First, click to listen to neuroscientist Amishi Jha give a very short talk at Pop!Tech on how to improve attention. From YouTube:
Amishi Jha is a brain scientist who is working on ways to train brains to pay better attention. How can mindfulness training help people in high-stress situations -- from medical staff to soldiers -- better navigate their challenging environments?
Second, click to read a blog post by neuroanthropologist Daniel Lende (Neuroanthropology at PLoS Blogs Network) about your brain and culture. From that post:
Your Brain on Culture is a November article in the Monitor on Psychology. Written by Beth Azar, this piece provides good coverage of the boom in cultural neuroscience, covering current research and prominent researchers.
Cultural neuroscience looks at how culture can shape cognition, how brains work in different settings, and the culture-dependent connections between cognition and brain function. Cultural neuroscience has emerged at the intersection of the incredible rise of neuroimaging research and decades of work in cultural psychology.
I will provide an overview of the article below, complete with reactions to its main sections. At the end, I will also provide links to the main researchers and article abstracts covered by Beth Azar.
On this day after Thanksgiving in the US, I continue to be grateful for all that the Internet provides, such as the ability to watch and read the above.
Image credit: Neuroanthropology.