Animation by Augenblick Studios
Behold! The bustling metropolis of our brains!
From the TED-Ed lesson How playing an instrument benefits your brain - Anita Collins
Animation by Sharon Colman Graham
“Using modern technology like fMRI scans, scientists have developed a more thorough understanding of what’s taking place in our brains when we meditate, kind of similar to how scientists have previously looked at measuring creativity in our brains.
The overall difference is that our brains stop processing information as actively as they normally would. We start to show a decrease in beta waves, which indicate that our brains are processing information, even after a single 20-minute meditation session if we’ve never tried it before.”
Here is a basic run down of why you can’t stay focused…
- After 12 seconds of effort, your neurons are running on empty.
- They first look to glial cells for lactate, a readily used sugar.
- If glial cells can’t find lactate, they look for glycogen, which they store up at night and later convert to energy.
- If your neurons can’t find lactate or glycogen, they get exhausted—enabling other parts of your brain to call for attention.
"I focus best on Friday when it is sunny out."
"Looks like classical music enhances my focus."
Ever wondered just how focused (or not) you really are during the day? Melon could be your answer. This new headband measures your focus and then sends the results to your smartphone. The goal is to help you learn which environments and activities improve your focus. More info, and a demo video.