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Brain Trip: Brain wave reading game gives museum visitors a surreal trip

March 28th, 2014 at 10:33 am » Comments Off

‘Brain Trip’ The Centraal Museum in Utrecht, the Netherlands, is offering an additional experience for its ‘Surreal Worlds’ exhibition that monitors visitors’ brain waves. Interactive agency Rhinofly developed the interactive installation ‘Brain Trip’, which enriches visitors’ trip and enables them to experience surrealism in an innovative way. (Video)    

Electric ‘thinking cap’ can help you learn faster and better

March 26th, 2014 at 10:39 am » Comments Off

Electric ‘thinking cap’ Cram sessions that are fueled by caffeine are routine occurrences on any college campus. But what if there was a better, safer way to learn new or difficult material more quickly? What if “thinking caps” were real?    

Cefaly – an electric headband that zaps migraines away

March 25th, 2014 at 10:40 am » Comments Off

Cefaly More than 36 million people suffer from consistent migraine pain in the U.S. alone. Migraine pain is intense, debilitating, and recurring. It usually consists of a throbbing pain on one side of the head, and is often accompanied by other symptoms, including nausea and vomiting, dizziness and a sensitivity to sounds and light. There […]

Researchers discover marijuana’s anxiety relief effects

March 11th, 2014 at 11:49 am » Comments Off

The discovery of cannabinoid receptors may help explain why marijuana users say they take the drug mainly to reduce anxiety. Researchers at Vanderbilt University have found cannabinoid receptors, through which marijuana exerts its effects, in a key emotional hub in the brain involved in regulating anxiety and the flight-or-fight response.    

Could future devices read images from our brains?

March 6th, 2014 at 10:46 am » Comments Off

Mary Lou Jepsen Mary Lou Jepsen, an expert on cutting-edge digital displays, studies how to show our most creative ideas on screens. And as a brain surgery patient herself, she is driven to know more about the neural activity that underlies invention, creativity, thought. She meshes these two passions in a rather mind-blowing talk on […]

Neuroscience of programming: Understanding programmers’ brains

February 28th, 2014 at 10:24 am » Comments Off

Programmers use existing language regions of the brain to understand code. Computer programming is a deeply complex but relatively new human activity. Its young age has lent itself to countless battles and hotly debated topics that despite the many compelling arguments presented, we seemingly have no definitive answers for. All that is about to change: […]

Scientists discover a switch in the brain that makes us sleep

February 24th, 2014 at 5:36 pm » Comments Off

A switch in the brain sends us off to sleep. In a study in fruit flies, researchers at Oxford University’s Centre for Neural Circuits and Behavior have identified a switch in the brain that sends us off to sleep.  

Placebos – the medicine in our minds

February 20th, 2014 at 12:40 pm » Comments Off

Placebo effect Placebos are the miracle pills that shouldn’t really do anything. They come in all shapes and sizes, but they contain no active ingredient. And yet, mysteriously, they often seem to work.    

Your late 30′s is when your biggest breakthroughs will happen

February 18th, 2014 at 12:41 pm » Comments Off

Genius happens when a seasoned mind sees a problem with fresh eyes. The former frontman of the band LCD Soundsystem, James Murphy, made what he called the biggest mistake of his life at 21, when he turned down a writing job on a sitcom that was about to launch.    

Wearable ‘neurocam’ reads your brainwaves and records your interests

February 17th, 2014 at 12:31 pm » Comments Off

Neurocam Scientists at Keio University have developed a “neurocam” — a wearable camera system that detects emotions, based on an analysis of the user’s brainwaves. (Video)    

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