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Monday: July 11, 2011

The science behind why we tend to screw up when the pressure is on.The science behind why we tend to screw up when the pressure is on.

Article goes into some detail regarding just what our brain does under certain times when stress levels may be heightened. Continue reading over the full article over at New Scientist if you want more information about stuff like cognitive horsepower and spatial problem solving. You know, for science.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Science @ 9:53 AM | Tags (8) | psychologist | newscientist | heat | pressure | science | screwup | brain | cognitive |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 6 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: May 10, 2010

Scientist verifies that the human brain contains a master switch.Scientist verifies that the human brain contains a master switch.

Shin believes his discovery may be useful in understanding brain malfunctions such as autism, epilepsy and others. While researching brain function, Shin has previously shown that taking statin drugs to lower cholesterol may actually inhibit some brain function.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Science @ 1:52 PM | Tags (9) | brain | switch | sciencedaily | functions | malfunctions | autism | epilepsy | discovery | science |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 27 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: February 17, 2010

A hundred and one reasons why you should play more Sudoku.A hundred and one reasons why you should play more Sudoku.

36. Experts say that solving Sudoku game is based on the neural pathways and even the computers that are most powerful cannot replicate.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Neat @ 6:28 AM | Tags (9) | sudoku | reasons | time | consumption | games | puzzles | brain | nueral | computers |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 24 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: February 4, 2010

Fifty brain facts that you may not have previously known about.Fifty brain facts that you may not have previously known about.

One study looked at students in New York and showed that those who ate lunches that did not include artificial flavors, preservatives, and dyes did 14% better on IQ tests than the students who ate lunches with these additives.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Interesting @ 7:00 AM | Tags (9) | brain | facts | educatotion | additives | food | nutrition | bilingual | development | learning |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 61 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: February 1, 2010

A writeup on how to defrag your mind in just five easy steps.A writeup on how to defrag your mind in just five easy steps.

This article is appealing to me because I always liken a good clearing of the head to the act of defragmenting a hard drive. The processes are apparently quite similar. With that in mind, good luck and happy defragmenting.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Health @ 7:09 AM | Tags (7) | brain | defrag | fragment | harddrive | health | mind | steps |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 125 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: January 25, 2010

Your brain just might be to blame for your bad video gaming skills.Your brain just might be to blame for your bad video gaming skills.

The researchers recruited 39 healthy adults (10 men, 29 women) who had played fewer than three hours of video games each week during the previous two years. They then examined their brains with the aid of an MRI machine.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Video Games @ 6:51 AM | Tags (8) | brain | gaming | videogames | study | ars | technica | bad | ability |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 11 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: December 28, 2009

Seventeen interesting tricks of the body you may not have previously known about.Seventeen interesting tricks of the body you may not have previously known about.

“Since the nerves in the roof of your mouth get extremely cold, your body thinks your brain is freezing, too,” says Abo. “In compensating, it overheats, causing an ice-cream headache.” The more pressure you apply to the roof of your mouth, the faster your headache will subside.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in FYI @ 6:37 AM | Tags (9) | body | tricks | health | fyi | brain | freeze | tips | ice | cream |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 59 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: November 9, 2009

Want to know just how much power your brain needs in order to function?Want to know just how much power your brain needs in order to function?

In a nutshell, a robot with a processor as intelligent as the human brain would require at least ten megawatts to operate. By contrast, a dimly lit light bulb takes about just twenty watts and Doc Brown was able to send Marty back to the future via 1.21 gigawatts (1210 megawatts).

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Science @ 2:42 PM | Tags (9) | brain | findings | function | gigawatt | megawatt | operations | power | science | study |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 20 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: October 27, 2009

Effects of sleep deprivation might be reversible via something other than sleep.Effects of sleep deprivation might be reversible via something other than sleep.

...the team believes that the cognitive deficits caused by sleep deprivation, such as an inability to focus, learn or memorize, may be reversible by reducing the concentration of a specific enzyme that builds up in the hippocampus of the brain.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Science @ 1:31 PM | Tags (8) | brain | cognitive | deprivation | enzymes | groggy | impairment | science | sleep |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 13 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: September 30, 2009

New study suggests that gamers are more aggresive towards strangers.New study suggests that gamers are more aggresive towards strangers.

After the Onslaught matches, Geary and Oxford found that testosterone levels of the winning team members spiked immediately after the tournament, particularly among players who had contributed most to their team's victory.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Science @ 11:39 AM | Tags (7) | study | brain | gamers | aggresive | strangers | science | newscientist |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 5 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: September 16, 2009

Turns out that sleep plays a pivotal role in memory formations. Who knew?Turns out that sleep plays a pivotal role in memory formations. Who knew?

These sharp, ‘loud’ transient events occur hundreds to thousands of times during sleep and ‘teach’ the neocortex to form a long-term form of the memory, a process referred to as memory consolidation.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Science @ 8:50 AM | Tags (5) | brain | formation | memories | science | sciencedaily |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 16 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: September 2, 2009

New study discovers that playing Tetris might be good for your brain.New study discovers that playing Tetris might be good for your brain.

...the brain used less energy when it worked on familiar processing patterns. The girls who played Tetris also had a thicker cortex, meaning the game play triggered a structural change in the brain beyond the areas that became more efficient.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Video Games @ 7:29 AM | Tags (5) | brain | gaming | study | tetris | videogames |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 14 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: August 27, 2009

Turns out that our brains learn more from success rather than failure.Turns out that our brains learn more from success rather than failure.

The researchers found that monkeys that were rewarded for the right response to a cue learned quickly how to respond the next time they saw the cue, but monkeys that responded incorrectly weren't any better equipped to deal with the same cue the next time they saw it.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Science @ 2:46 PM | Tags (5) | research | study | success | failure | brain |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 10 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: July 30, 2009

Turns out that the adult brain can change in a matter of seconds.Turns out that the adult brain can change in a matter of seconds.

The volunteers perceived the rectangles elongating just two seconds after their eye was covered — much quicker than expected. When the eye patch was removed, the distortions vanished just as fast as they had appeared.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Science @ 3:42 PM | Tags (6) | brain | adapt | changes | science | cortex | visuals |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 19 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: July 29, 2009

The top seven places to watch great minds in action.The top seven places to watch great minds in action.

...there are a number of other conferences held each year around the world that also bring together visionaries, intellectuals, and luminaries from a wide variety of disciplines to discuss innovative ideas.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Nerdy @ 8:06 AM | Tags (7) | minds | brains | nerds | ted | videos | inspiration | thinkers |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 25 Clicks | Posted by Vin


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