tungwaiyip.info

home

about me

links

my software

Media

Yucatán Photos

St Lucia Photos

Photo Album

Videos

Blog

< October 2010 >
SuMoTuWeThFrSa
      1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
31      

past articles »

Click for San Francisco, California Forecast

San Francisco, USA

 

Book: The Secret Life of the Grown Up Brain

The Secret Life of the Grown-up Braincover

Many people are probably aware that the world's demographic is shifting toward old age due to declining birth rate and longer life span. Traditionally, we see middle age as a transition period. Our body and the brain is over the peak and undergoing a slow decline into our old age. But new understanding from the burgeoning field of neuroscience often contradict the conventional wisdom. The middle age brain is capable of growth and learning, and in many respect, works even better than younger brain. Author Barbara Strauch put together a lot of scientific finding on middle age brain in her new book The Secret Life of the Grown Up Brain. Here are some of the interesting bits:

  • Longitudinal studies shows cognitive skills peak at middle age.
  • Older people are happier. As one ages, they become calmer, more positive, and being able to regular them emotion better. This is possibly link to a reduced activity of part of the brain called amygdala.
  • Older people are wiser. The amount of white matter in the brain, myelin, continue to increase well into middle age. It forms a coating of insulation and allows the neuron to recover faster after signal have been sent. This can gives us a more integrated and comprehensive view of the world.
  • Older people are using both hemispheres of the brain to handle complex task, a phenomenon known as bilateralization. This is linked to higher cognitive ability.

Overall the book gives quite a happy note on aging. It also challenges our cultural reverence of youthfulness and inspires us to rethink our middle age life.

2010.10.29 [] - comments

 

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

past articles »

 

BBC News

 

S Korea ferry captain arrest sought (18 Apr 2014)

 

East Ukraine militants snub deal (18 Apr 2014)

 

Everest avalanche kills 12 guides (18 Apr 2014)

 

Tributes for Gabriel Garcia Marquez (18 Apr 2014)

 

One fifth of China soil contaminated (18 Apr 2014)

 

Nigeria schoolgirls 'still missing' (18 Apr 2014)

 

Pakistan library named 'Bin Laden' (18 Apr 2014)

 

ICC calls Kenya Ruto trial witnesses (18 Apr 2014)

 

Charges over Todd cyber-bullying (18 Apr 2014)

 

China jails corruption activists (18 Apr 2014)

more »

 

Slashdot News for nerds, stuff that matters

 

Mathematicians Devise Typefaces Based On Problems of Computational Geometry (2014-04-18T13:33:00Z)

 

Heartbleed Sparks 'Responsible' Disclosure Debate (2014-04-18T12:49:00Z)

 

New Facebook Phone App Lets You Stalk Your Friends (2014-04-18T12:05:00Z)

 

Lying Eyes: Cyborg Glasses Simulate Eye Expressions (2014-04-18T09:34:00Z)

 

Plant Breeders Release 'Open Source Seeds' (2014-04-18T06:58:00Z)

 

Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops (2014-04-18T04:30:00Z)

 

Oracle Deflects Blame For Troubled Oregon Health Care Site (2014-04-18T02:02:00Z)

 

'Accidental' Siberian Mummies Part of Mysterious Ancient Arctic Civilization (2014-04-18T00:50:00Z)

more »

 

TechPsychic Tech Rumors and Invented News

more »

 

SF Gate

 

Bay Area News (7 Jan 2012)

 

City Insider (11 Feb 2012)

 

Crime Scene (13 Feb 2012)

 

C.W Newius Column (10 Jan 2012)

 

C.W. Nevius Blog (11 Feb 2012)

 

Education News (10 Jan 2012)

 

KALW (11 Feb 2012)

 

Matier and Ross Blog (11 Feb 2012)

 

CalCharge initiative may give battery makers energy synergy (18 Apr 2014)

 

Brick-and-mortar shopping with a tech twist (17 Apr 2014)

 

Weibo soars in first day of U.S. trading (17 Apr 2014)

 

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer paid .9 million last year (17 Apr 2014)

 

Ship traffic for April 18 (17 Apr 2014)

 

Lending Club acquires Springstone Financial (17 Apr 2014)

more »

 

Asia Times Online

 

Asia bucks military spending decline (15 Apr 2014)

 

Breaking bad in southern NATOstan (15 Apr 2014)

 

US veterans promote 'right to heal' (15 Apr 2014)

 

New China-India era no shoo-in under Modi (15 Apr 2014)

 

Doubts cloud China's urbanization drive (15 Apr 2014)

 

CREDIT BUBBLE BULLETIN Financial stability (15 Apr 2014)

more »

 


Site feed Updated: 2014-Apr-18 07:00