In today’s weekly round-up..how memories take better hold during sleep, nature vs nurture, fake it til you make it, the nature of heroism, the pathology of Alzheimer’s, the neuroscience of fear and loathing, and more.
It appears from the latest research that the best way to hold onto a newly learned poem, card trick or algebra equation may be to take a quick nap, for the brain is better during sleep than during wakefulness at resisting attempts to scramble or corrupt a recent memory. The study, published in Nature Neuroscience, provides new insights into the complex process by which we store and retrieve deliberately acquired information.
Athena Stalk in Your Brain and The Power of Rehearsing Your Future explains that the advice to ”fake it til you make it” is backed up by some of the latest findings on the brain.
Interesting article from Jonah Lehrer in the Wall Street Journal on the perennial nature vs nurture debate. And in a similar vein, is there a gene for heroism or is it down to social or economic factors? Can neuroscience explain the nature of heroism?
The Neuroscience of Fear and Loathing is an interesting look at this universal emotion.
Findings from a new study from the University of Haifa shows that people diagnosed as psychopathic have difficulty showing empathy, just like patients who have suffered frontal head injury.
Article in this week’s New York Times on a new brain scan technology to detect Alzheimer’s pathology in the brain.
How Perception Reveals Brain Differences explores the ways in which brains differ from one another and the ways in which we owners perceive the world accordingly.