— DIY tDCS device: Four 9-volt batteries and sticky self-adhesive electrodes, connected by a circuit board. Courtesy of Matt Herich
Students Zap Their Brains For a Boost, For Better Or Worse (NPR):
“Last October, Matt Herich was listening to the news while he drove door to door delivering pizzas. A story came on the radio about a technology that sends an electric current through your brain to possibly make you better at Read the rest of this entry »
—Language task fMRI and resting-state fMRI data from a presurgical patient with left temporal lobe epilepsy. Copyright Bradley Goodyear, Einat Liebenthal and Victoria Mosher.
Can brain scans help doctors navigate epilepsy surgery? (UPI)
“…When medication doesn’t effectively control epilepsy, surgery may be recommended. Doctors can remove the part of the brain that triggers seizures or use certain procedures to control seizure activity.
Before surgery, however, the brain must be “mapped” to ensure the regions responsible for language and memory aren’t damaged during Read the rest of this entry »
Is Your iPhone Really Frying Your Brain? Five Things You Need To Know (Forbes):
“…since the announcement of the first iPhone ten years ago this week, concerns about devices turning their users into mindless drones seem to have reached a fever pitch. So is the internet really bad for your brain? Here’s what we know…”The average IQ of the population at large has been increasing every 10 years,” says Alvaro Fernandez, who runs Sharp Brains, an applied neuroscience company. “IQ is not the only thing that matters, but if something was very, very harmful for our brains, we would have already noticed it there.”
“We have to be very careful with children,” Alvaro concedes. “[Smart devices] can create an addiction if they are exposed too early. Adults also have to prevent constant distractions.”
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Congratulations to our Top 50 Finalists (Global Teacher Prize announcement):
“Now in its third year, the US $1 million award is the largest prize of its kind, and was set up to recognize one exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to Read the rest of this entry »
By: Alvaro Fernandez
You enjoyed the shopping and holiday season. Great!
You carefully selected one or several New Year’s Resolutions. Excellent!
Now it’s time to shift gears from resolutions to plans and realities…and there’s one thing you may have overlooked.
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