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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
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
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
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

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