Friday, February 29, 2008

Research Byte: Wearden's "slowing down the brain clock" article published

A previous post listed an "in press" article (by Wearden) on slowing down the brain clock. The article is now officially published (click here to view)

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Executive function primer

In my posts and presentations, I've hypothesized that executive functions, which are generally believed to be seated in the prefrontal cortex of the brain, play a pivotal role in mental/interval temporal processing (the brain clock). If you want to read a decent primer on EF and the prefrontal cortext, check out Deric Bownd's Mindblog.

Thanks to Mind Hacks for the tip...and leading me to discovering this new blog...which I will add to my blog roll.

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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Alan Burdick on the human brain clock: The mind in overdrive

As I continue to traverse the various disciplines studying various aspects of temporal processing or mental timing, I often get confused and drown in the conceptual, empirical and theoretical depth of the empirical articles from such a diverse array of disciplines. Trying to put together an understandable explanation of the human brain clock is difficult....I often doubt my abilities to distill this information. I often wonder if my brain clock speed is insufficient to understand this complex and rich array of diverse research.

I find hope when I run across professional writers who have attempted to understand and explain these phenomena to the general public. Hope was renewed the other day when I ran across a brief article (The mind in overdrive: Can we increase productivity by revving up the neural pacemakers in the brain?) in Discover magazine by the well-known NY free-lance author, Alan Burdick, where he attempted to tackle the difficult issue of understanding the human brain clock. Kudos to Burdick for working on bringing this knowledge to the awareness of the general public. I hope that Burdick continues to work on translating the complex literature of mental timing for general consumption. I wish I had such skills and could write similar articles, book chapters, or books about this important topic.

His 2006 Discover publication can be found by clicking here. I'm going to add a link to his web page to the IQ Brain Clock blog roll.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Random tidbits from the mind blogosphere 2-20-08

Check out the following from the mind blogosphere
  • Music, Your Brain and Attention at the Eide Neurolearning blog
  • Being married to my lovely auburn-head wife (a natural red-head), I find the continued speculation on the possible extinction of red-headed humans of interest. Thanks to Brain Blogger for the post.
  • Thanks to Mind Hack for the post regarding five interesting auditory illusions.
  • Check out an interesting article in the Chronicle of Higher Education dealing with research on SES and brain development. Thanks to Neuroethics and Law Blog for the tip.

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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Brain fitness overview: US News and Word Report

I just learned that the most recent issue of U.S. News and World Report is devoted to brain fitness. It is an excellent overview of the status of what we know and don't know. Information can be found by clicking here.

Monday, February 04, 2008

On the road again - brief blogging break

My posting has been slowing down the past few weeks as I've been busy preparing for the NASP convention in New Orleans this week. Blog posts will likely be zero for the next week. I shall return.