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Creativity and Distraction

I'm fascinated by this episode of Brain Craft arguing that it's distraction, not deep focus, that boosts creativity. Besides riding public transportation or playing improvisational jazz, I'm curious what suggestions folks here may have for other 'distracted' or 'spontaneous' activities that could create an ideal breeding ground for creative brainstorming. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Dec 21, 2016 - 16 answers

What shape are the numbers?

When you think of numbers, do they have some specific, reliable spatial organization in your mind? [more inside]
posted by biogeo on Aug 18, 2016 - 50 answers

How serious is this challenge to the validity of fMRI research?

A recent study claims to have found problems with fMRI software that cast a huge number of past studies into doubt. Is this over-inflated hype (debunking for sake of debunking) or is this a genuine challenge that actually invalidates past research? the report / article in the Economist.
posted by aunt_winnifred on Jul 20, 2016 - 4 answers

Thinking Critically

What puzzles, games or new activities can I do to keep improving my critical thinking, analytical, and logical abilities? AKA "Continuing Ed" for liberal arts graduates who have a hard time with "2 + 2" (when they're intoxicated, anyway...). [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Feb 28, 2016 - 25 answers

Famous brain injury case studies besides Phineas Gage?

I'm looking for examples of famous, sensationally reported medical case studies involving brain injury and/or resulting personality changes... besides the story of Phineas Gage.
posted by Taft on Feb 24, 2016 - 10 answers

Podcasts on neuroscience and/or human evolution

I'm fascinated by these two subjects that I know very little about. Looking for podcasts that don't shy away from science or talk down, but still keep the jargon and dry details to a minimum.
posted by redlines on Aug 2, 2015 - 6 answers

A Fraudster's Degree in Clinical Research

I took neuroscience, research-methods and sociology courses in college and got a BA in Psychology from a respected state school in NY. I loved them, but taking courses and doing well on multiple choice tests in those courses is about all I did. I learned enough to get the gist of a more conceptually straightforward journal article, but now, trying to get a job, it's become clear that I need to know what I'm talking about. Help? [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on May 16, 2015 - 3 answers

Should I stick with Sciences or switch to Humanities?

It's almost time to choose courses for next semester and declare my major. I am currently a Science Major. I envisioned a career in researching how new technology could be used to treat psychological disorders, but I have a history mental health problems myself, so I am wondering whether I might have bitten off more than I can chew. I am drawn to some of the courses on the humanities side, and part of me thinks studying something more broad could take me out of myself and would allow me to recover. [more inside]
posted by Erred on Jan 10, 2015 - 12 answers

Of Pencils and Pixels

I want to read scholarly work about why doing things with "digital" tools (like word processors or MIDI music keyboards) is experienced differently from doing things with "analog" tools (like typewriters or pianos). [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Dec 9, 2014 - 6 answers

Book recommendations about the brain and neuroscience?

What are your favorite books about the brain or neuroscience? What have you enjoyed, or been recommended / heard is really good? No philosophy please, nor evolutionary biology. I'm looking for science of the brain or nervous system, or cognition. [more inside]
posted by htid on Dec 2, 2014 - 15 answers

Book recommendations on how the brain impacts the body

I'm interested in learning more about the science of mind-body connections, especially in the mind-impacts-body direction. For example, I'm curious about how mental exertion can lead to physical fatigue, or how an emotion can trigger physical symptoms in the body (such as indigestion from stress). I'm looking for an interesting and accessible book on this topic, if one exists. [more inside]
posted by ootandaboot on Nov 24, 2014 - 7 answers

Narratives - Neuroscience and psychology

What are good layman-level books and articles on how the brain interprets narratives (books, television, or any other form of story)? [more inside]
posted by rebooter on Sep 19, 2014 - 5 answers

What should I do with my PhD?

I will soon be the proud owner of a PhD in neuroscience and pharmacology, and I still love scientific research, but I don't know where to go next. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 18, 2014 - 8 answers

I'm done asking this but.... Hope me with jobs?

The situation that prompted one of my first questions on AskMe is unfortunately still relevant. Logistics have improved, my depression is....eh. I'm 25 now and have been out of undergrad for over a year. This is my resume . Ignore the crappy formatting, but... [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Aug 30, 2014 - 11 answers

Neuroscience and steroids in Seattle?

Last night, thanks to Call in the Night, I had a fascinating conversation with a neuroscience student who studies steroids in Seattle. We talked for an hour and a half, but got cut off while they were mid-story. Help me find out the end of their story! [more inside]
posted by nímwunnan on Jun 30, 2014 - 6 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

How to think critically about research?

I am an undergraduate student frustrated with my lack of "critical thinking" towards research. [more inside]
posted by raintree on May 4, 2014 - 16 answers

Migrating to Medicine from Computer Science

I did my Bachelors (in Computer Science) in India and Masters in Computer Science in USA. I now intend to migrate to medical field and aspire to do a PhD or an MD in psychiatry or any other branch of study in medicine. Can anyone tell me if there are any premier institutes in India or abroad that might have my credentials as an eligibility criterion for an admission? Thanks in advance! [more inside]
posted by godugu on Apr 21, 2014 - 8 answers

Help me find some job prospects in SF in neuroscience/psychology?

Hello, I'm a recent Ph.D. in cognitive psychology, and it appears I'm not massively employable. I live in San Francisco and am not able to relocate. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 15, 2013 - 8 answers

Dead ends everywhere I look

That I've posed this question more than once before in various forms doesn't say very many good things, but the circumstances being what they are, I have to hope the answer is yet to be found. That's all I've got really- hope.I'm a 23 year old recent college grad ( in May, with a BA in psychology from Stony Brook University in NY), looking for love, a job, a journey and a purpose. I'm also in a wheelchair, unable to speak fluently in an increasing percentage of life situations, grossly overweight, unmotivated and uninspired. Help me build a life away from my couch and outside of daytime TV, Facebook and lies. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Oct 10, 2013 - 25 answers

Improving working memory in a dyslexic teenager (bonus! verbal skills)

This was last asked in 2007 for improving working memory in an ADHD teenager and I'm hoping there are new resources, especially geared to dyslexics. What are the current tools and thoughts about working memory improvement when there is a known deficit? [more inside]
posted by viggorlijah on Aug 21, 2013 - 3 answers

What direction should/can my life take now?

This one might be a doozy. So, I'm a 23 year old recent college grad ( this May) with a B.A. in psychology and no idea what to do with my life. ( Original, I know, but bear with me, it gets better.) Everyone around me seems to have what are at least well-outlined 5 year plans, oriented around either grad school or a great entry level job. Certain circumstances in my life though seem to leave me with a vision of the future that doesn't extend far beyond the living room couch and daytime TV for the next 10 years and that frightens me to no end. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Jul 6, 2013 - 35 answers

Do you see constant, unstoppable images when you close your eyes?

Is there a problem with having constant vivid visions happening when one closes their eyes? Have you heard of this before? What's it about? [more inside]
posted by namesarehard on Jun 13, 2013 - 18 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

Puzzled by jigsaw

When my son was 2.5 years old he could solve jigsaw puzzle really really fast using some kind of mental math but when he was 3.5 years old he took longer. My friends with children also report similar trend. Does the brain develop in a way to explain this?
posted by london302 on May 14, 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

Summer research grants / scholarships for science undergraduates?

What are some non-institution-specific scholarships or grants for someone who wants to do primate research this summer? [more inside]
posted by lemoncakeisalie on Feb 6, 2013 - 4 answers

I want to be the next Professor X.

I know I want to study genetics but I don't know where to go from there. What kind of things in genetics did Professor X and the Drs. Suresh on Heroes study? I want to study that. [more inside]
posted by acthelight on Dec 14, 2012 - 10 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

Advances in Lobster Neuroscience

Lobster neuroscience: What new findings about pain and nociception in crustaceans have been made since 2004? [more inside]
posted by ecmendenhall on Oct 13, 2012 - 3 answers

You are not my academic/career advisor, but let's pretend for a moment.

From Music to IT to Neuroscience: Is this insane? (super long tedious details inside) [more inside]
posted by Doleful Creature on Mar 29, 2012 - 15 answers

Tourette's Syndrome and Profanity

Does the fact that with a person with Tourette's Syndrome will both physically jerk and in some cases yell profanity mean that profanity is hard wired into the brain? (Written in response to seeing this).
posted by scunning on Dec 24, 2011 - 11 answers

Howard Florey, what's it like?

Seeking anecdata about the Howard Florey Institute in Melbourne! I might have a lead on an interesting project there, but nobody in my network has any experience of the place - does anyone on Mefi? Or could anyone introduce me to someone there who wouldn't mind answering a few questions via email? Thanks enormously!
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot on Nov 3, 2011 - 1 answer

Sorry for the morbid question.

Hospice and palliative-care providers often tell patients' families and friends that as people die, hearing is the last sense to go. Is there any science behind the claim? [more inside]
posted by evidenceofabsence on Sep 23, 2011 - 10 answers

Admissions to graduate neuroscience and biology programs

What are my options for acceptance into PhD programs for Neuroscience or Molecular Biology [more inside]
posted by jbreyfogle on May 10, 2011 - 15 answers

Best way to scan a book image into a high-quality print?

Hi all, I am a neuroscience student and I'd like to get my mentor a print of one of Santiago Ramon y Cajal's famous drawings of a neuron as a going away gift. Unfortunately, I can't find anywhere that sells prints or photos of these drawings online, but I was able to find a book at my university's library that has larger (12" x 24") high quality images of these drawings. My question: what is the best way to go from book to print? Are there particular scan qualities or types? Particular types of paper/material to print onto? Places (FedEx, architecture firms) to go to? Any advice would be really helpful. Thanks! Brian
posted by quickasfoxes on May 4, 2011 - 3 answers

What can't the human brain do?

What are some limits of the human brain? I think everyone knows that people can't keep more than 7 items in short term memory, and I was just reading an article here that mentions limits to the theory of mind (A knows that B thinks that C thinks.. etc). What are some other things that it is just impossible to think about or remember or to visualize? I'd prefer actual studies and hard data to anecdotes and folk wisdom, but I'll take either.
posted by empath on Mar 27, 2011 - 24 answers

What gets fatigued when your brain gets tired?

When you read or think a lot or otherwise concentrate, and you get fatigued or sleepy, what exactly is happening biologically? Is it a matter of blood sugar depletion? Something else?
posted by shivohum on Oct 31, 2010 - 14 answers

What part of the brain keeps someone from speaking the words they think?

What part of the brain keeps someone from speaking the words they think?
posted by airguitar on Oct 30, 2010 - 9 answers

What do you think are the most interesting / surprising / perspective-changing findings in social/cognitive psychology?

What do you think are the most interesting / surprising / perspective-changing findings in social/cognitive psychology? I'm preparing a talk for a German hacker conference (27c3), mainly about cogsci & socpsych. Bonus points if it's something that has some element of demonstrating bias / illusion / manipulability, or if it can have a quick actual demonstration, since I try to make my talks as audience-interactive as possible. [more inside]
posted by saizai on Oct 28, 2010 - 25 answers

Is it too late for me to major in neuroscience?

Is it too late for me to major in neuroscience? [more inside]
posted by meta.mark on Oct 4, 2010 - 14 answers

Empathy Outside the Species

Why do species feel empathy and aesthetic attraction (non-sexual) toward members of other species? [more inside]
posted by outlandishmarxist on Aug 26, 2010 - 19 answers

Minds, How Do They Work?

What's the best book to provide an up-to-date view on our current understanding of the human mind (and brain)? [more inside]
posted by justkevin on Aug 20, 2010 - 12 answers

ISO Blogs About Books About Mental Health/Psychology

Anyone know of any good blogs that focus on books about mental health, addictions, neuroscience, psychology? NOT looking for blogs about those subjects in general, but seek only blogs about new and interesting books that cover these topics. Blogs about health books in general are also of interest. Thank you, Hive Mind!!!
posted by Maias on Aug 16, 2010 - 3 answers

Textbooks on system neuroscience

Does anyone have any recommendations for textbooks on systems, and to a lesser extent cognitive, neuroscience?
posted by SollosQ on Jun 15, 2010 - 5 answers

How much does chocolate stimulate adrenergic receptors?

NeuroscienceFilter: How much does chocolate stimulate adrenergic receptors? [more inside]
posted by wireless on Jun 11, 2010 - 3 answers

And the dreams go on and on and on

I have telescopic dreams once in a while - dreaming something only to realise that I'm dreaming, "wake up" in another dream, then sometimes switching back to the first dream or "waking up" to another dream entirely. They freak me out quite a bit as I'm never quite sure if or when I'm really awake. Why do these dreams happen? Is anything the matter? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Apr 12, 2010 - 18 answers

Hacker Blogs?

Hacker Blogs? [more inside]
posted by vostok on Mar 3, 2010 - 5 answers

Help me find a concise history of modern neuroscience?

I'm looking for a good, generalist (and preferably concise) account of the history of modern neuroscience. [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Feb 26, 2010 - 9 answers

How to choose a grad school?

How to choose a grad school? [more inside]
posted by 1024x768 on Nov 3, 2009 - 20 answers

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