Category Archives: Cognitive Development

Cognitive development is a field of study in neuroscience and psychology focusing on development in terms of information processing, conceptual resources, perceptual skill, language learning, and other aspects of brain development and cognitive psychology compared to an adult’s point of view.

How Stretching can Enhance Brain Function

Scientists studying yoga practices have highlighted several benefits from taking part in regular dynamic stretching exercises.

Scientists studying yoga practices have highlighted several benefits from taking part in regular dynamic stretching exercises, linking the observed improvements to the increased creation of new cells in the hippocampus, a brain area involved in memory and mood. This increase in neuron development is being researched by Sandrine Thuret in her lab at King’s College London, where she studies adult neurogenesis, the process by which brains create new nerve cells. Neruogenesis is now thought of as the contributing factor for the improvement we see in learning and memory when participating in certain forms of excercise, learning and nutrition. Continue reading How Stretching can Enhance Brain Function

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Nobel Prize Highlights the Dynamic Role of Natural Medicines

When standard anti-malarial drugs ceased working effectively due to mutations and emerging strains of resistant malaria.

“To see things in the seed, that is genius.”
— Lao Tzu

Shen standard anti-malarial drugs ceased working effectively due to mutations and emerging strains of resistant malaria, Chinese scientist Youyou Tu turned to more traditional methods to seek out options for effective treatment of the mosquito-borne disease. Returning to ancient Chinese literature dating back as far as AD350, Professor Tu found mention of a plant extract from the Sweet Wormwood plant Artemisia Annua which she began to analyse as part of her ongoing research. Continue reading Nobel Prize Highlights the Dynamic Role of Natural Medicines

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Understanding the Psychological Desire to Learn

There was a time in my life when I was possessed by an inner urge to study. An urge that demanded full attention and isolated me from most of what other people my age were doing. It all began in a daydream…

Shere was a time in my life when I was possessed by an inner urge to study. An urge that demanded full attention and isolated me from most of what other people my age were doing. It all began in a daydream… Continue reading Understanding the Psychological Desire to Learn

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The most important lesson from 83,000 brain scans | Daniel Amen

Dr. Daniel Amen speaks about the intersection of medical imaging and psychiatry. He and his colleagues have been using brain SPECT imaging: A tool used to help psychiatrists understand more about imaging.

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Daniel Gregory Amen is an American psychiatrist, a brain disorder specialist, director of the Amen Clinics, and a New York Times bestselling author. Continue reading The most important lesson from 83,000 brain scans | Daniel Amen

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The Importance of Silencing the Mind

Each day we wake up, and for an immeasurable split second there’s a delay in our witnessing of consciousness. Of where we are, what we’re doing and a sense of dreamlike peace before the noise starts, before we engage with our mind.

Sach day we wake up, and for an immeasurable split second there’s a delay in our witnessing of consciousness. Of where we are, what we’re doing and a sense of dreamlike peace before the noise starts, before we engage with our mind. The flooding of thoughts then begins and moments of the day ahead of us is taken up with preoccupations, a series of questions that our inner dialogue throws up, demanding our attention. It is chaos being in one’s own mind. We are trapped, distracted and most of the time completely unaware that we are so. Continue reading The Importance of Silencing the Mind

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Vipassana For Thought – Part One

Shat follows is a diary of subjective narrative leading up to, and following a 10 day Vipassana meditation retreat. The idea here is to set the stage for the intention of the immersion, present a summary of Vipassana, its codes of discipline and the content of the retreat, and to provide the expectations and experiences of attendance.  I would also like to open a discussion of people’s thoughts or experiences of the same or similar events. As this blog-site focuses on the step by step development of the personal psyche through introspection, I would also like to highlight any significant realisations taken from the adjustment of environment created for effectiveness of the retreat. Continue reading Vipassana For Thought – Part One

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