How does the brain accomplish the complex task of learning? How can knowing more about how the brain works improve brain health, learning and education?

The Question of Taste

Of the five senses, taste seems to be the one that we take personally. People will identify themselves as having a "sweet tooth" as opposed to being a "salt junky". Many cultures are defined on the basis of their traditional...
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Your Amazing Brain

The human brain. It's spongy to the touch, weighs about three pounds and looks kind of like a head of cauliflower. Some parts of the brain, including the cerebellum and brain stem, are quite primitive. They help us coordinate our...
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The Exploring Versus the Exploiting Brain

In a new study published in Psychological Science, neuroscientists Moshe Bar, director of the Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center at Bar-Ilan University and a professor at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, concluded that the less our minds our loaded...
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Reward Circuits of the Teenage Brain Activated by Peers

It’s no secret that teenagers are influenced by their peers. Now, a new study conducted by researchers at UCLA’s Ahmanson–Lovelace Brain Mapping Center looked specifically at how teen brains reacted to “likes” of photos on social media. The main finding...
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A Criticism Of Brain Training – And An Answer To It

An interesting paper came across my radar week - “Placebo effects in cognitive training” published in PNAS (with a paywall, unfortunately). In this paper, the authors investigate the effect that people’s expectations might have on the results of brain-training experiments....
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