- December 1st, 2013
“Paradoxically, although our brain waves are active during REM sleep, we are physically paralyzed … not to mention unaware of our surroundings … We (and other mammals) are to all appearances defenseless, raising puzzling questions about REM sleep’s role from the point of view of evolution.”A guide to healing imageryBy Bernie S. Siegel, MD
- November 1st, 2013
A team of Austrian and Scottish researchers have accomplished an incredible feat: They’ve grown brains in a Petri dish. Starting with adult skin cells, they reprogrammed them to behave like embryonic stem cells and placed them in a bath of nutrients believed to aid brain development.
- May 1st, 2013
For years researchers have used a standard psychological test to work out which sequences of letters in a word constitute the important cues the brain uses. In this test, jumbled words are flashed on a screen momentarily to see if they help the brain recognize the correctly spelled word.
- May 1st, 2013
Imagining an action and doing it require the same motor and sensory programs in the brain. A recent study showed that people who imagined strength training exercises increased their strength by 22 percent, compared to 30 percent in those who actually did the exercises. If the same way, mentally rehearsing in detail a piano piece will also yield dividends in muscle memory.
- September 1st, 2012
University of Kansas researchers have found a larger resting pupil size and lower levels of a salivary enzyme associated with the neurotransmitter norepinephrine in children with autism spectrum disorder.