I’m going to tell you something: thoughts are never honest. Emotions are. Do not go around asking for honesty in what people think; much of what they perceive as thinking is empty anyway because it’s thought out again and again and comes out refined and muddy. The ones who know how to feel might have to say to you a couple of interesting things or not and when they do that, you ought to know how to listen. So learn how to listen. You can’t make someone open up about their feelings in case they don’t want to. But you can remain open yourself through listening deeply and completely; they might want to talk about the weather and keep it simple – allow them to feel the simplicity. They might wish to throw a tragic metaphor to you and whisper ‘f—ing hell,’ then shut off again. Still, the feeling is there because the moment is. Emotion pours out directly or indirectly each time people engage themselves in the process of genuine interaction. Keep it genuine. Keep it simple.
—  Albert Camus, Notebooks 1951-1959

How Good Is Your Memory?

Mine’s awful. If I didn’t write things down and scribble daily lists and notes, I’d be doomed. I often joke that I have the memory of a bird, although now that I think about it they are able to reliably navigate transcontinental migrations without the aid of Google Maps, so maybe mine’s actually much worse than that. 

Scientists learned a lot about how our memory works by studying the brain of a man who had no memory at all. In this video, Vanessa from BrainCraft introduces you to one of the most famous brains in all of medicine, an unforgettable chapter in the history of neuroscience.

Brain development suffers from lack of fish oil fatty acids

While recent reports question whether fish oil supplements support heart health, UC Irvine scientists have found that the fatty acids they contain are vitally important to the developing brain.

Researchers identified for the first time how deficits in what are known as n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids cause molecular changes in the developing brain that result in constrained growth of neurons and the synapses that connect them.

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Miki Igarashi and Rommel Santos of UC Irvine contributed to the study, which was supported by the National Eye Institute (grant EY-011912), a division of the National Institutes of Health

In the writing process, the more the story cooks, the better. The brain works for you even when you are at rest. I find dreams particularly useful. I myself think a great deal before I go to sleep and the details sometimes unfold in the dream.