12 Intriguing Facts About How The Human Brain Functions

Originally posted by ogicepun

Here’s a list of 12 golden nuggets of information about the human brain and how it functions. John Medina’s book Brain Rules gives incredible insight and intrigue on how our strongest survival organ operates and its uniqueness to each human body. Consider the wisdom below, survival tips for your brain!

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     I often say that nothing can surpass nature’s beauty, but rocket launches come close. Words fail to describe the multisensory experience, but photos help. These are my photos of the SpaceX JCSAT-16 mission, departing Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Launch Complex 41 on the night of August 13, 2016.

“Spiritual Partnership

Spiritual partnership is partnership between equals for the purpose of spiritual growth. It is dramatically different from all previous forms of relationship and serves a different purpose. The partners are together in order to help one another grow spiritually instead of enhance their physical comfort and safety. Spiritual partnerships are vehicles that multisensory individuals use to create authentic power and support one another in creating authentic power. They are fundamental parts of our new evolutionary process.

Spiritual partners are interested in one another more than their common objectives. The goal they share is spiritual growth, and each knows that he or she must reach it himself or herself. Their commitment is a promise to their own spiritual development, a determination to move into the fullness of their own potential, to give the gifts that they were born to give.”

Excerpt From: Gary Zukav. “Spiritual Partnership.” iBooks.

What makes the perfect meal?

Most of us might envision a specific dish, or a certain ingredient — a fine steak cooked medium-rare, grandma’s chicken curry or mom’s hearty ratatouille.

Charles Spence thinks about the food, for sure. But he also thinks about everything else: the color and size of the dinnerware, the music playing in the background and the lighting in the dining room.

That’s because Spence, an experimental psychologist at Oxford University, has dedicated his career to studying how our environment affects the way we experience food and drink. He has found, for example, that the weight and color of our utensils can affect how sweet or salty a food tastes. And people tend to enjoy the same dish more when it has a longer, more descriptive name.

In The Perfect Meal: The Multisensory Science of Food and Dining, Spence and psychologist Betina Piqueras-Fiszman from Wageningen University in the Netherlands explore how even the most minute adjustments can enhance the dining experience.

“The perfect meal means something different to everyone,” Spence says. “But there are commonalities, and the quest of looking for the perfect meal leads to a lot of interesting research.”

Food Psychology: How To Trick Your Palate Into A Tastier Meal

Photo credit: Ariel Zambelich/NPR

“Landscape and human memory are in a reciprocal relationship–landscape sustains a certain kind of remembering while memories keep it from changing too much. Living in and looking at a landscape can be regarded as acts of remembrance, where the landscape is not scenery, but a stage of action. Theatrical performances given in landscape present a special case, since they use the existing landscape for a fictional one. Regardless of the scope of scenographic intervention, landscape is experienced as an immediately present multisensory totality that the audience and actors share. [A] transdisciplinary study shows that theatre employs landscape memory on multiple levels (actual site of events, connotations of the landscape, the relationship between fictional history and visible markers). Scenography has the capability to reflect, express and change the relationship between landscape and memory.”

Liina Unt, from “Encounters in Landscape, Scenography, Landscape, and Memory in Estonian Open-air Performances,” TRAMES: A Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences (vol. 12, no. 3, 2008)

How noise affects the palate: When flying, taste buds prefer savory tomato

“Our study confirmed that in an environment of loud noise, our sense of taste is compromised. Interestingly, this was specific to sweet and umami tastes, with sweet taste inhibited and umami taste significantly enhanced,” said Robin Dando, assistant professor of food science. “The multisensory properties of the environment where we consume our food can alter our perception of the foods we eat.”


London designers Studio Toogood have created a temporary multisensory experience for wine producers ‘Penfolds’ in Sydney, called The Blocks.

“Designed to demystify the process of vinification, THE BLOCKS encourages visitors to discover and awaken their palate using sight, touch, smell and taste.
Upon entering THE BLOCKS, visitors will be greeted by trained sommeliers – ʻThe Nosesʼ – who will take guests on a journey through five imperious wooden totems.

Inspired in form by the five groups of grapes available for tasting – and impregnated with different bespoke scents produced in conjunction with a perfumer for the event – the totems have been designed to guide guests to select the appropriate wines to suit their personal palate.

Not content with stimulating the nose, Studio Toogood asks guests to drink with their eyes by revealing glass cabinets filled with highly visual, poetic interpretations of the terminology normally associated with describing wine by five emerging Australian artists and designers.

To complete this gastronomic experience, guests will be seated under canopies of illuminated glass grapes on Faye Toogoodʼs iconic ʻSpadeʼ chairs. Hand-cast from raw aluminium specifically for the event, the ʻSpade Chair / Naked Aluminiumʼ is cold to the touch, reminding guests of their cellar-like experience. ” Studio Toogood, via dezeen

I am always excited whenever I read about new projects and ventures described as 'experiences’ along with words that I have so frequently used to describe projects of my own such as 'mulitsensory’ and 'conceptual design’. This pop-up experience has the brilliant combination of culinary and artistic design to make a really dynamic space.

Shame it’s not in London!