brain science http://kuow.org en Orphans' Lonely Beginnings Reveal How Parents Shape A Child's Brain http://kuow.org/post/orphans-lonely-beginnings-reveal-how-parents-shape-childs-brain Parents do a lot more than make sure a child has food and shelter, researchers say. They play a critical role in brain development.<p>More than a decade of research on children raised in institutions shows that "neglect is awful for the brain," says <a href="http://dms.hms.harvard.edu/neuroscience/fac/Nelson.php">Charles Nelson</a>, a professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children's Hospital. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 08:35:00 +0000 Jon Hamilton 29297 at http://kuow.org Orphans' Lonely Beginnings Reveal How Parents Shape A Child's Brain Blindsight Is Never 20/20 http://kuow.org/post/blindsight-never-2020 <p>Steve Scher talks with&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dr. </span>Christof<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Koch,&nbsp; </span>chief<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> scientific officer of the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle, about a rare brain condition that causes some people to only see in black and white. </span> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 23:32:09 +0000 Arwen Nicks & Steve Scher 26283 at http://kuow.org Blindsight Is Never 20/20 Brainy Babies: ‘Invisible Bungee Cords’ Explain Early Learning http://kuow.org/post/brainy-babies-invisible-bungee-cords-explain-early-learning <p>Stick your tongue out at a newborn, and it will attempt to stick its tongue back at you. Wave your hand, and the baby may wave back. Behavioral psychologists have known for some time how babies love to imitate, but new research from the University of Washington and Temple University sheds light on the neural processes happening within the brain. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 23:16:30 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Amina Al-Sadi 23060 at http://kuow.org Brainy Babies: ‘Invisible Bungee Cords’ Explain Early Learning "The Science Of Consequences" With Susan Schneider http://kuow.org/post/science-consequences-susan-schneider <p>There are consequences to all of our actions — positive and negative, large and small, delayed and immediate.</p><p><a href="http://www.scienceofconsequences.com">Biopsychologist Susan Schneider </a>talks about how consequences follow certain scientific principles. She’s the author of “The Science of Consequences: How They Affect Genes, Change the Brain, and Impact Our World.” She spoke at Town Hall on July 11, 2013. Fri, 16 Aug 2013 03:00:00 +0000 Rachel Solomon 17876 at http://kuow.org "The Science Of Consequences" With Susan Schneider This Week In Olympia, Brain Injury, And Temple Grandin http://kuow.org/post/week-olympia-brain-injury-and-temple-grandin <p><strong>This Week In Olympia</strong><br>The state Legislature begins week two of the special session today. Everett Herald reporter<a href="http://www.heraldnet.com/section/BLOG13"> Jerry Cornfield </a>joins us with a look at what to expect.</p><p><strong>Traumatic Brain Injury</strong><br>Sarah was hit by a drunk driver in her 20s.&nbsp; Over the years, her brain has exhibited more and more signs of damage. Traumatic brain injury can present challenges and frustrations for partners as well. Sarah's long-term partner, Julie Hall, shares her personal story of loving, caring and coping with a partner with a brain injury.</p><p><strong>The Autistic Brain</strong><br>Temple Grandin is one of the world’s most accomplished and well-known adults with autism.&nbsp; In her new book “The Autistic Brain,” Temple Grandin explores what current brain science has revealed about autism and the possibilities it offers.<br> Mon, 20 May 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Weekday 13287 at http://kuow.org This Week In Olympia, Brain Injury, And Temple Grandin How To Make Your Brain Smarter http://kuow.org/post/how-make-your-brain-smarter <p></p><p>In her new book, "Make Your Brain Smarter," <a href="http://www.brainhealth.utdallas.edu/about_us/team/sandra_chapman">Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman </a>offers tools to customize your own brain fitness plan. She talks with Ross Reynolds about strategies and exercises you can do to train your brain to think smarter. Tue, 02 Apr 2013 19:00:00 +0000 Ross Reynolds 5988 at http://kuow.org How To Make Your Brain Smarter The Science Of Songs You Can't Escape http://kuow.org/post/science-songs-you-cant-escape <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It sounds shocking, but </span>earworms<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> are an epidemic that affect at least 90 percent of people as often as once a week. That’s according to a Goldsmiths University study. But before you go logging onto WebMD, fear not! These </span>earworms<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> are more commonly referred to as songs, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">regular old songs</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> — often radio hits or catchy grooves that burrow deep within the human brain.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For instance, maybe you've been visited by this hungry earworm:</span></p><p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 20:29:54 +0000 Amber Cortes 8593 at http://kuow.org The Science Of Songs You Can't Escape Academic Neurosurgeon Says Heaven Exists http://kuow.org/post/academic-neurosurgeon-says-heaven-exists <p></p><p>Many people say there is a heaven. But few are academic neurosurgeons. Ross Reynolds speaks with Eben&nbsp;&nbsp;Alexander about a near-death experience he says gave him a glimpse of the afterlife that he outlines in his book, "<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Proof-of-Heaven-ebook/dp/B008AK8FHM">Proof of Heaven</a>." Tue, 08 Jan 2013 19:08:04 +0000 Ross Reynolds 6261 at http://kuow.org Academic Neurosurgeon Says Heaven Exists Top 5 Shows In 2012: Arwen Nicks' Favorite Conversations http://kuow.org/post/top-5-shows-2012-arwen-nicks-favorite-conversations <p>I feel extremely fortunate that I get to work on <em>The Conversation</em> with Ross Reynolds and David Hyde (and the interns — hi interns!) But! I've been tasked with picking a mere five conversations that are my favorite from 2012 and thus, in no particular order here are my favorites.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>1. </strong>There is a joke around here that if a book has been written about the way the brain works, I will pitch a show on it. It is funny because it is true. My very favorite interview from the year was when Ross sat down with neuroscientist&nbsp;<a href="http://www2.kuow.org/program.php?id=26880">Simon LeVay</a>&nbsp;to talk about his book on the science of sexual orientation, "Gay, Straight and the Reasons Why."</p><p> Wed, 26 Dec 2012 09:00:00 +0000 Arwen Nicks 5266 at http://kuow.org Top 5 Shows In 2012: Arwen Nicks' Favorite Conversations