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Remembering everything except one

I'm a person who excels very well in jobs and make great first impressions. However, a problem that has plagued me all my life is forgetting ONE detail that might seem small but very important. [more inside]
posted by InterestedInKnowing on Jun 23, 2014 - 11 answers

What are feelings, really?

How does the brain's circuitry actually create conciousness? What is actually going on at the terminus of all the chemical reactions and processes that creates sensory experience? What about feelings such as pain, happiness, sadness or anger? Yep, I know these are the million dollar questions and there are not definitive answers (yet!), so I'm interested in hearing your ideas or any research/theories you find particularly interesting on the topic. Cheers!
posted by turnips on Jun 2, 2014 - 14 answers

Developing your brain and improving performance

I recently learned that the brain starts out with a lot of fluid intelligence (the ability to acquire new skills and knowledge) which decreases as time goes on. I'm 21, and it has reduced a bit already—but it's never too late to start. How can I take the most advantage of this and build the right foundation for my brain while I'm still young? [more inside]
posted by markbao on Apr 10, 2014 - 6 answers

Help me inform my teaching with books on childhood brain development

What books/resources on childhood brain development will best inform my work as a teacher and curriculum writer for young learners? (explanation after the jump) [more inside]
posted by chickenandwine on Apr 2, 2014 - 5 answers

I don't learn/recall as well in my thirties. Strategies?

What are some strategies to keep the mind in its best condition to learn, retain, and recall as we age? Its much harder and psychologically daunting for me to keep "fresh" than it was just a few years ago. How do I halt the decline or improve the situation? [more inside]
posted by meantime on Mar 26, 2014 - 11 answers

Help me identify this sci-fi short story

Some time in the mid 1990s I read a sci-fi short story about an augmented individual hired to steal a password - I'm trying to figure out the name of this story and its author. [more inside]
posted by komara on Mar 20, 2014 - 9 answers

Best resources for a basic understanding of the human brain?

It's the emotional/moral brain/limbic system I'm ultimately interested in and how it affects behaviour and potentially criminality or a disregard for the rights of others, when 'malfunctioning'. I am reading the anatomy of violence (Adrian Raine) but finding some of it hard work. I'm interested in the anatomy and functioning. Thanks
posted by tanktop on Feb 23, 2014 - 6 answers

I have a service-connected Traumatic Brain Injury from hazing. Now what?

Other than filing for disability with the VA, what are my options for restitution or proceeding forward with therapy or other medical options? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 13, 2014 - 8 answers

Looking for a cognitive therapist in Ulster County, NY!

My father has recently suffered brain trauma and needs cognitive therapy. He is at a rehab center now but we are hoping to move him to outpatient soon. First we need to find a good cognitive (and possibly occupational) therapist. He lives in the Kingston/New Paltz area of New York. [more inside]
posted by silverstatue on Nov 22, 2013 - 4 answers

Can mental clarity / acuity come in bursts on a regular (monthly) cycle?

Can mental clarity / acuity come in bursts on a regular (monthly) cycle? [more inside]
posted by Alabaster on Nov 19, 2013 - 6 answers

Fish oil - or snake oil?

Recently I was talking to someone about health related issues and she mentioned that she took fish oil ending with the broad statement that it helps with about everything. I have read over the years about how fish oil helps with menopause (which I'm beginning) and ADHD (which I have) and just about every kind of condition known. I saw a previous mefi about the inefficacy for fish oil on depression but wondered how it relates to other conditions. Googling shows all sorts of results, both positive and negative and as I am not medically inclined I'm wondering if there is any benefit to it or is better to steer clear? Anecdotal evidence too please.
posted by lasamana on Oct 8, 2013 - 15 answers

Getting More MPG (Miles Per Glucose)

Is there a way to make my brain more "fuel" efficient? [more inside]
posted by pakoothefakoo on Oct 7, 2013 - 11 answers

How do Adult Human Beings get shit done after work?

I have an intense 9-6 office job that is mainly editing fiddly details in legal paperwork and talking on the phone about fiddly details in legal paperwork. I'm also in charge of two people. When quittin' time rolls around, I am brain-fried. I'd rather not be so I can do things after work that are at all productive. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by griphus on Oct 7, 2013 - 52 answers

New Blue Cross member, looking for doctor, where to start?

Hello, asking for a friend of mine: Looking for a new doctor in Santa Clara/Alameda Counties (California) in the Blue Cross network, recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Seboshin on Sep 13, 2013 - 7 answers

Can a taste transit the boundary of a dream?

I recently woke from a dream with an unusual, lingering taste in my mouth, after dreaming about tasting something. Could the dream have caused the aftertaste, or vice-versa? [more inside]
posted by RobotVoodooPower on Aug 10, 2013 - 7 answers

Drugs that would help you lucid dream on purpose

What kinds of drugs (medical or recreational) might you take in order to ensure you are able to lucid dream when you fall asleep? Far-out theories are fine as this is for a story. The more details the better, re: neurological elements involved with memory or self-awareness. Thanks!
posted by egeanin on Jul 24, 2013 - 44 answers

I will see how many stamps I can lick in an hour, then beat that record!

How can I rejigger my brain to recognize engaging, rewarding tasks as "fun" instead of "work"? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Jul 23, 2013 - 10 answers

What's the procedure for switching off life support?

My brother-in-law's girlfriend is on life support and has been for 2 days, her medical team were meeting with family yesterday evening to talk about switching it off, this seems terribly quick, does anyone know if this is normal? [more inside]
posted by Jubey on Jul 22, 2013 - 20 answers

How Can I Help Adult Brain Injured Son on Disability Get a Part-Time Job

My son is 36 years old, I have POA and am his advocate. Prior to receiving benefits, he was a very hard worker always fighting to do his best despite his ongoing associated issues. We've worked with brain injury groups to attain his independence and he's married now for the 5th time. (another story) They include cluster headaches with profuse vomiting, slurred speech, hand tremors and poor reading skills. (Doing better with medication now) He has permission from the state's "Ticket to Work" program to work part time and we have sought their help to no avail. (Out of funding). He's has gone to the manager of many fast food places, grocery stores, etc but his slurred speech and tremor makes him look like he is high on drugs, thus rendering him unemployable. They always tell him to go online and apply for the position but his work history *appears* to be sketchy and he has been on disability for 4 years now. How to explain all of this online??? [more inside]
posted by ~Sushma~ on Jun 26, 2013 - 15 answers

Are you a neuroscientist? Happy in academia? Want to do science...

So I have been working in an entirely different field for the last years and was never entirely sure about what I wanted to do with my life. I am certain at this point that I want to work in a field which involves, you know, nervous systems. Unsurprisingly, I am thinking of academia. [more inside]
posted by epibatidine on May 26, 2013 - 18 answers

Can you two just please introduce yourselves because I have no idea!

I've had this silly and embarrassing little problem for years and I'm noticing that it's getting worse. Sometimes, when I run into somebody I know or if I'm introducing somebody I know to somebody they don't know, I truly blank out on the name of the person I know. [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on May 18, 2013 - 25 answers

Get thee to the ER, stat!

Is this a normal amount of time to expect to wait when YOU'RE BLEEDING IN THE DAMN BRAIN?! [more inside]
posted by youandiandaflame on May 4, 2013 - 11 answers

Book recommendations for brain / arousal / EEG / neurotransmitters / meds?

I would like to get some book recommendations on the following topic: the connection between brain arousal states (am I using that term correctly?) (e.g. sleepy, alert, hyperalert/anxious), EEG states (e.g. theta, alpha, beta), and various neurotransmitters and perhaps even psychotropic medications. [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Apr 30, 2013 - 6 answers

Can you identify this unusual neurological (?) reading phenomenon?

It's when "words fall away to pictures" occasionally , perhapps particularly when reading the text of physical books, usually novels, of a large size. It doesn't happen with reading online or e-book readers or textbooks. It's as if the visual imagination (without deliberate activation) overrides what's actually been seen by the eyes, so that the story unfolding is actually being "watched" in the mind's eye in an immersive, vivid way where one becomes virtually unaware of the actual text print and the outside world (so it's not even like watching a movie in a cinema, where there is more consciousness of the real surroundings). This is not just getting immersed in reading - the strong, and not deliberately activated, visualization is crucial. Based on anecdotal evidence, what I'm describing (not from my personal experience) appears to be a rarer rather than a common experience. Anyone have ideas what this neurological (?) trait might be?
posted by zresearch on Apr 20, 2013 - 18 answers

A reader on the mind-body problem?

I'm working on a creative project about somebody who gets his brain removed and put in a vat. What should I read? [more inside]
posted by HeroZero on Mar 15, 2013 - 27 answers

Brain, I know it's early, but you gotta wake up!

I'm a nurse who has trouble at the start of my shifts because my brain doesn't get up and running until I've been there for at least an hour -- but the work really requires me to be at 100% from the first minute. There are plenty of questions about how to wake up your body in the morning. How do I wake up my brain? [more inside]
posted by shiny blue object on Jan 22, 2013 - 27 answers

Sex on the brain - what are these strange electric pulses?

Sometimes when I have a sexual thought, I can literally feel a buzz, a reaction in my brain just above the ears on both sides of my head, almost an electrical feeling, usually in two short pulses. What is this? Do you experience it? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 12, 2012 - 7 answers

Decades-old head injury. What now?

Tell me about the long-term effects and detectability of decades-old head injuries. [more inside]
posted by Faint of Butt on Dec 7, 2012 - 8 answers

Is there an equivalent of proprioception for objects? What is it called?

The brain is really good at keeping track of body position, limbs, etc., even when it's not looking at them. Is there a term that describes the equivalent ability as it relates to objects? E.g., I'm sitting at my desk right now and I know there's a plant behind me. I want a term for that ability! So far all I've got is "object propriception"
posted by gribbly on Dec 5, 2012 - 23 answers

Boost your brain through games

Do "brain training" games work? [more inside]
posted by raintree on Oct 24, 2012 - 13 answers

Functional MRI?

The fMRI (functional MRI) is primarily used in research; can I get one done for clinical reasons? [more inside]
posted by airguitar2 on Sep 19, 2012 - 11 answers

Is there a brain chemistry boomerang effect?

Can going off and then later back on an antidepressant "do" something to your brain chemistry or is in some other way unsafe or unwise? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 13, 2012 - 16 answers

"Brain Thunder" is the closest term I could come up with

What is physically happening when I "make my brain thunder"? [more inside]
posted by waraw on Sep 13, 2012 - 40 answers

The anxiety that feeds on itself...

How does your anxiety manifest itself physically? Details about TMJ and perhaps a touch of hypochondria after the jump... [more inside]
posted by aintthattheway on Sep 2, 2012 - 22 answers

Hope for an Intractable Situation?

I am in what seems to be an intractable situation, due to a number of major errors on my part. Help needed for someone on the edge of a precipice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 30, 2012 - 20 answers

What should I put in a care package?

A family member is having brain surgery next week. What can I put in a care package to make her recovery more pleasant? [more inside]
posted by tealcake on Aug 28, 2012 - 9 answers

How Can I Retrieve the Self?

Where did my "old self" go, and how can I get it back? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 21, 2012 - 18 answers

For example, last night I devised and wrote this post in my head.

I sometimes have the type of trouble sleeping where although I am objectively tired, I can't "shut my brain off" and end up lying awake with my eyes closed. What can I do with my brain during these times? [more inside]
posted by zadermatermorts on Aug 8, 2012 - 52 answers

How to improve brain performance?

How to improve brain performance? [more inside]
posted by blahtsk on Jul 22, 2012 - 9 answers

Getting through radiotherapy

How can we make radiotherapy easier? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 21, 2012 - 3 answers

My supervisor has pointed out to me that I tend to take language very literally, and it's impeding my performance at my job. Help me rewire my brain!

My supervisor has pointed out to me that I tend to take language very literally, and it's impeding my performance at my job. Help me rewire my brain! [more inside]
posted by anotheraccount on Jun 21, 2012 - 33 answers

My name, please make a note of it.

I am female. I have a unisex name. My male partners have always had unmistakably male names. Why, then, have new acquaintances continually called my male partners by my name?! [more inside]
posted by thrasher on May 18, 2012 - 34 answers

Not exactly The Matrix, but what?

What is the name (medical/psychological term?) for this feeling that "my life been a dream since that one event several years ago"? [more inside]
posted by vidur on May 2, 2012 - 6 answers

Brain Probe Causing Actions, & Falsely Thinking It Was Free Will

I'm looking for videos of people having their brain probed by a brain surgeon, causing them do or say things, but where they invent "reasons" for why they did or said those things, falsely believing they acted out of free will. [more inside]
posted by Eiwalker on Apr 18, 2012 - 5 answers

Cardio/alcohol

Question about the compulsion to drink beer disappearing when I exercise. [more inside]
posted by naju on Apr 4, 2012 - 9 answers

How did I lose my common sense and run this red light?

Freaked out like crazy: I ran a red light and put myself and others in very real danger. How did I forget how to drive safely for 10 seconds? [more inside]
posted by chocolatemilkshakes on Mar 27, 2012 - 49 answers

Going too fast at work

I get data review and entry work done extremely fast with no discernible lack of quality. But, I also have a persistent feeling I'm doing things wrong or missing important details. How to fix this? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Mar 6, 2012 - 10 answers

My brain is making up a new version of English.

My brain regularly replaces words. Cute or scary? [more inside]
posted by thrasher on Feb 22, 2012 - 40 answers

Games to quanitfy the brain's ability.

What games (PC, Mac, iOS, or Android) are good at quantifying brain/thinking functions? [more inside]
posted by cowmix on Jan 15, 2012 - 7 answers

The dreaming mind

How does my brain know that I'm awake? [more inside]
posted by Nathanial Hörnblowér on Dec 1, 2011 - 13 answers

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