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To think and to let think

This is the first BRAINfood of our institute this year.
It’s about:
“To think and to let think …”

Thinking in itself is already a very good thing, which can only be topped by one other thing:

Let others Think!

Why do successful companies and project developers spend more and more money on external thinking in the last few years? It’s simple: because they benefit extremely  and because it pays off!

In order to make ​​”external thinking” easy to handle and cost-effective, we officially launched our NEURONcreator think-tank at the beginning of 2017.

Right now, in the start-up phase, of course, we want to convince as many customers as possible of our extraordinary think-tank services.

This is why we offer start-up-conditions until March 6th. This creates a WIN-situation for both sides: you as a customer benefit from uniquely favorable conditions and we get our think-tank to fly.

And from the experience of our pilot projects, we know: whoever flies with us – will always do it …

» Information: NEURONcreator

 

Self thinking!

If you want to give your own thinking an extreme thrust, we have the right software for you: the NEURONprocessor. It´s functionality the basis for the work in our think tank.

» Information: NEURONprocessor

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Using Magnets on the Brain to Bring Back Memories

New research is challenging the idea that working memory helps us remembers things through sustained brain activity.

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Are we really rebalancing the brain while we sleep?

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Rebalancing the brain

BrainBlogger presents new findings regarding the functioning of sleep and how our brain creates memory. The most interesting fact is, that rebalancing the brain is happening when we are awake – and not when we are asleep.

 

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Do we have to rethink analytical thinking versus sudden insights?

The core of our NEURONprocessor is based on working with first insights while tasking the brain in order to solve a problem or to create a new conception. The following research provides a better understanding:

Can You Trust a Eureka Moment?

by Roni Jacobson, scientificamerican.com
May 1

 

Aha! moments are satisfying in part because they feel so right; all the pieces of a puzzle appear to fall into place with little conscious effort. But can you trust such sudden solutions? Yes, according to new research published in Thinking & Reasoning. The results support the conventional wisdom that this type of insight can provide correct answers to challenging problems.

In four experiments, Carola Salvi, a postdoctoral researcher at Northwestern University, John Kounios, a psychologist at Drexel University, and their colleagues presented college students with mind teasers, such as anagrams and rebus puzzles. At the completion of a timed trial, subjects were asked to report if they had arrived at their answer by thinking the problem through step by step (analytical problem solving) or if the solution had sprung to mind (insight).

In all four experiments, aha! solutions were more often correct than those achieved deliberately. For instance, in one experiment, in which 38 participants had to think of a single word that could form a compound phrase with three previously presented words (such as “apple” for the trio “crab,” “pine” and “sauce”), aha! solutions were correct 94 percent of the time compared with 78 percent accuracy for analytical solutions.

This outcome may result from the way the brain generates insights. Because such processing occurs largely outside a person’s awareness, it is all or nothing—a fully formed answer either comes to mind or it doesn’t. This hypothesis is supported by EEG and functional MRI scans, which revealed in previous studies that just before insight takes place, the occipital cortex, which is responsible for visual processing, momentarily shuts down, or “blinks,” so that ideas can “bubble into consciousness,” Kounios says. As a result, insights are less likely to be incorrect. Analytical thinking, in contrast, happens consciously and is therefore more subject to rushing and lapses in reasoning.

That is not to say that insight is always the best strategy. The Salvi and Kounios experiments involved puzzles with clear right and wrong answers. So the results may not apply to real-world situations, where problems are typically highly complex and may require days—if not months or years—to solve.

In fact, difficult questions often necessitate several different strategies to arrive at a solution, says Janet Metcalfe, head of the Metacognition and Memory laboratory at Columbia University, who was not involved in the study. She adds: “There may not be a perfect solution to a problem.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)

Roni Jacobson

Roni Jacobson is a science journalist based in New York City who writes about psychology and mental health.

 

Original Page: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/can-you-trust-a-eureka-moment/

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Manipulation of Specific Neurons Helps to Erase Bad Memories and Enhance Good Ones

Stony Brook researchers discover a method to change emotionally charged memory patterns. Imagine if memory could be tuned in such a way where good memories are enhanced for those suffering from dementia or bad memories are wiped away for individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Manipulation of Specific Neurons Helps to Erase Bad Memories and Enhance Good Ones

Imagine if memory could be tuned in such a way where good memories are enhanced for those suffering from dementia or bad memories are wiped away for individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder. A Stony Brook University research team has taken a step toward the possibility of tuning the strength of memory by manipulating one of the brain’s natural mechanisms for signaling involved in memory, a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine.

Brain-Zapping Headphones Could Make You a Better Athlete

Dan Chao is an avid cyclist who likes to train on a stationary bike. Lately while training he’s been sporting a pair of trendy-looking headphones that also stimulate his brain. And he says the device has helped him improve his performance on his real bike.

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