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2011-09-01 12:46:57

Our brain is divided into two hemispheres, which are linked through only a few connections. However, we do not seem to have a problem to create a coherent image of our environment — our perception is not "split" in two halves. For the seamless unity of our subjective experience, information from both hemispheres needs to be efficiently integrated. The corpus callosum, the largest fiber bundle connecting the left and right side of our brain, plays a major role in this process....

2011-08-29 11:17:12

A new University of Alberta study says when it comes to goal setting, your unconscious mind can be a great motivator. Alberta School of Business researcher Sarah Moore and colleagues from Duke and Cornell universities say that unconscious feelings about objects in the environment influence the pursuit of long-term goals. Their study explores how the unconscious mind responds to objects in relation to an individual's goals–and how the unconscious continues to influence feelings about...

2011-08-17 23:55:51

Every day we make thousands of tiny predictions "” when the bus will arrive, who is knocking on the door, whether the dropped glass will break. Now, in one of the first studies of its kind, researchers at Washington University in St. Louis are beginning to unravel the process by which the brain makes these everyday prognostications. While this might sound like a boon to day traders, coaches and gypsy fortune tellers, people with early stages of neurological diseases such as...

2011-08-17 13:18:00

Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery but how do our brains decide when and who we should copy? Researchers from The University of Nottingham have found that the key may lie in an unspoken invitation communicated through eye contact. In a study published this week in the Journal of Neuroscience, a team of scientists from the University's School of Psychology show that eye contact seems to act as an invitation for mimicry, triggering mechanisms in the frontal region of the brain that...

2011-08-16 15:17:43

An unexpected discovery has led scientists to open an intriguing new window into the human brain, via the visual system. Their finding may have implications for better understanding of states such as sleep, epilepsy and anaesthesia say the research team leaders Dr Sam Solomon and Professor Paul Martin of The Vision Centre and The University of Sydney. Potentially it could open up a new pathway for manipulating brain rhythms to manage disorders such as insomnia and epilepsy, the team speculate...

2011-08-02 18:30:00

KAANAPALI, Hawaii, Aug. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Authors Eckhart Tolle and Dr. Wayne Dyer both came from depressing beginnings; Dyer was raised in an orphanage in East Detroit while, in Germany, Tolle escaped an angry home by wandering through buildings bombed in WWII. Both men underwent profound, deeply personal transformations and have since touched tens of millions of people through their inspirational writing and life-changing public events. These two master teachers will share an open...

2011-07-14 13:37:43

Unconscious brain activity demonstrated in a case of prosopagnosia Brain damage can cause significant changes in behaviour, such as loss of cognitive skills, but also reveals much about how the nervous system deals with consciousness. New findings reported in the July 2011 issue of Elsevier's Cortex demonstrate how the unconscious brain continues to process information even when the conscious brain is incapacitated. Dr St©phane Simon and collaborators in Professor Alan Pegna's laboratory...

2011-07-13 19:22:00

PHOENIX, July 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- With the 3D release of the final Harry Potter film this week, leading visual neuroscientists at Barrow Neurological Institute say 3D illusions not only provide great entertainment, but might also tell us a lot about how our brains function. Top researchers Susana Martinez-Conde, PhD, and Stephen Macknik, PhD, have spent years examining the correlation between vision and the brain. Recently they have teamed up with some of the world's best magicians,...

2011-07-06 15:14:13

Study results may shed light on apparent self-awareness deficits in humans In the first study of its kind in an animal species that has not passed a critical test of self-recognition, cognitive psychologist Justin J. Couchman of the University at Buffalo has demonstrated that rhesus monkeys have a sense of self-agency -- the ability to understand that they are the cause of certain actions -- and possess a form of self awareness previously not attributed to them. The study, which will be...

2011-06-27 06:45:00

NAPLES, Fla., June 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- After 25 years of research, Tracy Reed, a former Military Interrogator, now a Golf Biomechanic and Mental Game Specialist, has finally found the cause, and more importantly, the cure for the golf slump where nothing works to get it back. In the process, Tracy has unlocked the secret mental pathway for golfers to enter "The Zone" at will. Tracy discovered that in a slump, working on the physical portion of the game rarely fixes the problem of...


Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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