Joseph LeDoux, Neuroscientist and Musician
In his Big Think interview, LeDoux also talked about where emotional memories come from. The neuroscientist calls these instances "flashbulb memories," or very vivid strong memories of a particular experience. Are flashbulb memories more accurate than other memories? Not at all, he says. They're simply more vivid. The truth is, memories are often reconstructed when they’re retrieved. At that point of retrieval, memory has the opportunity to be changed.
Finally, LeDoux played the Amygdaloids' new song, "Mind Over Matter," for us, unplugged. It's a song about "love and loss and longing for someone who’s not there but you kind of use your mind to conquer the space and time that separates you from that person," he says.
Both schizophrenics and people with a common personality type share similar brain patterns.
- A new study shows that people with a common personality type share brain activity with patients diagnosed with schizophrenia.
- The study gives insight into how the brain activity associated with mental illnesses relates to brain activity in healthy individuals.
- This finding not only improves our understanding of how the brain works but may one day be applied to treatments.
It's a development that could one day lead to much better treatments for osteoporosis, joint damage, and bone fractures.
- Scientists have isolated skeletal stem cells in adult and fetal bones for the first time.
- These cells could one day help treat damaged bone and cartilage.
- The team was able to grow skeletal stem cells from cells found within liposuctioned fat.
Gut bacteria play an important role in how you feel and think and how well your body fights off disease. New research shows that exercise can give your gut bacteria a boost.
- Two studies from the University of Illinois show that gut bacteria can be changed by exercise alone.
- Our understanding of how gut bacteria impacts our overall health is an emerging field, and this research sheds light on the many different ways exercise affects your body.
- Exercising to improve your gut bacteria will prevent diseases and encourage brain health.
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