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brain and nervous system

Healthy LifestyleStudy
September 18, 2018

Motivate yourself to study!

Between juggling your assignments, social life and attending classes, it can be difficult to keep up the motivation to study. A key to keeping your motivation on track is to set realistic goals, and changing your mindset. Here are some key pointers: Keep the end in sight Before you get started, know what you’re working towards. Choose realistic goals which still challenge you. For example, if you’re bad at maths, you can’t expect to be a numbers whizz within two days. Instead, an accurate goal would be to work for a full week at improving at a specific section of…
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Sleep
August 10, 2018

Why do we need to sleep?

Sleep isn’t limited to recharging your body, there’s a whole lot more that goes on when you’re whisked away into dreamland. According to the National Sleep Foundation, one of the vital roles of sleep is to help us solidify and consolidate memories. As you go about your day, your brain takes in a huge amount of information. Rather than being directly logged and recorded; facts and experiences need to first be processed and stored. Many of these processes happen while you sleep. The neuroscience of sleep According to Russell Foster, a professor of Circadian Neuroscience at the University of Oxford,…
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Healthy LifestyleWork
August 10, 2018

10 Ways to improve your concentration

A song plays in the far distance, and you’re instantly distracted. A text notification pops up on your phone; you get side-tracked from your job. Someone chats to you while you’re working and you can’t concentrate… Why is it so easy to lose focus? The good news: there are ways to improve your concentration. 1. Make a plan Find a way to structure what you’re about to do. Set a time target to achieve your task. This will help you feel a sense of accomplishment and increase your drive towards your goal. 2. Choose your environment Finding a suitable spot…
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Brain and Nervous System
August 3, 2018

Could you have undiagnosed dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a lifelong neurological condition that makes it difficult for you to read. It’s a common learning issue which usually develops in children. Those who are diagnosed usually struggle with answering questions about anything they’ve read. Dyslexia can create difficulty with other skills too, like spelling, writing, mathematics and reading comprehension. The condition can be difficult to diagnose until a child goes to school and even then, a teacher may not be able to accurately pick up the signs. This is because they may blame early signs on children not applying themselves or not paying attention. Many people who…
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Brain and Nervous System
July 11, 2018

Could magic mushrooms revolutionise healthcare?

Do you ever wonder if it’s possible to reboot your brain? Medical researchers have found that magic mushrooms (also called psychedelics) can boost brain function, particularly in people diagnosed with depression. It’s been revealed that people who are unresponsive to conventional treatments benefit when treated with natural psychoactive compounds. Magic mushrooms contain a psychoactive compound called psilocybin. This substance leads to a reduction in depressive symptoms when given to patients in clinical trials. Brain awakening Psilocybin is a well-known natural psychedelic substance. It’s been known to bring on therapeutic effects in people with depression. Researchers say that the drug helps…
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Brain and Nervous System
July 11, 2018

What is Alice in Wonderland syndrome?

In the book and movie, Alice in Wonderland, the world doesn’t quite look or feel as it should: she tumbles down a hole, steps through a tiny door, and meets a giant caterpillar. As unimaginable as it sounds, this experience can be real for some. Strange, right? Alice in Wonderland syndrome (AIWS) is a rare condition where you experience distorted perception and disorientation. Common experiences with this condition may include feeling smaller or larger than you actually are. You may also feel like the room, or objects in the room seem to move around, or that they are closer or…
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Brain and Nervous SystemHealthy LifestyleStudy
July 9, 2018

How can you grow new brain cells?

Your brain is filled with billions of cells, called neurons. They form the core part of your nervous system, have the ability to receive and transmit signals. They are your body's control center, and the reason you can think, move, breathe and do anything at all! Your nervous system is a complex network of nerves and cells that carry messages to and from the brain and spinal cord, to different parts of the body. It has 3 major functions, that is to collect, interpret, and respond to signals. Different types of neurons carry out each of these functions. So, if…
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General knowledge
March 7, 2018

These people can see sounds and taste words

Imagine seeing swirls of colours when you listen to music and tasting different flavours when you see shapes or objects. It might sound impossible, but this is a reality for a synesthetic person. Synesthesia is a neurological condition that causes your brain to process information in such a way that you’d experience senses like tasting, smelling, hearing and seeing simultaneously. It may sound like hallucination, but the sensations that synesthetes experience are consistent. For example, a person with synesthesia may associate the musical note “F” with a shade of red, number three with the colour pink and the word “truck”…
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Brain and Nervous System
March 7, 2018

Can a brain injury make you a genius?

The superhero comic books may have been onto something: as strange as it might seem, a devastating experience like a brain injury could unlock an unexpected potential within your brain. Imagine waking up after a brain injury and being able to play the piano like Beethoven in his prime. Where previously you’d never even had a lesson! This is called acquired savant syndrome, an extraordinary phenomenon that happens to some people after a traumatic brain incident. Unleashing your genius The word savant literally means: “a person of profound learning or wisdom.” Although we aren’t sure how acquired savant syndrome happens,…
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Child DevelopmentParenting
March 2, 2018

Feed your baby’s brain

Your baby might not be able to read yet, but you can improve his brain development during feeding time. Babies are especially vulnerable while they’re growing and developing, so it’s important to include the right foods in his diet. No one single food will give your child all the right nutrition and vitamins, so make sure to give them a variety of fresh foods. Good to know Before you get started with solid foods, keep in mind: Talk to your doctor before introducing a new food into your baby’s diet as there may be possible allergies. Babies are usually ready…
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