Posts Tagged: brain science

Word of the Day: Woofits

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(n.); an unwell feeling, particularly in the head; a moody depression; c. 1918, from Nevil Shute’s The Rose and the Rainbow The archetype of the mad genius dates back to at least classical times, when Aristotle noted, “Those who have been eminent in philosophy, politics, poetry, and the arts have all had tendencies toward melancholia.” […]

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The Freestyle Cortex

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A sudden burst of improvisational creativity may feel almost supernatural in origin, but there’s a biological basis for it, say researchers. How did they study it? By scanning the brains of freestyling rappers, of course. They found that rapping memorized lyrics and rapping freestyle use entirely different parts of the brain. In fact, improvising actually […]

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Brain Mapping

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“Since the 19th century people have speculated that the essence of human identity is stored in the connections between our neurons. Today we have the technology to find out if this is true.” This year the Human Connectome Project will begin ambitiously mapping the “large-scale connections” of 1200 human brains. By figuring out how the […]

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