BRAIN Initiative Challenges Researchers to Unlock Mysteries of Human Mind

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    Apr 02, 2013 5:19 PM GMT
    BRAIN Initiative Challenges Researchers to Unlock Mysteries of Human Mind

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/04/02/brain-initiative-challenges-researchers-unlock-mysteries-human-mind
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    Apr 02, 2013 5:52 PM GMT

    http://www.politico.com/politico44/2013/04/obama-on-mapping-the-congressional-brain-160660.html"Of course, none of this will be easy," he said. "If it was, we’d already know everything there was about how the brain works -- and presumably my life would be simpler here. It would, could explain all kinds of things that go on in Washington. We could prescribe something.

    "So it won't be easy, but think about what we could do once we do crack this code."
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    Apr 02, 2013 7:26 PM GMT
    In isolation, I think the idea is admirable... but it's also being widely panned by scientists -

    http://techcrunch.com/2013/04/02/how-obamas-100m-brain-initiative-could-open-the-next-frontier-or-be-an-epic-fail/
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    Apr 03, 2013 7:13 PM GMT
    So it turns out the announcement was fairly cynical and not serious given the timing.

    http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/blog/techflash/2013/04/brain-research-vs-budget-zombies-is.html

    It's a smart idea, announced at a stupid time. That's because the president is including funding for this effort in his budget proposal for 2014. That document will be released next week -- more than two months late. The House and the Senate didn't wait for the president -- they've already passed budgets of their own. The president's budget never is the final say on how the government will spend its money next year, but it usually is a starting point, not an afterthought.

    Obama's Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies Initiative is a bid by the president to make himself relevant again on budget issues, despite his tardiness. He's asking us to think big, at a time when sequestration's mindless across-the-board spending cuts are forcing government agencies to do stupid things, such as close air traffic control towers at smaller airports.

    The question is whether Congress, in its upcoming appropriations process, will agree to this new funding. If he's serious, Obama needs to show he's willing to cut spending on something less important in order to fund this research initiative.

    Today, however, the president's focus was on reminding people that technologies ranging from global positioning systems to the Internet all started with basic research funded by the federal government. When you embark on such research, you don't know what it's going to lead to, and that is what's exciting about it -- and why it has so much potential to spur innovation.
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    Apr 03, 2013 7:22 PM GMT
    Anyone know where I can purchase the soundtrack from this video? I would play it when I'm feeling naughty. icon_redface.gif
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    Dec 16, 2013 5:23 AM GMT
    Suzana Herculano-Houzel: What is so special about the human brain?

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    Dec 16, 2013 6:43 AM GMT
    That might have been about the best TED I've seen. Good post.
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    Jan 11, 2014 9:16 PM GMT
    Blow Your Mind is the owner's manual to the most complex machine ever developed. Your Brain. You might think you're aware of what your brain's up to, but the truth is we're all just passengers along for the ride. In this fascinating and hilarious show, Robert Llewellyn and neuroscience expert, Bruce Hood, use mind-melting real-life experiments, hidden camera stunts, try- at-home tests and top notch animations to uncover the storm of unconscious processes that make up the human mind. On Blow Your Mind the whole world's a lab and you, the unsuspecting members of the public, are the perfect test subjects.


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    Jun 24, 2014 2:24 PM GMT
    10 Surprising Things That Benefit Our Brain That You Can Do Everyday


    http://themindunleashed.org/2014/03/10-surprising-things-benefit-brain-can-everyday.html


    1. Your brain does creative work better when you’re tired.

    2. Stress can change the size of your brain (and make it smaller).

    3. It is literally impossible for our brains to multitask.

    4. Naps improve your brain’s day-to-day performance.

    5. Your vision trumps all other senses.

    6. Introversion and extroversion come from different wiring in the brain.

    7. We tend to like people who make mistakes more.

    8. Meditation can rewire your brain for the better.

    9. Exercise can reorganize the brain and boost your willpower.

    10. You can make your brain think time is going slowly by doing new things.

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    Jul 08, 2014 7:14 AM GMT
    7 Myths About The Brain You Thought Were True