Learn more on an empty stomach?

Researchers from the Yale School of Medicine discovered in 2006 that Gherline, a hormone secreted by an empty stomach not just triggers the hunger signal to the brain. In Mice (plural of mouse, nit as in MICE industry) that hormone also resulted in better learning and remembering.  This makes sense: when you are hungry, as an animal, you go look for food, and it is crucial that you are able to remember where there is food to e found. If you don’t, you die; natural selection.

Richer bouquet with Jimmy Hendrix

Put the record on when presenting someone a cabernet Sauvignon, Rock will do. The wine will be more robust and taste stronger than if presented with no music. The same wine will taste much milder when enjoyed with a romantic ballad.  Listening to music can influence the taste of wine. ‘Cognitive Priming’ lies at the base of this effect, according to researchers at the Heriot-Watt University of Edinburgh.

Building sleep reserves for that coming conference?

Heavy conference ahead with early committee meetings and late night “networking” events? Try sleeping more than usual in the weeks prior to the conference.  Research by the American Sleep expert Tracy Rupp with 24 subjects makes her concludes that you can accumulate sleep for ‘use’ in periods of ‘scarcity’.Half of the test group had to be in bed 10 hours a night for a week and the other half 8 hours.

Professor Tim Jacob PhD

Research Overview
The psychophysiology of smell: how we smell, why we smell and what differentiates different smell qualities. We are also investigating the function of smell as a signalling medium in humans (human pheromones).

Is (day) light really valuable for meetings?

Use natural light.
Whenever possible, try to arrange for meetings (or breakout sessions) outside the classic four-wall meeting room. Windows that let in natural light keep people energized and contribute to mental stimulus. "Windows make a huge difference in our ability to think big and be open-minded" .

Patrick De Wit

Patrick De Wit is a clinical neurologist, interested in rehabilitation of people. Diseases of the brain are the most important reason for learning and attention disorders.
In his function as Medical Director he is involved in the daily issues about learning, teaching and networking between medical doctors in and outside the hospital.

Department Neurology    AZ Sint Jozef    Malle, Belgium

Digital natives have different brain

The Digital native is anyone younger than 25 (in 2006) that was born in the digital age. The digital immigrants are the older generation that was not. Neuroscientists now say that there is a physical difference in the brains of these two categories.

Also: The Digital natives have CPA, Continues Partial Attention. Digital natives call, send text messages and pictures, play games, download music, and watch commercials all at the same time.  

Warm body keeps the head cool

Finnish research made a number of volunteers solve puzzles and tests at 10° Celsius during a few days. These volunteers did significantly worse that a control group at 25° Celsius. (20° Celsius is normal room temperature.) Conclusion, Cold has a negative impact on performance of the brain, because it distracts from the task at hand.


Sleeping improves memory

More and more scientists are getting convinced sleep is not a waste of time.

Microphone feedback is 2nd most annoying sound

26 January 2007 International visitors to the BadVibes web site ( — a research project from the University of Salford — listened to sounds such as a dentist's drill, fingernails scraping down a blackboard and aircraft flying past, before rating them in terms of their unpleasantness. Although fingernails scraping down a blackboard is said to be the worst sound by many people, the actual recording of this sound only came 16th out of 34 sounds auditioned.
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