artandsciencejournal:

Eunoia

In Lisa Park’s art performance, Eunoia, the artist uses electroencephalography (EEG) headsets and various softwares to manipulate water with her mind. In her performance, Park silently sits in the middle of five water dishes situated on top of individual speakers. The five dishes represent five emotions: sadness, anger, hatred, happiness and desire. By thinking about certain people whom she associated with the five emotions, Park’s emotions are translated into hollow sounds. The sound waves then cause the water to dance and quiver. Park hoped to end her performance with absolute tranquility and silence but she discovered the feat to be impossible.

To transform her thoughts into sound, Lisa Park measures her brainwave patterns and eye movements with NeuroSky EEG headset and collects the data with Processing. The data can then be viewed in graphs, numbers, or charts. Park links Processing with Max/MSP and Reaktor to turn her brainwaves into sound waves. Although transforming brain activity into sound is not a new, ground breaking technology, Lisa Park’s Eunoia is still a hauntingly beautiful demonstration of human emotion.

Read more about Park’s project here.

-Janine Truong

the-science-llama:

infinity-imagined:

Neurons growing in a cell culture

These time lapse animations use phase contrast microscopy to show neural stem cells in a nutrient medium for 4 hours.  They reveal the dynamic growth and recycling of dendrites and synapses as neurons establish relationships with each other.  The social behavior of these cells creates the incredible properties of the mind and brain.

Credit: University of Victoria Medical Sciences

Your brain is doing this RIGHT NOW. Re-wiring as you remember something or learn something, constantly changing.

…the bodies are perceived as with qualities that in reality do not belong to them, qualities which are in fact purely the offspring of the mind. Thus nature gets credit which should in truth be reserved for ourselves: the rose for its scent; the nightingale for his song; and the sun for his radiance. The poet are entirely mistaken. They should address their lyrics to themselves and should turn them into odes of self-congratulations on the excellency of the human mind. Nature is a dull affair, soundless, scentless, colourless; merely the hurrying of material, endlessly, meaninglessly. A.N. Whitehead, 1926

Brain activity showing the reaction of a zebrafish to food. Found out more here.

dailymedical:


Chilling Brain Scans Show the Impact of a Mother’s Love on a Child’s Brain Size
A shocking comparison of brain scans from two three-year-old children reveals new evidence of the remarkable impact a mother’s love has on a child’s brain development.
The chilling images reveal that the left brain, which belongs to a normal 3-year-old, is significantly larger and contains fewer spots and dark “fuzzy” areas than the right brain, which belongs to that of a 3-year-old who has suffered extreme neglect.
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This article has come under fire on the original site for its less-than-rigorous science, so take the comparison with a pinch of salt. One commenter points out that a comparison between two singular samples is not evidence at all, and another that the brain on the right belongs to a smaller head, either from microcephaly or simply age.
I would appreciate a link or reference to the original paper.

dailymedical:

Chilling Brain Scans Show the Impact of a Mother’s Love on a Child’s Brain Size

A shocking comparison of brain scans from two three-year-old children reveals new evidence of the remarkable impact a mother’s love has on a child’s brain development.

The chilling images reveal that the left brain, which belongs to a normal 3-year-old, is significantly larger and contains fewer spots and dark “fuzzy” areas than the right brain, which belongs to that of a 3-year-old who has suffered extreme neglect.

Read more


This article has come under fire on the original site for its less-than-rigorous science, so take the comparison with a pinch of salt. One commenter points out that a comparison between two singular samples is not evidence at all, and another that the brain on the right belongs to a smaller head, either from microcephaly or simply age.

I would appreciate a link or reference to the original paper.