"Multitasking messes with the brain in several ways.
At the most basic level, the mental balancing acts that it requires—the constant switching and pivoting—energize regions of the brain that specialize in visual processing and physical coordination and simultaneously appear to shortchange some of the higher areas related to memory and learning. We concentrate on the act of concentration at the expense of whatever it is that we’re supposed to be concentrating on." [more inside]
posted by jbickers
on Aug 21, 2008 -
Cockatoos are much better dancers than macaws.
Well that was my clear conclusion after watching the first two vid clips linked to why animals dance
in this Guardian feature. And since this is from a serious researcher I don't think they are faked. For those with much
more time, this site has an interesting podcast on the topic of music and the brain.
posted by binturong
on Aug 19, 2008 -
Get your learn on. 180+ ways of investigating the human brain = hours of fun for the whole family.
Thanks to an innocuous question by a 5 year old, my entire evening is now being spent investigating and discussing the structure and workings of the human brain. This flash site lets you explore the workings of the brain according to 12 subject areas (each with subtopics which are not included in the "180" count), within each of which are 5 levels of organization from social to molecular, within each of which are three levels of explanation (beginner, intermediate, and advanced.) discovered via Wikipedia.
posted by ThusSpakeZarathustra
on Aug 19, 2008 -
"How many brain scientists have the chance to study a stroke from the inside?" In 1996, Jill Bolte Taylor did (previously
), and she recently gave a moving TED talk
on her experience. If that merely whetted your appetite for more brainy videos, check out the complete archive of UCSD TV's Grey Matters
, a series of lectures on the brain. And for dessert, The Parts of the Brain
, as performed by Pinky and The Brain. [via Neurophilosophy
posted by natabat
on Mar 12, 2008 -
Jonah Lehrer is becoming one of the most interesting science writers around. The 26-year-old Rhodes scholar and former Le Bernardin cook just published his first book, Proust Was a Neuroscientist
[first chapter excerpt
- NYT], an investigation of the ways poets, novelists, and artists accurately modeled the brain and memory before science did. This week he hilariously reenacted Escoffier's distillation of umami
-rich veal stock [hit the audio link] with NPR's Robert Krulwich of Radio Lab. He also just published a very insightful profile of Oliver Sacks
in SEED (addressing the pioneering neurologist's own recent struggles with an eye ailment) and writes a wide-ranging science blog
. A new writer to watch.
posted by digaman
on Nov 9, 2007 -
How big is your crockus?
In cutting edge neuroscience news, a new part of the brain has recently been identifed by the enigmatic Dr. Crockus
. Described as "the detailed section of the brain, a part of the frontal lope," the crockus is apparently four times larger in females than in males, which is why girls see the details of experiences while boys see the whole but not the details. [more inside]
posted by homunculus
on Sep 21, 2007 -
In an experiment
reported in the journal Nature Neuroscience
, scientists at NYU and UCLA demonstrate that political orientation is related to basic differences in cognition - how the brain processes information. Psychological studies in the past found conservatives tend to be more structured and persistent in their judgments while liberals are more "open to new experiences." The latest study finds these traits are not confined to political situations but also influence everyday decisions. [more inside]
posted by uaudio
on Sep 11, 2007 -
Excellent BBC Brain Story series
available online. One of the best TV series on psychology and neuroscience ever produced, the BBC's Brain Story, is available on public bittorrent servers for download. It is a six part series covering virtually every area of contemporary neuropsychology, including the major researchers, discoveries, techniques and even many of the patients who have been the subjects of classic case studies that have helped us understand the curious effects of brain injury.
posted by nickyskye
on Aug 9, 2007 -