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Mind Matters

Why are top scientists increasingly interested in researching human consciousness? Because the quest to solve the puzzle of human consciousness – the very essence of our being – is one of the great problems of modern science. For 2000 years, the questions surrounding human consciousness – how the everyday inner workings of our brains give […]

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Why Study Consciousness?

Why are top scientists increasingly interested in researching human consciousness? Because the quest to solve the puzzle of human consciousness – the very essence of our being – is one of the great problems of modern science. For 2000 years, the questions surrounding human consciousness – how the everyday inner workings of our brains give […]

Breaking Out of Our Comfort Zone

Welcome to 2016!! As we embark on a monumental year of thinking big, I resolve that the best laid plans have missions or themes… even if they eventually go awry! (That’s where the real fun and innovation lies.) But our blog theme for this year will be breaking out of our comfort zone. We will break […]

How to Learn Science

San Antonio was fortunate to have an excellent speaker last week as part of Trinity University’s Distinguished Scientist Lecture Series! Robert Bjork, PhD came to present on “How we learn vs How we think we learn.” His background in studying learning behaviors spans 3 decades and his award list is long and prestigious. He gave […]

Heather Berlin, Neuroscientist to the Stars

On March 29, Dr. Heather Berlin, a neuroscientist to the stars, joined us on stage at the Pearl Stable to discuss The Neuroscience of the Unconscious Mind. Heather received her doctorate in experimental psychology/neuropsychology from the University of Oxford, Magdalen College and her Master of Public Health from Harvard University. Currently she researches brain-behavior relationships, the neural basis […]

MSF Tom Slick Research Award supported Dr. Justin Hulbert’s work recently published in Nature Communications

Dr. Justin Hulbert, now the Principal Investigator at Bard College’s Memory Dynamics Lab , has a long solid foundation in consciousness work. He is a recipient of the Walt Disney Company Foundation Scholarship, a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and most outstandingly, an impressive affliation with the Mind Science Foundation! While in graduate school at the University […]

A Strategy for Slowing the Progression of Parkinson’s Disease

by Merridee Lefner, Graduate Student, UTSA Neuroscience Institute On Monday the 10th of April, The University of Texas at San Antonio’s Neurosciences Institute welcomed a lecture by Dr. D. James Surmeier on a strategy for slowing the progression of Parkinson’s Disease (PD). PD affects more than 1.5 million people in the United States, and is the second most common neurodegenerative disease in the developed world. As […]

Memories in Space and Time, as Told by the Hippocampus

by Merridee Lefner, Graduate Student, UTSA Neuroscience Institute On Tuesday the 20th of September, the University of Texas at San Antonio’s Neurosciences Institute welcomed a lecture by Dr. Howard Eichenbaum on figuring out the function of the hippocampus, a region in the brain that is known to be the center of memory and emotion. Recently, it was found that the hippocampus also […]

Is All Anger Bad? Debunking the Myths Surrounding the Emotion

By Deepan Guharajan, B.S. In the popular Pixar Movie “Inside Out”, the emotion, Joy, says “[Anger] cares very deeply about things being fair.” This becomes apparent when Riley—the protagonist in the film and whose emotions are heavily involved in her decisions—has a difficult time moving to a new city. Anger is first to assume authority and advocates for […]

Sunday Funday with MSF

Sunday, Sept 18, 2016 at Laurie Auditorium (Trinity University) will be a momentous day for the Mind Science Foundation. Please join us as we have a number of events that you will fire up your neurons and build the brain loving community of San Antonio. At 5:30pm, we will host our inaugural Brain Science Festival (#brainfest) […]

2016 Tom Slick Research Award Funds an Exploration into Meditation and Emotions

The Mind Science Foundation’s Board of Trustees has approved the funding for a new Tom Slick Research Award in Consciousness for Drs. Zoran Josipovic and Lucia Melloni at NYU Comprehensive Epilepsy Center. This team is using innovative approaches to try and connect how people with epilepsy process and control emotions. Dr. Josipovic is one of the founding directors of the Nonduality Institute and is a research […]

The Psychology of Perseverance

by Emily Boice, PhD Next week, the Mind Science Foundation welcomes current members to a Lunch & Learn at headquarters. The topic for this month’s event is the Psychology of Perseverance: Lessons from an Ironman Triathlete. The host for this inspiring discussion is world class athlete and psychologist, Dr. Shelley Probber. When not seeing patients, hanging out with […]

Memory Matters: The public’s chance to explore memory and learning research

On May 12, The Center for Learning & Memory at the University of Texas at Austin held its sixth meeting of the minds “Memory Matters: Exploring memory through research… A focus on memory enhancement.” This event was free and open to the public to come and see demonstrations, do hands on activities, and hear about the latest research. We […]

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