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Project 1
Seek to uncover links between John Medinas brain rules in order to simplify and further clarify them.

John Medina’s 12 Brain Rules:

Brain rule number 1: Exercise Boost Brain Power
Brain rule number 2: The human Brain is ever evolving.
Brain rule number 3: Every brain is wired differently.
Brain rule number 4: Multitasking does not exist.
Brain rule number 5: Repeat to remember
Brain rule number 6: Remember to Repeat
Brain rule number 7: Sleep well, think well.
Brain rule number 8: Stressed brains don’t learn the same way.
Brain rule number 9: Sensory integration, stimulate more of the senses.
Brain rule number 10: Vision trumps all other senses.
Brain rule number 11: Male and female brain are different
Brain rule number 12: Exploration.

Links:
1. Plasticity (Rule 2,3, 9,12)
2.

Questions:
1. Why is vision the most important sense? (Refer to Ramachandra’s phantom limb concept and the importance of body image on the feeling of pain).
2. What is the neuroscientific basis of Positive thinking?
article 1
3.

Notes:
1. “Neurons that fire together wire together” Carla Shatz (Doidge TBTCI, page 63). Neurons that fire apart wire apart. Neurons out of sync are out of link.
The timing of a sensory input to the neurons in a map is the key to forming it. Neurons in brain maps develop strong connections to one another when they are activated at the same time.
2. BDNF: has a crucial role in reinforcing plastic changes made in the brain in the critical period. (Doidge TBTCI, page 80)
1. Consolidation of connections between neurons. Helps wiring neurons together in order to fire reliably in the future.
2. promotes growth of oligodendrocytes; speeds up transmission of electrical signals.
3. Turns on the Nucleus Basalis (brain attention system).
4. Closes down critical period (massive influx of BDNF shuts down Nucleus Basalis). Important since their is a need for stability. The nuclues is only activated when something important, surprising, or novel occurs.

References:
Rule 4:Multitasking is a myth: a. Doidge TBTCI, 67-68, on attention and multi tasking,
Rule 1:Exercise boosts brain power: article 1 article 2

For many reasons, i think that Napoleon Hill’s groundbreaking research on success is very pertinent to brain research. Somehow i plan to link Medina’s Rules with those of Napoleon’s.

Napoleon Hills’s 13 principles of Success
1. Burning desire
2. Faith
3. Auto Suggestion
4. Specialized Knowledge
5. Imagination
6. Organized planning
7. Decision
8. Persistence
9. Mastermind
10. The mystery of sex transmutation
11. The Subconscious mind
12. The Brain
13. The Sixth Sense

Project 2:
Neuronal Oscillators and Rhythm.

This is a very interesting and emerging topic that requires a great amount of research. A few groups are invloved in rhythm and neuronal oscillator research. I will beging by exploring the following books.

Rhythm music and the brain
Michael Thaut, Routledge, 2005.

Rhythms of the Brain
By Gyorgy Buzsaki. Oxford University Press, 2006.

How did our brains evolve, and what makes them work? Dr. Buzsaki looks into how coordinated neuronal firing developed and hypothesizes that it plays a large role in the brain’s many functions, including information processing and retrieval.

Project 3: Diffusion Tensor Imaging of the DEEP BRAIN.
DTI is an emerging technology that promises to be indispensable in clinical neurology and neurosurgery. Supported by a Neurosurgeons, Neurologists and Engineers in the montreal area, i will begin exploring DTI in relation to Parkinson’s and other diseases.

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