Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Saturday, November 27, 2010

NYTimes: Unsteady on Your Feet? Try Music---another example of importance of brain clock?

Another sign of the importance of brain-based mental-timing and coordination.

From The New York Times:

VITAL SIGNS: Unsteady on Your Feet? Try Music

A music and exercise program lowered the risk of falling in elderly participants, a study found.

http://nyti.ms/edY7Pe


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Friday, November 26, 2010

iPost: PEBS Neuroethics Roundup from JHU Guest Blogger

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Last Edition's Most Popular Article: Against Open Mindedness, Practical Ethics In The Popular Press: Beyond Understanding, New York Times Opinion Pages A Mystery: Why Can't We Walk Straight?, NPR A Report on the 2010 Neuroethics Society Meeting (Blitz), Neuroethics &...
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iPost: Music and brain fitness

Alvaro Fernandez (@AlvaroF)
11/26/10 10:22 AM
Music: Another Pillar of Brain Fitness?: Musicians' brains are often used as models of neuroplasticity. Indeed, ... http://bit.ly/hOP2JP


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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Research byte: Temporal processing (sampling) theory of dyslexia




An interesting article suggesting that temporal processing (temporal sampling) may play a crucial roles in various forms of reading disabilities (dyslexia). IMHO this theory may explain a good portion of individuals with dyslexia, but no single theory or causal mechanism can account for the diversity of causes that have been suggested for severe reading disabilities. Nevertheless...the prominent role of temporal processing is interesing.

As per usual when I make a research byte/brief post, if anyone would like to read the original article, I can share via email---with the understanding that the article is provided in exchange for a brief guest post about it's contents. :) (contact me at iap@earthlink.net if interested). Also, if figure/images are included in the post, they can usually be made larger by clicking on the image.

If nothing else, this article has some cool figures of models :)

Usha Goswami, A temporal sampling framework for developmental dyslexia, Trends in Cognitive Sciences, In Press, Corrected Proof, Available online 18 November 2010, ISSN 1364-6613, DOI: 10.1016/j.tics.2010.10.001.
(http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/B6VH9-51H497T-1/2/28fbdeb2c2e67c43775242a445a171f3)

Abstract

Neural coding by brain oscillations is a major focus in neuroscience, with important implications for dyslexia research. Here, I argue that an oscillatory `temporal sampling' framework enables diverse data from developmental dyslexia to be drawn into an integrated theoretical framework. The core deficit in dyslexia is phonological. Temporal sampling of speech by neuroelectric oscillations that encode incoming information at different frequencies could explain the perceptual and phonological difficulties with syllables, rhymes and phonemes found in individuals with dyslexia. A conceptual framework based on oscillations that entrain to sensory input also has implications for other sensory theories of dyslexia, offering opportunities for integrating a diverse and confusing experimental literature.










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iPost: Open access to Neuropsych rehab articles

Psychology Press (@psypress)
11/25/10 8:56 AM
Last but not least in OPEN: Neuropsychological Rehabiliation - ALL articles from 1991-2010 free to read online: http://goo.gl/TTXlQ


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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

iPost: Neuropsychology - Online First Publications



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APA Journal alert for:
Neuropsychology

The following articles have been published online this week before they appear in a final print and online issue of Neuropsychology:

Specific impairments of emotion perception in multiple sclerosis.
Phillips, Louise H.; Henry, Julie D.; Scott, Clare; Summers, Fiona; Whyte, Maggie; Cook, Moira



Multimodal cuing of autobiographical memory in semantic dementia.
Greenberg, Daniel L.; Ogar, Jennifer M.; Viskontas, Indre V.; Gorno Tempini, Maria Luisa; Miller, Bruce; Knowlton, Barbara J.



A differential deficit in time- versus event-based prospective memory in Parkinson's disease.
Raskin, Sarah A.; Woods, Steven Paul; Poquette, Amelia J.; McTaggart, April B.; Sethna, Jim; Williams, Rebecca C.; Tröster, Alexander I.


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

iPost: QA re children's brain development

Alvaro Fernandez (@AlvaroF)
11/23/10 9:21 AM
Top 10 Q&A about Child's Brain Development — Brain Health Series Part 1: A child's brain is a perfect example of... http://bit.ly/hrJgPN


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iPost: Neuropsychology Review, Vol. 20, Issue 4 - New Issue Alert



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Tuesday, November 23

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iPost: The basics of brain development--nice overview article

See link below


http://www.springerlink.com/content/g551601215g44j30/


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Friday, November 19, 2010

iPost: Neuroethics News Roundup from JHU Guest Blogger

Neuroethics & Law Blog
Last Edition's Most Popular Article: The Unhealthy Ego: What Can Neuroscience Tell Us About Our 'Self'?, Science Daily In The Popular Press: Makings Ads That Whisper to the Brain, The New York Times Against Open Mindedness, Practical Ethics Tetris Helps...
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iPost: Brain Games for the Weekend: One for each Cognitive Ability

Story at link below

http://www.sharpbrains.com/blog/2010/11/19/brain-games-for-the-weekend-one-for-each-cognitive-ability/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=brain-games-for-the-weekend-one-for-each-cognitive-ability


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Thoughts on importance of cognitive attention -- The Fifth Agreement


It is clear that attention is very important in cognitive functioning. As mentioned frequently at two of my blogs, I believe that controlled executive attention is one of the key cognitive dimensions in intellectual performance, particularly as it relates to working memory and executive function efficiency. I further have hypothesized that many of the current neuroscience based brain-fitness/training programs may all share a common element in their success--they all may fine-tuning controlled executive attention.

With the above in mind, I found the following quote of interest in a general self-help book I just started reading...yes, at times, I find reading such books useful and informative. As I read this one, I find that I much of the "wisdom" in the book can be understood from research in cognitive psychology. The book is the Fifth Agreement.

The attention is very important in humans because it’s the part of the mind that makes it possible for us to concentrate on a single object or thought out of a whole range of possibilities. Through the attention, information from the outside is conveyed to the inside and vice versa. The attention is the channel we use to send and receive messages from human to human. It’s like a bridge from one mind to another mind; we open the bridge with sounds, signs, symbols, touch — with any event that hooks the attention. This is how we teach, and this is how we learn. We cannot teach anything if we don’t have someone’s attention; we cannot learn anything if we don’t pay attention.


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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Some video games may enhance visual attention

Neuroscience (@Neuro_science)
11/18/10 4:19 AM
How video games enhance visual attention - Times of India http://bit.ly/91cTSW


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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

iPost: What is working memory

Alvaro Fernandez (@AlvaroF)
11/16/10 10:53 AM
What is Working Memory? Can it Be Trained?: Working memory is the ability to keep information current in mind fo... http://bit.ly/9gPo85


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Friday, November 12, 2010

iPost: Neuroethics Roundup from JHU Guest Blogger

http://kolber.typepad.com/ethics_law_blog/2010/11/neuroethics-roundup-from-jhu-guest-blogger.html


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Last Edition's Most Popular Article: Electrical brain stimulation improves math skills, New Scientist In The Popular Press: Born to laugh, we learn to cry, New Scientist Daydreaming Is a Downer, Science Now How Reading Rewires the Brain, Science Now When...
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iPost: Psychologists on Twitter

Not sure how accurate this list is as I am not on the list and have 206 Twitter followers. Oh well

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/BpsResearchDigest/~3/6ArajPbvAvk/psychologists-on-twitter.html


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Monday, November 08, 2010

More on the Mozart effect---not

Alvaro Fernandez (@AlvaroF)
11/8/10 4:03 PM
Our Brain on Music: We need to do more than listen: . What's The Size Of The Mozart Effect? The Jury Is In. In a... http://bit.ly/9Vjhfy


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Sunday, November 07, 2010

iPost: PEBS Neuroethics Roundup from JHU Guest Blogger

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Last Edition's Most Popular Article: Is Low Libido a Brain Disorder?, Practical Ethics In The Popular Press: With Chip Implanted In Retina, Blind Finnish Man Can Read, POPSCI A look at the mind's natural shortcuts, Los Angeles Times Electrical brain...
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Saturday, November 06, 2010

iPost: SharpBrains council update

Alvaro Fernandez (@AlvaroF)
11/5/10 11:49 PM
SharpBrains Council Weekly Update: 54 Members, Events, Industry, Research, Ideas: Let me provide an overview of ... http://bit.ly/9MQDPP


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Friday, November 05, 2010

iPost: Sharp Brains new brain health series

Alvaro Fernandez (@AlvaroF)
11/5/10 10:41 AM
New Brain Health Series: The Child, Adolescent, Adult and Aging Brain: Peo­ple of all ages read SharpBrains.com,... http://bit.ly/apKNzM


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iPost: Brain stimulation improves math skills?

Psychology News (@PsychNews)
11/5/10 9:24 AM
Electrical Brain Stimulation Improves Math Skills, Researchers Show http://bit.ly/cADS50


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iPost: Free. Copies of articles from new neuroscience journal

Psychology Press (@psypress)
11/5/10 7:15 AM
Editorial & 6 brand new Cognitive #Neuroscience articles free to read until the end of today! http://goo.gl/qj7sg


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