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physical exercise and the brain

How physical exercise makes your brain work better

Research shows different activities have quite specific mental effects – here’s how moving your body could sharpen your ideas

http://www.theguardian.com/education/2016/jun/18/how-physical-exercise-makes-your-brain-work-better

Just 10 minutes of playful coordination skills, like bouncing two balls at the same time, improved the attention of a large group of German teenagers.

oga teaches the deliberate command of movement and breathing, with the aim of turning on the body’s “relaxation response”. Science increasingly backs this claim. For example, a 2010 study put participants through eight weeks of daily yoga and meditation practice. In parallel with self-reported stress-reduction, brain scans showed shrinkage of part of their amygdala, a deep-brain structure strongly implicated in processing stress, fear and anxiety.

Walking, either on a treadmill or around Stanford’s leafy campus, bolstered divergent thinking: the free-roaming, idea-generating component of creative thought. It didn’t help convergent thinking, though.

more on mindfulness in this IMS blog:

http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims?s=mindfulness

brain, identity, emotion

Why Identity and Emotion are Central To Motivating the Teen Brain

http://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2015/12/10/why-identity-and-emotion-are-central-to-motivating-the-teen-brain/

There’s heightened awareness of social status, especially as they realize that acts of courage can earn them higher social status among peers.
My note: Badges can be the perfect materialization of channeling the social status notion among teenagers.

Games and the Brain

This Is Your Brain On Games

http://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/features/this-is-your-brain-on-games/

“Action video games have a number of ingredients that are actually really powerful for brain plasticity, learning, attention, and vision,” says brain scientist Daphne Bavelier in her TED Talk on the subject.

In February, Italian researchers found that playing fast-paced video games can improve the reading skills of children with dyslexia.

In 2012, scientists at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston found that high school gamers who played video games two hours a day were better at performing virtual surgery than non-gaming medical residents.

brain and virtual reality

How does the brain react to virtual reality? Completely different pattern of activity in brain

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/11/141124162926.htm

UCLA neurophysicists have found that space-mapping neurons in the brain react differently to virtual reality than they do to real-world environments. Their findings could be significant for people who use virtual reality for gaming, military, commercial, scientific or other purposes

Virtual Reality Affects Brain’s ‘GPS Cells’

http://www.livescience.com/49021-virtual-reality-brain-maps.html
a new study in rats shows that the virtual world affects the brain differently than real-world environments, which could offer clues for how the technology could be used to restore navigating ability and memory in humans.

Per Google Scholar:
http://scholar.google.com/scholar?q=brain+and+virtual+reality&hl=en&as_sdt=0&as_vis=1&oi=scholart&sa=X&ei=KvCMVKrHPIaayATNjYKADA&ved=0CB0QgQMwAA

Reading Your Mind: IBM’s New Computer Chip Copies Brain Function

Reading Your Mind: IBM’s New Computer Chip Copies Brain Function

http://www.igi-global.com/newsroom/archive/reading-your-mind-ibm-new/1912/

Relying on densely connected webs of transistors similar to the brain’s neural networks, the chip, called TrueNorth, uses the power of an average hearing aid. According to the article, the invention is on a path to excel at calculations that stump today’s supercomputers. “It is a remarkable achievement in terms of scalability and low power consumption

How Does the Brain Learn Best? Smart Studying Strategies

How Does the Brain Learn Best? Smart Studying Strategies

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/08/how-does-the-brain-learn-best-smart-studying-strategies

Even if stated the obvious, it is good to repeat:
checking Facebook is not that bad for learning, it becomes bad when exceeds the time spent on learning…… this and more useful truisms to make the right choices with the start of a new academic year…

10 Amazing Superpowers Humans Will Be Able To Get From Brain Implants

10 Amazing Superpowers Humans Will Be Able To Get From Brain Implants

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/10-brain-implant-superpowers-2014-5#ixzz31AIZ3bpB
Smiley face 1. Hear a conversation from across a room, or in a crowded club.
2. Give you the ability to see in the dark.
3. Give you sight that can zoom in on things that are far away.
4. Make you better at math and navigation.
5. Allow you to download skills like in “The Matrix.”
6. Restore damaged memories.
8. Enhance focus and energy, like stimulants without the drugs.
9. Control machines with your mind.
10. Search the web and translate languages.

Study: Reading a Novel Changes Your Brain

http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/01/study-reading-a-novel-changes-your-brain/282952/

Study: Reading a Novel Changes Your Brain

College students experienced heightened connectivity in their left temporal cortexes after reading fiction.

blog entries under the article deserve attention

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