bravely before losing battle with brain cancer" - &! Officials have not disclosed the type of brain cancer that killed Vice President Biden's son Joseph Robinette "Beau" Biden III at age 46 on Saturday night. But assuming he suffered from a primary cancer — not one that spread from another part of the body — the most likely is a glioblastoma, an aggressive cancer of the brain's supportive tissue, two experts said. [...] Former Massachusetts senator Edward M. Kennedy died in August 2009, 15 months after he suffered a seizure and was diagnosed with a malignant glioma, the most common form of brain cancer. A glioblastoma is a sub-type of glioma. [ glioblastomas can also morph from mild type to aggressive type ] [ AND BIDEN HIMSELF HAD 2] cranial aneurysm's [ that had to be surgically tended to, I bet he's on blood thinners and blood pressure meds ] - //&!
cancer  Charles  Trippy  brain  cancer  heart  disease  atherosclerosis  Cardiovascular  disease  vascular  disease  diet-related  disease  chronic  diseases  high  blood  pressure 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
JFHC Live 2014: Dr Alex Richardson - Food, Mood and Children's Behaviour - YouTube
1/3rd of cancers attributed to cancer. // "there is always something you can do." // nutrient deficiency - not pills (folate, calcium, fish oil) but food) //&! - Alex Richardson - Low Blood Omega-3 in UK Children relates to their Learning and Behaviour - //&! Paul Montgomery - Omega-3 DHA and Children's Sleep - New Findings from the DOLAB Trial -
childhood  obesity  childhood  childhood  development  cancer  brain  neurobiology  neurology  neuroscience  mental  health  mental  illness  diet-related  disease  child  abuse  DSM-5  Whole-Food  Plant-Based  Diet  fast  food  convenience  parenting  parenthood  Desert  Chain  junk  food  food  engineering  Dopamine  addiction  Politics  food  prices  processed  food  trauma  food  industry  food  borne  illness  food  poisoning  food  poverty  child  poverty  education  policy  WHO  chronic  diseases  chronic  low-grade  inflammation  heart  disease  atherosclerosis  anxiety  public  health  policy  public  health  health  crisis  sick  population  cognition  cognitive  funtion 
november 2015 by asterisk2a
Body Image, Nutrition, and Eating Disorders: Insights from Neuroscience and Psychiatry - YouTube
36:20 - early childhood pre-puberty exposure to fat rich, processed food sets up brain and body to be programmed to seek out that foods - one of the many strong indicators (environmental, nurture factors) to adulthood obesity/overweight! even in gestation stage, pre-birth! brain development. trend in general for babies, get heavier and heavier in birth weight! fat babies.
eating  disorder  obesity  epidemic  obesity  overweight  addiction  evolution  neurobiology  neurology  neuroscience  processed  food  fast  food  public  health  policy  public  health  health  crisis  sick  population  health  care  spending  health  care  budget  health  science  medical  profession  medical  research  brain  metabolic  syndrome  childhood  childhood  development  parenthood  parenting  epigenetics  Whole  Plant  Foods  chronic  diseases 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
Sleep sharpens power to recall memories, study finds | Life and style | The Guardian
Sleep almost doubles chances of remembering previously forgotten information, according to new research // Recovery needed like any other muscle.
sleep  hygiene  productivity  education  policy  learning  brain  neuroscience  neurobiology  neurology 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Preventing Brain Loss with B Vitamins? - YouTube
Folate - greens and beans. And the supplement folic acid is not comparable and may even make you sick. See his other videos about Folate. + Fiber in Diet! // B12 supplementation! & B6
dementia  Alzheimer  homocystein  levels  cognitive  funtion  cognition  cognitive  impairment  neurology  neurobiology  neuroscience  brain  atrophy  premature  ageing  ageing  population  Fiber  Whole  Plant  Foods  animal  protein  western  lifestyle  pattern  diet  Standard  American  western  diet  diet  omnivore  Vegan 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Our poor sleeping habits are filling our brains with neurotoxins - Quartz
“The less deep sleep you have, the less effective you are at clearing out this bad protein.”
neurology  neurobiology  neuroscience  brain  brain  plasticity  Sleep  hygiene  REM  shift  work  dementia  Alzheimer  performance  productivity  well  being 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
David Perlmutter: Belly and the Brain - YouTube
book - Brain Maker - , gut is your 2nd brain, function as a unit. food choices. // see // whole plant based foods, fermented foods, fiber, // bad sugars & artificial sweeteners. sugarless soda doubles diabetes risk. // inflammation (leaky gut) related to cardiovascular disease/chronic diseases (also caused by acid reflux medication, antibiotics)
microbiome  neurology  Leaky  gut  Flora  brain  diet  book  neurobiology  neuroscience  medical  advances  medical  profession  complexity  epigenetics  mental  health  mental  illness  dementia  performance  Alzheimer  premature  ageing  chronic  low-grade  inflammation  anti-inflammatory  diet  IBS  inflammatory  bowel  disease  Crohn’s  Vegan  public  health  public  health  policy  immune  system  autoimmune  response  autoimmune  disease  overweight  obesity  epidemic  obesity  Fiber  Whole  Plant  Foods  chronic  diseases 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Charlie Rose Brain Series: Alzheimers / Dementia |
"It's an epidemic come later life [60 year old and forward; aggressive rise. 50% of 90 year old's affected]."&! - Parkinson's Disease and Huntington's Disease // &! &! &! << (1) excess animal protein. [dose dependent (neuro)toxin/glycotoxin - &! ] Evidence is clear that reduction [to zero] of any animal product in diet reduces risk to die with and of dementia/alzheimers. But current research is focused on putting the horse back in the barn ('manage it'), when it's already escaped and lost all its four legs. That is how crazy this is what current medical profession is doing. And policy makers, influences by food industry lobby listed on Wall Street. Defending their interest in selling processed, fast and junk food.
Alzheimer  dementia  cognition  cognitive  funtion  neurology  neurobiology  neuroscience  brain  western  world  sick  population  sedentary  lifestyle  western  lifestyle  Psychiatry  Standard  American  Diet  pattern  western  public  health  public  health  policy  premature  ageing  demographic  bubble  medical  profession  medical  research  medical  advances  omnivore  chronic  diseases  chronic  low-grade  inflammation  complexity  incomplete  information  quality  of  life  epigenetics  endotoxin  toxic  toxin 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
Charlie Rose | - Brain Series: PTSD
Charlie Rose Brain Series 2 Episode 12: Post-Traumatic Stress // end :: overlap (co-morbidity) >> anxiety, panic, bpd, substance abuse, depression, ...
PTSD  mental  health  mental  illness  trauma  Psychiatry  anxiety  Panic  attacks  unintended  consequences  unknown  unkown  neurology  CBT  DBT  psychology  neurobiology  neuroscience  brain 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
The way we're working isn't working: Tony Schwartz at TEDxMidwest - YouTube
time is a finite resource, non-renewable. computers are only limited by electricity and # of transistors. // Time is finite. Tony Schwarz debunks the myth that "We are meant to run like computers; at high speeds for long periods of time". He eloquently outlines how the reality of renewing our personal energy is just as important as expending it. This discipline grants value to rest which ultimately allows us to manage more skillful lives. // intrinsic motivation; purpose, mastery, autonomy. // honesty without compassion is cruelty. tenacity without flexibility is congeals interregidity. courage without prudence becomes recklessness. // need for certainty. // software/technology is running our life's. // renewal of personal energy! aka recovery to sustain high performance >> 6-hour work day, 4-day work week //
work  environment  Future  of  Mobile  Creatives  Mobile  Creative  burnout  knowledge  worker  workforce  worklife  6-hour  work  day  productivity  workplace  mental  health  happiness  index  beyond  workplace  drama  intrinsic  motivation  motivation  uncertainty  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  4-day  work  week  work  life  balance  effective  sustainable  sustainability  HR  human  resources  management  Leadership  self-awareness  self-improvement  creativity  destruction  brain  chronic  stress  stress  book 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
Neal Barnard, M.D.: Power Foods for the Brain - YouTube
hem iron - - too much. overdosing in iron. // metals are free radicals. needs anti-oxidants - Vitamin E.
Alzheimer  dementia  public  health  public  health  policy  hem  iron  trans  fat  dietary  cholesterol  saturated  fat  omnivore  brain 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
Students 'cannot multi-task with mobiles and study' - BBC News
Researchers found that students sending and receiving messages while studying scored lower test results and were less effective at tasks such as note taking. The study examined how a generation of "voracious texters" might be affected by so many online distractions. It found that when students did not use mobiles, they were better at being able to recall information. [...] The study, Mobile Phones in the Classroom: Examining the Effects of Texting, Twitter, and Message Content on Student Learning, carried out a series of tests with 145 undergraduates. [...] "It is a common occurrence to observe students who are physically present, yet mentally preoccupied by non-course-related material on their mobile devices. "As mobile devices have deeply saturated the college student population, this problem will likely continue to pose a significant obstacle," says the study, by Jeffrey Kuznekoff, Stevie Munz and Scott Titsworth. // life hack = focus 100% without distractions, opp for procrasti
learning  focus  focused  online  learning  e-learning  bulimic  learning  Bulimie  lernen  distraction  snacking  mobile  homescreen  mobile  phone  noise  Signal  vs.  noise  pollution  Millennials  generationy  multitasking  brain  neuroscience  neurology  neurobiology  attention  attention  span  inefficiencies  efficient  efficiency  life  hacker  life  lesson  Procrastinating  procrastination  time  discipline  self-regulation  self-awareness  self-improvement 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
Die Lüge vom Wirtschaftswunder - Marshall Plan, D Mark, die Korruption des Ludwig Erhard - YouTube
Brain drain from east to west Germany! most important in Germany's post-war economic history! human capital and intellectual property. // 2nd - 50% debt jubilee for Germany & other European countries did forgoe war reparations bc USA pressured them and promised them Germany will produce machinery and material (enabled by war time industrial parks) that will rebuild Europe. // - Mythos Trümmerfrauen - Mehr Wunsch als Wirklichkeit
Troika  IMF  World  Bank  Wirtschaftswunder  Marshall  Plan  Germany  economic  history  Europe  European  Soziale  Marktwirtschaft  PIGS  bailout  propaganda  Made  in  Germany  Brand  stereotype  productivity  WW2  WWII  brain  drain  human  capital  intellectual  property  Exportweltmeister 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
Why Hitler Lost the War: German Strategic Mistakes in WWII - YouTube
min 30 engineered brain drain by Hitler. "We [US] had more intelligent German Scientist than the Germans had." // min 32 Nobelprize winners by Nationality (Pre WW2) Germany - USA (16 - 5) / Post-war 1950 till 2000 Germany - USA (7 - 67)
WW2  WWII  brain-drain  brain  drain  war  for  talent  antisemitism  Antisemitismus  Xenophobia  homophobic  Homophobia  society  culture  Germany  USA  Nazi  racism  post-racial  America  Europe  history  war-for-talent  ID  Top 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
Babies, Brains, Nature and Nurture -- An Interview with Dr Stuart Shanker - Freedomain Radio - YouTube
implications for education of child and adolescent when certain things like self-regulation, deferred gratification, attention span, empathy, sympathy, relating, moral reasoning, avoidance of social interaction (can cause deficits in language and non-verbal interaction), etc etc are not properly developed during early life 0-8yrs old - thus - MANDATORY! kindergarten to be able to observe with qualified personnel and in case to be able to intervene (mitigate downstream effects) and to help the child and the parents. // 35min - adolescent offenders and repeat re-offending (and pre that, addiction and other things are symptoms). mentioned 3 books. // 47:44 - fixed mindset vs. growth mindset = praise for being intelligent (bad parenting) vs praise for doing/did good task X (good parenting). // there is no such thing as a lazy kid, stupid kid or bad kid
parenthood  childhood  childhood  development  parenting  psychology  Psychiatry  life  hacker  life  lesson  society  book  mental  health  mental  illness  Spiritual  spirituality  quality  of  life  student  of  life  education  policy  teens  adolescence  adolescent  Public  social  beings  social  science  sociology  social  society  western  society  complexity  long-term  thinking  long-term  view  Services  health  policy  health  short-term  thinking  short-term  view  Makers  Career  Politicians  No  Representation  kindergarten  addiction  Beschaffungskriminalität  brain  plasticity  neuroscience 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC - Future - Sleep: How to nap like a pro
In a study published last year, researchers found that both nocturnal and daytime sleeping improved memory consolidation for unrelated word pairs – like ‘pepper’ and ‘elbow’ – suggesting it can help if you’re trying to learn tricky-to-remember concepts. Another study, conducted at the Beijing University of Technology, examined the effect of napping on athletes after training. It found that naps could improve brain function and visual systems, and promote physical and mental recovery – a result that is in line with earlier research demonstrating that napping can facilitate motor memory consolidation.
Sleep  hygiene  brain  plasticity  neuroscience  neurology 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
Brain Plasticity in Skill v. Endurance Sports | Runner's World
An interesting study on motor cortex plasticity, and why it's enhanced by skill sports (e.g. dancing, gymnastics) but not endurance sports (e.g. XC skiing, running):
brain  plasticity  dementia  neuroscience  neurology 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Bin lorry deaths: Names of Glasgow crash victims released
Eyewitnesses said the lorry driver had been "slumped over his wheel".
heart  attack  blood  clot  Aneurysm  Brain  stroke 
january 2015 by asterisk2a
10 Ways That Brain Myths Are Harming Us | WIRED
6). Brain training companies frequently make unfounded claims about the benefits of their products. One myth here is that playing their games can revolutionize your brain health, more than say socializing or reading. In October, dozens of neuroscientists wrote an open letter warning that the “exaggerated and misleading claims [of the brain training industry] exploit the anxiety of older adults about impending cognitive decline.” [...] 8). The “chemical imbalance” myth of mental illness isn’t just wrong, it also places too much focus on biological explanations for mental illness. This might sound harmless, but in fact research shows that biological explanations increase stigma and dent patients’ hope for recovery.
neuroscience  neurology  neurobiology  brain  mental  illness  mental  health  stigma 
december 2014 by asterisk2a
Dean Ornish, MD - A new study shows what I've long suspected:...
A new study shows what I've long suspected: long-term use of cell phones TRIPLES the risk of brain tumors. And using cordless phones also significantly increases the risk. And the risks are even higher in kids with their developing brains: // from FB Comments - "it does seem sensible to use hands free communication and texting, more than putting the phone against someone's head."
Handy  cellphone  usage  cellphone  cellphone  radiation  cancer  glioma  brain  cancer  brain  tumor 
november 2014 by asterisk2a | Gedächtnisprüfmaschine
kombinationsfaehigkeit, die pragmatische orientierung in der welt, ... ein kind sucht nach brauchbarkeiten. teile der welt die einem ganzen zugeordnet werden. kann nur von teilen sprechen wenn sie einen zweck dem ganzen dienen. ... misstrauen dem eigenen wissen (wissenschaft). auch das system baune, ist vernuenfteln. vs vernunft. - frei determinierende maschine ist nur gehirn. determinierende maschine ... ist computer/algo/programm.
brain  neurology  Kant  Philosophy  sociology  Immanuel  Kant  Vernunft  book  Ratchet-Effekt  Sperrklinkeneffekt 
november 2014 by asterisk2a
Study Finds That Brains With Autism Fail to Trim Synapses as They Develop -
Now a new study suggests that in children with autism, something in the process goes awry, leaving an oversupply of synapses in at least some parts of the brain. The finding provides clues to how autism develops from childhood on, and may help explain some symptoms like oversensitivity to noise or social experiences, as well as why many people with autism also have epileptic seizures. It could also help scientists in the search for treatments, if they can develop safe therapies to fix the system the brain uses to clear extra synapses.
Autism  aspergers  Asperger  neuroscience  neurology  neurobiology  brain  plasticity  brain 
august 2014 by asterisk2a
Where do children’s earliest memories go? – Kristin Ohlson – Aeon
They concluded that if the memory was a very emotional one, children were three times more likely to retain it two years later. Dense memories – if they understood the who, what, when, where and why – were five times more likely to be retained than disconnected fragments. [...] The hippocampus not only bundles multiple input from our senses together into a single new memory, it also links these sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and tactile sensations to similar ones already stored in the brain. But some parts of the hippocampus aren’t fully developed until we’re adolescents, making it hard for a child’s brain to complete this process. >> via
muscle  memory  memory  memories  childhood  childhood  development  emotion  brain  neuroscience  neurology  neurobiology 
august 2014 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Mobile phone effect on fertility - 'research needed' + [...] + The study comes weeks after the International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organisation, stated that radiation from handsets was "possibly carcinogenic", although it stopped short of declaring there was a clear link. [...] || #usersurvery #epedemiologystudy >> "But they did see a tentative link among a small group of people who said they’d used their phone the most. Hence the headlines." || What about the compound effect - diet, lifestyle, epigenetic factors, environmental factors + above normal radiation early on from mobile phones. << Worst Case Scenario. ++
female  fertility  infertility  fertility  mobile  phone  radiation  mobile  phone  usage  WHO  cancer  brain  cancer  epidemiology  medical  research  complexity 
june 2014 by asterisk2a
Smart Teenage Brains May Get Some Extra Learning Time : Shots - Health News : NPR
Hewitt and Brant don't know why some teenagers continue to learn at the pace of much younger children. It may be that smart kids gravitate to challenging activities and this keeps them receptive to learning. Or it could be that genes that lead to high IQ also trigger an extended learning period. [...] The study, published in Psychological Science, suggests that for many children it may be a mistake to stop learning new things. Even if you're a teenager, it might not be too late to start learning Chinese, chess or the cello.
genetics  environment  IQ  brain  plasticity  childhood  learning  living  environment  childhood  development  brain 
september 2013 by asterisk2a
Want to train your brain? Play StarCraft - Crave
video games to reduce cognitive decline in elderly. add exercise, add diet (Vegan). Has positive effect. Not only for elderly. But for everyone. There is no poison. There are only poisonous doses. + >>
Alzheimer  vision  WoW  dementia  RTS  game  ageing  World  of  Warcraft  brain  function  brain  plasticity  video  games  cognitive  funtion  eyesight  StarCraft 
august 2013 by asterisk2a
Brain Aging Linked to Sleep-Related Memory Decline -
Scientists have known for decades that the ability to remember newly learned information declines with age, but it was not clear why. A new study may provide part of the answer.

The report, posted online on Sunday by the journal Nature Neuroscience, suggests that structural brain changes occurring naturally over time interfere with sleep quality, which in turn blunts the ability to store memories for the long term.

> thus exercise to keep young
> eat well and live well
sleep  quality  vegan  neuroscience  exercise  public  health  policy  brain  plasticity  neurobiology  sleep  public  health  aging 
january 2013 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Smoking 'rots' brain, says King's College study
Scientists involved said people needed to be aware that lifestyles could damage the mind as well as the body.

Researchers at King's were investigating links between the likelihood of a heart attack or stroke and the state of the brain.

Data about the health and lifestyle of a group of over-50s was collected and brain tests, such as making participants learn new words or name as many animals as they could in a minute, were also performed.

They were all tested again after four and then eight years.

The results showed that the overall risk of a heart attack or stroke was "significantly associated with cognitive decline" with those at the highest risk showing the greatest decline.

It also said there was a "consistent association" between smoking and lower scores in the tests.

"We need to make people aware of the need to do some lifestyle changes because of the risk of cognitive decline."

- "One in three people over 65 will develop dementia."
brain  Plasticity  Alzheimer  Cardiovascular  disease  dementia  alcohol  alcoholism  smoking  public  health  policy  public  health  health  science  health  policy  health  crisis  health  lifestyle 
november 2012 by asterisk2a
He, Once a She, Offers Own View On Science Spat -
Based on those experiences, as well as research on gender differences, Prof. Barres begs to differ with what he calls "the Larry Summers Hypothesis," named for the former Harvard president who attributed the paucity of top women scientists to lack of "intrinsic aptitude." In a commentary in today's issue of the journal Nature, he writes that "the reason women are not advancing [in science] is discrimination" and the "Summers Hypothesis amounts to nothing more than blaming the victim."

"If boys were raised to feel that they can't be good at mathematics, there would be very few who were."

>> young adults are the product of their environment, internal as well external influences. <<

" ... existence of gender differences in values, preferences and aptitudes "does not mean that they are innate."
gender  asymmetry  gender  culture  society  stereotype  Brain  Plasticity  neuroscience  parenting  environment  discrimination  inequality  gender  gap 
july 2012 by asterisk2a
BBC News - EEG brain trace 'can detect autism'
The researchers found 33 EEG patterns linked to autism
mental  health  brain  neuroscience  aspergers  autism 
june 2012 by asterisk2a
RSA Animate - The Divided Brain - YouTube
psychiatrist and writer Iain McGilchrist explains how our 'divided brain' has profoundly altered human behaviour, culture and society.
To view the full lecture, go to
neuroscience  brain 
june 2012 by asterisk2a
Sleeping shortly after learning something new is best way to remember it | Mail Online
Our study confirms that sleeping directly after learning something new is beneficial for memory. What's novel about this study is that we tried to shine light on sleep's influence on both types of declarative memory by studying semantically unrelated and related word pairs,’ Payne said.
‘Since we found that sleeping soon after learning benefited both types of memory, this means that it would be a good thing to rehearse any information you need to remember just prior to going to bed. In some sense, you may be “telling” the sleeping brain what to consolidate.’
Results of the study were published on March 22 in PLOS One.

Read more:
neuroscience  neurology  neurobiology  memory  brain  sleep 
march 2012 by asterisk2a
Why Alcohol Makes You Feel Good - Alice G. Walton - Health - The Atlantic
"This indicates that the brains of heavy or problem drinkers are changed in a way that makes them more likely to find alcohol pleasant, and may be a clue to how problem drinking develops in the first place," said Mitchell. "That greater feeling of reward might cause them to drink too much."

The results of the study could also help researchers design a better drug to treat alcohol addiction. Senior author Howard L. Fields pointed out that there are drawbacks to naltrexone, the FDA-approved medication to treat alcohol and opioid dependence, by binding to opioid receptors. It's not been a terribly effective method for treating alcoholism "not because it isn't effective at reducing drinking," Fields said, "but because some people stop taking it because they don't like the way it makes them feel."
study  research  neurobiology  neuroscience  brain  addiction  alcohol  alcoholism  alcohol-abuse 
march 2012 by asterisk2a
Fasting can help protect against brain diseases, scientists say | Science | The Observer
"Reducing your calorie intake could help your brain, but doing so by cutting your intake of food is not likely to be the best method of triggering this protection. It is likely to be better to go on intermittent bouts of fasting, in which you eat hardly anything at all, and then have periods when you eat as much as you want," said Professor Mark Mattson, head of the institute's laboratory of neurosciences.

"In other words, timing appears to be a crucial element to this process," Mattson told the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Vancouver.

Cutting daily food intake to around 500 calories – which amounts to little more than a few vegetables and some tea – for two days out of seven had clear beneficial effects in their studies,

[[Bc thinking evolutionary terms; fasting = famine. Our Ancestors have had not food every day. The body has unknown mechanism to protect itself from dying bc of famine et al.]]
evolution  study  medical  research  brain  aging  fasting  health 
february 2012 by asterisk2a
What Falling in Love Does to the Brain - Yahoo! News
"Intense passionate love uses the same system in the brain that gets activated when a person is addicted to drugs," said study co-author Arthur Aron, a psychologist at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
In other words, you start to crave the person you're in love with like a drug.

The researchers found that in each of these long-term lovers, brain regions were also activated when they looked at photos of their partners. Long-term love showed activity in the regions linked with attachment and liking a reward.
"For most people, the standard pattern is a gradual decline of passionate love, but a growth in bonding," Aron said.
relationships  research  brain  love  addiction 
february 2012 by asterisk2a
Why Adele's 'Someone Like You' Makes Everyone Cry -
If "Someone Like You" produces such intense sadness in listeners, why is it so popular? Last year, Robert Zatorre and his team of neuroscientists at McGill University reported that emotionally intense music releases dopamine in the pleasure and reward centers of the brain, similar to the effects of food, sex and drugs. This makes us feel good and motivates us to repeat the behavior.

Measuring listeners' responses, Dr. Zatorre's team found that the number of goose bumps observed correlated with the amount of dopamine released, even when the music was extremely sad. The results suggest that the more emotions a song provokes—whether depressing or uplifting—the more we crave the song.

With "Someone Like You," Adele and Mr. Wilson not only crafted a perfect tear-jerker but also stumbled upon a formula for commercial success: Unleash the tears and chills with small surprises, a smoky voice and soulful lyrics, and then sit back and let the dopamine keep us coming back for more.
dopamine  research  study  brain  science  Music  Arts 
february 2012 by asterisk2a
Alzheimer’s Spreads in the Brain Like a Virus, Studies Find -
Alzheimer’s disease seems to spread like an infection from brain cell to brain cell, two new studies in mice have found. But instead of viruses or bacteria, what is being spread is a distorted protein known as tau.

The new studies provide an answer. And they indicate it may be possible to bring Alzheimer’s disease to an abrupt halt early on by preventing cell-to-cell transmission, perhaps with an antibody that blocks tau.

researchers were inspired by the many observations over the years that Alzheimer’s starts in the entorhinal cortex and spreads.

But if tau spreads from neuron to neuron, Dr. Hardy said, it may be necessary to block both beta amyloid production, which seems to get the disease going, and the spread of tau, which continues it, to bring Alzheimer’s to a halt.

He and others are also asking if other degenerative diseases spread through the brain because proteins pass from nerve cell to nerve cell.
neuroscience  neurobiology  study  research  brain  Alzheimer 
february 2012 by asterisk2a
The Rise of the New Groupthink -
Research strongly suggests that people are more creative when they enjoy privacy and freedom from interruption. And the most spectacularly creative people in many fields are often introverted, according to studies by the psychologists Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Gregory Feist. They’re extroverted enough to exchange and advance ideas, but see themselves as independent and individualistic.

One explanation for these findings is that introverts are comfortable working alone — and solitude is a catalyst to innovation. As the influential psychologist Hans Eysenck observed, introversion fosters creativity by “concentrating the mind on the tasks in hand, and preventing the dissipation of energy on social and sexual matters unrelated to work.”

“Most inventors and engineers I’ve met are like me ... they live in their heads. They’re almost like artists. In fact, the very best of them are artists. And artists work best alone ....
groupthink  study  psychology  brain  innovation  creativity  solitude  introvert 
january 2012 by asterisk2a
Allan Jones: A map of the brain - YouTube
How can we begin to understand the way the brain works? The same way we begin to understand a city: by making a map. In this visually stunning talk, Allan Jones shows how his team is mapping which genes are turned on in each tiny region, and how it all connects up.
brain  study  mapping  gene 
november 2011 by asterisk2a
Paul Zak: Trust, morality - and oxytocin - YouTube
Where does morality come from -- physically, in the brain? In this talk neuroeconomist Paul Zak shows why he believes oxytocin (he calls it "the moral molecule") is responsible for trust, empathy, and other feelings that help build a stable society.
trust  moral  brain  society  happieness 
november 2011 by asterisk2a
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