The Brain Science Behind Gut Decisions

…carries the information from the intestines, heart, muscles and bones upward from the spinal cord. As it comes up, part of it goes to the deepest part of the brain called the brainstem, which influences our heart rate and respiration.
Also a twig of it will go over to an area called the hypothalamus, where it will govern what to do with our endocrine system, and influence your hormonal environment…. Continue reading The Brain Science Behind Gut Decisions

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FastCompany.com: Do Brainpower Apps Really Make You Smarter?

Cognitive fitness software companies like Fit Brains and Lumosity are booming businesses. But whether brain games are the remedy for mental dullness and even disease, or mere digital snake oil, is hotly debated…. …”If you are doing brain training for 10 hours a week, that is 10 hours a week you are not doing something else, like exercising, Zach Hambrick, an associate professor of psychology who worked on the Georgia Tech study, told The New Yorker. “It also gives people false hope, especially older adults for whom this is a big concern.”… What cognitive training pretty clearly won’t provide is a silver bullet to fight off brain decay. A healthy social life certainly wouldn’t hurt, and neither would an appreciation for a good book. Even Hurley admits that “physical exercise is perhaps the best-proved method for improving cognitive function in older people.” Continue reading FastCompany.com: Do Brainpower Apps Really Make You Smarter?

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Oprah Winfrey talks to Dan Pink about A Whole New Mind

“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.” — Albert Einstein The context is a review of the book A Whole New Mind. Oprah and Dan talk about the move from Left Brain (Logical, Analytical, Fact Based, Detailed, Past/Present, Rational Mind – rational mind is a faithful servant) to Right Brained (Intuition, Feelings, Now/Present, Emotions, – intuitive mind is a sacred gift). Oprah Winfrey talks to Dan Pink about A Whole New Mind, Part 1 from Daniel Pink on … Continue reading Oprah Winfrey talks to Dan Pink about A Whole New Mind

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How could the theatre of the mind be generated by the machinery of the brain?

What Hallucination Reveals about Our Minds Added by Sonya Yeh Spencer, ITANLP Trainer, Educator & Coach Did you know that about 10 percent of the hearing impaired people get musical hallucinations and about 10 percent of the visually impaired people get visual hallucinations? How do we do it? In this facinating video, you will learn a little bit more about how our brain works. Dr. Oliver Sacks shares with you some interesting insights. Continue reading How could the theatre of the mind be generated by the machinery of the brain?

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Podcast: Making a Decision? Take Your Time

A recent study shows that when faced with a decision, it’s best to take some time–relax and cool off–so logical thinking can guide us to the best choice. Christie Nicholson reports (Scientific American) Play the Podcast here: sa_p_podcast_100417 or from Scientific American’s Website (Note that this broadcast uses stereo features and for part of the time, sound only comes from one channel) Brain imaging studies show that low offers activate the anterior insula, an area associated with feelings of disgust or anger. So the authors note that the delay allows us to chill out and accept the most logical and … Continue reading Podcast: Making a Decision? Take Your Time

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Podcast: Neuroscience Is Everywhere

From literature to architecture, academics and entrepreneurs are using neuroscience to explain everything from why we like a complex narrative thread to why round tables are more social. Christie Nicholson reports (Scientific American) Play the Podcast here: sa_p_podcast_100403 or from Scientific American’s website …all sorts of industries are jumping to use any new brain information to support their work. Neuromarketing claims to get objective truth about peoples’ preferences by decoding the “reactions” of our neurons. Companies like No Lie fMRI, Inc., are capitalizing on the potential for tools that can “read the brain” to replace the polygraph in lie detection. … Continue reading Podcast: Neuroscience Is Everywhere

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Podcast: Manipulating Moral Judgment

Scientists find that when the area of the brain responsible for understanding the intent of others is disrupted, moral judgment is also affected. Christie Nicholson reports (Scientific American) Play the Podcast here: sa_p_podcast_100329 or from Scientific American’s website The researchers disrupted the activity in this brain area using what’s called transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). And they asked subjects to consider the morality of various acts. Some where the perpetrator had the intent to harm, others where they had no premeditation. When subjects had their brains affected by TMS, they focused less on the intention of the perpetrator and more on … Continue reading Podcast: Manipulating Moral Judgment

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How we keep Track of Time

We can’t touch time, or smell it. Yet it is utterly inescapable. But, research shows, time is – at least partly – something we control in our heads. Although we rely on other ques when they are available, have you ever woken from a good sleep because you have told yourself you must get up at a certain time? I know many times when I set an alarm for getting up for a specific event, my body wakes me about 2-10 minutes early. The Caveman experiment (from BBC article) The body clock determines our most fundamental behaviours: when we wake … Continue reading How we keep Track of Time

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The Critical Seconds

…Another fundamental skill that one can learn from NLP Practitioner training is how to re-program our own responses or neural-pathways to create change. The simplest way that you can do is remember a time that you might have lost your temper and reacted very strongly, only to regret what you said or did later. This is a bit like … Continue reading The Critical Seconds

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The Peeriodic Table of Illusions

The Peeriodic Table of Illusions from an article on http://www.newscientist.com 12 November 2009 by Richard L. Gregory, Magazine issue 2733. © Copyright Reed Business Information Ltd. Excerpt…. FOR all the fun we have with them, illusions do serious work in illuminating how our brains work, and in particular how perception works. They may also help us understand how consciousness developed, and tell us about our “neuro-archaeology” and the behaviour patterns laid down in the nervous system over evolutionary time. But let’s concentrate on perception: it is tricky enough. I’ve tried to classify illusions in a way that shows the principles … Continue reading The Peeriodic Table of Illusions

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Understanding our bodies, phantom limbs

These are demonstrations surrounding Phantom Limbs. The concept is interesting for understanding our body and the subject of proprioception and how we perceive our bodies. Video: Derren Brown working with a man’s Phantom Limbs Derren Brown works with a person’s Phantom Limb and demonstrates how he can touch limbs that don’t even exist. How he does this trick I do not know, the man shows some signs of being in a trance, and there might be some hypnotic language patterns used… After all, this is Derren Brown. Demonstration of the Mirror Box as designed and developed by V.S. Ramachandran. http://www.23NLPeople.comContinue reading Understanding our bodies, phantom limbs

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Neuroplasticity – report and video from ABC Lateline

The research into neuroplasticity in neuro-science gives us an insight into what is possible for NLP interventions and generally how the brain functions.

ABC Lateline report on Neuroplasticity including an interview with NORMAN DOIDGE, a PSYCHIATRIST in Canada and author of The Brain that Changes Itself.

In recent years, many experts have changed the way they think about the brain and now believe it can actually reinvent itself. The theory’s called neuroplasticity, the idea that the brain can build new connections to compensate for injury or disease….

…She was given an antibiotic for a routine hysterectomy which poisoned her inner ear, so that 97 per cent of what’s called the vestibular apparatus or the balance organ in the inner ear, was blown out. And one day she woke up and she had no balance. She was a woman who felt she was perpetually falling. And in fact, even when she fell to the floor, the sense of falling didn’t go away. She felt a trap door opened up and swallowed her….. Now, Dr. Paul Bach-y-Rita, had been working on sensory substitution and he found a way to give her a hat that contained something called an accelerometer, which is like a gyroscope. It told her her position in space. It fed information to a computer that fed the information back to something about the size of a stick of chewing gum that had about 100 little electrodes on it that gave little sparks on her tongue – very gentle stimulation that felt like champagne bubbles, so that if she rolled forward she would get champagne bubbles rolling forward telling her the position of her head. And I was there when this cure occurred and she couldn’t stand up, she put on the hat, they turned on the machine and suddenly it was as though there was total peace of mind that she had and her balance was restored.

…what Descartes did is he was trying to solve a problem, which is that it seemed that the rules of mind were different, would follow logic or maybe the rules of emotion, and the brain seemed to follow, you know, the physical laws of Galileo and the mechanical laws of movement. And he argued that the mind will influence the brain, but he could never persuasively show how that happens. And we still haven’t totally solved that problem. But what we can do now, which is very, very exciting, is we can actually see a person in the process of thinking and the number of brain cells – the number of connections between brain cells being altered.

Attention turns out to be very, very important for speeding up plastic change. And many people with strokes have a problem with attention.

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I Didn't Sin—It Was My Brain

I Didn’t Sin—It Was My Brain Brain researchers have found the sources of many of our darkest thoughts, from envy to wrath. by Kathleen McGowan; illustrations by Christopher Buzelli From the September 2009 issue, published online October 5, 2009 This article talks about the research neuroscience has begun into such things as inhibitory cognitive control networks involving the front of the brain activate to squelch the impulse and other brain regions such as the caudate—partly responsible for body movement and coordination—suppress the physical impulse. These are interesting to follow, but as yet do not yet seem to have identified the … Continue reading I Didn't Sin—It Was My Brain

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