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#11. What is going on with these pictures?


  • What is going on in these 2 pic­tures below?
  • Is there some ele­ment out of place?

Ready. Set. Go! Read the rest of this entry »

Brain Teasers: Spot the Difference

Dr. Pas­cale Mich­e­lon recent­ly shared with our read­ers which brain areas and cog­ni­tive func­tions are engaged as we solve the type of brain teas­er known as Spot the Dif­fer­ence, where we have to find the dif­fer­ences between two ver­sions of one image: Read the rest of this entry »

#15. Top fun and brainy Haikus. Yours?

haikus brainRead­ers have con­tributed a good num­ber of haikus on brain-relat­ed top­ics. Below you have our favorite ones.

Our favorite fun and brainy Haikus

- Techne, the philoso­pher, won­ders:

Solve the big ques­tions:
How do I know when I know?
Who knows the know­er?

- Steve, the envi­ron­men­tal­ist, requests:

Neu­ro­plas­tic good.
Plas­tic, though lasts for­ev­er.
Always recy­cle!

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Brain Teasers and Games for the Brain: Test your Brain

Frontal LobesIt is always good to stim­u­late our minds and to learn a bit about how our brains work. Here you have a selec­tion of the 50 Brain Teasers that peo­ple have enjoyed the most in our blog and speak­ing engage­ments.

Fun exper­i­ments on how our brains work

1. Do you think you know the col­ors?: try the Stroop Test.

2. Can you count?: Bas­ket­ball atten­tion exper­i­ment (Inter­ac­tive).

3. Who is this?: A very impor­tant lit­tle guy (Inter­ac­tive).

4. How is this pos­si­ble?.

5. Take the Sens­es Chal­lenge (Inter­ac­tive).

6. Are there more brain con­nec­tions or leaves in the Ama­zon?.

Atten­tionTwo In One Task

7. How are your divid­ed atten­tion skills? check out “Inside and Out­side” (Inter­ac­tive, from Mind­Fit).

8. Can you walk and chew gum at the same time? try “Two in One” (Inter­ac­tive, from Mind­Fit)

9. Count the Fs in this sen­tence.

10. What do you see? can you alter­nate between 2 views?.

Mem­o­ryPicasso Task

11. Easy one…draw the face of a pen­ny, please. Read the rest of this entry »

Medicine 2.0 in action (blog carnival)

Beautiful flowers-DavidWel­come to the August 19, 2007 edi­tion of med­i­cine 2.0.

Med­i­cine 2.0? Yes, some pio­neers are already mak­ing good use of Web 2.0 tools to improve Med­i­cine in a new, col­lab­o­ra­tive way. This blog car­ni­val seems to me to be, in itself, liv­ing proof.

Let’s see.

You may won­der, what exact­ly is “Med­i­cine 2.0”? well, Con­struc­tive Med­i­cine takes a stab at it, show­ing how it may be much old­er than we thought.

You want an exam­ple? see a blog­ger (Berta­lan) chron­i­cle an amaz­ing med­ical sim­u­la­tion in Sec­ond Life.

Some blog­gers pro­vide great overview posts:

  • A Begin­ner’s Guide to Read­ing Med­ical Blogs (Vitum Med­i­ci­nus) pro­vides a fan­tas­tic resource cov­er­ing every­thing you need to know about med­ical blogs and blogs in gen­er­al, includ­ing why to sub­scribe to RSS feeds (for How, keep read­ing).
  • Nurs­ing and Web 2.0 (Uni­ver­sal Health) is a thought­ful post on the gap between nurs­ing research and prac­tice and how blog­ging and 2.0 can help.
  • Essay on the effect of Web 2.0 on the future of med­ical prac­tice and edu­ca­tion (Med­ical Jour­nal of Aus­tralia), that pro­vides a great overview of med­i­cine 2.0, defin­ing and list­ing blogs, wikis, pod­casts and more.
  • Social sci­ence as infec­tious dis­ease (Min­ing Drug Space) is an essay on how blogs are con­tribut­ing to knowl­edge cre­ation and exchange, and includes the writer’s reflec­tions on blog­ging.

…while oth­ers are already address­ing some of the impor­tant points raised:

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