Many people claim that they have experienced out-of-body experiences also known as “astral projection”, “soul travel”, or “spirit walking” — floating outside of their bodies and watching themselves from the outside. Some parapsychologists and occult writers treat out-of-body experiences as evidence that a soul, spirit or subtle body can detach itself from the body and visit distant locations. One in ten people have an out-of-body experience once, or even, several times in their life. A team of scientists found someone who says she can do this at will and put her into a brain scanner. What they discovered was very interesting.
This strange picture of a blob is a completely smooth brain of an adult male. It has no ridges and folds so characteristic to the most complex organ of Homo sapiens. Not much known about the possessor of the brain, except that he ended his days in a psychiatric hospital in Texas in 1970.
Some musicians and composers have a brain disorder that allows them to “see” music as colors or shapes. This sensory disorder is called synesthesia. Mozart is said to have had this condition. He said that the key of D major had a warm “orangey” sound to it, while B-flat minor was blackish. A major was a rainbow of colors to him. This may explain why he wrote some of his music using different colors for different music notes, and why much of his music is in major keys.
People love music for much the same reason they’re drawn to sex, drugs, gambling and delicious food, according to new research. When you listen to tunes that move you, the study found, your brain releases dopamine, a chemical involved in both motivation and addiction.
Attention, college students cramming between midterms and finals: Binging on soda and sweets for as little as six weeks may make you stupid.
A team led by psychology professor Ian Spence at the University of Toronto reveals that playing an action videogame, even for a relatively short time, causes differences in brain activity and improvements in visual attention.
If you electrically shock a person’s brain, their math skills can greatly improve for up to 6 months. It’s barely enough to light a light bulb, but passing a very mild current of electricity through the brain can turn on a metaphorical light bulb in a person’s brain.