Ur Doin It Wrong (applied neuroscience)

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Ur Doin It Wrong (applied neuroscience)

  1. 1. UR DOIN IT WRONG (or: quit hacking, go outside and play, and take a nap.) file under neurophilosophy by Naomi Theora Most          @nthmost July 16, 2009
  2. 2. Neurons: Longer Harder Faster MOAR <ul><li>Long-Term Potentiation : the potential of neurons to store memory and skill-related information on a long-term basis, and the metric of the efficacy of that connection. </li></ul><ul><li>Number of Synapses: the denser your network, the more varied things you can think. </li></ul><ul><li>Exercise results in Neurogenesis via Human Growth Factor (IGF-1) </li></ul><ul><li>http://jap.physiology.org/cgi/content/full/99/6/2312  - Journal of Applied Physiology </li></ul><ul><li>Llorens-Martín M ,  Torres-Alemán I ,  Trejo JL .  Reviews: Mechanisms Mediating Brain Plasticity: IGF1 and Adult Hippocampal Neurogenesis . The Neuroscientist : a review journal bringing neurobiology, neurology and psychiatry. 2009 Apr;15(2):134-48. </li></ul>
  3. 3. You Need to Go Lay Down <ul><li>Naps versus Coffee for productivity: Naps win. </li></ul><ul><li>* Dr. Sara Mednick (UCSD sleep researcher) advocates 30-minute naps in place of coffee. </li></ul><ul><li>* MOST ppl are sleep-deprived -> increase in depression </li></ul><ul><li>* You can sculpt your naps to optimize brain wave cultivation - correspondance w/ various modalities (creativity, memory, etc) </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.saramednick.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>If it takes you 10 minutes to brew or buy coffee and another 5 to 10 minutes to drink it, you may as well have just taken a 30 minute nap. </li></ul>
  4. 4. You Are What You Think <ul><li>...and you THINK what you ARE. </li></ul><ul><li>* Mood affects what are you able to perceive. </li></ul><ul><li>Schmitz, T.  et al  (2009). Opposing Influences of Affective State  Valence on Visual Cortical Encoding. J. Neurosci.  29 : 7199-7207. DOI:  10.1523/JNEUROSCI.5387-08.2009 .  </li></ul><ul><li>* How you perceive others influences your sense of touch. </li></ul><ul><li>Serino, A.,  et al  (2009). I Feel what You Feel if You Are Similar to Me.  PLoS One  4 (3) DOI:  10.1371/journal.pone.0004930 . </li></ul><ul><li>*  </li></ul>
  5. 5. Think Absolutely Nothing of It <ul><li>* Meditation reduces stress (measurable by cortisol levels in blood) - work of Dr. Ramachandran </li></ul><ul><li>* &quot;Stress damages virtually every kind of cognition that exists.&quot; --  Dr. John Medina, developmental molecular biologist </li></ul><ul><li>Read Brain Rules (website http://brainrules.net) </li></ul>
  6. 6. You Can't Think Harder.
  7. 7. Subversive Activities <ul><li>Take breaks to stare into space and think absolutely nothing </li></ul><ul><li>Take Naps </li></ul><ul><li>Notice Stuff </li></ul><ul><li>Don't Drive 9 to 5 </li></ul><ul><li>Refuse to sit still </li></ul><ul><li>DESIGN your time </li></ul><ul><li>...and of course, reject reductionist mind-body dualism. </li></ul>
  8. 9. &quot;inoculating against stupid&quot; NAOMI THEORA MOST is @nthmost on Twitter

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