Posts Tagged ‘neuroscience’
The Drosophila is so ubiquitous in genomic research that I believe many molecular biologists take it for granted. But the fruit fly is truly fascinating! Check out this cool video on one of the greatest feats of evolution, the flight of the fly.
Intensive preparation for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) actually changes the microscopic structure of the brain, physically bolstering the connections between areas of the brain important for reasoning, according to neuroscientists at the University of California, Berkeley.
The results suggest that training people in reasoning skills – the main focus of LSAT prep courses – can reinforce the brain’s circuits involved in thinking and reasoning and could even up people’s IQ scores.
“The fact that performance on the LSAT can be improved with practice is not new. People know that they can do better on the LSAT, which is why preparation courses exist,” said Allyson Mackey, a graduate student in UC Berkeley’s Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute who led the study. “What we were interested in is whether and how the brain changes as a result of LSAT preparation, which we think is, fundamentally, reasoning training. We wanted to show that the ability to reason is malleable in adults.”
Are you a stumbler? While I don’t spend oodles of time bouncing through StumbleUpon, every once in a while I come across a gem that I just need to share. The Human Brain, is a collection of the most amazing images of, wait…you guessed it…the brain, that you have ever seen. It includes detailed views of every angle, with the ability to zoom in and out and add clear labels if desired. It also included histological sections which can be zoomed in right down to the cellular level.
I urge you, if you want to experience jaw-dropping images, to visit the human brain website.