brain Tag

Alzheimer's

Alzheimer’s disease is characterised by the degeneration of brain cells, meaning fewer nerve cell connections, leading to a decline in thinking, behavioural, and social skills that disrupt a person’s ability to function independently. It causes severe memory impairment where the patient loses the ability to remember recent conversations and carry out everyday tasks.   Richard Deth, a professor at Northeastern University, discovered a new fact, where he...

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SAD

The holidays are a joyous time, where all your family and friends come together to celebrate Christmas and just as well, life. However, it is researched that this is also a time where people feel increasingly stressed or just SAD. No, not the emotion sad, but Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) which is one of the major forms of depression that is more prominent among these...

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Music is a universal stress buster, mood lifter and much more to many people. It is rare to find someone who does not tune into some genre of music; it is also clinically proven that music is therapeutic at many levels. Studies also show that musicians or anyone who listens to a lot of music have a more refined ability to communicate and recognise rhythm...

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ASome neuroscientists have been studying the explanation of how the brain works. The research basically focuses on the brain’s predictions and expectations about reality. A “predictive coding theory” was developed which suggests that the brain makes up models or beliefs at each level of the cognitive process. These beliefs generally revolve around the information that they should be receiving from the lower part of the...

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tinkerer

Srinivas Tadigadapa had always been interested in knowing how electronics and appliances worked. He would, when he was little, casually dismantle the music system or ready-to-be-discarded iron. “We had these clay pots to keep water cool,” said Tadigadapa. “I realised that one of the openings in the pot perfectly fit one of my speakers. So, I placed my speaker in there and the amount of...

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People around the world universally respond to music.  Advances in neuroscience enable researchers to measure just how music affects the brain. It can be said to be a guessing game and our enjoyment of it hinges on whether we can predict what’s coming next. When the notes rise and fall as expected, the reward centers in our brains are activated. However, the stakes for predicting...

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Fear

It is in human nature to fear the unknown. When we don’t know what is going to happen or what is coming next. Most phobias work on ‘what if’. What if I drown? What if something comes out of the dark? Such questions arising in our minds are what get us reeling. We get anxious and start panicking.   Feelings of fear “often have to do with...

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fear

Fear is a deeply wired fundamental reaction that has evolved over the history of biology in order to protect organisms against the perceived threat to their existence or integrity. We are all aware of it, but what actually happens in our brain when we are afraid? Ajay Satpute, an assistant professor of psychology at Northeastern University is probing through people’s brains as they face their...

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Feelings and misconceptions

Feelings are a state of emotion. They express anger, happiness, sadness, jealousy, anxiety, etc.  However, there has been an age-old misconception attached to its origins. We have continued to believe that individual emotions or feelings—anger, disgust, fear, sadness, joy—arise from specific “blobs of brain circuitry” anchored in discrete regions of the human brain. A recent groundbreaking research by Lisa Feldman Barrett, University Distinguished Professor of...

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art

Art Spiegelman is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and illustrator. During his lecture at Northeastern University, he said, “Comics burn their way passed your peripheral defenses into your brain directly through the eyeball. They dig deep because they work the same way your brain works.” The lecture was held as a memorial for Morton E. Ruderman. It was presented by the University’s Humanities Center as well...

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