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People spend an average of 18 hours a week listening to music, according to a 2019 survey. It is undeniably a huge part of our lives and, naturally, inspires great curiosity in scientists. What makes you tap to the beat? Is it true that music can make you read faster? And what can possibly connect music and language? Today, we will attempt to answer these questions, dipping our toes into the ocean of research on music perception and cognition.
Do you know why Richard of York gave battle in vain and not in rain? And why will you always remember that roses are red and violets are blue? What about a long-lost memory from your childhood brought back to you by a delicious smell from your parent’s or grandparent’s kitchen? Our brain knows a trick or two, and you can harness its power through mnemotechnics for remembering even the hardest material for your tests and exams.
What do scientists know about the way our memory works? Which part of the brain is responsible for the process of remembering? Is it possible to remember everything or at least not forget the important things? Polina Krivykh, a psychophysiologist, popularizer of neuroscience, and author of the book Where Are My Glasses and Other Stories About Our Memory answers all these questions.
With the ongoing pandemic and increasing distance learning fatigue, this year has demonstrated (and still does) that stress and setbacks are unavoidable. While a bit of stress isn’t necessarily a bad thing, being constantly on high alert can affect both your physical and mental well-being. That’s why we must understand stress and know the ways to manage it in order to lead a happy and healthy life.
Evolutionary Biologist: The Brain Attracts a Lot of Attention, but We Still Don’t Know Much About It
Philipp Khaitovich, an evolutionary biologist and professor at the Skoltech Center for Neurobiology and Brain Restoration, has held an online lecture about the most complex and mysterious human organ – the brain. ITMO.NEWS wrote down the main talking points.
What happens inside our brain in stressful situations? What is the connection between the brain and human needs? How to remain sane during self-isolation? How can procrastination actually be useful? Vyacheslav Dubynin, DSc, professor at the Faculty of Biology of Lomonosov Moscow State University, and a specialist in physiology of the brain, answered these and other questions during an open lecture as part of KSTATI (КСТАТИ) scientific festival by the Network of Nuclear Technology Information Centers. Here are the key points of his presentation.
It is for several years now that ITMO University scientists have been working on the creation of supersensitive sensors for measuring ultra-low magnetic fields that occur, for example, in the brain. These sensors can be made from compact ceramic resonators and defect ensemble (NV centers) in a diamond. Recently, the physicists have published an article in the Review of Scientific Instruments journal, where they described a new, more efficient version of an antenna for such measuring devices. ITMO.NEWS spoke with the authors to find out why we should measure the magnetic field of the human brain, and how this is proposed to be done.
Cognitive psychology is the scientific study of mental processes such as memory, attention, feelings, perception, and creativity. There are still questions that need to be answered by scientists working in this field: for example, how do people suddenly find solutions to complex problems or what is unconscious learning. In order to find answers to these questions, the research group led by Prof. Allahverdov (St. Petersburg State University) invited anyone interested to participate in a range of cognitive experiments and see for themselves how amazing and unpredictable the human brain can be.
An fMRI scan will highlight the parts of the human brain that become active when you see a picture of your ex. Men and women’s brains exhibit different behaviors after sex. Tumors in different areas of the brain can change one’s sexual habits or turn a do-gooder into a maniac. So will we able to manipulate our own romantic feelings in the future? We asked Polina Krivykh, a clinical psychologist, psychophysiologist, science communicator and mentor at Evolution Foundation’s Lecturer School.
Economics, psychology and biology have long studied the process of decision making. It is at the intersection of these subjects that the new science of neuroeconomics, an interdisciplinary field that studies decision making in multiple choice and "risk/reward" situations, has emerged. Vasily Klucharev, the Deputy Dean for Behavioural Sciences at the Higher School of Economics, expanded on this new field of study during an open lecture he gave as part of ITMO’s Science Communication Master’s program.