Monday, March 7, 2016

Neuroscience In The News On Mar 7

These are articles that I found of interest relating to news about Neuroscience.  In this issue, I have highlighted articles about the brain and teleportation, the myth of left brain and right brain, and how loneliness goes deeper than we can see.

Please check out the article links below and feel free to comment with other information related to these subjects.  I enjoy learning as much as I can about the brain and passing this information on to everyone else that shares these passions.

This is for the week beginning March 7, 2016.

Please come back each week and hopefully I will have some more highlights.  Feel free to share with me ones that you have found and I may highlight those as well.

Feel free to check out the highlighted articles from February 29, 2016

The Brain And Teleportation

Arne Ekstrom, associate professor at the UCD Center for Neuroscience, wants to know how we memorize places and routes, and learn to find our way around. It’s long been known that as a rat navigates a maze, its brain gives off a rhythmic oscillation, Ekstrom said. This also happens when humans travel around a virtual landscape on a computer screen.

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Left Brain - Right Brain Is A Myth

Jeffrey Anderson, a leading scientist from the University of Utah, has conducted research on more than a thousand peoples' brains to compare how different sides operate. He told BBC Trending that his research has confirmed to him that the left-right, creative-logic dichotomy is simply a myth.

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Loneliness Goes Deeper Than We See

What is happening in the brains of lonely people, at the endocrinological level, at the genetic level and what is that doing to immunity and resistance to disease, what genes are being turned on and turned off, when the brain goes into this self-preservation mode? For one thing, we found that loneliness decreases the effectiveness of sleep. You have sleep fragmentation and you always wake up tired. The cumulative wear and tear is greater if you are lonely than if you are not. You cannot make a direct line to heart disease or cancer, but you can certainly see the effects on the immune system.

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