Mind Over Matter – Prior experience and the perception of fatigue

Posted by on Jan 14, 2010 in Cognitive Neuroscience, Sports Psychology | 2 comments

Continuing on the topic of mind over matter, and specifically in relation to exercise, I am reminded of some work done by Professor Tim Noakes several years ago. Professor Noakes challenged a long established belief that fatigue originates in the muscles (when the muscles run out of oxygen, glycogen or ATP), or when there is too much lactic acid. This model was called the “Limitations Model”. Rather, Noakes and his colleagues...

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Yoga, Qigiong and PsychoNeuroImmunology

Posted by on Jan 4, 2010 in Cognitive Neuroscience, Psychology | 0 comments

Traditional Eastern medicine can be traced back thousands of years; well before the advent of science as we know it – many of the ideas found across Asia can be traced back to the Upanishads of around 1200 to 900 BCE. Rather than cast these ideas aside because they do not conform to the Western idea of science, I think of them as mechanisms for explaining patterns that were observed over hundreds if not thousands of years, but have yet to...

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The neuroscience of now

Posted by on Jan 2, 2010 in Cognitive Neuroscience | 1 comment

Some esoteric or spiritual authors say that in order to be more enlightened and awakened you need to be more present, and you to release yourself from the desires of the ego – an essentially Buddhist point of view – so that you are able to see things as they really are. From a neuroscience point of view there is some merit in this, and let me explain how. First of all we segment the brain to a number of functional areas. The first...

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Just a collection of sparking neurons?

Posted by on Dec 31, 2009 in Cognitive Neuroscience, Psychology | 1 comment

Are we just a collection of sparking neural messages whizzing about our brains? It might be disturbing for some to consider that our attitudes and beliefs, our thoughts and feelings are the result of a complex mix of neural connections and chemicals that work together to construct our unique view of the world. Or are we more than that? I would argue that, when it comes to the human mind, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Some would...

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