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More information depth and perception with our brain in the future

Our NEURONprocessor software is based on the basic research “Symbolic Systems Program” of Stanford University. We have now extended this to include the research results of the diploma thesis “Morphic Fields of Orientation? An empirical study” by the graduate psychologist Uwe E. Volk, who now also enriches our institute team. Thus the NEURONprocessor offers in the future an even more focussed access to the deeper information levels of the brain – while at the same time intensifying its perception (* morphic / associative resonance).


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We renamed our institute to „Institute for Brain & Future Research“

We renamed our institute to “Institute for Brain & Future Research”. We revert to our roots when we started in 1996 as the almost equal-named “ISFR – Institute for Brain Research, Science & Future Research”. On the basis of its basic research results, we have developed our software / apps as a company in recent years.

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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,
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.”


Roni Jacobson

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


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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.



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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Why Fish Intake by Pregnant Women Improves the Growth of a Child’s Brain

Take your lady to the sushi bar – especially when a new family member is on its way. Now scientifically proven:

Researchers at Tohoku University’s School of Medicine have found an explanation for the correlation between eating fish during pregnancy, and the health of the baby’s brain.

Dietary lipid contains fatty acids such as omega-6 and omega-3, which are essential nutrients for many animals and humans. The research group, led by Professor Noriko Osumi, found that a balanced intake of lipids by pregnant women is necessary for the normal brain formation of the unborn child.

In an animal study, the researchers noticed that when female mice were fed an omega-6-rich/omega-3-poor diet, their offsprings were born with a smaller brain and showed abnormal emotional behavior in adulthood.

This is significant because people in many countries these days have similarly poor dietary patterns and tend to consume more seed oils that are rich in omega-6 fatty acids and less fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids.




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Sleep Research: The dramaturgy of the night

For all who want a better and more restful sleep, we have this insightful article from “Braindecoder” on “Bedtime”.

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