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How Dance Illuminates the Mind – The Brain Areas of Dance

Myself - enjoying that tribal, visceral, joyous experience of dancing with friends.

Myself – enjoying that tribal, visceral, joyous experience of dancing with friends.

Today marks the beginning of National Dance Week here in Canada, so I thought it would be fun to write about the neuroscience of dance!

Dancing beautifully integrates complex movement and motor learning, rhythmic musical synchronization, creative emotional expression, and interpersonal communication.

Because of this complexity, studying the neural basis of dance is a challenge – but one with important implications.

Uncovering the neural mechanisms of dance can offer insight into the most complex workings of the human brain, revealing applications to rehabilitation and therapy. It’s even suggested by some to be part of the “next wave” in neuroscience, studying complex behaviour like art rather than simpler phenomenon.

So how do we study the neuroscience of dance?

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Secrets Of The Mind – PBS NOVA Documentary

I remember seeing this during my undergraduate degree in neuroscience. I was absolutely blown away at the time, and it has had a powerful influence on my thinking ever since. It originally broadcast in 2001 – which is a long time in the world of neuroscience – but it’s still relevant today.

“Dr. Vilayanur Ramachandran, an eloquent neuroscientist, is fascinated by patients who have unusual abilities or defects in the way they perceive the world. These include such puzzling phenomena as the phantom pain experienced in a missing, amputated limb, or the inability to recognize a familiar face following a stroke. From these strange cases, Ramachandran is building a novel vision of how the brain works. In “Secrets of the Mind,” NOVA dramatizes the intimate stories of Ramachandran’s encounters with his extraordinary patients.” – PBS

In other words, here’s why the brain is so awesome:Continue Reading

How Does the Brain Work? – NOVA ScienceNOW

I often write about neuroscience on this site. Sometimes I forget that it’s not common knowledge for everyone! For instance, what is the brain, and how does it work?

Here’s a great video from PBS – NOVA ScienceNOW with Neil deGrasse Tyson:

“How Does the Brain Work?”

Get your learn on!!! It’s very well done – entertaining and educating. Read below for some of my commentary on the topics discussed, and what I think are some important lessons.

Watch How Does the Brain Work? on PBS. See more from NOVA scienceNOW.

If the embedded video doesn’t work, try this link: http://video.pbs.org/video/1757221034/

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How do Nerves Work? – TEDed Video

In this video from TEDed, the fundamental concept of how neurons work is explained in just five minutes. This should help you make sense of how your nervous system works – which is important when considering the science of exercise, practice, and pain (to name just a few topics often discussed on bboyscience.com).

Check it out!

Of course, here are a few comments and clarifications:
(I suppose it’s hard to mention important nuances in a 5 min video)

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Learning Pain Science can Relieve and Prevent Pain

get a grip on that neuroscience!

Bold claim, I know.

But recent research has provided compelling evidence to back it up.

Learning how pain works can actually reduce pain. It’s even been shown to prevent low back pain better than specialized core stability exercises!

Talk about “knowledge is power” hey? Pretty cool.

Pain science might sound complicated and hard to understand. But it’s not – researchers have also shown that regular people (not just health professionals and scientists) can understand this stuff when taught properly.

So how would learning about pain science actually help relieve and prevent pain?

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