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Scientists Discover Brain’s Anti-Distraction System
By Jason von Stietz
April 18, 2014

Two Simon Fraser University psychologists have made a brain-related discovery that could revolutionize doctors’ perception and treatment of attention-deficit disorders.


This discovery opens up the possibility that environmental and/or genetic factors may hinder or suppress a specific brain activity that the researchers have identified as helping us prevent distraction.


The Journal of Neuroscience has just published a paper about the discovery by John McDonald, an associate professor of psychology and his doctoral student John Gaspar, who made the discovery during his master’s thesis research.


This is the first study to reveal our brains rely on an active suppression mechanism to avoid being distracted by salient irrelevant information when we want to focus on a particular item or task.

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Brain Games: Move Objects with Your Mind to Find Inner Calm?
By Jason von Stietz
March 6, 2014

Couch potatoes everywhere, rejoice.

New commercial devices, using technology borrowed from the field of neuroscience, are making it possible to control objects with brain power alone. The idea is to help train users to become more focused — and relaxed. Read Full Article Here

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Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy
By Jay Gunkelman
January 11, 2013

Junior Seau's recent suicide provided the pathologists access to his brain, and after his 20 year history as a heavy hitter, it is no surprise to modern neuroscientists thaat they would fond evidence of CTE in his brain's structure.

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The mainstreaming of EEG applications
By Jay Gunkelman
January 7, 2013

It is fun to see that there are now over 300 labs worldwide working on this issue of brain-computer-interface or BCI. 

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