Category Archives: Brains

Brains, neuroscience, learning and brains

Our brains synchronise during a conversation

The rhythms of brainwaves between two people having a conversation begin to synchronize, concludes a study published in Scientific Reports, led by the Basque research centre BCBL. According to scientists, this interbrain synchrony may be a key factor in understanding … Continue reading

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Growing up in disadvantaged areas may affect teens’ brains

New research has found growing up in a disadvantaged neighbourhood may have negative effects on children’s brain development. But for males, at least, positive parenting negated these negative effects, providing some good lessons for parents. Living in a disadvantaged neighbourhood … Continue reading

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How Learning in the Present Shapes Future Learning

A new study reveals how neurons in the prefrontal cortex and hippocampal neurons work together to help guide future learning. Neurons in the prefrontal cortex “teach” neurons in the hippocampus to “learn” rules that distinguish memory-based predictions in otherwise identical … Continue reading

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How to Build a Brain

In this book, Chris Eliasmith presents a new approach to understanding the neural implementation of cognition in a way that is centrally driven by biological considerations. He calls the general architecture that results from the application of this approach the … Continue reading

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Brains in Pain Cannot Learn and Maltreatment the Developing Child

Buried deep in the brain’s limbic system is an emotional switching station called the amygdala, and it is here that our human survival and emotional messages are subconsciously prioritized and learned. We continually scan environments for feelings of connectedness and … Continue reading

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Using Music to Close the Academic Gap

When Plato said that music gives “wings to the mind,” he might have been onto something. Recent studies increasingly point to the power of music to shape the brain and boost its functioning. But despite a flurry of research documenting … Continue reading

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Music, Language, and the Brain

In the first comprehensive study of the relationship between music and language from the standpoint of cognitive neuroscience, Aniruddh D. Patel challenges the widespread belief that music and language are processed independently. Since Plato’s time, the relationship between music and … Continue reading

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Leader Emergence through Interpersonal Neural Synchronization

Great leaders are often great communicators. However, little is known about the neural basis of leader–follower communication. Only recently have neuroscientists been able to examine interpersonal neural synchronization (INS) between leaders and followers during social interactions. Here, we show that … Continue reading

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Trees of the Brain, Roots of the Mind

The human brain is often described as the most complex object in the universe. Tens of billions of nerve cells-tiny tree-like structures — make up a massive network with enormous computational power. In this book, Giorgio Ascoli reveals another aspect … Continue reading

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The Cognitive Neuroscience of Aging and Culture

Research into the cognitive neuroscience of aging has revealed exciting and unexpected changes to the brain over the lifespan. However, studies have mostly been conducted on Western populations, raising doubts about the universality of age-related changes. Cross-cultural investigation of aging … Continue reading

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