Fun & Cool Stuff

Whenever one delves into the complex and astonishing web of neuroscience, Turquoise Treestumbling across fun cool stuff — myths and facts about the brain and perception — is almost an inevitable byproduct of a relentlessly curious mind! Not to mention that recent research in the field shows that anything raising endorphins or engaging the mind in a compelling way helps to relieve pain. So in this section, I’ll be tossing all those bits and bites…oddball morsels to savor and stretch our thinking, even if only because it gets the wheels turning. Give it time — I’m just getting started.

 

Fun Brain Teasers 
From BrainHQ & Posit Science – very cool online exercises
http://www.brainhq.com/brain-resources/brain-teasers

Cool Brain Facts & Myths
The truth behind some common myths about the brain from BrainHQ
http://www.brainhq.com/brain-resources/cool-brain-facts-myths

Sperm Whales – What They Can Teach Us About Pain
by Sabina Walker, Pain Matters
https://painmatters.wordpress.com/category/other-interesting-things-i-read/

The Whistled Language of Northern Turkey (New Yorker)
How does the brain process speech that can sound like music?
“…the organization of the brain, in terms of its asymmetrical structure, is not as fixed as we assume. The way information is given to us appears to change the architecture of our brain in a radical way.”
http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/the-whistled-language-of-northern-turkey?mbid=nl_081815_Daily_Photo&CNDID=30228249&spMailingID=7995627&spUserID=NjU3MDY4MjA1ODQS1&spJobID=742228544&spReportId=NzQyMjI4NTQ0S0

Excuse Me While I Kiss This Guy (New Yorker)
The science behind misheard song lyrics
http://www.newyorker.com/science/maria-konnikova/science-misheard-lyrics-mondegreens

What is Fatigue? (New Yorker)
Thoughts on a study out from Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, among others
http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/what-is-fatigue?intcid=mod-most-popular

What the Science of “Sleep Paralysis” Reveals About How the Brain Works (Brain Pickings)
by Maria Popova
http://www.brainpickings.org/2014/05/07/dueling-neurosurgeons-kean/?utm_content=buffer84dc4&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

The Real Neuroscience of Creativity (Scientific American)
by Scott Barry Kaufman
Insights into intelligence, creativity & the mind
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/beautiful-minds/2013/08/19/the-real-neuroscience-of-creativity/?WT.mc_id=SA_MindFacebook

The Last Time I Smiled (New Yorker)
by Jonathan Kalb (fascinating read): the cranial nerve, the face & the brain
http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/01/12/give-smile

How Trees Calm Us Down (New Yorker)
The effect of trees on the nervous system
http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/what-is-a-tree-worth?mbid=nl_072415Daily&CNDID=30228249&mbid=nl_072415Daily&CNDID=30228249&spMailingID=7931543&spUserID=NjU3MDY4MjA1ODQS1&spJobID=723208489&spReportId=NzIzMjA4NDg5S0

Neurocomic: A Graphic Novel About How the Brain Works
(Very cool illustrations)
http://www.brainpickings.org/2014/04/02/neurocomic-nobrow/?mc_cid=310b10396d&mc_eid=45350280ea

BrainFacts.org
Authoritative source of information about the brain & nervous system for the public
Brain basics, senses & perception, learning & memory, more cool stuff
http://www.brainfacts.org/

Face Blind (New Yorker)
by Oliver Sacks
http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2010/08/30/face-blind

Feel Me: What the New Science of Touch Says About Us (New Yorker)
by Adam Gopnik
http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/05/16/what-the-science-of-touch-says-about-us?mbid=nl_160509_Daily&CNDID=30228249&spMailingID=8897091&spUserID=MTA5MjQwNjk3MTg1S0&spJobID=920911188&spReportId=OTIwOTExMTg4S0