Friday, April 30, 2010

RE: iPost: Hand clapping to music improves cognitive functioning

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Very interesting research report. The similarity to synchronized 
metronome tapping (SMT) interventions might suggest similar cognitive 
processing re brain rhythm based treatments and the IQ Brain Clock.

NeuropathLrng: Hand-clapping songs improve motor and cognitive skills, 
research shows: http://bit.ly/diVemi

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

iPost: Hand clapping to music improves cognitive functiongi

Very interesting research report. The similarity to synchronized
metronome tapping (SMT) interventions might suggest similar cognitive
processing re brain rhythm based treatments and the IQ Brain Clock.

NeuropathLrng: Hand-clapping songs improve motor and cognitive skills,
research shows: http://bit.ly/diVemi

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Monday, April 26, 2010

iPost: Brain fitness for all

New resource from SHARP BRAINS

http://www.sharpbrains.com/blog/2010/04/26/new-resource-brain-fitness-for-all/


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Sunday, April 25, 2010

iPost: Charlie Rose online brain video series

Thanks to MIND HACKS for the FYI at link below

http://www.mindhacks.com/blog/2010/04/charlie_rose_brain_s.html

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Friday, April 23, 2010

Is the Mozart effect dead?

Pietschniig, J., Voracek, M., & Formann, A. (in press).  Mozart effect–Shmozart effect: A meta-analysis, Intelligence.

Abstract (emphasis added by blogmaster)
The transient enhancement of performance on spatial tasks in standardized tests after exposure to the first movement “allegro con spirito” of the Mozart sonata for two pianos in D major (KV 448) is referred to as the Mozart effect since its first observation by Rauscher, Shaw, and Ky (1993). These findings turned out to be amazingly hard to replicate, thus leading to an abundance of conflicting results. Sixteen years after initial publication we conduct the so far largest, most comprehensive, and up-to-date meta-analysis (nearly 40 studies, over 3000 subjects), including a diversity of unpublished research papers to finally clarify the scientific record about whether or not a specific Mozart effect exists. We could show that the overall estimated effect is small in size (d = 0.37, 95% CI [0.23, 0.52]) for samples exposed to the Mozart sonata KV 448 and samples that had been exposed to a non-musical stimulus or no stimulus at all preceding spatial task performance. Additionally, calculation of effect sizes for samples exposed to any other musical stimulus and samples exposed to a non-musical stimulus or no stimulus at all yielded effects similar in strength (d = 0.38, 95% CI [0.13, 0.63]), whereas there was a negligible effect between the two music conditions (d = 0.15, 95% CI [0.02, 0.28]). Furthermore, formal tests yielded evidence for confounding publication bias, requiring downward correction of effects. The central finding of the present paper however, is certainly the noticeably higher overall effect in studies performed by Rauscher and colleagues than in studies performed by other researchers, indicating systematically moderating effects of lab affiliation. On the whole, there is little evidence left for a specific, performance-enhancing Mozart effect.

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iPost: PEBS neuroethics blog post

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iPost: Sharp Brains 2010 brain fitness report executive brief

http://www.sharpbrains.com/blog/2010/04/20/gamingbettervision/

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

iPost: Research links SES level to prefrontal cortex brain development

Story at link below

NeuropathLrng: How poverty can affect children's developing brains:

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Brain training fitness wars begin

A small brain fitness war started this week, with the opening (and negative) salvo the report of a large-scale BBC study reported at the BPS Blog (Brain training games don't work).  Of course, the report caught on with a number of stories in various media (Nature releaseWall Street Journal).

IMHO, the best response, with many valid criticisms of the research, comes from the best brain training fitness source on the net....Sharp Brains.  Be sure to read their response prior to forming an opinion.  I tend to side with Sharp Brains on this debate.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

iPost: Big media day for brain fitness tomorrow?

AlvaroF: Brain Training @ BBC/ Nature: Fact, Hope, Hype?: Tomorrow
we'll probably witness a lot of media coverage about a e...

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Monday, April 19, 2010

More on brain synchrony and brain rhythms

Yet another research report linking working memory and sychronization of brain rhythms across neural networks in the brain.  Brain synchronyBrain rhythm.  Concepts the seem to be surfacing repeatedly in research from a number of brain-based disciplines.

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iPost: 50 neurology blogs

Neuromodulation: 50 blogs for neurology students http://j.mp/dntQlc

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

iPost: PEBS neuroethics roundup

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iPost: Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, Vol. 22, Issue 3 - New Issue Alert




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Identifying, Assessing, and Treating Dyslexia at School
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Volunteering and Paid Work for Adults Who Use AAC
Author(s)David Trembath, Susan Balandin, Roger J. Stancliffe & Leanne Togher
DOI10.1007/s10882-009-9170-8
Online sinceNovember 11, 2009
Page201 - 218

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Literacy Interventions for Students with Physical and Developmental Disabilities Who Use Aided AAC Devices: A Systematic Review
Author(s)Wendy Machalicek, Amanda Sanford, Russell Lang, Mandy Rispoli, Nancy Molfenter & Margaret K. Mbeseha
DOI10.1007/s10882-009-9175-3
Online sinceNovember 27, 2009
Page219 - 240

Review Article
Aided AAC Systems Among Individuals with Hearing Loss and Disabilities
Author(s)Tonya N. Davis, Lucy Barnard-Brak, Sharon Dacus & Alyssa Pond
DOI10.1007/s10882-009-9180-6
Online sinceDecember 09, 2009
Page241 - 256

Book Reading as an Intervention Context for Children Beginning to Use Graphic Symbols for Communication
Author(s)Jennifer Stephenson
DOI10.1007/s10882-009-9164-6
Online sinceOctober 30, 2009
Page257 - 271

Original Article
AAC for Individuals with Severe Intellectual Disabilities: Ideas for Nonsymbolic Communicators
Author(s)Billy T. Ogletree & H. Kathleen Pierce
DOI10.1007/s10882-009-9177-1
Online sinceDecember 05, 2009
Page273 - 287

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Examining Issues of Aided Communication Display and Navigational Strategies for Young Children with Developmental Disabilities
Author(s)Joe Reichle & Kathryn D. R. Drager
DOI10.1007/s10882-010-9191-3
Online sinceFebruary 27, 2010
Page289 - 311
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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

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Minimal forced use without constraint stimulates spontaneous use of the impaired upper extremity following motor cortex injury
Author(s)Warren G. Darling, Marc A. Pizzimenti, Diane L. Rotella, Stephanie M. Hynes, Jizhi Ge, Kimberly S. Stilwell-Morecraft, Tyler Vanadurongvan, David W. McNeal, Kathryn M. Solon-Cline & Robert J. Morecraft
DOI10.1007/s00221-010-2157-y
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Page529 - 542

Research Article
Visuomotor adaptation and intermanual transfer under different viewing conditions
Author(s)Amaris K. Balitsky Thompson & Denise Y. P. Henriques
DOI10.1007/s00221-010-2155-0
Online sinceJanuary 22, 2010
Page543 - 552

Research Article
l-Dopa induces under-damped visually guided motor responses in Parkinson's disease
Author(s)Wing-Lok Au, Ni Lei, Meeko M. K. Oishi & Martin J. McKeown
DOI10.1007/s00221-010-2156-z
Online sinceFebruary 09, 2010
Page553 - 559

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Correlation of visual-evoked hemodynamic responses and potentials in human brain
Author(s)Tiina Näsi, Kalle Kotilahti, Tommi Noponen, Ilkka Nissilä, Lauri Lipiäinen & Pekka Meriläinen
DOI10.1007/s00221-010-2159-9
Online sinceJanuary 20, 2010
Page561 - 570

Research Article
Effects of response-set size on error-related brain activity
Author(s)Martin E. Maier, Marco Steinhauser & Ronald Hübner
DOI10.1007/s00221-010-2160-3
Online sinceJanuary 22, 2010
Page571 - 581

Research Article
Microinjection of methysergide into the raphe nucleus attenuated phrenic long-term facilitation in rats
Author(s)Maja Valic, Renata Pecotic, Ivana Pavlinac, Zoran Valic, Kristina Peros & Zoran Dogas
DOI10.1007/s00221-010-2161-2
Online sinceJanuary 20, 2010
Page583 - 589

Research Article
Stroke-related differences in axial body segment coordination during preplanned and reactive changes in walking direction
Author(s)Kristen L. Hollands, Paulette van Vliet, Doerte Zietz, Alan Wing, Christine Wright & Mark A. Hollands
DOI10.1007/s00221-010-2162-1
Online sinceJanuary 28, 2010
Page591 - 604

Research Article
Effect of selective and distributed training on visual identification of orientation
Author(s)Chantal Tschopp-Junker, Edouard Gentaz & Paolo Viviani
DOI10.1007/s00221-010-2167-9
Online sinceFebruary 19, 2010
Page605 - 611

Research Article
Postural control and adaptation are influenced by preceding postural challenges
Author(s)Fredrik Tjernström, Per-Anders Fransson, Mitesh Patel & Måns Magnusson
DOI10.1007/s00221-010-2166-x
Online sinceJanuary 26, 2010
Page613 - 621

Research Article
Can intention override the "automatic pilot"?
Author(s)Christopher L. Striemer, Julia Yukovsky & Melvyn A. Goodale
DOI10.1007/s00221-010-2169-7
Online sinceFebruary 05, 2010
Page623 - 632

Research Article
Sex-related differences in the hemispheric laterality of slow cortical potentials during the preparation of visually guided movements
Author(s)Diana Judith Gorbet, Laura B. Mader & W. Richard Staines
DOI10.1007/s00221-010-2170-1
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Page633 - 646

Erratum
Erratum to: Sex-related differences in the hemispheric laterality of slow cortical potentials during the preparation of visually guided movements
Author(s)Diana Judith Gorbet, Laura B. Mader & W. Richard Staines
DOI10.1007/s00221-010-2215-5
Online sinceMarch 13, 2010
Page647

Research Article
Locomotor function after long-duration space flight: effects and motor learning during recovery
Author(s)Ajitkumar P. Mulavara, Alan H. Feiveson, James Fiedler, Helen Cohen, Brian T. Peters, Chris Miller, Rachel Brady & Jacob J. Bloomberg
DOI10.1007/s00221-010-2171-0
Online sinceFebruary 05, 2010
Page649 - 659

Research Article
Timing of anticipatory muscle tensing control: responses before and after expected impact
Author(s)Peter M. Vishton, Kristin M. Reardon & Jennifer A. Stevens
DOI10.1007/s00221-010-2172-z
Online sinceFebruary 05, 2010
Page661 - 667

Research Article
Differential human brain activation by vertical and horizontal global visual textures
Author(s)Jane E. Aspell, John Wattam-Bell, Janette Atkinson & Oliver J. Braddick
DOI10.1007/s00221-010-2173-y
Online sinceFebruary 04, 2010
Page669 - 679

Research Article
The intermuscular 3–7 Hz drive is not affected by distal proprioceptive input in myoclonus-dystonia
Author(s)J. N. van der Meer, A. C. Schouten, L. J. Bour, E. de Vlugt, A. F. van Rootselaar, F. C. T. van der Helm & M. A. J. Tijssen
DOI10.1007/s00221-010-2174-x
Online sinceFebruary 16, 2010
Page681 - 691

Research Article
Inter-limb interference during bimanual adaptation to dynamic environments
Author(s)Maura Casadio, Vittorio Sanguineti, Valentina Squeri, Lorenzo Masia & Pietro Morasso
DOI10.1007/s00221-010-2175-9
Online sinceFebruary 20, 2010
Page693 - 707

Research Article
Coordination of grasping and walking in Parkinson's disease
Author(s)Frederic Albert, Gudrun Diemayr, Tara L. McIsaac & Andrew M. Gordon
DOI10.1007/s00221-010-2179-5
Online sinceFebruary 09, 2010
Page709 - 721

Erratum
Erratum to: Coordination of grasping and walking in Parkinson's disease
Author(s)Frederic Albert, Gudrun Diermayr, Tara L. McIsaac & Andrew M. Gordon
DOI10.1007/s00221-010-2227-1
Online sinceMarch 26, 2010
Page723

Research Note
Neuroanatomical identification of crossmodal auditory inputs to interneurons in somatosensory cortex
Author(s)Leslie P. Keniston, Scott C. Henderson & M. Alex Meredith
DOI10.1007/s00221-010-2163-0
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Page725 - 731
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Friday, April 09, 2010

iPost: The Neurocognition of Dance




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This book discusses the wide range of interrelations between body postures and body movements as conceptualised in dance with perception, mental processing and action planning.

The volume brings together cognitive scientists, psychologists, neuroscientists, choreographers, and ballet teachers, to discuss important issues regarding dance and cognition.

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Wednesday, April 07, 2010

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Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Saturday, April 03, 2010

iPost: Creativity and IQ Brain Clock link?

BEAUTIFUL MINDS has a very interesting post re a link between dopamine
and creativity (see link below). I find this particularly interesting
as dopamine has been strongly implicated in mental timing---the brain
clock. Furthermore, when trying to explain the mechanisms of the brain
clock and interventions that seem to fine tune the temporal resolution
of the brain clock, I have zeroed in on a few psychological
constructs. The most critical being controlled executive attention.

What is exciting is this creativity research aslo focuses on focused
executive attention.

Coincidence? Important cross-research consistency?

I remain convinced that controlled executive attention, and it's
crucial role in working memory, is central to understanding general
intelligence, creativity, and why borh new (neurotechnology and brain
fitness products) and old (meditation) interventions seem to enhance
these important abilities.

Let's hear it for controlled executive attention and dopamine as
possible causal factors.


http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/beautiful-minds/201004/why-creative-folks-blink-lot


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