Synapses Shrink as Part of the Learning Process, or Why Cramming Doesnt Work | Scientists at Carnegie Mellon University have discovered a surprising new phase in the learning process that involves the shrinking of synaptic connections and explains why cramming for exams yields few long term benefits. The research has shown that in the short term, synapses get even stronger than previously thought, but then quickly go through a transitional phase where they weaken.
Depression Brain Changes Explored | New discoveries are being made about changes in the brain during depression. Dr. Mia Lindskog of the Karolinska Institute, Sweden, and her team say that two separate mechanisms cause the emotional symptoms and the deficits in memory and learning seen in depression.
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Conventional wisdom holds that if we work hard we will be more successful, and if we are more successful, then we’ll be happy. Recent discoveries in the field of positive psychology have shown that this formula is completely backward: Happiness fuels success, not the other way around.
Studies using MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) showed that meditation actually increased the very thickness of the brain in areas related to awareness and attention, as well as cognitive processing and emotional wellbeing. The researchers found that the blood vessels become wider, the support structures also increase in number and they have more branches and connections.