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Landmark study on neural circuits shows that “cells that fire together wire together,” refining the popular “Use it or lose it”

— A network of neurons reconstructed with large-scale electron microscopy. Credit: Clay Reid, Allen Institute; Wei-Chung Lee, Harvard Medical School; Sam Ingersoll, graphic artist.

Research on largest network of cortical neurons to date profiled (Medical Xpress):

“Even the simplest networks of neurons in the brain are composed of millions of connections, and examining these vast networks is critical to understanding how the brain works. An international team of researchers Read the rest of this entry »

Neuroimaging study: Unregulated stress can sabotage your self-control and your diet



Brain scans show how everyday stress can sabotage your diet (CBS News):

“As anyone who’s ever downed a pint of ice cream after a bad day at the office knows, the stresses of everyday life can sabotage self-control when it comes to diet. But why? Read the rest of this entry »

On Music, Dopamine, and Making Sense of Sound

Daniel Levitin, in This Is Your Brain On Music, suggests the following sound experiment. Situate yourself someplace where you can close your eyes and focus on the sounds around you. When you open your eyes, write down each sound you heard and the object that made that sound. If you are in a relatively quiet spot, try this experiment the next time you are in a more sound-rich environment.

I began this article while Read the rest of this entry »

Encyclopedia of the many Sharp Brains out there

A Leap for All Life: World’s Leading Scientists Announce Creation of Encyclopedia of Life (a database of all living things)

Press Release: Biodiversity, Science Communities Unite Behind Epic Effort To Promote Biodiversity, Document All 1.8 Million Named Species on Planet

  • WASHINGTON (May 9, 2007) – Many of the world’s leading scientific institutions today announced the launch of the Encyclopedia of Life, an unprecedented global effort to document all 1.8 million named species of animals, plants, and other forms of life on Earth. For the first time in the history of the planet, scientists, students, and citizens will have multi-media access to all known living species, even those that have just been discovered.
  • Over the next 10 years, the Encyclopedia of Life will create Internet pages for Read the rest of this entry »

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