Walking and Circles

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I read two new articles on a “knowledge forum” website called  Big Think. These both feature a simple and meaningful breakdown of very intriguing research that has been conducted related to brain-function, habit, and thought process.

The first article presents research to suggest that the act of walking can stimulate brain function specifically related to “creativity”. Let’s take a walk! You can read it here:

 Walking and Creativity

The second article explains research that has established a link between language, culture, etc and the way a person draws a figure as simple as a circle. I assumed that everyone draws a circle the same way I do, starting at the top and moving in a counter-clockwise motion… not so. You can read that article here:

The Way You Draw Circles


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



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 the brain and central nervous system, but this particular page gives some basic anatomy of the brain as well as a description of the general function of each region.

Source: Patrick McCaffrey, Ph.D. Emeritus Professor

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 reading about the flying, swerving, accelerating in their first flying lesson are the same areas that are active when a person actually experiences movement in real-life! I hope you enjoy the article, it is a quick read.

The Bandwidth of Tactile Perception

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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 understanding “touch”.

The Bandwidth of Tactile Perception – Somatic Labs Blog

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 has some big words, but in simple terms the researchers had their subjects read about different descriptions of items and textures, then they let them actually feel those items. The subjects reported that their sense of touch was enhanced and more specific after this type of conditioning or “preview” than when that was not included.

I hope you find the article interesting:

The fabric of thought: priming tactile properties during reading influences direct tactile perception. – PubMed – NCBI

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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, and someone who I have recently discovered to have incredible insight into practical applications of neuroscience research. Let me know what you think.

Beat Back Distractions: The Neuroscience Of Getting Things Done | Huffington Post

‘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 IQ more than marijuana | New Scientist

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. This principle is closely related to the function and intent of Italic Bookmarks.

I hope you enjoy it:

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


Reading can boost brain function, finds neuroscience research


I found this article very interesting and insightful. It is based on neuroscience research from Emory University to assess the “lingering neural effects of reading a narrative”. I really like that description. The study was performed using fMRI technology, which has proven to be a valuable tool in assessing brain activity. The article is pretty easy to digest, and a quick read:

Reading can boost brain function, finds neuroscience research