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The Neuroscience Of “Harry Potter”

Or, what happens to your brain when you’re lost in a book.<p>Let’s do a casual experiment. Here’s a brief passage from the first book in some obscure fiction series called <i>Harry Potter:</i><p>A bush on the edge of the clearing quivered. … Then, out of the shadows, a hooded figure came crawling across the …

Books

What is Alzheimer's disease? - Ivan Seah Yu Jun

Alzheimer's Disease

Small changes help make a dementia friendly community - Alzheimer's Society

Brain Changes Suggest Autism Starts In The Womb

The symptoms of autism may not be obvious until a child is a toddler, but the disorder itself appears to begin well before birth.<p>Brain tissue taken from children who died and also happened to have autism revealed patches of disorganization in the cortex, a thin sheet of cells that's critical for …

Groundbreaking Blood Test Successfully Predicts Onset Of Alzheimer's Disease

Their study, <i>Plasma phospholipids identify antecedent memory impairment in older adults,</i> is published in today's online issue of <i>Nature Medicine,</i> …

The 5 Elements Of A Story

What are the five elements of a story? This post offers an interesting way to look at the layers of a story.<p>Many writers believe that stories begin …

Forgetting Is An Actively Controlled Process In The Brain

A study of genetically-modified roundworms has turned up a protein that is involved in eroding memory.<p>When it comes to maintaining sanity, forgetting is at least as important as remembering. Without it, the constant stream of stimuli--faces on the street, words read, items glanced at--would quickly …

The Brain

Why is Asking ‘Why’ Important in Life? | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

When you’re a child ‘why’ is a question regularly, from the most obvious of questions to the more complicated. It’s a part of growing up and, …

Outsourcing

5 Signs You're Not Following Your Heart (And How to Fix Them) | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

At one point in life, everyone dreamed. We all had grand ideas of what we wanted to do with our lives. But as we grow, life slowly starts to drain …

Outsourcing

Inside The Weird, Profitable Study Of “Social Physics”

By Ciara Byrne6 minute Read<p>MIT professor Alex “Sandy” Pentland studies how ideas flow through groups and the effect that flow has on productivity, …

Profit

Watch Seth Rogen's hilarious and heartfelt Senate testimony on Alzheimer's research

Even Seth Rogen acknowledges that most of us would expect his top political cause to be the legalization of marijuana. While giving testimony at a Senate hearing yesterday, Rogen took plenty of time to joke about his role in vulgar comedies and the perception of him as immature and lazy. But Rogen …

The Brain

Study links DDT exposure to Alzheimer's disease

January 28, 2014 | 8:33 AM<p>Embed Code<iframe src="https://www.marketplace.org/2014/01/28/sustainability/study-links-ddt-exposure-alzheimers-disease/popout" frameborder="0" width="100%" height="240px"></iframe><p>Copy<br>• Close<p>Embed Code<iframe …

Alzheimer's Disease

Could a High-Carb Diet Increase Risk of Dementia?

A new theory suggests that even small increases in blood sugar caused by a diet high in carbohydrates can be detrimental to brain health.<p>Some studies …

Can the damaged brain repair itself?

After a traumatic brain injury, it sometimes happens that the brain can repair itself, building new brain cells to replace damaged ones. But the …

The Brain

7 Weird Signs of Health Troubles

You don’t need a crystal ball to predict your future health — just your five senses. Whether you realize it or not, many conditions and diseases …

Diabetes

Draw an Idea When You're Stuck Creatively

Everybody hits creative roadblocks throughout the day. Over on LinkedIn, IDEO CEO Tim Brown suggests you start just drawing ideas out to see what …

Creativity

Common antidepressant eases Alzheimer’s agitation - Futurity

High doses of a common antidepressant drug significantly reduce agitation in people with Alzheimer’s, but there are potentially concerning side …

How do you translate the language of dementia?

"It doesn't matter whether you're in London or Los Angeles, in rural India or in urban Japan — this disease steals lives, it wrecks families, it breaks hearts," said British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday at the G8 Dementia Summit.<p>This is the biggest international summit to address the …

Study: Stress Linked to Dementia

Women who reported more stressors experienced more distress over the course of their lives and higher rates of dementia.<p><b>Problem:</b> Enormously stressful events, like seeing combat in the military, can continue to affect people for years, through post-traumatic stress disorder. But though regular life …

A Lesser-Known Dementia That Steals Personality

Frontotemporal dementia, unlike Alzheimer's, often hits people in the prime of their lives, and can make them act like a completely different person.<p>It was the annual Labor Day tradition for the Savini family, a makeshift version of <i>The Gong Show</i> performed before the neighborhood on a wooden deck …

Self-Contained Dementia Village Protects People Suffering from Dementia and Alzheimer's

A self-contained village in the Netherlands called De Hogeweyk is designed to protect people who suffer from dementia and Alzheimer’s. Called …