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Your Brain Sleeping: Locally Only?

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Most previous brain research about sleep has been oriented towards all-in, or all-out: fully asleep or completely awake. However, new research from MIT suggests that parts of the brain may be asleep while other parts are still awake. A link to the article has been posted on Strong Brain in Neuro-Psych:
How the brain controls sleep: Brain structure generates pockets of sleep within the brain Maybe this is what happens when we drift off at night and struggle to stay asleep in the morning?

Category: Neuro-Psych

New Neuroscience Links

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Here are the newest links in Neuroscience:

Important Link between the Brain and Immune System Found     New anatomical structures have been identified which form a network of lymphatic vessels in the meninges — the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord — that shuttle fluid and immune cells from the cerebrospinal fluid to a group of lymph nodes in the neck

The Benefits of Nature Experience: Improved Affect and Cognition     
This study extends previous research by demonstrating additional benefits of nature experience on affect and cognition through assessments of anxiety, rumination, and a complex measure of working memory (operation span task).

Nature experience reduces rumination and subgenual prefrontal cortex activation     
This study reveals a pathway by which nature experience may improve mental well-being and suggests that accessible natural areas within urban contexts may be a critical resource for mental health in our rapidly urbanizing world.

The Brain: Our Strange, Important, Subconscious Light Detectors     
Sightless cells hidden within the eye may set our circadian rhythms, trigger migraines, and explain the seasonal ebb and flow of our moods.

‘I’m bad with names’ is a real thing     
Names are arbitrary and that meaninglessness makes it harder to hold the memory of it.

The Brain Age     
We could be entering a time of great neurodiscovery – with the neurohype to match.

Blood turned into nerve cells by Canadian researchers     
Stem cells extracted from blood are converted into neural stem cells using patented technique

The Man Who Saw Time Stand Still     
One day, a man saw time itself stop, and as David Robson discovers, unpicking what happened is revealing that we can all experience temporal trickery too.

How to Use Light to Control the Brain     
Using “optogenetics,” researchers are able to trigger a memory