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Why Do We Learn What We Learn?

Why Do We Learn What We Learn?

Learning about activity and responses in the brain can allow insight into human behaviors, and why we act the way we do. One study has provided an interesting glimpse into what helps us to learn. Recently published in Neuron, the findings from this research on how curiosity charges the brain to enhance learning gives an in depth look at our internal reactions to learning behaviors and memory retention. It may be no surprise that the more intrigued we are about something, the more we want to know about it. However, what is it that actually sparks learning? Those who participated in the study rated… read more

Science Messing Around With Memories

Science Messing Around With Memories

The human brain is a favorite topic of research studies, and a recent discovery has revealed an interesting side of our memory ability, and the brain’s power to unlock it. An investigation into how memories form has led scientists to figure out a way to alter the brain in order to provoke recollected thoughts. Looking into how memories are developed, neurobiologists say that they were actually able to form new ones. They found that they can generate specific memories by changing brain cells in the cerebral cortex, which is an area of the brain that assists in creating the anticipated… read more

Lesser Known Benefits of Coffee

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Many of us consume coffee in one form or another on a daily, if not hourly, basis. Of its multiple virtues, coffee is often desired for its aroma, flavor, and energy-boosting properties. Beyond that, we’ve known that coffee reduces the risks of cancer and type 2 diabetes. It also makes you smarter, temporarily at least, by blocking the neurotransmitters that make you sleepy and thus, functioning at a lower cognitive level. Indeed, some may believe the benefits of coffee to be bottomless. But until we decipher them all, here are a few of coffee’s lesser known affects on the human… read more