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"There is a thin line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line." - Oscar Levant (American pianist, composer, author, comedian, and actor).

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The dopamine pathways in the brain Dopamine is transmitted via three major pathways. The first extends from the substantia nigra to the caudate nucleus-putamen (neostriatum) and is concerned with sensory stimuli and movement. The second pathway projects from the ventral tegmentum to the mesolimbic forebrain and is thought to be associated with cognitive, reward and emotional behaviour. The third pathway, known as the tubero-infundibular system, is concerned with neuro…

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from NYTimes.com

This Is Your Brain on Writing

Interesting! This Is Your Brain on Writing - NYTimes.com

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Human brain anatomy - corpus striata (basal ganglia) coronal specimen: Putamen, globus pallidus, caudate (head), and nucleus accumbens. Image is from Temple University School of Medicine's Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology website, created by Marvin Sodicoff and adapted by Rod Bain, Andrew Blum, and David Ni.

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Intuition and Neurology

Intuition at once seems both the least understood, yet one of the most commonly experienced and powerful Ways of Knowing. Many of the most important decisions that we make (romantic partners, jobs,...

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The thalamus is the gateway to the cerebral cortex; assists with motor control and relaying signals to the cerebellum; and plays a role in memory and emotional responses via the limbic system

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from Mail Online

Video games cause Alzheimer's due to loss of grey matter, claims study

Research by the University of Montreal found a link to mental illness. They claimed that gaming (stock image shown) uses the caudate nucleus in the brain. This can lead to a loss of grey matter in the hippocampus, and reduced volume of the hippocampus is associated with neurological and psychological disorders

from mirror

Boys 'who play Call of Duty at increased rink of Alzheimer's in later life'

Scientists say players navigate the screen using a key area of the brain called the caudate nucleus, which leads to loss of grey matter in the hippocampus.