Neuroscience http://nhpr.org en 4.10.14: Science Of Laughing, NH's Psychic Community, Neurocomic & Listener Submissions http://nhpr.org/post/41014-science-laughing-nhs-psychic-community-neurocomic-listener-submissions <p>Today on Word of Mouth - laughing! And why we do it. We're getting science-y with the giggles before moving on to a less-than-scientific community: psychics. Then, the art of the brain takes over with a look at graphic novel that takes place <em>inside the brain. </em>Finally, what happens to digital art, and how do we restore it?</p><p></p><p></p><p>Listen to the full show and click <strong>Read more </strong>for individual segments Thu, 10 Apr 2014 18:07:00 +0000 Word of Mouth 46529 at http://nhpr.org 4.10.14: Science Of Laughing, NH's Psychic Community, Neurocomic & Listener Submissions Why We love Sad Music, And Other Musical Mysteries Explained (By Brain Science!) http://nhpr.org/post/why-we-love-sad-music-and-other-musical-mysteries-explained-brain-science <p></p><p>Wherever you live, whatever you’re into, human beings respond to music. Brain researchers have found that listening to music not only makes you feel good – it alters your brain physiologically. To find out more we, talked to <a href="http://www.zlab.mcgill.ca/home.php" target="_blank"><strong>Dr. Robert Zatorre</strong></a>,&nbsp; Neuroscientist at the Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University.</p><p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 17:49:15 +0000 Virginia Prescott & Taylor Quimby 42245 at http://nhpr.org Why We love Sad Music, And Other Musical Mysteries Explained (By Brain Science!) Lucid Dream Research Goes Mainstream http://nhpr.org/post/lucid-dream-research-goes-mainstream <p>For a long time, the study of dreams was marred in mysticism and pseudo science to warrant academic respect. But in the 1970’s, a man named <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_LaBerge" target="_blank">Stephen LaBerge</a> gained a measure of credibility for his research into the phenomenon called “lucid dreaming”, but he ultimately remained on the fringes of mainstream science. &nbsp;In more recent years, films like <em>Inception</em> and <em>The Matrix</em> have been increasing public interest into the mysteries of the dream-state. Mirroring this rise in pop culture appeal, lucid dream research is beginning to move out of the fringes and into the scientific mainstream. <strong>Dorian Rolston </strong>is a freelance writer covering cognitive science, mental health, and the mind. <a href="https://medium.com/matter/c85e3bb29693" target="_blank">His article</a> on the work of Stephen LaBerge, and new efforts to understand lucid dreaming appeared in the online publication, <em>Matter</em>.</p><p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 18:48:48 +0000 Virginia Prescott 39552 at http://nhpr.org Lucid Dream Research Goes Mainstream What Happens After We Die? http://nhpr.org/post/what-happens-after-we-die <p>Billions of dollars are spent each year to prevent death. We invest in research and treatment of disease; in improving safety; and in educating people to live healthier, longer lives. Yet with all of technological and scientific capability, what do we know of what happens <em>after</em> death? <a href="http://philosophy.ucr.edu/john-m-fischer/" target="_blank"><strong>John Martin Fischer </strong></a>is professor of philosophy at University of California at Riverside. He was awarded a 5 million dollar grant to study the afterlife. He’s launched “<a href="http://www.sptimmortalityproject.com/" target="_blank">The Immortality Project</a>." The money will go towards sponsoring conferences and scientific, philosophical, and theological research that advances understanding of immortality and belief in immortality.</p><p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 18:48:20 +0000 Virginia Prescott 39550 at http://nhpr.org What Happens After We Die? Telepathic Rats http://nhpr.org/post/telepathic-rats <p>Mr. Spock’s Vulcan ability to transfer his consciousness into another being was a technique he used on numerous occasions in the Star Trek franchise. His colleague Dr. McCoy was, on several occasions, an <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DC8yx4BxEg" target="_blank">unwitting recipient</a> of the 'green blooded, inhuman' Spock’s consciousness…impossible science fiction, right? Well, maybe not. Recently, we came across a story about scientists creating telepathic rats in a lab at Duke University. On the line to tell us more is <strong>Douglas Heaven</strong>, who wrote about the experiment for <a href="http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn23221-first-mindreading-implant-gives-rats-telepathic-power.html" target="_blank">New Scientist Magazine</a>.</p><p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 13:14:28 +0000 Rebecca Lavoie 24709 at http://nhpr.org Telepathic Rats The Science of Changing Your Mind http://nhpr.org/post/science-changing-your-mind <p>Ever wonder whether hard facts play a part in changing a person's mind? Turns out, not so much. <a href="http://www.boingboing.net">Boing Boing's </a><a href="http://www.maggiekb.com/"><strong>Maggie Koerth-Baker</strong></a> <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/19/magazine/the-mind-of-a-flip-flopper.html">wrote about </a>the real influences on choice for <em>The New York Times Magazine.</em></p> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 15:44:09 +0000 Virginia Prescott 11838 at http://nhpr.org The Science of Changing Your Mind Is food addiction a myth? http://nhpr.org/post/food-addiction-myth <p>Data shows that the idea of certain foods as "addictive" may not quite be on target.</p> Tue, 03 Apr 2012 16:20:46 +0000 Virginia Prescott 2902 at http://nhpr.org Is food addiction a myth? A Body at Play... http://nhpr.org/post/body-play <p>We've all seen wildlife documentaries showing young animals—lion cubs, perhaps—wrestling, chasing, pouncing on their siblings. Observe household puppies and kittens and you'll see the same behavior: young animals at play.</p><p>Play is defined as spontaneous, energetic behavior with no apparent purpose or goal. But whenever there's considerable expenditure of energy, a closer look is warranted.&nbsp;There may not be apparent goals, but the true benefits of play are being recognized by a growing number of disciplines.</p> Fri, 23 Mar 2012 13:05:18 +0000 Chris Martin & Francie Von Mertens 2725 at http://nhpr.org A Body at Play...