Blog Posts - Cognition



Difficulty and humor when testing hyena cognition...

Update: Hall of Shame is still coming up soon.. but first... some goofy hyena videos.Testing the cognition of hyenas in the wild can be really difficult, but it's also really fun. MVUA, a young subadult hyena in Talek West, just opened the multi-acce...

The Common Chemicals That Are Bad For Your Child’s Brain

Is western society toxic to the development of children’s brains? We are routinely exposed to several classes of chemicals that are known to be harmful to neurodevelopment. Recently, a report stated that out of 163 potentially harmful chemicals...
by Brain Sponge on Jul 7, 2016

Breakthrough? How Anti-Memories Balance Your Mind

What is an anti-memory? An evil memory mastermind hellbent on total brain domination? Thankfully, no. Anti-memories are more like anti-matter particles in physics. Except they won’t make your head explode and the Starship Enterprise wouldn̵...
by Brain Sponge on May 19, 2016

Breakthrough? How Anti-Memories Balance Your Mind

What is an anti-memory? An evil memory mastermind hellbent on total brain domination? Thankfully, no. Anti-memories are more like anti-matter particles in physics. Except they won’t make your head explode and the Starship Enterprise wouldn̵...
by Brain Sponge on May 19, 2016

Exercise Boosts Grey Matter, Reduces Alzheimer’s Risk

The rate of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia are estimated to double every 20 years. On average a person is diagnosed with dementia every 3.2 seconds. In the face of such sobering statistics a new study offers some hope; it sugge...
by Brain Sponge on Mar 14, 2016

Exercise Boosts Grey Matter, Reduces Alzheimer’s Risk

The rate of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia are estimated to double every 20 years. On average a person is diagnosed with dementia every 3.2 seconds. In the face of such sobering statistics a new study offers some hope; it sugge...
by Brain Sponge on Mar 14, 2016

Does Gorging On Chocolate Make You Smarter?

Ok everyone, let’s all take a deep breath and relax. This article is about how regular chocolate consumption may boost your brain power. I’ll promise to try to not get carried away … well maybe just a little bit (yay!) I’ve po...
by Brain Sponge on Mar 1, 2016

Does Gorging On Chocolate Make You Smarter?

Ok everyone, let’s all take a deep breath and relax. This article is about how regular chocolate consumption may boost your brain power. I’ll promise to try to not get carried away … well maybe just a little bit (yay!) I’ve po...
by Brain Sponge on Mar 1, 2016

Fibro fog or losing your marbles: the effect of chronic pain on everyday executive functioning

There are days when I think I’m losing the plot! When my memory fades, I get distracted by random thin—-ooh! is that a cat?! We all have brain fades, but people with chronic pain have more of them. Sometimes it’s due to the side eff...
by Healthskills on Dec 6, 2015

Musings on new learning

Over the past week I’ve been reading a book on embodied cognition, Intelligence in the Flesh: Why your mind needs your body, written by Guy Claxton. In this book, Claxton argues that we place far too much emphasis on abstract ideas of language...
by Healthskills on Nov 29, 2015

Scientists turn tastes on and off by activating and silencing clusters of brain cells

Most people probably think that we perceive the five basic tastes–sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami (savory)–with our tongue, which then sends signals to our brain “telling” us what we’ve tasted. However, scientists h...
by PsyPost on Nov 21, 2015

Neurogastronomy: How our brains perceive the flavor of food

Two women, seated at a table, told their stories in quiet tones. A group of chefs, some standing, others seated, leaned forward eagerly, clearly interested in what these two women had to say. They peppered the women with questions: did food taste bet...
by PsyPost on Nov 21, 2015

A newly discovered signaling molecule helps neurons find their way in the developing brain

During embryonic development, billions of neurons nimbly reposition themselves within the brain and spinal cord, and connect branches to form the neural circuits that ultimately control our movements, perception, and memory. Scientists have long soug...
by PsyPost on Nov 20, 2015

Breakfast actually boosts children’s school grades

Eating breakfast has long been believed to benefit children’s education, leading to the widespread adoption of breakfast clubs throughout the UK, particularly in poorer areas. Yet in most cases, studies have tended to link eating breakfast to bette...
by PsyPost on Nov 20, 2015

‘Stop neurons’ in the brainstem make us halt when we walk

A population of ‘stop cells’ in the brainstem is essential for the ability of mice to stop their locomotion, according to a new study by scientists at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. In an article published in the journal Cell, they repo...
by PsyPost on Nov 20, 2015

Scientists shed light on how our brains see the world

A Dartmouth study reveals how the brain understands motion and still objects to help us navigate our complex visual world. The findings have a number of potential practical applications, ranging from treatment for motion blindness to improved motion...
by PsyPost on Nov 18, 2015

Yet you do not see?

How much do we see? How much do we imagine?The post Yet you do not see? appeared first on Brain Sponge Blog.
by Brain Sponge on Jul 29, 2015

Yet you do not see?

How much do we see? How much do we imagine?
by Brain Sponge on Jul 29, 2015

Why all people believe in God?

An ancient Near Eastern psalmist wrote, “One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple” (Psalm 27:4,...
by factorysense on May 5, 2015

Candida Testing Video Playlist

If you don't measure you simply won't know what is going on. Candida testing is remarkably available, quite predictable, and once identified can significantly improve treatment outcomes in psychiatric conditions.
by CorePsychBlog on Apr 19, 2015


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