Your Weekly Dose of #5ThoughtsFriday: A description of what we think is important at BIAMD
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04/28/2017


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4th Annual Strike it Big for Brain Injury Bowl-A-Thon
SATURDAY
April 29, 2017
  • WHERE: AMF Pikesville Lanes, 1723 Reisterstown Rd., Pikesville, MD  
  • WHEN: 2pm - 4pm
  • TEAM: $100 per team (Up to 5 Bowlers) or 
  • INDIVIDUAL: $25
  • INCLUDES: 2 hours of bowling, shoe rental, and pizza party! Duck Pin or 10 Pin


Here are the 5 things we thought were
worth sharing with you this week:
5) Eureka! I Finally Figured It Out!

Everybody loves those rare "aha moments" where you suddenly and unexpectedly solve a difficult problem or understand something that had previously perplexed you.

But until now, researchers had not had a good way to study how people actually experienced what is called "epiphany learning."

In new research, scientists at The Ohio State University used eye-tracking and pupil dilation technology to see what happens as people figured out how to win a strategy game on a computer.

"We could see our study participants figuring out the solution through their eye movements as they considered their options," said Ian Krajbich, co-author of the study and assistant professor of psychology and economics at Ohio State.

"We could predict they were about to have an epiphany before they even knew it was coming."

Krajbich conducted the study with James Wei Chen, a doctoral student in economics at Ohio State. Their results were published last week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

To read more on this interesting study, CLICK HERE

4) Chronic Pain is a Major Issue for Service Members. On Monday, You Can Learn About Easing That Pain.

May 1, 2017 Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Thomas B. Turner Building Baltimore, Maryland

This one day activity will provide attendees an opportunity to review chronic pain issues, treatment methods and the consequences in active duty military and veterans. Leaders from Veterans Health Administration, Department of Defense and Johns Hopkins will provide lectures and discussions to improve the care of service members and veterans with chronic pain.

Who Should Attend This activity is intended for psychiatrists, psychologists, primary care physicians, epidemiologists, nurse case managers, public health practitioners and researchers, advanced practice nurses, nurse researchers, policy makers, physician assistants, and physicians working in the Department of Defense and in the Veterans Health Administration.


To find out more, CLICK HERE.
3)  Can You "Feel" With Your Prosthetic Hand?

A prosthetic limb controlled by brain activity can partially recover the lost motor function. Neuroscientists asked whether it was possible to transmit the missing sensation back to the brain by stimulating neural activity in the cortex. They discovered that not only was it possible to create an artificial sensation of neuroprosthetic movements, but that the underlying learning process occurs very rapidly. These finding were obtained by resorting to imaging and optical stimulation tools.

Since the early seventies, scientists have been developing brain-machine interfaces; the main application being the use of neural prosthesis in paralyzed patients or amputees. A prosthetic limb directly controlled by brain activity can partially recover the lost motor function. This is achieved by decoding neuronal activity recorded with electrodes and translating it into robotic movements. Such systems however have limited precision due to the absence of sensory feedback from the artificial limb. Neuroscientists at the University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland, asked whether it was possible to transmit this missing sensation back to the brain by stimulating neural activity in the cortex. They discovered that not only was it possible to create an artificial sensation of neuroprosthetic movements, but that the underlying learning process occurs very rapidly. These findings, published in the scientific journal Neuron, were obtained by resorting to modern imaging and optical stimulation tools, offering an innovative alternative to the classical electrode approach.

For more about this Research, CLICK HERE
  2) What We Are Reading That You Might Enjoy...

A new theory of how the brain constructs emotions that could revolutionize psychology, health care, the legal system, and our understanding of the human mind

Emotions feel automatic, like uncontrollable reactions to things we think and experience. Scientists have long supported this assumption by claiming that emotions are hardwired in the body or the brain. Today, however, the science of emotion is in the midst of a revolution on par with the discovery of relativity in physics and natural selection in biology--and this paradigm shift has far-reaching implications for us all.
  
Leading the charge is psychologist and neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett, whose theory of emotion is driving a deeper understanding of the mind and brain, and shedding new light on what it means to be human. Her research overturns the widely held belief that emotions are housed in different parts of the brain and are universally expressed and recognized. Instead, she has shown that emotion is constructed in the moment, by core systems that interact across the whole brain, aided by a lifetime of learning. This new theory means that you play a much greater role in your emotional life than you ever thought. It

For More, CLICK HERE. 

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1) Quote We Are Contemplating...

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.”

                                    ~ Robert Louis Stevenson    
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