A 75-year Harvard study found close relationships are the key to a person's success. Having someone to lean on keeps brain function high and reduces emotional, and physical, pain. People who feel lonely are more likely to experience health declines earlier in life. cnbc.com/2016/12/15/75-ye…
REM's song "What's the Frequency Kenneth?" is about the mugging of Dan Rather. His attacker kept repeating "Kenneth, what's the frequency?" as he kicked Rather. The case was solved when the attacker stormed NBC studios 11 years later to find out the frequency used to "beam signals to his brain". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
Over the last decade, there have been at least 15 cases of athletes who have died from over-hydration during sporting events. Too much fluid consumption can cause serious health issues by diluting the sodium in the blood, which creates a swelling of the brain and lungs bbc.com/future/article/20…
Nine months after Stu Sutcliffe left the Beatles to pursue a career in painting, he died of a brain hemorrhage at the age of 21. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stu…
In 1991 it was discovered that the heart has its "little brain" or "intrinsic cardiac nervous system." This "heart brain" is composed of approximately 40,000 neurons that are alike neurons in the brain, meaning that the heart has its own nervous system. pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/3…
Great tits (the bird species) love to eat the brains of other animals, such as smaller birds and bats. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Whenever we sleep in unfamiliar surroundings, only half your brain is getting a good night's rest while the other half stands guard. npr.org/sections/health-s…
Octopuses sometimes punch fish. A hypothesis is that the octopus is punching out of spite to punish the fish. Research suggests that the octopus brain, though drastically different than ours, is capable of complex behavior and cognition. massivesci.com/notes/octo…
In 2018, doctors found that a patient, Kendra Jackson, had a leaky brain for 5 years. After an accident in 2013, she had a daily runny nose for years and suffered headaches. She lost half a pint of brain fluid a day through her nose. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
Bilinguals experience tip-of-the-tongue moments twice as often as monolinguals. Processing two languages at the same time comes with a computational cost. Although, this kind of β€œmultitasking” trains the brain. thebrainstorms.io/brain-l…
20% of humans have sensory processing sensitivity - a greater sensitivity and responsiveness to the environment and to social stimuli. Studies show these individuals are strongly affected by others' moods, and have a higher brain activation of regions involved in attention and action planning. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Today I learned of an experimental treatment for tinnitus: bimodal neuromodulation, electrical stimulation of the tongue paired with sounds. Pairing zaps with sounds seems to rewire brain circuits connected with tinnitus. The theory is to make an auditory system more hyperactive to everything but the tinnitus. spectrum.ieee.org/the-hum…
The last words of Terry Kath, guitarist and singer of the band Chicago, were "What do you think I’m gonna do? Blow my brains out?", without realizing that there was one in the chamber aquariumdrunkard.com/2016…
Staring at Venetian blinds can cause migraines. "Looking at intensely stripy things causes an increase in gamma oscillations in the brain." theguardian.com/science/s…
Diogo Alves committed the famous β€œAqueduct Murders” 1836-1840 and was the penultimate person to be hanged in Portugal. Scientists wanted to study the brain of a serial killer and so preserved his head in a glass vessel. It is still viewed today in the University of Lisbon’s Faculty of Medicine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dio…
Grizzly Adams died from complications from getting bit in the brain (yes the brain) from a monkey. A previous injury from a bear left him with a portion of his brain exposed which was subsequently bitten by a monkey, resulting in an infection from which he layer died. roadsideamerica.com/story…
MRI data was analyzed from participants consisting of more than 800 incarcerated men who committed homicide and those who committed other crimes, the 200 men who committed homicide showed reduced gray matter in brain regions responsible for behavioral control and social cognition. the-scientist.com/noteboo…
Today I learned of Sam Ballard, who became quadriplegic after swallowing a slug on a dare and contracted rat lungworm disease. A rat first coughs up, swallows, and poops out larvae. Slugs eat the poop. After humans eat slug, the larvae dig out of the intestine, travel up the spine, and burrow into the brain. vice.com/en/article/d3bg9…
That, during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, the extreme heat caused one man's brain to turn to glass. bbc.com/news/world-europe…
A mirror is used to treat phantom-limb pain (Pain in a limb that was amputated but the brain still thinks is attached) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mir…
When WB executives demanded "Pinky And The Brain" writers to add a new character, they created the episode "Pinky & the Brain...and Larry" to spite them. wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinky_…
Psychologist George Stratton wore glasses that turned the world upside down for 8 days. By the third day his brain had adjusted the image to feel right side up and normal. Once he took the glasses off his normal vision looked inverted for hours. madsci.org/posts/archives…
The disorder that causes β€œsmooth brain” is called Lissencephaly. Males are more likely to inherit the disease and are more severely effected. Females who inherit the disease may have mild symptoms, or even appear completely healthy with no symptoms. rarediseases.org/rare-dis…
When you move your eyes from one point to another point, there is a disconnect between your eyes and brain. This stretches your perception of time and can make you think time is standing still. This is why when you look at a clock, it appears to take more than a second for the hand to move. bbc.com/future/article/20…
Babies’ cuteness is key to their survival. Cute babies are just extremely hard to ignore, and this is likely hardwired into human brains. Less cute children are treated differently. vox.com/2016/6/8/11872688…
Today I learned of 17th century composer Jean-Baptiste Lully, who died after stabbing himself in his pinky toe with his conducting baton during a performance. The resulting gangrene spread to his leg, which he refused to have amputated, so he could still dance. It eventually spread to his brain, killing him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jea…
A human brain can read facial expressions in as little as 17 milliseconds. direct.mit.edu/jocn/artic…
Scientists are now taking stem cells and growing "mini-brains" which mimic the neural activity of a preterm infant. The so-called organoids are not yet capable of complex thought - but could soon be used for medical research and one day lessen the need for human and animal research subjects. inverse.com/article/58882…
The brain's posterior medial frontal cortex, involved in decision-making processes, decreases its activity when we encounter an opinion that disagrees with ours, while it increases it if there is agreement. This tendency to favor information that validates our ideas is called Confirmation Bias. nature.com/articles/s4159…
Suicidal ideation is associated with inflammation in the brain and/or body pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/2…
In 2008, researchers at Toronto Western Hospital were conducting experimental deep brain stimulation for obesity treatment & discovered that it caused vivid memory flashbacks, which led to their method being used in a Phase 3 trial for Alzheimer's disease onlinelibrary.wiley.com/d…
The Reticular Activating System in the brain responds to stimuli like food or social contact: so the amount of saliva produced in response to food correlates to how introverted you are bbc.co.uk/science/humanbo…
The prevailing theory behind why humans like music is that we learn patterns and regularities within music, and we unconsciously predict what will come next. When we are right, our brain gives us a dopamine rush. Thus the constant dance between expectation and outcome is pleasurable to us bbc.com/future/article/20…
Difficulty remembering things is one common symptom of sleep deprivation. Since the brain does not have sufficient time to create new pathways for the information you’ve recently learned, sleep deprivation often affects how memories are consolidated. sleepfoundation.org/how-s…
"broken heart" syndrome is called Takotsubo syndrome (TTS) because the condition transforms the heart into a shape resembling a Japanese octopus trap. Scientists have proved that the brain is involved in the development of this heart condition. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tak…
Today I learned about Pain Asymbolia, a brain condition that results in people being able to feel, but not be bothered by, even extreme levels of pain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pai…
The CT scanner was invented by an electrical engineer working for EMI, the record company that signed the Beatles. His name was Godfrey Hounsfield and he performed the first CT in history by scanning his own brain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God…
The microglia is a group of brain cell acts as defense and monitors the brain. Microglia is about 10-15% of all cells found within the brain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
The neuropsychiatric addiction process goes beyond dopamine reward and involves compensatory suppression (from CRF and dynorphins) and activation (from epinephrine) which drive try to stabilize but in turn deplete brain resources and drive the system functioning down in a self-reinforcing cycle academia.edu/45596910/Com…
A mother whose daughter was having brain surgery, called the Mister Rogers Neighborhood studio to ask for a signed photo. After hearing about this, Mr Rogers flew to the hospital to see her. His only request was that there was no press. wusa9.com/article/syndica…
The parasitic jewel wasp turns cockroaches into zombies by injecting venom into their brains and laying an egg in their abdomens, where its larvae then hatch… and eat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eme…
Wrinkles in the brain are an evolutionary trait - folds allow more brain matter to fit in the skull without increasing the skull's size. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess was written over a period of three weeks after he was misdiagnosed with brain cancer and given a year to live.He decided to spend that year writing five novels to provide for his wife after his death. Ironically, he outlived her. heraldscotland.com/arts_e…
Leeches have 10 stomachs, 32 brains, and 18 testicles theguardian.com/lifeandst…
The exact purpose of sleep has not been fully elucidated. There are several theories such as Inactivity, Energy conservation, Restoration, & Brain plasticity theory that attempt to identify a purpose for why we sleep. They serve to frame the concept that we do not fully understand sleep yet. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NB…
The human brain can process and correctly identify images seen for as little as 13 milliseconds. nhm.ac.uk/discover/how-do…
Right handies are more common due to cerebral dominance (one part of the brain handles action and movement), and that this phenomenon is widespread in animals en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lat…
We laugh because our brains are shocked and confused huffpost.com/us/entry/us_…
Ancient Romans used dried and crushed mouse brains, urine, and ashes of hare and donkey teeth as toothpaste. manchesterhistorian.com/2…
A study on drinking alcohol found that the amount of shrinkage in the hippocampus β€” the brain area associated with memory and reasoning β€” was related to the amount people drank. Those who had four or more drinks a day had almost six times the risk of hippocampal shrinkage as did nondrinkers health.harvard.edu/blog/t…

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