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Old April 19 2014, 01:30 PM   #1
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artists' brains are different

Artists' brains are different from non-artitsts' brains, scientists now say. What each individual chooses to focus upon may change our brains, physically, some think.
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-26925271
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Old April 19 2014, 01:56 PM   #2
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Participants' brain scans revealed that artists had increased neural matter in areas relating to fine motor movements and visual imagery.
It falls into line with evidence that focus of expertise really does change the brain. The brain is incredibly flexible in response to training and there are huge individual differences that we are only beginning to tap into.
I'm surprised that this is news. I thought that was long since known. Heck, I knew it from somewhere. Of course artists have increased neural matter in these areas because that is what they do repeatedly.
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Old April 20 2014, 11:55 PM   #3
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But do they taste any better? Can you escape the zombies by pointing to your friend and saying "Artist brain over there!"?
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Old April 21 2014, 12:42 AM   #4
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Re: artists' brains are different

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Artists' brains are different from non-artitsts' brains, scientists now say.
We artists are the crème de la crème. We mustn't compare ourselves to other people - I have been saying that all along. Now that the evidence is concrete - and undeniable - everyone else will come onboard, with that ... finally!
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Old April 21 2014, 12:58 AM   #5
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Re: artists' brains are different

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Artists' brains are different from non-artitsts' brains, scientists now say.
It took five thousand years for them to figure this out? All they needed to do was moderate an artists' forum for a year like I did.
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Old April 22 2014, 04:58 PM   #6
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Huh... I thought his was a no-brainer.
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Old April 27 2014, 09:59 PM   #7
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I can't draw a straight line with a ruler...
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Old April 27 2014, 10:08 PM   #8
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I can't draw a straight line with a ruler...
You need to hold the ruler at its place while you do it.
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Old May 2 2014, 02:11 AM   #9
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I have tried to draw things, but I am not artistic. According to the right-brain/left-brain theory--with artists' being "right-brained"--I am left-brained. But, a book I read suggested that people like me could do a better job if we tried to draw objects from the bottom up (with the paper upside-down, I think). Amazingly, that seemed to work for me. At least, it was a vast improvement over my earlier attempts!

But, to me, the main point in this article is that whatever subject on which you choose to focus, the parts of your brain connected with that activity grow physically. I thought that was a revolutionary finding.

That is why I think the Universal Translator would enhance your Boca brain region, associated with speech, and could be developed in connection with it, somehow.
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Old May 2 2014, 04:45 AM   #10
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I can't draw a straight line with a ruler...
You need to hold the ruler at its place while you do it.
publiusr, try drawing with a pencil instead of a ruler.
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