Some Learning is a Whole-Brain Affair

(Science Daily) Researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine have successfully used a laser-assisted imaging tool to “see” what happens in brain cells of mice learning to reach out and grab a pellet of food. Their experiments, they say, add to evidence that such motor-based learning can occur in multiple areas of the brain, even ones not typically associated with motor control.

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If Fear Can Be Learned, Can It Be Unlearned?

(Edie Weinstein) Today, while sitting in a service at an interfaith community which I have been attending since 2001, I heard a message that seemed custom made for me. Randi Suskin, who is a life coach was the speaker, spoke about Living A Guided Life. I have long believed that the path on which we tread is strewn with markers and roadway signs that tell us, “go this way, avoid that way,” sometimes providing unexpected twists and turns that flabbergast us and have us scratching our heads, asking, “Who thought this one up?” What I have come to learn was that I do and so do you.

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Curious People Are Powerful People — Tap into Joy by Feeding Your Curiosities

(Justin Deschamps) Pleasure and joy, even bliss, is a whole-brain activity. Stimulation is the gateway to fulfillment, meaning, adventure, and positive emotion. In the modern world, stress limits joy because it causes hyper-focus. When you’re focused on a task for work, school, home, or life in general, unless you feel joy, inspiration, and playfulness during the process, you’ll lose sensitivity. Why? Because if we contextualize a goal as stressful, then our brain naturally withdraws from everything else. If you move from one state of focused-work to another, never taking a mindfulness break, the brain doesn’t have a chance to open up again, which you need to do or you’ll feel numb, bored, and unsettled. 

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How Babies Integrate New Events into Their Knowledge

(Science Daily) Babies seek to understand the world around them and learn many new things every day. Unexpected events — for example when a ball falls through a table — provide researchers with the unique opportunity to understand infants’ learning processes. What happens in their brains as they learn and integrate new information?

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Exercise, Memory and Learning Linked by Science: A Short Bout of Exercise Enhances Brain Function

(Science Daily) Neuroscientists, working with mice, have discovered that a short burst of exercise directly boosts the function of a gene that increases connections between neurons in the hippocampus, the region of the brain associated with learning and memory.

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