The Neuroscience of Memory – Eleanor Maguire

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In this engaging lecture the speaker Eleanor Maguire explains through demonstrations some of the peculiarities of memory to show that we often do not remember things exactly as they occurred yet we often believe we do. I learnt a lot about human memory years ago at school and it has stuck with me ever since because I know what it …

If Brains are Computers, Who Designs the Software? – with Daniel Dennett A royal institution lecture

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Oh my am I loving this lecture from the royal institute and Daniel Dennett. It is bringing to life so many of the thoughts and ideas I have had over the years of learning how humans work. How the brain works is just such a fascinating topic and Daniel has taken a unique and engaging approach to presenting his ideas. …

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Brain health

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I have a ton of research and links on this site about the brain, mind, brain health, sleep and so many other things brain related but I do not have a central introductory post on the brain that acts as a starting point links to everything else. So here it is. Even writing this basic stub I notice how much …

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In the Human Brain, Size Really Isn’t Everything

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I found this fascinating article In the Human Brain, Size Really Isn’t Everything – in the NY times describing research by a couple of brain researchers with a theory to explain why human brains are different from mammalian brains. It is not proven but it is fascinating to think about the reasons why we humans are that bit special. …

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Brain’s motor cortex uses multiple frequency bands to coordinate movement

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How and why we move is a fascinating topic. We have long known that muscle movement is coordinated through systematically triggering muscles. The trigger pattern determines the type of movement produced. New research has uncovered how this pattern is widespread throughout the brain structures involved with movement. Synchrony is critical for the proper functioning of the brain. Synchronous firing of …

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Can training your nerves improve athletic performance?

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In the last post I asked Why train your nerves? It was a precursor to explaining the value of a healthy and strong nervous system to athletic performance. In fact it is little known that the reason sedentary people improve so much when they begin exercising is because their nervous system adapts very quickly. The reason for the inevitable plateau is …

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Why train your nerves?

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For many years I’ve noticed the forgotten aspect of training your nervous system and the adaptations it makes to support your activity underpins all the improvements you see. I read a beautiful research article named how brain cells change their tune and I felt it was time to explain mytheory that learning a skill depends on training our nerves.

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Fitness: Could your brains ability to harness energy explain age related mental decline?

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Everyone seems to assume that your mind must degrade with age. I’ve never seen convincing evidence for that. I simply see that increasing age requires increasing maintenance since our parts and code get old. In otherwords, You are only as old as the lifestyle you live.  So it is that I am good at finding evidence that shows this to …

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It’s Not Memory Loss – Older Minds May Just Be Fuller of Information

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So, It’s Not Memory Loss – Older Minds May Just Be Fuller of Information is the kind of finding that makes sense to me. I’ve met plenty of older peeps whose memory is just fine. They can remember all sorts of stuff they do regularly. though as you would expect, they can get confused by all the other information they have to …

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A good night of sleep is like hosing down your filthy brain

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Why animals sleep remains one of the enduring mysteries of biology, but new research suggests the primary reason might be to allow cerebrospinal fluid to wash all the gunk out from between your brain cells. Read more The researchers interpretation is that this is literally a cleaning process after a busy day. I would wonder if it’s also a restocking …

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Brain Function "Boosted For Days After Reading a Novel"

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Reading a gripping novel causes biological changes in the brain which last for days as the mind is transported into the body of the protagonist The new research, carried out at Emory University … found that reading a good book may cause heightened connectivity in the brain and neurological changes that persist in a similar way to muscle memory. Read …

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How Much Glucose Does Your Brain Really Need?

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I understand that our brains can only obtain energy from sugar. The can’t get it from protein and fat like the rest of our body. So when I found an article considering How much glucose does your brain actually need? I knew I needed to make a record for future reference. This is something I learnt through bio psychology and my PE …

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Transfer of learning: How I get more done with less effort

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During A level PE I learnt about the concept of transfer of learning. The principle that once you have learnt a skill in one area it is easier to learn it in another. Footballers use this concept to play well with both feet. Once they learn to play with their dominant foot they find it easier to learn with their …

Can we adjust or remove a neural connection?

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Creating a neural connection is well understood. It is the pillar of learning, you just need to learn something correctly the first time. Brilliant. Problem solved. Of course that often is not the case. You don’t always learn things correctly the first time. Instead you create neural connections to things that are not the best answer. When you find the …

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How to help Dementia and Alzheimers

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Lack of physical activity is now accepted as a serious health risk and the evidence shows that our brains need as much activity as our bodies do to keep them fit and healthy. The amount of research showing this link is becoming over whelming so I have share a few of my favourites to help you quickly understand how beneficial good movement can …

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Neural Darwinism: is this how we learn?

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I’m excited to have just discovered Neural Darwinism through an interview with Gerald Edelman on all in the mind. The idea that our brain constantly adapts to our environment using the same evolutionary principles described by Darwin is what I’ve been coming to believe. It’s clear that we create and remove connections every day during sleep and that our brains are constantly evolving from the …

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The way you think defines what you will achieve

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This phrase has defined my life because I have always noticed that those who succeed think differently than those who don’t. It has been a clear pattern I notice in those top in their profession too in that the way they think gets them to the top. In the making of an expert I see a wonderful example of how experts are …

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Do our minds work like browser caches?

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It occurred to me recently how to express my experience of how I learn and how our brains are capable of providing lightning fast access to so much of the info we hold in our heads. I think the process might be similar to the methods used in hardware and software mainly because I think they evolved for the same …

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Train your brain for a vigorous mind

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Ooh I’m having a day today. I feel like I’ve hit the jackpot. I’ve always felt I could train my brain, so imagine my joy when I find yet more research that supports this notion. I have a very long and intense concentration span when I want it. There have been many times that I’ve used it and found that …

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Think clearly: Warm up your brain

Colin Chambersactivity, anxiety, brain, compete, competing, competition, depression, general health, Make you strong, nerves, spectacular performances, sport, Strategy, stress Leave a Comment

Yes I believe you really do need to warm up your brain if you want to get the best out of it. In the process of writing a previous article about performing well when it counts I hit upon a way of explaining several theories I’ve yet to put to paper. Ok the basic concept I have about your brain needing to …