brain science

Medicine
9:49 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Swedish Hospital Patient Walks Again With Deep Brain Stimulation

DBS-probes shown in X-ray of the skull (white areas around maxilla and mandible represent metal dentures and are unrelated to DBS devices
From Wikipedia

Here’s the plot: A man suffering from dystonia – a neurological disorder that causes twisting and abnormal postures – goes to a doctor. The doctor gives the man local anesthesia, drills into his head, inserts spaghetti-like electrodes and then hooks him up to a pacemaker to send electrical currents into his brain.

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Science
8:19 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Your Brain's Got Rhythm, And Syncs When You Think

"Dance for PD" classes use music to temporarily ease tremors and get Parkinson's patients moving.
Maggie Starbard NPR

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 1:47 pm

Even if you can't keep a beat, your brain can. "The brain absolutely has rhythm," says Nathan Urban, a neuroscientist at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

When you concentrate, Urban says, your brain produces rapid, rhythmic electrical impulses called gamma waves. When you relax, it generates much slower alpha waves.

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Cosmos
7:37 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Blame Your Brain: The Fault Lies Somewhere Within

Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 12:33 pm

Science doesn't just further technology and help us predict and control our environment. It also changes the way we understand ourselves and our place in the natural world. This understanding can inspire awe and a sense of grandeur.

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Neuroscience
4:45 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

When 'Brain Science' Is A Tool For Credibility

Flickr Photo/Giulia Forsythe/Cathy N Davidson (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Marcie Sillman talks with cognitive scientist-turned-science-writer, Christian Jarrett, about brain science research and why consumers need to bring a skeptical eye to the neuroscience headlines.

'Cognitive Reserve'
1:26 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Education May Help Insulate The Brain Against Traumatic Injury

Proust and algebra may not sound like brain protection, but higher levels of education correlate with cognitive reserve.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 4:24 am

A little education goes a long way toward ensuring you'll recover from a serious traumatic brain injury. In fact, people with lots of education are seven times more likely than high school dropouts to have no measurable disability a year later.

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Brain Development
12:35 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Orphans' Lonely Beginnings Reveal How Parents Shape A Child's Brain

In the Institute for the Unsalvageable in Sighetu Marmatiei, Romania, shown here in 1992, children were left in cribs for days on end.
Tom Szalay

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 9:07 am

Parents do a lot more than make sure a child has food and shelter, researchers say. They play a critical role in brain development.

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Neuroscience
3:32 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Blindsight Is Never 20/20

Flickr Photo/Giulia Forsythe

Steve Scher talks with Dr. Christof Koch,  chief 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.

Neuroscience
4:16 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Brainy Babies: ‘Invisible Bungee Cords’ Explain Early Learning

It's so natural to play patty cake or invite an infant to mimic you - but what's going on in their brains at the time?
Flickr Photo/Evan Long

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.

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Health
8:00 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

"The Science Of Consequences" With Susan Schneider

There are consequences to all of our actions — positive and negative, large and small, delayed and immediate.

Biopsychologist Susan Schneider 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.

Politics & Government
9:00 am
Mon May 20, 2013

This Week In Olympia, Brain Injury, And Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin's book, "The Autistic Brain," explores what current brain science has to offer people with autism.

This Week In Olympia
The state Legislature begins week two of the special session today. Everett Herald reporter Jerry Cornfield joins us with a look at what to expect.

Traumatic Brain Injury
Sarah was hit by a drunk driver in her 20s.  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.

The Autistic Brain
Temple Grandin is one of the world’s most accomplished and well-known adults with autism.  In her new book “The Autistic Brain,” Temple Grandin explores what current brain science has revealed about autism and the possibilities it offers.

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Brain Health
12:00 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

How To Make Your Brain Smarter

Your brain may need a new fitness plan.
Daniele Oberti Flickr

In her new book, "Make Your Brain Smarter," Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman 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.

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Musical Maladies
12:29 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

The Science Of Songs You Can't Escape

I just can't get you out of my head!
Flickr Photo/hobvias sudoneighm

It sounds shocking, but earworms 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 earworms are more commonly referred to as songs, regular old songs — often radio hits or catchy grooves that burrow deep within the human brain. For instance, maybe you've been visited by this hungry earworm:

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Life Beyond Death
11:08 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Academic Neurosurgeon Says Heaven Exists

Dr. Eben Alexander says our awareness becomes much greater when freed from our physical brain.
Author's Twitter account

Many people say there is a heaven. But few are academic neurosurgeons. Ross Reynolds speaks with Eben  Alexander about a near-death experience he says gave him a glimpse of the afterlife that he outlines in his book, "Proof of Heaven."

The Conversation's Top 5
1:00 am
Wed December 26, 2012

Top 5 Shows In 2012: Arwen Nicks' Favorite Conversations

I feel extremely fortunate that I get to work on The Conversation 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. 

1. 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 Simon LeVay to talk about his book on the science of sexual orientation, "Gay, Straight and the Reasons Why."


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