Optical illusions, they’re jokes for the eyes. In this fun and “eye opening” (sorry for the pun) video you’ll see some entertaining and revealing optical illusions created by some great artists from around the world. See if you can resist the urge to let your brain fool itself.
The little blueberry is a one of the most nutritious foods you can add to your diet. USDA studies have shown promising benefits for reversing memory loss, and improving other brain functions. There has even been evidence of other amazing benefits of this little blue jewel. The full article covers additional benefits of blueberries in your diet and provides a tasty recipe that’ll treat your tongue and your body. Who thought health food could taste this good?
More time than not, we hear or see what we expect to. We are gifted with a natural ability to find patterns in sights and sounds. Most of us have found shapes in clouds, and sometimes we find shapes in other things. This posting and video from the 2006 TED conference Dr. Michael Shermer talks about how we shape our own reality, and I discuss how sometimes we dismiss a person’s perspective of reality based entirely on a medical diagnosis.
Are thoughts just using our brains or are we creating our own thoughts? Dr. Susan Blackmore–Visiting Professor in the School of Psychology, University of Plymouth–introduces some of the thoughts and theories related to memes and coins a new term “temes” in this controversial and thought provoking 19 minute video from February 2008 TED talks.
For those not familiar with the term, and using Dr. Blackmore’s definition–memes are “self-replicating units of information that spread themselves via human consciousness” through imitation and cultural standards.
A study in Amsterdam indicates that a nutrient drink created at Boston’s MIT might improve memory and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s.
Watch brain anatomist, Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, talk about the stroke she suffered in December 1996 and learn about how the two halves of your brain see the world in very different ways.
PhotoGrab…This is an amazingly addictive brain challenge game. Give it a try and give your brain a work out.
Today’s post centers around a short video of Scott Kim, presenting at The Entertainment Gathering in December 2008. He talks about the evolution of his puzzle work. This is an enlightening presentation and shows the the nearly limitless diversity of creativity and shows the variety of puzzles that are available to keep the brain actively engaged in more ways than just crossword puzzles and sudoku.
A UCLA study has indicated that using internet search engines like Google might help improve brain function in middle-aged and older adults.
Keith Barry, illusionist and “mentalist” demonstrates some simple techniques to “hack” the human mind and make you question just what is “real” when he presented at the February 2004 TED conference in Monterey, California.