Flipbooks are Magic!

This post is about writing – which I will get to – but I will start by talking about flipbooks. Most of you have probably made a flipbook at one time or another. You take a notepad and draw a picture on the first page. On the second page you draw a similar picture, butContinue reading “Flipbooks are Magic!”

Diet and Brain Function

If you enjoy food, brains, and lots of acronyms for various neuromodulating protein complexes then you will love this article. Actually, the thing that I like most about this article is that it condenses several complex studies of brain function into a few paragraphs that are relatively easy to understand. There are links included toContinue reading “Diet and Brain Function”

This Is Your Brain on Jane Austen: The Neuroscience of Reading Great Literature

I found this article and the cited research from Michigan State University very informative. It addresses different areas of activation within the brain during reading for pleasure, and reading technical information. It also mentions the principle of “cognitive training”, in this case being able to shift focus effectively and completely between various items or tasks.Continue reading “This Is Your Brain on Jane Austen: The Neuroscience of Reading Great Literature”

What is a Tactile Mechanoreceptor?

Mechanoreceptor Diagram There are so many articles and studies about tactile perception… and so few that are simple enough to actually understand! This article is pretty cerebral – but there is a very interesting diagram from the article. As it turns out, there is a lot going on inside our fingertips! NCBI – Tactile Mechanoreceptors  Continue reading “What is a Tactile Mechanoreceptor?”

If you like brains…

I came across this page from an Emeritus Professor at California State University, Chico. Neuroanatomy basics   I found it interesting, and easy to understand. The Parietal Lobe seems to be most applicable for explaining how and why Italic Bookmarks work the way they do. It is part of a more extensive view of theContinue reading “If you like brains…”

Your Brain on Harry Potter

Scientific American – How our brains process books I found this article very interesting! Researchers mapped the brain function of several study participants while reading an exciting chapter from Harry Potter. The article discusses a particular observation that was made during this study: they observed that the areas of the brain that are active while readingContinue reading “Your Brain on Harry Potter”

The Bandwidth of Tactile Perception

This is a great resource that explains the various types of receptors, transmitters, sensor, processors that are all associated with our magnificent sense of touch. Each time you touch something, or feel a sensation on your skin, there is a lot more going on than you might realize. I found this site very helpful in better understandingContinue reading “The Bandwidth of Tactile Perception”

The fabric of thought: priming tactile properties during reading

I thought this article/study was fascinating because it is essentially the inverse effect of what you will experience when using Italic Bookmarks. Italic Bookmarks can enhance the reading experience by involving tactile (touch) sensation, this study indicates that tactile sensation can be enhanced by reading… in both cases it demonstrates how reading and our senses are closely related. This study hasContinue reading “The fabric of thought: priming tactile properties during reading”

The Neuroscience Of Getting Things Done

This article is a lot of fun, and applicable to every day life. It provides insight into many situations that you might find yourself in on a daily basis. There is a cool neuroscience example called the “stroop test” in the article. The article was written by David Rock, founder of the NeuroLeadership Institute, andContinue reading “The Neuroscience Of Getting Things Done”

‘Info-mania’ dents IQ more than marijuana

This is a short article that summarizes research performed in the UK related to distractions from a variety of sources, primarily “electronic distractions”. The research is pretty insightful… just thinking about all of those distractions makes me want to sit down with a book and let everything else fade into the background… ‘Info-mania’ dents IQContinue reading “‘Info-mania’ dents IQ more than marijuana”