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Brain Matters Forum

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Name: Charles T.
Date: 2002-05-24 11:18:08
Link to this Comment: 2128

For your info, here's a new ADHD resource:

Date: 2003-03-05 18:20:29
Link to this Comment: 4953


brain processes
Name: drea
Date: 2003-09-17 00:08:53
Link to this Comment: 6502

I really don't have a comment; it is more of a question. I was have a discussion with my sister and her boyfriend, and I said that no one can THINK about more than one thing at a time. To say the least, he did not agree. I was wondering if I misinterpreted some info. I heard, or has anybody else heard that before? If you have, can you cite the source for me?

Brain wrinkles
Name: Tomsina
Date: 2003-09-25 09:56:59
Link to this Comment: 6630

Hi, my name is Tomasina (I am 18 years old) and I was just wondering if it is true that when you learn you get a new wrinkle in your brain every time. I have heard this but am not positive I believe it. Could you give me the facts?

colors that stimulate the minds of sith graders
Name: Kathleen
Date: 2003-10-17 09:27:12
Link to this Comment: 6906

I'm doing my 7th grade Science Fair Project I having problems locating answers to my questions. My topic is-What color or colors will stimulate the memories of 6th graders? I want to find research and facts about that topic.

Brain and Music
Name: Vince
Date: 2003-10-18 19:08:05
Link to this Comment: 6915

I have more of a question than a comment. I was wondering if anyone could tell me how music would affect the brain of a basketball player during a game. Would it help them concentrate more or make it harder.

brain wrinkles
Name: Nicole
Date: 2003-12-31 15:27:54
Link to this Comment: 7584

I have always heard that everytime you learn something new, you get a new wrinkle. Is this true??

science fair crisis#2
Date: 2004-01-05 14:29:36
Link to this Comment: 7587

ineed to know how a women and a men brain cells are differentbeside of the following:women have more brain cells than any other men do!!!!!!please help i need this lnfo by 1-8-04

Name: Briget And
Date: 2004-01-28 17:56:52
Link to this Comment: 7805

Like when you look at a table full of things. How does your brain remember them. HJROX393@aol

lack of oxygen to the brain
Name: Jennifer C
Date: 2004-02-03 23:19:38
Link to this Comment: 7955

I am wondering if anyone can help me find some resurch linking disorders such as ADHD and other learning disablitys with my daughters lack of oxygn for about 36 hours at 14mo. old I am trying to convince people that she did damage and needs to be retrained how to learn no one seems to think I am right we have tried all ADHD meds to date nothing impacts her ablity to learn.

even handed teacher
Name: carmen
Date: 2004-03-30 12:16:25
Link to this Comment: 9087

I'm a six grade student trying to find information on an even handed teacher, trying to see if the teacher puts more attention to the right side or the left side of the classroom. If this is fair, If the teacher is right handed or left handed how will this affect the students.
This is my science fair project. thank you

Name: frank u
Date: 2004-08-31 00:43:28
Link to this Comment: 10705

which side of the brain is memory located

musics effect on HUMAN memory
Name: Ashley
Date: 2004-09-22 20:18:32
Link to this Comment: 10910

i'm doin a Biology report on musics effect on human memory and i cant find anything on my topic. is there anyway that anyone could please help me to locate a source that has the answers to what i need!?!? thank you. oh yeah my project is due ONE WEEK from Thursday,September 23,2004! it would be of great help if i could please have a response by friday,September 24,2004 thanx

brain memory
Name: Kyle
Date: 2004-10-13 20:30:02
Link to this Comment: 11087

OK I'm in 8th gade and I am trying to find out some thing about the brain and it's memory please HELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP. I would really appreciate some topics

Name: Miranda Jo
Date: 2004-10-25 20:09:21
Link to this Comment: 11220

Hi My name is mandy and i'm really bored and decided to write something. I know it has absolutly nothin' to do with brains or whatever the hell u r talking about but still it was fun while it lasted. so yea.
see yall later
New Salem
North Dakota

Name: yuna
Date: 2004-11-09 13:22:22
Link to this Comment: 11465

i was wondering if you knew how music affects the brain while working on a problem


simple partial seizures
Name: Jon and Sh
Date: 2004-11-09 22:04:08
Link to this Comment: 11479

I'm a 6th grade student and have just found out that I am having seizures in the right side of my brain. My doctor said they were called simple partial seizures, and I was wanting to know what does the right side do? What does it work. They put me on some medicine called lamictal, and I really hope this works, because I've had a lot of trouble in school and with my grades, and I want to improve but I sometimes can't help my self with some of the things I do. I've been told for YEARS that I have ADHD and my mom and the doctors have had me on everything just about that they make for that. I also have anxiety and depression, but I feel more anxious and I do depressed. But would these seizures have any effect on my behavior or my work in school. I write with my left hand and its so sloppy I can't even read my own writing. I have trouble making complete sentences. My mom is helping with this so you will understand what I want to know. Could you please help us and tell us what the right side of the brain is used for. Thanks alot.

Name: Nishal Sha
Date: 2004-11-19 07:12:25
Link to this Comment: 11671

i was wondering if daily activities can affect the dreams we have. Or can we control the dreams we have? and can we see the dreams we want to have?
I read it on a web site about controlling the dreams. But it worked only at times. Can U suggest any other method? I read in a magazine that a japanese company is making an equipment to control dreams. What is the biological theory behind this and what is the technology they are using?

white matter leisons
Name: Mary Porte
Date: 2004-12-29 00:24:47
Link to this Comment: 12005

This morning I had a ct scan because i have lost most of the site in my eyes-for a period of an hour or more then it gegins to clearup. Have been to an eye surgen eyes are fine, from there back to my gp who set up a cat scan and neuro altra sound on my carotid attery's. Got word from my gp he is sending me to a neurosurgen for more tests. Ct showed white matter leisons, nerve damage, possible stroks. Very confused. Can anyone help me to understand what is happining? Mary

science fair project
Name: Beth D.
Date: 2005-01-06 21:31:19
Link to this Comment: 12018

I'm an 8th grader doing a science fair project on how music affects how much somone can remember. I was wondering if you could help me with some research about it. Thanks.

music and the brian
Name: Amanda
Date: 2005-01-24 20:07:38
Link to this Comment: 12212

hi would you be able to tell me what music does for us and how it conects with our lifes... does it have any thing to do with what were going through or is it have a more detailed back ground to it?

and what part of the brain does music effect?

Science fair
Name: casey
Date: 2005-01-24 21:10:59
Link to this Comment: 12214

please help me i am a 7th grader and i need to know which gender does puzzles better. iff you can help me with in 1 or 2 days that would be great thank you so much

Name: Elle
Date: 2005-02-15 08:07:49
Link to this Comment: 12907

I had a MRI of my head and everything was fine except for "abnormal generalised atrophy" my doctor said its in the white brain matter at the back up high in the middle of my head. Its way more than it should be for my age. No strokes or blocks and all flows and everything else are normal. doctor made an urgent appointment with the neurologist. I have had a lot of things going on to get the MRI. Doctor said no-one knows what the white matter does. It must do something. Someone told me my brain is dying. Is it something like alzeimers? that's happening? My grandmother and my aunt had strokes and got dementia and didn't know what was going on. Im worried and want to have some knowledge while I wait for the doctors appointment. Can you answer soon please.

nobel prize
Date: 2005-03-02 18:09:08
Link to this Comment: 13350

We need a picture of what part of the brain is affected by music.

Name: kari
Date: 2005-03-11 12:15:23
Link to this Comment: 13452

You have to use your brain in many ways > Like, for example in school you have to do your work which used force to do it. And thinking about all things and making things up is using ur brain

brain effects
Name: kari
Date: 2005-03-11 12:20:11
Link to this Comment: 13453

Sometimes you know when you get a brain fart does that effect your brain? I never really knew that and yes i should know this cuz iam almost a sophomore of Gage High School. Last year We did this project on a mouse brain and we had to identify all the parts of it. IT is was so grossifying . I ll never do that again

Arnold Chiari Malformation
Name: Sonni
Date: 2005-04-11 19:19:52
Link to this Comment: 14467

I'm doing a research paper and power point presentation on the Arnold Chiari Malformation. I need any information I can get. It seems like an interesting disease but I need to learn enough stuff to write 7 pages and make a 15 minute presentation. How does it affect the brain? things like that. Please Help!

Grade 7 project
Name: Trish
Date: 2005-04-12 21:40:47
Link to this Comment: 14531

Hi, am preparing a project on the brain for my grade 7 students. Can students use this site to ask questions and get responses about the brain?

Name: nichole gr
Date: 2005-05-10 21:33:18
Link to this Comment: 15104

what kind of math is going to be on the compass test

brain class
Name: TE
Date: 2005-08-13 11:13:55
Link to this Comment: 15888

I am a teen who needs to design a class on the brain for middle school students, are there any samole courses or a sylabus I could use?
Help TE

Nutrition and Economy of a Country
Name: J.P.D. Pei
Date: 2005-09-08 12:20:18
Link to this Comment: 16058

I have been doing a Research on Nutrition Human Behavior and Economy of a country for last so many years. In other words, why there is a 3rd World in this world.I have found a solution, but unable to introduce to any under Developed country as they are ignorant in this matter, which is a problem inside a problem. Can anyone give a sugestion as to how this could be Introduced to a 3rd world country?

behavioral and social sciences
Name: Mel
Date: 2005-09-29 19:49:37
Link to this Comment: 16383

I am a 7th grader doing a science project on behavioral and social sciences. I can't find any good websites with solid information. Do you know of any good websites?

Early Learning
Name: Marsh Kami
Date: 2005-09-30 18:25:01
Link to this Comment: 16398

Marsh Kaminsky
Copyright 2005


"From birth to three are the key years for developing a child's intelligence --don't wait ‘til kindergarten !"
From the book Kindergarten Is Too Late by Masaru Ibuka

In the early 1980s, scientists discovered that the brain grew in power when it was stimulated, particularly during the crucial first three years. Prior to that, it was commonly thought that the inherited genes were solely responsible for our intelligence. Not so anymore. Suddenly, we learned that the environment has a dramatic affect on intelligence. Since we can control the environment, we can now control the level of our children's intelligence! I believe that there are very few things in or out of science that is more important than this.

Nothing Einstein ever invented compares with the discovery that we are not born with a fixed amount of intelligence.

To illustrate this brain growth phenomenon in simple terms, think about what happens when a body builder strenuously exercises his muscles. With enough exercise, his muscles will grow larger and stronger. That is nothing new, everyone knows about body building. But what is new is that scientists have demonstrated that the very young human brain, when stimulated or exercised, grows in power like our muscles. I call this brain building. But interestingly enough, while there is a limit to muscle growth, there is no known limit to brain growth or intelligence. It all depends on the amount of stimulation provided and at what age.

If ten minutes a day is an ordinary amount of brain stimulation and that creates an average IQ, what happens if a very young child is given an hour a day? Or two hours? Three? Will we then get child prodigies or super geniuses with IQs in the 200+ range? Will we get extremely capable children who routinely enter kindergarten already reading at the fifth grade level or above?

More than anything else, giving our children genius level IQs will solve many of our education problems, including the achievement gap.

A tot or toddler's brain can be stimulated by simply making it think. Thinking acts as a brain growth catalyst. The more a child thinks, the higher its intelligence. Stimulation that makes children think can come from a variety of sources. Conversing with adults, listening to music, or learning how to read are the most effective. For the stimulation to have the greatest effect, the child should be three or under and the stimulation should be relatively intense, on a daily consistent basis, and last at least an hour a day for about two years.

Magic occurs in a child's brain when he or she is learning to read when first learning how to walk and talk.

Is it difficult to teach a tot or a toddler how to read? Well, think of it this way. They are already learning how to talk, an incredible intellectual feat. If the brain can handle the spoken language, why would anyone doubt that a very young child can learn how to read? And let's not forget their amazing facility with foreign languages that adults cannot hope to match.

The very young human brain is America's great wasted natural resource.

When my son was two, I began to teach him how to read. I had no training in reading instruction. In fact, at the time I was a practicing accountant. Nevertheless it was easy to teach him the alphabet and their related sounds. With enough repetition and lots of patience, I learned that I could easily teach him how to read, spell, and even compute. And what a joy the experience turned out to be! As I write this, I am envious of all those parents out there who may try it too. Incidently, he ended up reading at the fourth grade level with an IQ of 148 on the day he entered kindergarten. It was this teaching experience that originally fired my interest in preschool education.

This brain growth phenomenon ranks in importance with the discovery of fire and the invention of the alphabet.

* * *

None of what I have written is made up fiction. Many others have written extensively on the recent brain discoveries. However, because nothing much has ever been done to demonstrate this brain miracle, I was prompted to write this essay.

Here is what brain researcher William Fowler ( University of Chicago ) said about child prodigies such as Mozart:

"In no instance where documentation exists have I found any individual of high ability who did not experience intensive (emphasis added) early stimulation as a central component of his development . . . The unvarying coincidence of extensive early stimulation with cognitive precocity and subsequent superior competence in adulthood suggests that stimulation is a necessity for the development of high abilities."

And another scientist said:

"Give me a dozen healthy infants and my own specific world to bring
them up in, and I'll guarantee to take any one at random and train him to become any type of specialist I might select - doctor, lawyer, artist,
merchant, chef and yes, even beggar and thief, regardless of his talents, penchants, tendencies, abilities, vocations, and race of his ancestors."

- John B. Watson, 1924

Then there is Dr. Laszlo Polgar, a psychologist from Hungary. Several years ago he and his wife decided that their children should be geniuses. Using the game of chess as a brain stimulation tool for his daughters, he literally created three extremely intelligent chess grand masters. What a great story this is!

With brain building, even poor or uneducated parents can create an extremely intelligent child. It really all depends on the amount of time and effort parents are willing to invest. Wealth or status has nothing to do with this.

This will be done someday. It may take fifty, a hundred or more years, but someday some hero will organize a Watson like project with parents and prove everything I have been saying. Because of their blind adherence to developmentalism (an idiotic education belief that is very much against early reading), it won't be an educator. Instead, I think our hero will turn out to be a school board member, a cognitive neuroscientist at a university, or a foundation member interested in education. But no matter who does it, he or she will be the one to not only end the achievement gap but far more importantly, forever change education in America. That's what the magic of very early learning can do.

Date: 2005-10-27 12:22:52
Link to this Comment: 16662

I have sitematically pains in my eyes I stayed surprised but I confirmed that my graduation was incrising at a very fast level.

Name: Kim
Date: 2005-11-10 20:05:21
Link to this Comment: 16920

Hi, i am kim and i have adhd. i was wondering, my grade has to do a big science project for the science fair and i was wondering if anyone has any information what so ever on the topic ADHD. I would also like to know more about what i have and all of the ways it effects me. Thankya Thankya

violence and the brain
Name: Cyndy
Date: 2005-11-18 11:01:51
Link to this Comment: 17062

I am a senior in highschool and i am wondering if everyone can be violent in any way? If so how is it that the brains comes into place? Why does violence occur? What does this have to do with the chemistry of the body?

Name: nyasia
Date: 2005-11-29 19:28:22
Link to this Comment: 17214

i was wondering dose sleep affect the brain? and if it dose how?

brain and music
Name: Christy
Date: 2005-12-02 23:05:05
Link to this Comment: 17274

Hea waz up I want to know about the brain and music. My lilsister is doing a model of the brain but she doesnt know what side the music is on. Could you please help me and my little sister?

Thanks love,

Punkrock girl

brain and the sound of music
Name: Carmen Leo
Date: 2005-12-02 23:09:31
Link to this Comment: 17275

Hi I wish to know about the brain and music. Im a second grader. Could u please tell me about the brain and music. Thank u!

Mrs.Smarty Pants

Name: reddy
Date: 2005-12-30 12:04:37
Link to this Comment: 17491

my mind is not improving because of I am not getting enough sleep.
I won't get good night sleep and I want to become something but Unable to do thingks what I want.

Please could someone help to me, How do I improve my mind as well as my sleeping also

Name: michelle L
Date: 2006-01-07 20:44:37
Link to this Comment: 17559

My name is michelle and i am a fifth grase.
This is a question not a command.
im dfoing a scuence fair project and i have to write 3 pg essay about the brain.
ANd.. I cant find any infos. can you please send me some info on the brain.??
as soon as possible.. plz

My question is.....

How or Why soes doing computer for a period of time affect your brain speed??

music and human
Name: tarmizi
Date: 2006-03-15 23:14:14
Link to this Comment: 18546

it seems dat these two things have it's own relationship..

music and human
Name: syafiq
Date: 2006-03-15 23:16:27
Link to this Comment: 18547

what is the relationship between these two things..?
for those who have the answer please mail me

Bipolar Disorder
Date: 2006-03-19 02:42:17
Link to this Comment: 18592

I just got my computer and I've always wanted to say what I think people need to know about this disease.
My son is now 25 years old and has been battling this disease all his life,but we did not know till he was 21 yrs. old.
He was diagnosed with dyslexia and borderline ADD when he was in 3rd grade.
Of course his symtoms only increased along with other problems from being put in the slow class,which never stopped till he quit in the 10th grade.
Even though my son did not finish school, he has always been very gifted since he was 3 yrs old. He started sculpting and drawing about that time, except his worked looked liked an adults, except better. This has always continued until he was about 17 when he started having severe deprssion. Then, the mania started, but was hidden because he worked hard jobs, and that took alot of his energy away, he also was self medicating with marijuana, which most bipolars due to calm thereselves. Then at 22 he hit rock bottom and was almost catatonic before I got him into a good doctor, and it took 4 other doctors to almost kill him with different medications, trying to find one that worked. Finally, in 2005 my son was put on Seroqul and Xanax. These medications saved my son. He continues to improve, but is on disability due to the seriousness of his disease and not being able to work. I truely hope this information can help some other mother out there so she won't have to see her son suffer as I have and continue to, as he will have this disease until there is a cure. I f anyone reads this and would like to get more of this story, or if i CAN HELP someone, please email me, I would love to correspond with others who know this kind of pain.
Sincerly, Sue Ryan

childs brain
Name: roxanne
Date: 2006-03-21 10:12:06
Link to this Comment: 18631

i am 15 and i need to know how music can effected a childs brain help

Name: MAD
Date: 2006-03-22 23:01:25
Link to this Comment: 18661

i hate u didn't help me wIt scifair proj MEAN JERK BLAH BLAH

Date: 2006-03-22 23:02:37
Link to this Comment: 18662

i hate u didn't help me wIt scifair proj MEAN JERK BLAH BLAH

Date: 2006-04-08 09:01:59
Link to this Comment: 18899

Name: Simon Fell
Date: 2006-04-10 11:18:21
Link to this Comment: 18931

If I were painting using an oil-based paint, what common liquids could I use to remove paint from my hands? Perhaps some kitchen liquids?

How does music affect your brain
Name: Welcom2par
Date: 2006-04-21 19:53:57
Link to this Comment: 19116

im a 7th grader doing a science report on how does music affect ur brain and we can not find anything can u lend a hand in anyway like does it change your mood give u energy, make u smarter, etc

good of creating behovir
Name: selvasekha
Date: 2006-04-24 07:01:30
Link to this Comment: 19131


i got th
Date: 2006-05-07 07:27:42
Link to this Comment: 19275

i got the awnser to some of your problems
Name: James
Date: 2006-05-07 07:30:12
Link to this Comment: 19276

Hi iam a 9th Grader and i feel like this too TV is not a problem for me but the computer is a big problem for me in school days find it hard to sleep when iam usin it if i open absalotuley any music i find it hard to sleep i have had this problem since the Year 2003 when i was in 6th Grade could someone help me out hear

To How Does Music Affect ur brain
Name: Clarissa
Date: 2006-05-08 15:36:58
Link to this Comment: 19285

Music does influence the way I feel at any moment. It can make me happy, sad, in love, etc. But it also depends on the person themselves, I think.

brain chip
Date: 2006-06-21 20:11:45
Link to this Comment: 19547

can you please get back to me as soon as possible regarding surgical implants.

Insane! ! !
Name: Dandy
Date: 2006-07-22 07:49:05
Link to this Comment: 19963

My father is very thearsty for money, there are a lot of things that bother him...especialy my mother, then is me.My sister gets all the credit's.Anyway I thing that he has problems with some fixations of him and I think it began in his childehood.His father was a very mean man ... but despite that he promised he will never do that with his kinds ... unlikely he did and he is doing a more damege to us than his father did to him: he is fucking with our brains.He was also 21 ears in the army... mabe this is also a reason for him to be so mean to us.The level @ wich I am is: ALMOST GOING INSANE!!!fUCK I WANT TO GET OUT OF HERE...
I hope that in one year I will get rid of them!...and be on my own.
Bythaway I am 21 years old and I am from Romania.Hope you will answer with a by

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Name: Webmaster
Date: 2006-08-14 12:07:42
Link to this Comment: 20161

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