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Why surprise is good for the brain.

There is a new unified theory of the brain that is reported in NewScientist and introduced to me here (Reverendbayes’s weblog). Karl Friston, a neuroscientist, from University College London has come up with this new theory based on mathematics. The general idea behind the theory is that the brain is a probability calculator (machine) that…

Viagra for reducing jet lag

Image via Wikipedia In another post I mentioned that fasting for 16 hours may reduced jet lag, well there are also some other treatments which can help get over long flights. We are all very familiar with the famous blue pill Viagra (sildenafil), and other drugs that are treatment for erectile dysfunction. Research in rodents…

Nature vs Nuture

Are you limited by the talent you are born with, be it intellectually or physical? We all want to be the best we can, but we wonder how good we can be and what are our limits. Is our ultimate limit dependent on genetics (nature) or effort (nurture)? Here are three perspectives on this subject;…

New neurons: video

Here is a short video of an example of new neurons in adult mammals found on youtube. And you will find here an article on a new technique that allowed scientist to visualize new neurons in humans – impressive. What are you going to do today to promote neurogenesis and brain health?