Author Archives: Giorgio Bertini

About Giorgio Bertini

Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++

Analizan efectos de estrés ambiental y daño en el sistema nervioso

Estudios liderados por el Dr. Claudio Hetz, esperan contribuir al desarrollo de una estrategia terapéutica, que pueda controlar el deterioro de la función cerebral. Baja en la capacidad cognitiva y pérdida de memoria, son algunos efectos nocivos que genera la … Continue reading

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Biology of consciousness

The Dynamic Core and Global Workspace hypotheses were independently put forward to provide mechanistic and biologically plausible accounts of how brains generate conscious mental content. The Dynamic Core proposes that reentrant neural activity in the thalamocortical system gives rise to … Continue reading

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The effects of aerobic activity on brain structure

Aerobic activity is a powerful stimulus for improving mental health and for generating structural changes in the brain. We review the literature documenting these structural changes and explore exactly where in the brain these changes occur as well as the … Continue reading

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The psychological functions of music listening

Why do people listen to music? Over the past several decades, scholars have proposed numerous functions that listening to music might fulfill. However, different theoretical approaches, different methods, and different samples have left a heterogeneous picture regarding the number and … Continue reading

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How human language could have evolved from birdsong

Linguistics and biology researchers propose a new theory on the deep roots of human speech. “The sounds uttered by birds offer in several respects the nearest analogy to language,” Charles Darwin wrote in “The Descent of Man” (1871), while contemplating … Continue reading

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Neuroscience of language and communication

The human capacity to communicate has been hypothesized to be causally dependent upon language. Intuitively this seems plausible since most communication relies on language. Moreover, intention recognition abilities (as a necessary prerequisite for communication) and language development seem to co-develop. … Continue reading

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Neuroart: the neuroscience of actions in art and science

Intentional actions cover a broad spectrum of human behaviors involving consciousness, creativity, innovative thinking, problem-solving, critical thinking, and other related cognitive processes self-evident in the arts and sciences. The author discusses the brain activity associated with action intentions, connecting this … Continue reading

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Melatonin during a Nap Fosters Learning

Sleep helps to protect and renew hippocampus-dependent declarative learning. Less is known about forms of learning that mainly engage the dopaminergic reward system. Animal studies showed that exogenous melatonin modulates the responses of the dopaminergic reward system and acts as … Continue reading

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The role of music in Einstein’s thinking

Einstein was the product of a well-rounded education that, importantly, very much included the arts and humanities. It’s little known that Einstein was an accomplished violinist, and even less known that had he not pursued science, he said he would have … Continue reading

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A glimpse into the workings of the baby brain

In adults, certain regions of the brain’s visual cortex respond preferentially to specific types of input, such as faces or objects — but how and when those preferences arise has long puzzled neuroscientists. One way to help answer that question … Continue reading

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