Emerging Paradigms of Consciousness Research: News and Views on Consciousness and Mind Science Connected and Gathered from around the Internet

"The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion. ~ Albert Einstein "

OpenEEG: The Open Source EEG project

One of the many projects I've had on my radar. The technically minded among you may find this site worth a look.

Many people are interested in what is called neurofeedback or EEG biofeedback training, a generic mental training method which makes the trainee consciously aware of the general activity in the brain. This method shows great potential for improving many mental capabilities and exploring consciousness. Other people want to do experiments with brain-computer interfaces or just want to have a look at their brain at work.

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Neurotransmitters

A brief explanation of the different neurotransmitters and their functions.. Read more

Acetylcholine
Norepinephrine
Dopamine
GABA
Glutamate
Serotonin
Endorphin

An Interview with: Candace Pert

Biology and chemistry are allied sciences. Even our thoughts and emotions are based on chemical events in the brain. Candace Pert and Solomon Snyder revolutionized neurochemistry in 1972, when they discovered opiate receptors in the brain. These receptors, molecules on the outer membranes of brain cells, are the sites where morphine, heroin, and other opiate drugs bind and trigger their effects on behavior.

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Stress and Sleep Talking

Sleep talking, formally known as somniloquy, is a type of parasomnia, or sleep disorder, that involves talking during sleep without being aware of it. Sleep talking can occur during any stage of sleep, but it has been found that the lighter the sleep, the more understandable the speech.

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Focus 10: Mind Awake/Body Asleep. By ASHES

For those unfamiliar with the focus levels a little background is in order. The story goes back to Robert A. Monroe, who began to experience involuntary Out of Body Experiences (OBE) in 1957. These early experiences have been documented in his first book "Journeys out of the body" (Monroe, 1971).

http://www.explorations-in-consciousness.com/focus10.html

The Passion Cycle

Are lovers struggling against a neurochemical tide?

As we become sexually aroused, dopamine (the "I gotta have it!" neurochemical) rises in our reward circuitry. It is also implicated in addictions. In fact, in 2003 Dutch scientist Gert Holstege announced in a press release pertaining to his research that brain scans of orgasm resembled brain scans of shooting heroin. What goes up must come down.

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