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Personalized Medicine Is Social Medicine | Neuroanthropology   Leave a comment

With the nervous system, personalization inevitably happens through familial, social, and cultural relations, contexts and meanings. At the same time, the personalization involves neural wiring, epigenetic mechanisms, and developmental canalization. It is biocultural in the utmost sense of the word. And trying to make sense of these mutual dynamics is one of the main themes of the Culture, Mind and Brain conference that will take place in Los Angeles in a couple weeks.

In other words, “personalized medicine” cannot be disembodied medicine, forgetting the reciprocal interactions between the person’s nervous system and the developmental and social processes that help define who that person is, not just in the sense of identity but also at the level of basic neurological function. Personalized inevitably is social; personalized medicine should be too.”

AN : mental and emotional health are entwined with the social mileu of an individual. Any pathology can be positivly influenced by ones environment.

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via Personalized Medicine Is Social Medicine | Neuroanthropology.

How to train your mind to remember anything – CNN.com   1 comment

Powerful and inspiring to increase our capacity  to remember . The story behing the book and a TED

talk included in the report….

The ” book “Moonwalking With Einstein”, the art of remembering better in memory competition — and to remembering better in everyday life — is about figuring out how to turn capital “B” Bakers into lowercase “b” bakers.

It’s about taking information that is lacking in context, lacking in meaning and figuring out a way to transform it so that it makes sense in the light of all the other things that you have floating around in your mind. Pridmore uses a complicated technique to memorize decks of playing cards and strings of binary digits, but we can all take advantage of the Baker/baker paradox.

If you want to make something memorable, you first have to make it meaningful.

via How to train your mind to remember anything – CNN.com.

Posted June 10, 2012 by arnoneumann in Brain, Memory

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Left-Handedness Loses Its Stigma but Retains Its Mystery – NYTimes.com   Leave a comment

“Hand dominance (whether left or right) is related to brain asymmetry. And that, Dr. Francks said, “is not at all understood; we’re really at the very beginning of understanding what makes the brain asymmetrical.”

Though brain asymmetries exist in our closest primate relatives, there seems to be general consensus that the human brain is more profoundly asymmetric, and that understanding that asymmetry will show us much about who we are and how our brains work.

Brain lateralization, the distribution of function into right and left hemispheres, is crucial for understanding language, thought memory and perhaps even creativity. For many years, handedness has been seen as a possible proxy, an external clue to the balance in the brain between left and right.

For right-handed people, language activity is predominantly on the left side. Many left-handers also have left-side language dominance, but a significant number have language either more evenly distributed in both hemispheres or else predominantly on the right side of the brain.

via Left-Handedness Loses Its Stigma but Retains Its Mystery – NYTimes.com.

Posted March 29, 2012 by arnoneumann in Science

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The minds of creative geniuses, like Steve Jobs, remain a scientific mystery – The Globe and Mail   Leave a comment

“Interviews with creative people reveal that inspiration and ideas often come to them when they aren’t looking for them, when they are in the shower, or running, or having trouble falling asleep, Dr. Andreasen reported in a recent research paper.

This suggests that creativity involves an unconscious rather than a conscious process, she said.

Toronto researcher Oshin Vartanian suspects that creativity is related to the ability to stifle our inner critic. He is interested in how some parts of the brain are silenced so that out-of-the box ideas can emerge.

Dr. Vartanian painstakingly maps regions that are either activated or suppressed during creative problem-solving and then looks to see whether patients with damage to those areas have difficulty performing the same kind of tasks.

There are, however, also many different kinds of creativity. A jazz musician may come up with a new idea in a very different way from a mathematician. Researchers are getting closer to understanding the mechanisms involved in different kinds of creativity, where they overlap and the features they have in common.”

 

via The minds of creative geniuses, like Steve Jobs, remain a scientific mystery – The Globe and Mail.

Posted October 7, 2011 by arnoneumann in creativity, Innovation

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Being Bilingual Is Good for Your Brain – Education – GOOD   Leave a comment

 

 

 

 

 

Being Bilingual Is Good for Your Brain – Education – GOOD.

Posted June 7, 2011 by arnoneumann in Brain, Language

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