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Blue-Blocking Glasses To Improve Sleep And ADHD Symptoms Developed

Remember BluBlockers??

Scientist have been studying the effect that blocking the blue part of the light spectrum has on a persons circadian rhythms. Get your self some glasses and try it at home!

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Anil Seth: identifying the root of consciousness

The co-director of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science hopes to unravel the mystery of where 'we' exist through studying the brain.

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Synesthesia: crossed wires or free association?

For millennia, philosophers have mused over the nature of perception, how closely it mirrors “reality” and whether different people might, quite without knowing it, subjectively perceive the world in very different ways. We might agree that an apple is “red”, but is the quality of your experience of its redness the same as mine?

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The advantages of autism

Michelle Dawson can't handle crowded bus journeys, and she struggles to order a cup of coffee in a restaurant because contact with strangers makes her feel panicky. Yet over the past few years, Dawson has been making a name for herself as a researcher at the Rivière-des-Prairies hospital, part of the University of Montreal in Canada.

Dawson's field of research is the cognitive abilities of people with autism - people such as herself.

A great article from New Scientist magazine!

Psychedelic trips aid anxiety treatments in study

She swallowed it, lay on the couch with her eyes covered, and waited. And then it came.

"The world was made up of jewels and I was in a dome," she recalled. Surrounded by brilliant, kaleidoscopic colors, she saw the dome open up to admit "this most incredible luminescence that made everything even more beautiful."

Tears trickled down her face as she saw "how beautiful the world could actually be."

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Thomas Campbell - The Monroe Institute Lecture

That Strange Falling Sensation

Do you ever wake up suddenly to a falling sensation and a strong muscle twitch just after you have fallen asleep?

This strange falling sensation and muscle twitch is known as a hypnagogic myoclonic twitch or “Hypnic jerk” If this has happened to you on more than one occasion, don’t worry, you are not alone. Close to 70 percent of all people experience this phenomenon just after nodding off, according to a recent study at the Mayo Clinic.

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The Hypnotic Power of Charismatic Religion

Whatever else you think about charismatic preachers, they have a dramatic power over their audience. While their followers believe them to have special powers, a new brain imaging study led by Uffe Schjødt at Aarhus University in Denmark suggests that it’s all just a product of their imagination.

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but a dream within a dream.
Edgar Allan Poe