Heads up: Alvaro Fernandez will be giving a talk next Saturday, December 14th, at Bronx Library Center, based on the upcoming book Cómo invertir en su cerebro that we’ll be releasing in February 2014. If you speak Spanish, or simply want to provide your brain with some extra cognitive stimulation, please drop by! Read the rest of this entry »
By: Dr. Pascale Michelon
Are the two orange circles of the same size? One way to understand more about the brain is to look at how we can trick it, that is, to look at how the brain reacts to teasers and visual illusions.
Here are 10 visual illusions to combine fun and learning about the visual system. We know you know there is a trick since these are illusions… but don’t try to be smarter than your brain: Just enjoyed being surprised!
To go beyond the illusions, read about what happens in your brain while you experience them. Read the rest of this entry »
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Neuroeducation: 25 Findings Over 25 Years (Innovation Excellence):
“To celebrate the progress of this monumental discipline, we have compiled a list of the 25 most significant findings in neuroscience education over the past 25 years..” Read the rest of this entry »
There Is No Left-Brain/Right-Brain Divide (Time):
- “Scientists have long known that the popular left-brain/right-brain story doesn’t hold water. Here’s why. First, the sweeping characterizations of what the two halves of the brain miss the mark: one is not logical and the other intuitive, one analytical and the other creative. The left and right halves of the brain do function in some different ways, but these differences are more subtle than is popularly believed (for example, the left side processes small details of things you see, the right processes the overall shape). Second, the halves of the brain don’t work in isolation; rather, they always work together as a system. Your head is not an arena for some never-ending competition, the brain’s “strong” side tussling with its “weak.” Finally, people don’t preferentially use one side or the other.”
To learn more:
Baba Shiv: How Do You Find Breakthrough Ideas? (Stanford Business):
- “If the brain is experiencing highly physiologically arousing emotions associated with stress, then our first instinct will be to stay away from excitement and seek comfort instead. Studies have shown that Read the rest of this entry »