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The Human Brain - The human brain is a big, intricate—yet delicate, structure in the human body. It is the key structure in cognitive function. Any damage to the brain does not only “erase” memories but also may “deceive” the brain to erroneously remember a new object as being familiar (2010). The innovative researchers at Cambridge University investigated this phenomenon in their research on The Paradoxial False Memory for Objects after Brain Damage. The publication began by stating the widely acceptable premise that medial temporal lobe damage results in the inability to remember new experiences soon after they are learned....   [tags: Health, Diseases, Brain Damage] 1190 words
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Important Functions of the Brain - ... Found within the left temporal lobe is the hippocampus which is involved in processing memories. Damage to this area, along with the medial area of the temporal lobes, results in memory loss. The left temporal lobe is in control of verbal material/memories and the right temporal lobe is in control of memories involving faces and drawings, also known as photographic memory. Doing everyday activities with any kind of temporal lobe lesion would be extremely aggravating. Even talking on the phone would be difficult, because you couldn’t put a face to the voice....   [tags: Brain Components, Mental Illness]
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The Contribution of Split-Brain Studies to Our Understanding of Brain Functioning - Understanding brain functioning has been a complex phenomena in the field of Biopsychology yielding mountains of research, speculation and differing opinions amongst researchers. Obvious is that, which our brains are comprised up from two hemispheres, the right and the left (in Gazzaniga., 2002). With great scrutiny research has successfully demonstrated that the two hemispheres are highly specialized regions serving differing functions; a concept referred to as lateralization of function (in Passer, Smith, Holt, Bremner, Sutherland & Vliek 2009)....   [tags: Neurology Brain Biology]
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The Effect of Childhood Trauma on Brain Development - According to the Center for Disease Control, one in every three girls and one in every five boys are sexually abused by an adult at some time during childhood. Child abuse is a vicious cycle. After a child is abused it puts a deterrent on his or her ability to succeed in life. Examples of this are adults who were abused as children are twice as likely to become abusers themselves. The majority of people in prisons were abused as children. It is no wonder why childhood trauma has such a horrible impact on a person’s personality and brain....   [tags: Child Abuse and Brain Development] 1043 words
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Brain Computer Interface Technology - ... Delta rhythm are specifies the deep sleep action and have high level amplitude in 0 Hz to 4 Hz frequency range. Theta rhythm occurs in 4Hz to 8 Hz frequency range in the drowsiness, idling, or meditation. Alpha rhythm occurs during reflecting or relaxing with 8Hz to 14 Hz frequency range. With closing eyes we can extract alpha rhythms on scalp. Beta rhythms occur in the 13Hz to30 Hz frequency range and when user is in active or centralization on a subject these rhythms appear on the scalp. Gamma rhythms occur in frequency range between 30Hz to 100Hz and during the listening or visual states these rhythms appear on the scalp of user....   [tags: EGG, signals, electrode, brain activity, robots]
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Cell Phones Cause Brain Cancer - ... Explicit Conclusion: Therefore, there is no definitive link or evidence between cell phone usage and brain cancer. Conclusively, 1. As a result, of David Reynard’s wife tragic brain tumor, previous studies had led him to believe cell phone usage and other suspected carcinogens cause the brain cancer. In most cases, The most exquisite — and arguably the most sensitive — means to identify a carcinogen is to study the effects of the substance not on humans or animals but on cells. In the 1970s, a Berkeley biochemist named Bruce Ames devised a cellular test to do just that....   [tags: genetic damage, brain tumor, radiation] 1323 words
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The Runaway Brain by Christopher Willis - The Runaway Brain by Christopher Willis Christopher Wills has written a fascinating chronicle of human evolution in a style that will keep the reader glued to the book to find out what happened next. The Runaway Brain is organized into four sections. First Wills addresses The Dilemmas, the many problems that students of evolution encounter mainly from public perception of the subject and from the many prejudices of those involved with the work. The question of where our species first appeared is a particularly contentious one, although it is now widely accepted that the species originated out of Africa....   [tags: Willis Runaway Brain Essays]
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Bullet In The Brain by Tobias Wolff - Everything is criticized at every level in this story, the people by the main character, the main character by the author and even the story by the author as well. The cruel egoistic personality of Anders is definitely identifiable through these different levels of criticism. I will prove that the inner motivation of this behaviour derives from Anders' egoistic personality which sometimes makes him cruel against others, sometimes against himself. Furthermore, I will prove that whenever Anders criticizes somebody or something he actually tries to punish because of the imperfectness of the object....   [tags: Bullet Brain Tobias Wolff] 1132 words
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The Brain - From the beginning of time man’s actions were just as diverse as the ever-changing life conditions around him. For centuries man’s actions were unexplained and unquestionable. Indeed, the brain was not thoroughly explored and explained until the late 1600s. Up until then the human person was regarded by the essence of their soul. Rene Descartes, a philosopher, began to explore the notions of the human “soul” and in 1637 wrote a book entitled Discourse on Method that explained his philosophy. In it he states his observations about how animals can move and react without the concept of a soul....   [tags: Medical Research]
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The Secret Addiction To Marijuana And Its Affects On A fetus Brain. - ... Most people within the city discredit the drug as a harmful and addictive drug because of the unknown effects. The fact that my neighbor could not stop engaging in an unhealthy activity during her pregnancy shows the mental addiction that the drug had on her. On the other hand it is not addictive in the same way as heroin however, “Long-term marijuana use can lead to addiction; that is, people have difficulty controlling their drug use and cannot stop even though it interferes with many aspects of their lives....   [tags: Marijuana Use Can Affect Embryo's Brain]
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The brain - Occipital, Frontal, and Temporal Lobes The occipital lobes are the center of our visual perception system. They are not particularly vulnerable to injury because of their location at the back of the brain, although any significant trauma to the brain could produce subtle changes to our visual-perceptual system, such as visual field defects and scotomas. The Peristriate region of the occipital lobe is involved in visuospatial processing, discrimination of movement and color discrimination (Westmoreland et al., 1994)....   [tags: essays research papers] 449 words
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Inner Vision: an Exploration of Art and the Brain, by Semir Zeki - Inner Vision: an Exploration of Art and the Brain, by Semir Zeki Is artistic expression intertwined with the inner workings of the brain more than we would ever have imagined. Author and cognitive neuroscientist Semir Zeki certainly thinks so. Zeki is a leading authority on the research surrounding the "visual brain". In his book Inner Vision, he ventures to explain to the reader how our brain actually perceives different works of art, and seeks to provide a biological basis for the theory of aesthetics....   [tags: Art Brain Semir Zeki Book Review Papers] 1776 words
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Dickinson's I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain - Thomas Higginson changing Dickinson's words. An interpretive paper on, "I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain Emily's Version I felt a Funeral, in my Brain, And Mourners to and fro Kept treading--treading--till it seemed That Sense was breaking through. And when they all were seated, A Service, like a Drum. Kept beating--beating--till I thought My Mind was going numb. And then I heard them lift a Box And creak across my Soul With those same Boots of Lead, again, Then Space--began to toll, As all the Heavens were a Bell, And Being, but an Ear, And I, and Silence, some strange Race Wrecked, solitary, here. And then a Plank in Reason, broke, And I dropped down, and down....   [tags: Dickinson's I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain] 749 words
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An Analysis of Dickinson’s I Felt a Funeral in My Brain - An Analysis of Dickinson’s "I Felt a Funeral in My Brain" Emily Dickinson was a poet who used many different devices to develop her poetry, which made her style quite unique. A glance at one of her poems may lead one to believe that she was quite a simple poet, although a closer examination of her verse would uncover the complexity it contains. Dickinson’s poem " I felt a Funeral, in my Brain", is a prime example of complicity embodied by simple style and language. In this piece, Dickinson chronicles psychic fall....   [tags: Felt a Funeral in My Brain Essays] 1016 words
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An Analysis of Emily Dickinson's I Felt a Funeral in My Brain - An Analysis of Emily Dickinson's I Felt a Funeral in My Brain This poem is very interesting in many aspects because it reminds me of a person that I use to know. In my life I have met people just like Emily Dickinson who were mentally depressed and very unsociable. In this poem it shows how unstable her mind was in words that she wrote in her poems. I do not want people to get me wrong she was a very smart woman it was said that she attended Mount Holyoke Female Seminary in South Hadley, it also said that she was one of the best poets of all times....   [tags: Felt a Funeral in My Brain Essays] 768 words
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An Interpretation of Emily Dickinson's Poem I Felt a Funeral in My Brain - An Interpretation of Emily Dickinson's Poem I Felt a Funeral in My Brain Emily Dickinson was a reclusive individual that was rarely seen by anyone outside of her immediate family and few close friends. This solitude emerges in her poetry in the form of doom and gloom depictions. Dickinson seems to have a fascination with death as if death is a friendly character rather than a horrible image. It has been stated that Dickinson's obsession with death was a sign to others around her and her readers that she was struggling internally....   [tags: Dickinson I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain Essays] 447 words
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An Interpretation of Emily Dickinson's Poem I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain - An Interpretation of Emily Dickinson's Poem I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain To understand any poem by Emily Dickinson is a challenge. After reading this poem a few times, I decided that the only way to comment on it was to scan all the possible meanings of certain lines and words that Dickinson chose to use. This is my own interpretation of the poem, not to be confused with a definite idea of what Dickinson was trying to convey in her writing of "I Felt a Funeral, in my Brain" (280). I decided that the best way to comprehend Dickinson's message was to pay more attention to the feelings created and senses stimulated by reading and rereading the poem itself....   [tags: Dickinson I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain Essays] 984 words
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Brain Development - Child development is crucial throughout the early years, during this time the development of the brain occurs. The development of the brain contributes to the functioning of the body. The anatomy of the brain is made up of neurons and divided into four different lobes. The temporal, frontal, parietal, and occipital lobes control a variety of cognitive functions. The brain controls simple functions such as fine and gross motor skills, vision, and memory. According to Meadows (1993, p.263), at all sorts of levels in the brain there are programs for functions such as breathing, sleeping, and producing coherent language....   [tags: Child Development, Neurons] 967 words
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The Aging Brain - The Aging Brain Why does the human brain age. Brain aging is a part of human life and a big part of society as the awareness for brain aging increases. Over time memory tends to become less efficient as we age and the neurons in the brain decreases (Bendheim, P.E. (2009). By 2050 in the US, 20 percent of the population will be 65 years or older. And as the elderly population increases, so will the incidence of age-related neurological disorders (Perlmutter, David. (2004). Therefor it is important to understand the aging brain, and how to keep the brain functioning as one ages....   [tags: Mental Health ]
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Brain Disease - What would you do if you had brain disease. The brain is the most important part of the human body. Without it, you would not be able to think, and more importantly, you would be dead. Two serious brain diseases are brain tumors and Alzheimer’s disease. A brain tumor is a massive growth of abnormal cells in the brain. There are many types of brain tumors. Some may be benign, which is noncancerous, or they may be malignant, which is cancerous (Brain Tumor). Alzheimer's disease is an unstoppable brain disease that gradually damages one's memory and thinking....   [tags: Medical Conditions]
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Brain Development - ... Without omega-3 fatty acids the cognitive connections of learning can hinder a child’s brain from developing in that area. On the other hand, there are some things mothers can consume that will not provide nutrients for a child’s brain to develop successfully, such as drugs. Drugs kill neuron connections in a brain creating a major hindrance on its development. Take alcohol for example. If a mother consumes alcohol while pregnant, the baby will most likely develop Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. This is when the alcohol that is consumed damages neural cells in the brain, and stops it from developing in certain areas....   [tags: Anatomy, Synapses, Neurones]
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Phantoms in the Brain - The brain is known as the “final frontier” of science; the nut that is toughest to crack but contains a vast wealth of information, a veritable treasure trove of knowledge that can enrich our understanding of human nature. One of the ways that neuroscientists study the brain is through case studies of what happens when the brain malfunctions – what happens to make the brain operate incorrectly, can we pinpoint the anomalies, and can we correlate neural anomalies to physiological problems. In his book “Phantoms in the Brain”, V.S....   [tags: Neurology] 1096 words
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The Sophistication of the Brain - To what extent is it true that the brain is a sophisticated information processor. The human brain is the most important part of the nervous system. The brain along with the spinal cord makes up the central nervous system and together they control all of the body’s important functions, such as motor functions, speech, vision, hearing and also involuntary functions like breathing. Many of these functions are localised to a specific area of the cerebrum. The cerebrum is split into four lobes; the frontal, parietal, temporal and occipital lobes, which are specialised to carry out their different roles....   [tags: Neurology]
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The Human Brain - “The human brain enables a person to reason, function intellectually, express personality and mood, and interact with the environment” (Sugerman, 2008, p. 277). Our brain is truly remarkable. Considering how much we still do not know about the brain just goes to show how complex and amazing the brain is. No other organ is like the brain and all other organs would be unable to function without the brain. “The three major divisions of the brain are (1) the forebrain, formed by the two cerebral hemispheres; (2) the midbrain which, includes the corpora quadrigemina and cerebral peduncles; and (3) the hindbrain, which includes the cerebellum, pons, and medulla” (Sugerman, 2008, p....   [tags: Biology] 888 words
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Left Brain vs Right Brain - The Left Brain vs The Right Brain: How Does This Impact Learning Do you ever hear some people say that, ‘I learn this way, because I’m left or right brain dominant,’ but what is your learning style. Some people go majority of their life, not knowing which learning style works for them. It is good to know what this learning style is so people can respond most effectively to the material being presented. Templeton (2003). The better people know their own learning style, the faster they can develop, and process information....   [tags: Human Intellect]
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The Human Brain - The human body is crammed with a wide variety of secrecy. There are so many parts that make up the human body that sometimes one just cannot remember them all, or they have never heard of them. An example of one part of the human body lies inside of the nervous system, your brain. Your brain is divided into three main parts which are the forebrain, midbrain, and hindbrain. The brain has multiple functions in addition to it being pretty remarkable. According to Brain Anatomy, the average human brain weighs about three pounds or 1,300-1,400 grams....   [tags: Anatomy]
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Brain Development - It is 400,000 years ago. A man sits in the mist of the jungle observing two rocks in his hands. Perplexed by their texture and strength, he strikes them together igniting a short spark. Amazed by the phenomenon he has created, he keeps striking the rocks until a huge spark ignites, not only burning his fingers, but setting the plants in front of him on fire. This man, classified as Homo erectus, has set the turning point to the human evolution. Neurobiologists and researchers claim that the discovery of fire has allowed humans to cook food, obtain warmth and protection, and increase over all human activity, all leading to the terrific growth of the human brain....   [tags: Ancient History, Homo Erectus, Evolution] 2513 words
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Emotions and The Brain - ... When you walk into the party and you are surprised a big smile may come onto your face. This smile comes without thought and is the product of chemical messages being released from your brain. An example of changing the way you feel by the way you think would be if a person was about to perform a song and they started to think that everyone would hate the performance then that person would feel shy, upset, or nervous. Emotions are part of everyday life and seem very simple. When something bad happens a person will feel upset and when something good happens a person will be happy....   [tags: Anatomy, hormones, Adrenaline]
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Functionality of the Brain - ... The rod nearly missed Broca’s area. Damage to Broca’s area in the left frontal lobe leaves the victim slurring his/her words slowly but in an organized fashion. He/she is also able to fluently sing and comprehend speech. Adjacent to the frontal lobes are the temporal lobes. The superior right temporal lobe is in control of auditory perception. Damage to this area can produce problems of speech perception, difficulty discriminating speech, and the inability to define melodies. The inferior temporal cortex is in control of visual perception; damage to this area inhibits the ability to recognize faces, this is also known as prosopagnosia....   [tags: Lobes: Types, Functions]
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Left Brain vs. the Right Brain - The brain has its own functions and is divided into two hemispheres: the left hemisphere and the right hemisphere. Also, has its own way of processing information and each lobe has its specific roles. What happens when damage to the brain occurs. How does it rewire itself to process information or learn new activities?. Damage to each hemisphere of the brain has different effects on the way individuals learn since each hemisphere is in charge of different functions. Furthermore, the brain processes information differently according to a person’s learning style....   [tags: Scientific Research ]
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The Brain On Love - A person really only falls in love once. Following someone so blindly, not another care in the world but that special someone. Spinning and spinning, falling toward the only thing in focus, everything else blurred by the spin. The security of that clear image can do no wrong. Falling, whether in slow motion or at high speed, until finding oneself swept into a perpetual fall, hopelessly in love with whoever the heart picks, not remembering how one had gotten there, and to not care, because all that is known is bliss....   [tags: Psychology]
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Functions of the Brain - ... A positive correlation is a statistical correlation coefficient that indicates that the variables change simultaneously in the same direction. Another way of saying it is that, if one variable grows or increases, the other variable also grows or increases, if one variable decreases, the other variable also decreases. An example of a positive correlation is, statistically studies show that as the level of education increases, their income will also increase. Another example of positive correlation is, the less the students attend class, the less, or lower, their examination scores will become....   [tags: Breakdown, Experiments] 1236 words
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Schizophrenia and the Brain - Over the last few decades Schizophrenia has become embedded in mainstream vernacular as any behavior or emotional response that is out of touch with reality. However even with its popularity heightened through movies and headline news stories, schizophrenia is still one of the most enigmatic and least understood disorders of the brain. With current research focused on the role of neurobiology and functioning on a cellular level, investigative analysis has merited new innovations towards its source, however a single organic cause for the disorder still eludes scientists....   [tags: Mental Health, Diseases] 1865 words
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Right Brain, Left Brain - The article in which I chose to examine is called Right Brain, Left Brain: Fact and Fiction, written by Jerre Levy. In the past fifteen years or so there has been a lot of talk of left brain and right brain people. Levy's reason for righting this article was clearly to stop the misconceptions and show the truth about how our brain hemispheres operate. Levy first explores the myth of the left brain and right brain theory. She states that generally people see the left hemisphere of the brain controlling logic and language and the right, creativity and intuition....   [tags: essays research papers] 800 words
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Cognitive Learning and Right Brain vs. Left Brain - Children are exceptional cognitive learners. They have the ability to observe, mimic and retain information by way of their senses. From zero months to five years of age, children are dependent on their cognitive skills to develop and learn within their environment. In my opinion, children are the prime example of the unbound potential that humans to learn. I will be discussing what cognitive learning is and how it contributes to learning and if right versus left-brain dominance impacts how we use our cognitive skills....   [tags: Child Development]
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The Human Brain - INTRODUCTION The human body is divided into many different parts called organs. All of the parts are controlled by an organ called the brain, which is located in the head. The brain weighs about 2. 75 pounds, and has a whitish-pink appearance. The brain is made up of many cells, and is the control centre of the body. The brain flashes messages out to all the other parts of the body. The messages travel in very fine threads called nerves. The nerves and the brain make up a system somewhat like telephone poles carrying wires across the city....   [tags: essays research papers]
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is the brain reliable - Is the Brain Reliable. The definition of the word “reliable” according to the American Heritage Dictionary is the capability of being relied on and dependable. In my personal opinion, the brain is one of the most reliable pieces of equipment that I have ever encountered. The power of the brain and its capabilities are endless. The human brain possesses both validity and consistency, while at the same time processing thousands of pieces of data a second and relaying the data into select portions of the brain....   [tags: essays research papers] 966 words
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Brain Transplant - Brain Transplant Medical technology has seemed to advance enough so that doctors are able to perform brain transplants. So far this procedure has only been successfully performed on animals, and now doctors hope to perform this procedure on humans. I believe brain transplants should not be performed at all, and especially not on humans because of the numerous problems and side effects that could arise. Even though brain transplants can be successfully performed on animals, this does not mean that it will be successful with humans....   [tags: essays research papers] 475 words
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Brain Plasticity - Brain Plasticity Throughout the line of questioning we have been following in our efforts to get "progressively less wrong" in our class wide model of the brain, a constant debate has sparked on the issue of whether brain equals behavior. If we agree that brain truly equals behavior, then we can surmise that the vastly differing human behavior must also translate to differing nuances in the brain. It is a widely conceded point that experience also effects behavior, and therefore experience must also affect the brain....   [tags: Neurology Neurological Papers]
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The Brain Pacemaker - Introduction The brain pacemaker is an interesting invention of the modern technology, it is a medical device that is fixed into the brain to send electroshock signals into the targeted tissues of the brain. This device is used to treat patients who suffer from Epilepsy, it controls their seizures, and helps Parkinson's disease patients better control their movements. Parkinson's disease affects the way you move. It happens when there is a problem with certain nerve cells in the brain. Plus, it treats major depression....   [tags: Medical Science] 770 words
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Gambling and the Brain - Gambling and the Brain Why do gamblers bet more after they just lost a hand. Why do investors throw good money after bad. Why do people believe that a string of losses makes a win more likely. Why do so many people say that they will win their money back in the next hand. Is part of the appeal of gambling its unpredictability. Or do we just look at it as a way to "get rich quick". The answer to these questions may lie in the science of the brain. Some studies indicate that gamblers bet more after a loss because they are induced to fix an error....   [tags: Biology Essays Research Papers]
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Brain Fingerprinting - Brain Fingerprinting Murders', rapists, robbers, con artists, terrorist, kidnappers, and the list could go on. They bring fear and disgrace to a town. They are a part of society that we would like to get rid of. Even though the number of crimes has been declining in the past few years, ideally we as a society would like it to continue to decline to zero, but realistically we would be happy with a low crime rate. There are a number of technologies that facilitate the conviction of suspects such as DNA testing, lie detector testing, fingerprinting, hypnosis, forensic study, etc....   [tags: Science Crime Scientific Essays]
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The Human Brain - The Human Brain Through the use of molecular biology it is thought that the hominidae family first appeared about 5 million years ago. Based on this time frame it is believed that an African Hominoid lineage was present shortly before that time, approximately 10 myp, which contained the common ancestor to both the chimpanzee and human. The split into proto-chimpanzee and proto-human occurred during the last million years of the Miocene epoch. (Changeux and Chavaillon pg. 61). The fossils, especially those of the skull, from this time frame are limited....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Love in the Brain - Love in the Brain Does brain equal behavior. Some people have argued that they have difficulty saying it does because they find it hard to believe that our individual, tangible brain controls emotions that many consider to be intangible, such as being in love. This paper will discuss the role that the brain actually plays in love- why we are attracted to certain people, why we feel the way we do when we are around them, and whether or not this is enough to say that in the case of love, brain does equal behavior....   [tags: Psychology Psychological Neurological Papers]
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Brain Cancer - The brain is made up of millions upon millions of cells. These cells are formed from before birth, up until about 7 years old. Once these brain cells stop dividing, they are never meant to divide again. You can see that the division of brain cells is under strict regulation and control. When this control is lost in a single cell, then it starts dividing in an uncontrolled manner. All of the data obtained through research on cancer shows that this disease is caused by a rapidly dividing cell, with no regulators to stop it from dividing....   [tags: essays research papers] 999 words
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the human brain - In this paper one will learn the different parts of the brain and their functions. Although the brain isn’t the largest organ of the human body it is the most complex and controlling organ. It is amazing how complicated the brain is. The brain controls every action within and out of your body. The brain has main areas that contain different areas that have specific functions. For instance the basal ganglia holds the lentiform and the caudate. The brain isn’t just “THE BRAIN” it is actually a group of many parts....   [tags: essays research papers] 533 words
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The Homosexual Brain? - The Homosexual Brain. In 1992, Vice-President Dan Quayle said that homosexuality "is more of a choice than a biological situation...It is a wrong choice." (1). Quayle's statement counters the sentiment of many homosexuals that their sexual orientation is neither a lifestyle nor a personal choice, it is innate and unchangeable (2) . Is homosexuality a choice or does sexual preference have a biological basis. This question is at the forefront of academic, scientific, political, legal and media consciousness (3)....   [tags: Biology Essays Research Papers]
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Music and the Brain - Music and the Brain In Macedonian hills, the music of Orpheus was said to possess certain magical qualities, having powers strong enough to alter the very behavior of people and animals. Among its abilities, the notes of Orpheus' lyre were said to calm the guard-dog of Hades (1), to cause the evil Furies to cry, and to tame the deadly voices of the Sirens (2). Was this power simply a divine and magical gift with no other explanation, or can we explain more specifically the connections between music and behavior....   [tags: Neurology Neurological Musical Essays]
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adult brain - The study of emotion was once relegated to the backwaters of neuroscience, a testament to the popular conception that what we feel exists outside our brains, acting only to intrude on normal thought. The science has changed: Emotion is now considered integral to our over-all mental health. In mapping our emotions, scientists have found that our emotional brain overlays our thinking brain: The two exist forever intertwined. There is a critical interplay between reason and emotion. We are well aware of how brain malfunctions can cause pain, depression, and emotional paralysis....   [tags: essays research papers] 837 words
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Hemispheres Of The Brain - Hemispheres of the Brain As I was reading the text I came upon a section that I thought to be quite fascinating. It talked about people who have a brain that functions like two different people inside of the brain. This is of course the Split-Brain Personality. As I studied this topic in more detail I found it to be quite broad and yet very detailed. I found that I needed a dictionary to be able to read all of the medical journals and books that are out there, to be able to understand what it was exactly, that I was reading....   [tags: essays research papers] 1726 words
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Brain Drain - Brain Drain The topic I have chosen is the “Brain Drain”. Is this a brain drain or a brain gain for Canada. Canadians believe it is a brain drain for them. The United States is also losing some of their students to Canada. This is a real issue facing Canadians; they are losing many of their highly educated students each year. “The issue of “brain drain” is a political hot potato in Canada”. (Quoted by Wayne Kondro). Many of these students are moving to the United States because they are being paid a lot better....   [tags: essays research papers] 575 words
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Music and the Brain - Music and the Brain: Processing and Responding (A General Overview) For any individual who either avidly listens to or performs music, it is understood that many melodies have amazing effects on both our emotions and our perception. To address the effects of music on the brain, it seems most logical to initially map the auditory and neural pathways of sound. In the case of humans, the mechanism responsible for receiving and transmitting sound to the brain are the ears. Briefly stated, the outer ear (or pinna) 'catches' and amplifies sound by funneling it into the ear canal....   [tags: Biology Essays Research Papers]
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Is There a Criminal Brain? - Is There a Criminal Brain. It is very rare these days to turn on the news and not hear about a crime or a murder. Crime is a common occurrence yet many times it is difficult to understand how someone could bring themselves to do these things. It does seem to make any sense why a young handsome man from a good family would want to kill someone and then be able to go through with it. This leads one to wonder if the brains of people who behave in socially unacceptable ways are different from everyone else's brains....   [tags: Biology Biological Essays]
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The Human Brain - The Human Brain The human being is considered to be the ultimate form of life on the earth. This is not because the human body is strong and agile. Many other animals posses skills much superior to humans and are able to perform feats humans can only dream of. The one thing that distinguishes humans from all of the other organisms on this planet is the brain. The brain is the site that controls the human body. However, unlike in animals, in man, the brain is also the site of the mind. The mind gives humans superiority over other creatures....   [tags: Health Medicine Biology Biological Essays] 1795 words
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Cocaine in the Brain - Cocaine in the Brain "Cocaine delivers an intensity of pleasure - and despair - beyond the bounds of normal human experience." During the 1980s, Partnership for a Drug Free America began airing commercials that seem to either frighten or educate people about the use of illegal drugs. One of these commercials avowed, "No one ever says, 'I want to be a junkie when I grow up'." The comment is obvious, but very true. Probably very few people aspire to be drug addicts. But it happens, everyday. Why....   [tags: Biology Essays Research Papers]
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Parts of the Brain - Parts of the Brain If I could give up any part of my brain it certainly wouldn't be Wernicke's area, because if I lost my ability to interpret and comprehend language I would go crazy. I am a Spanish major, and if I couldn't understand or communicate the spoken word, everything I've been working toward would be lost. My love for language would be lost. Furthermore, I would not want to lose my primary auditory cortex, because when words are spoken they first register in the primary auditory cortex and then move on to Wernicke's area....   [tags: Papers] 436 words
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Addiction and the Brain - Addiction and the Brain The ponderance that Brain = Behavior and the inherent ramifications of such proves no more fascinating than when addressed in the context of "Addiction and the Brain". Essential to consider is: -what exactly is an addictive/abusive substance (drugs of abuse) -what brain center(s)/chemical(s)are involved -what does it mean to become physiologically dependent -how should the concept of addiction be addressed -how might we use animal models -and what sort of treatment approaches should be pursued....   [tags: Biology Essays Research Papers]
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Handling the Brain - Handling the Brain The initial premise of this web search was to determine what differences, if any, were known to exist in the brain of the ambidextrous individual. An actual classification of "ambidexterity" seems to have been all but eliminated, while the explanation of the term, "handedness", has become increasingly muddled. Beyond superstitions and mysticism, in its earliest history an individuals favoritism of the left or right hand proved significant mainly to those clinicians who utilized this physical clue of handedness as an indicator of brain lateralization (2)....   [tags: Biology Essays Research Papers]
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Violence and the Brain - Violence and the Brain Is there a biological basis for violent behavior in the brain. Recent research links "neurological impairments and psychoses" to violent behavior (1). The "psychological effects" of brain damage and disease can cause the mind to lose touch with reality leading to criminal and violent behavior (1). As a result, free will may be deserted in an individual suffering from abnormalities and chemical imbalances in the brain (2). Consequently, legal issues arise because violent offenders with mental illnesses or brain injuries are not always to blame due to the biological nature of their diseases (2)....   [tags: Biology Essays Research Papers]
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Tobacco and the Brain - Tobacco and the Brain Recent surveys show that 25 % of all American adults smoke despite the fact that tobacco is the No.1 cause of death (430,000 annual) and disease in this country (1). The life of a 30-year older that smokes 15 cigarettes a day is shortened by an average of more than five years (2). Why do people smoke despite the fact that it shortens their life. Why has this practice of smoking tobacco been around for 1000 years. There must be something that the human body or mind gains in spite of the threat of an early death....   [tags: Biology Essays Research Papers]
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Brain Disorders - The brain, which weighs only three pounds and is made up of eighty percent water, is the key organ of our nervous system. It is divided into three different parts: the Cerebrum, the Cerebellum, and the Medulla Oblongata. The “gray matter” of the brain is about one-eighth inch thick and it gives the brain its gray color. Inside the brain is the cortex, which is made up of billions of neurons. These neurons extend into the cerebral hemisphere and it controls all mental activity. In this report I will be discussing different disorders of the brain and how they affect the every day life of people who may have these disorders....   [tags: essays research papers] 1287 words
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Meditation and the Brain - Meditation and the Brain When discussing the relationship of brain and behavior, the materialist view of human experience runs into conflict with the historically dominant religious accounts. Recent studies, however, suggests that there may be a "middle view" between the two world-views. Religions, especially Buddhism, stress the role of meditation in one's spiritual growth. Meditation has tangible psychological and physiological benefits, though, which can be explained strictly in neurobiological terms....   [tags: Biology Essays Research Papers]
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Women's Brain - Women's Brain When you look up the dictionary, the definition of 'Science' is "a branch of knowledge or study dealing with a body of facts or truths systematically arranged and showing the operation of general laws" (Webster's dictionary). In order to make a truth, many scientists take the time to observe or test with scientific method. In nineteenth century, there are some incorrect truths even if it looks like truths logically arranged by scientific method because the scientists understood the priori that already assumed the outcome would be the same as their predictions....   [tags: Papers] 551 words
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Recreating the Brain - 2001: Recreating the Brain Perhaps one of the most interesting and least understood aspects of neurobiology is human consciousness. For many, this "experience of self" (an aspect of consciousness which will be used interchangeably with consciousness in this particular paper) defines what it means to be human. Personality and emotion, and their connection to the experience of self, can yield insight into creating artificial intelligence that can mimic conscious human brain function. By discussing the implications of consciousness in computers with artificial intelligence, the significance of the experience of self within humans becomes clearer....   [tags: Biology Essays Research Papers]
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Phobias and the Brain - Phobias and the Brain You are in an airport waiting for your plane to arrive. You've never flown before, and are more terrified than you can ever remember being. Everyone has told you the supposedly comforting statistics - "millions of planes take off each day and there's only a handful of crashes," "flying is safer than driving." You know rationally that there is no reason to be so scared, but regardless your heart is racing, your palms are sweating, and you're light-headed. Simply the thought of being up in the air, out of control, makes you feel faint....   [tags: Neurology Psychology Papers]
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Beauty and the Brain - Each year, billions of dollars are spent on cosmetics, facial firming, bacterial injections, double eyelid surgery, and the list goes on. All in the name of beauty. But, what is beauty. What defines it. Is there a universal beauty. Can it be obtained. According to BBC, our perception of beauty begins in the womb. Studies show that babies have a tendency to look the longest at faces with smooth skin, round eyes, plump lips, and symmetry. In fact, BBC reports that our DNA is written to produce symmetry, yet factors such as environment produces asymmetry....   [tags: Biology Essays Research Papers]
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Brain Drain - Brain Drain One of the major concerns of today's companies is the shortage of labor, especially in management. The baby boomers are nearing retirement age in the United States and the birth rate is dropping. These circumstances, coupled with the booming economy are the main causes of the labor shortage. There is a high demand for labor but the once seemingly bottomless pool of employees and managers that companies drew from has started to dry up. What are the factors that contributed to the problem and how are today's corporations going to handle this problem....   [tags: essays papers]
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Traumatic Brain Injury - Injury Stats Roughly 1.4 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury every year in the United States.1 Of these 1.4 million, 235,000 injuries are severe enough to require hospitalization—and 50,000 result in death. More than half (over 700,000) of all of these yearly brain injuries are from sports-related activities, falls, and physical assaults. In the year 2000, traumatic brain injury cost an estimated $60 billion in the United States, totaled in both direct medical fees and indirect costs such as lost productivity....   [tags: Health] 1040 words
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Traumatic Brain Injury - ... Health care professionals use MRI scans to diagnose a variety of conditions, from torn ligaments to tumors. MRIs are very useful for examining the brain and spinal cord. During the scan, you lie on a table that slides inside a tunnel-shaped machine. Doing the scan can take a long time, and you must stay still. The scan is painless.” (“MRI Scans”). A variety of different treatments can be used on the brain merely dependent on how mild or severe the injury appears to be. Patients of Traumatic Brain injuries (TBI) will usually go through a process of treatments that will usually start out at an initial treatment and then move on to a rehabilitative stage....   [tags: treatment, head injuries, communication, muscles]
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How The Brain Works - Current research shows that mental events cause physical events, and scientists believe examining single nerves is the key to understanding how the brain works as a complete unit. Understanding the brain at the nerve cell level will allow scientists to understand how human consciousness works (Blakeslee, 1992). Furthermore, the brain's thalamus is identified as the possible sensory connector because it fires 40 impulses per second that sweep through the entire brain (Blakeslee, 1995a). These findings are a serious implication to Dualism because it states the mind is not physical....   [tags: Anatomy, Nervous System] 1321 words
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Functional Brain Scanning - The holy grail of neuroscience is a complete understanding of the human brain. To be able to see a brain at work and somehow tell exactly what it is thinking would be an enormous piece of the brain puzzle. For centuries, such an idea was mere fantasy. But amidst a flurry of twentieth-century innovations in modern medicine, functional brain scanning grew quickly from long-time fantasy to a factual technique that has already showed promise in letting scientists see a brain at work and have some idea of what it is doing....   [tags: Neuroscience]
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Addiction and the Human Brain - Addiction Man has battled with addiction to drugs as early as 5000 B.C. when the people of Asia Minor were know to use a “joy plant” derived from the poppy seed (Hansen, Venturelli, & Fleckenstein, 2010). It is estimated that the illicit use of drugs and addictions between “medical, economic, criminal, and social impact” costs Americans nearly half a trillion dollars a year. In addition, 100,000 people lose their lives every year due to the illicit use of drugs (Volkow, 2010). Chronic, relapsing, compulsive, urge, and impulse are just a few of the words used to describe the “brain disease” commonly known as addiction (National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2011)....   [tags: Drugs ]
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The Development of a Child's Brain - I often look at newborns in amusement and wonder what were are thinking about. Never did I stop for a moment to think about the complex wiring of the brain. It is known that the complete development of the brain is necessary for the normal physical and mental processes of a person but I wrongly assumed that such development is completed before birth. It is interesting to know that Dr. Harry Chugani, a pediatric neurobiologist at Wayne State University amazing has provided a glimpse inside an infant’s head....   [tags: Child Development] 1308 words
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Article Review: The Teen Brain - The article under review in this paper is 'Neurodevelopment: How does the teen brain work?' by Kendall Powell (2006). this article appears to be credible based on the following: although the author is a freelance science writer, his work lead one to believe he knows what he is talking about. In addition, he provides several supportive resources to back up his topics. He has several other articles and writings available on the internet. However, while no educational background is available, he writing experience extends to PLoS, HHMI Bulletins, and the Los Angeles Times to name a few....   [tags: Article Review]
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Brain-Based Learning and Teaching - ... Through concrete vivid images students will be able to remember key points when educators “make lectures or presentations more compelling to the brain by using objects, photographs, graphics, charts, graphs, slides, video segments, bulletin board displays, and color” (Jensen, 2008, p. 57). Jensen (2008) writes that “our eyes are capable of registering 36,000 visual messages per hour and eighty to ninety percent of all information that is absorbed by our brains is visual” (p. 55). Incorporating classrooms and lectures with visuals highly aesthetic will help engage students in the learning process....   [tags: Eric Jensen, Movement, Senses]
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