Neuroscientists Identify Physiological Link Between Trial And Error And Learning

ScienceDaily (Mar. 26, 2009) — Learning through trial and error often requires subjects to establish new physiological links by using information about trial outcome to strengthen correct responses or modify incorrect responses. New findings, which appear in the latest issue of the journal Neuron, establish a physiological measure linking trial outcome and learning.

Brain Activity Predicts People's Choices

ScienceDaily (Mar. 28, 2009) — The activity in one brain structure can predict people's preferences, according to new research in the March 25 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience. The study shows that even when people rate options similarly, they will choose the one that causes more activation in the caudate nucleus, a brain region involved in anticipating reward.

Aromatherapy and the Mind

Summary: Useful for those that wish to gain further background information and research regarding the psychological and emotional aspects of aromatherapy. 

Aromatherapy Scent and Psyche

Summary: Contains background aromatherapy information, how olfaction (the sense of smell) works, and how aromatherapy can effect the emotions. 

The Fragrant Mind

Summary: This detailed volume covers both the psychological and emotional use of aromatherapy and essential oils. 

Language Of Music Really Is Universal, Study Finds

ScienceDaily (Mar. 20, 2009) — Native African people who have never even listened to the radio before can nonetheless pick up on happy, sad, and fearful emotions in Western music, according to a new report published online on March 19th in Current Biology. The result shows that the expression of those three basic emotions in music can be universally recognized, the researchers said.

Dinner effectiveness with CLAMP

After a nice dinner in London last week, I’m not sure about the business model many restaurants have.

The meal was perfect and most ingredients were present to have a great dinner, but the one or two thing I feel should change to increase the dinner’s effectiveness.

The three right ingredients were a Conversation topic, a Light meal and a Private space.

Chocolate, Wine And Tea Improve Brain Performance


ScienceDaily (2008-12-24) -- All that chocolate might actually help finish the bumper Christmas crossword over the seasonal period. According to Oxford researchers working with colleagues in Norway, chocolate, wine and tea enhance cognitive performance. ... > read full article

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