The Mental Sherpa

By Jared East | Behavior, Decisions and the Brain

California doctor figures out way to stop Alzheimer’s progression

Like his father before him and millions of others, Ted Esau’s brain started to deteriorate in his late-50s.<p>Plaque was building up. Part of his brain …

Why our brains may be 100 times more powerful than believed

A new study out of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) has found that one part of the neurons in our brains is more active than …

Neuroscience

Does the mind use fibre optics? Calgary team floats 'out-there' theory of light communication in the brain

Ask any high school biology student and they’ll tell you: brain cells communicate through electrical impulses, a current that flows from neuron to …

What Are Nootropics, how do they work, different types

The term ‘nootropics’ was applied in the 60s to a very specific species of drug known as the Racetams. Piracetam was the original nootropic to be …

Doppler Labs And The Quest To Build A Computer For Your Ears

Leveraging everything from advanced hardware engineering to AI, this startup wants to give you control over your world’s sounds.<p>I’m trying to listen as Doppler Labs cofounder and CEO Noah Kraft walks me through his company’s new smart earbuds over the din of a crowded restaurant, but the cacophony …

Why Meditation Works and How it Benefits the Workplace

The business world can be a stressful place, which is why many business people extol the benefits of meditation.<p>For many people, meditation has a negative connotation. To be honest, there was a time when I would've seen meditation in that light. But after learning to meditate, and practicing it for …

Meditation

How Backyard Pot Farming Is Helping Kids With Autism

Parents are going where scientists fear to tread to calm their children’s autism and epilepsy symptoms.<p>Karlee lives in a quiet town in southeastern Washington. Last year, she put in a new cedar fence around her home. The fence is 6 feet tall, and behind it Karlee grows tomatoes, zucchini, and …

Cannabis

Study Reveals the Brain’s Stunning Genomic Diversity

<b>La Jolla, CA (Scicasts)</b> — Our brains contain a surprising diversity of DNA. Even though we are taught that every cell in our body has the same DNA, …

Genetics

Meet Doppel – The New Wearable Coffee Replacement

Doppel is a new London based, start-up company founded by Jack Hooper and is looking to change the world for coffee drinkers everywhere. This …

The Brain Damage That Hides Half the World

A rare condition called hemispatial neglect reveals the invisible seams in human consciousness.<p>When I was a graduate student 25 years ago, I met a man I’ll call Mr. X, who had recently recovered from a stroke to the right side of his cerebral cortex. Like many people with a neurological disability, …

The Brain

Sleep 'resets' brain connections crucial for memory and learning, study reveals

Discovery that sleeplessness causes neurons to become ‘muddled’ with electrical activity could help develop new treatments for mental health disorders<p>For Jules Verne it was the friend who keeps us waiting. For Edgar Allan Poe so many little slices of death. But though the reason we spend a third of …

The Brain

This 100-Year-Old To-Do List Hack Still Works Like A Charm

The “Ivy Lee Method” is stupidly simple, and that’s partly why it’s so effective.<p>By 1918, Charles M. Schwab was one of the richest men in the world.<p>Schwab (oddly enough, no relation to Charles R. Schwab, founder of the Charles Schwab Corporation) was the president of the Bethlehem Steel …

Productivity

You Don't Want To Succeed If...

​​​​​​​​​​1. You have trouble asking for help.<p>2. You're not connecting to lots of people.<p>3. You care what other people think. You're afraid to be unpopular.<p>4. You need others to motivate and inspire you.<p>5. You don't want to look stupid or feel uncomfortable.<p>6. You're sad, angry or depressed. You're …

Self-improvement

Scientists Complete the Most Detailed Map of the Brain Ever

To me, maps always conjure up a sense of exploration.<p>Back in the Age of Discovery, rudimentary maps allowed European explorers to sail into the vast …

The Brain

The Antidote to Our Anxious Times Is a Learning Mindset

Through the election-season upheaval in the U.S. and the Brexit vote in the UK, working-class people are making it clear that they’re worried about the future. And in one big way, their anxiety is justified. Many of their job options — factory work, farm work, postal work, sales work — are …

Harvard Business Review

Your Eyes Are a Window Into the Inner Workings of Your Brain

William Shakespeare is credited with observing, "Eyes are the window to the soul." A new study goes one step farther by showing how your eyes are a …

The Brain

The Scientific Argument For Mastering One Thing At A Time

Many people, myself included, have multiple areas of life they would like to improve. For example, I would like to reach more people with my writing, to lift heavier weights at the gym, and to start practicing mindfulness more consistently. Those are just a few of the goals I find desirable and you …

Procrastination

Updated Brain Map Identifies Nearly 100 New Regions

The brain looks like a featureless expanse of folds and bulges, but it’s actually carved up into invisible territories. Each is specialized: Some groups of neurons become active when we recognize faces, others when we read, others when we raise our hands.<p>On Wednesday, in what many experts are …

The Brain

Empathy for others' pain rooted in cognition rather than sensation

The ability to understand and empathize with others' pain is grounded in cognitive neural processes rather than sensory ones, according to the …

The Supreme Court Agrees with Harvard Scientists About the Dangers of Cognitive Bias.

We’ve written before about how prejudice is informed by cognitive bias. It’s a real but unintentional action with negative consequences. And now, …

How Neuroscientists Explain the Mind-Clearing Magic of Running

It is something of a cliché among runners, how the activity never fails to clear your head. Does some creative block have you feeling stuck? Go for a …

The Behavioral Shutdown Theory of Depression

<i>Given that many readers found my claims about the nature of depression controversial (here and here), I thought I would share a somewhat longer</i> …

Depression

How Brainwaves Allow Paralyzed Musicians To Continue Playing

Linda Wertheimer speaks with Eduardo Miranda and Elisa Bergersen about their project that enables paralyzed musicians to perform again through proxies.<p>Transcript<p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:<p>At the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability in London last year, a quartet of musicians made music again. One was a …

Emotions

Making it up as you go along: how your brain improvises

When your brain becomes ‘quieter’, remarkable things can happen. It’s time to go with the flow<p>Have you ever been at a concert and seen a musician or rapper start to improvise? It can often seem effortless or even magical. Few people can freestyle like Kendrick Lamar and Notorious BIG, or improvise …

The Brain

Why We Are Learning New Languages

Data from language learning app Babbel shows exactly who is learning to speak other languages, why they’re doing it, and how much difficulty they’re having.<p>Who learns foreign languages and why? When do they study? Do men and women learn then differently? Babbel, the language-learning app company, …

Our brain sabotages all efforts at breaking bad habits, Johns Hopkins study finds

It hardly comes as a surprise that we’re our own worst enemies, but new research appears to conclusively prove that our brain is the biggest saboteur …

‘Bombshell discovery’: Human brain can hold 10 times more memories than previously thought – study

The human brain can hold 10 times more memories than previously believed, according to a new study. The key to its amazing ability lies in synapses, …

The blessing and curse of the people who never forget

A handful of people can recall almost every day of their lives in enormous detail – and after years of research, neuroscientists are finally beginning to understand how they do it.<p>For most of us, memory is a kind of scrapbook, a mess of blurred and faded snapshots of our lives. As much as we would …

Behavior