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Los Angeles Brain & Consciousness Group Message Board Los Angeles Brain & Consciousness Group › Suggested Readings: Books, Articles, etc.

Suggested Readings: Books, Articles, etc.

A former member
Post #: 17
If you have readings you'd like to share, please post your suggestions for books or articles here along with any pertinent links that pertain to any of the cognitive sciences, physiology, psychology, notions of consciousness, or any subtopic mentioned in our introduction that can be found in the "Pages" section.

Please be sure to include the title and a few sentences of description on what the reading is about or why you recommend it so that people can grasp an incentive to read it.

Your contributions to the group are appreciated!
A former member
Post #: 20
"10 Tricks for Improving Your Memory" an artilcle by Sarah Jio from Women's Day, viewed on Yahoo Health:­

"Your Ultimate Brain-Power Workout" an article by Jennifer Matlack from Prevention, viewed on Yahoo Health:­

"Brain and Neurological Disorders" an article by Brian Douglas Hoyle, PhD and Paul Arthur from Gale Cengage Learning viewed on Yahoo Health:­

"Babies' Brain Development Shows Evolution's Imprint: Study" from AFP viewed on Yahoo Health:­
A former member
Post #: 21
Foods That Look Like Body Parts They're Good For
Learn how you can stay healthy by noshing on 10 anatomically shaped eats
By Amanda Greene Posted July 14, 2010 from


Every child has heard the healthy-eating mantra "You are what you eat." But there may be a closer resemblance between good-for-you grub and your body than you thought. We found 10 foods that mirror the body parts they provide nutrients for—for example, brain-boosting walnuts actually look like a brain. Coincidence? Maybe. Though these healthy foods are beneficial to the whole body, the list below is a fun reminder of what to eat to target specific areas.

1. Carrot: Eye
Slice a carrot in half crosswise and it's easy to see that the veggie resembles an eye—look closely and you'll even notice a pattern of radiating lines that mimic the pupil and iris. And the old wives’ tale is true: Munching on carrots will actually promote healthy eyes. "Carrots are filled with vitamins and antioxidants, like beta-carotene, that decrease the chance of macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss in older people," says Sasson Moulavi, MD, medical director of Smart for Life Weight Management Centers in Boca Raton, Florida. Photos by iStockphoto

2. Walnut: Brain
The folds and wrinkles of a walnut bring to mind another human organ: the brain. The shape of the nut even approximates the body part, looking like it has left and right hemispheres. And it's no surprise walnuts are nicknamed "brain food"—according to Lisa Avellino, dietitian for Focus28 Diet, "they have a very high content of omega-3 fatty acids, which help support brain function." Photos by iStockphoto

3. Celery: Bone
Long, lean stalks of celery look just like bones—and they're good for them, too. "Celery is a great source of silicon, which is part of the molecular structure that gives bones their strength," says Dr. Moulavi. Another funny bone coincidence: "Bones are 23 percent sodium, and so is celery," reports Avellino. Photos by iStockphoto

4. Avocados: Uterus
The lightbulb shape of an avocado looks like a uterus, and it supports reproductive health as well. "Avocados are a good source of folic acid," says Elizabeth Somer, registered dietician and author of Eat Your Way to Happiness. "Folate has been found to reduce the risk for cervical dysplasia, which is a precancerous condition." Photos by iStockphoto and Shutterstock

5. Clams: Testicles
Studies have offered evidence that clams, which bear a resemblance to testicles, are actually good for the male sex organs. "Research from the Netherlands has suggested that supplementing your diet with folic acid and zinc—both of which clams are high in––can have a significant effect on improving semen quality in men," says Dr. Moulavi. Photos by Shutterstock and 3D Clinic

6. Grapefruit: Breast
The similarity between round citrus fruits––like lemons and grapefruit––and breasts may be more than coincidental. "Grapefruit contains substances called limonoids, which have been shown to inhibit the development of cancer in lab animals and in human breast cells," says Dr. Moulavi. Photos by iStockphoto and

7. Tomato: Heart
Slice open a tomato and you'll notice the red veggie has multiple chambers that resemble the structure of a heart. "Studies have found that because of the lycopene in tomatoes, there is a reduced risk for heart disease in men and women who eat them," says Somer. And, she adds, if you mix them with a little fat, like olive oil or avocado, it will boost your body's lycopene absorption nearly tenfold. Photos by iStockphoto and 3D Clinic

8. Red Wine: Blood
Red wine, which is rich in antioxidants and polyphenols, including powerful resveratrol, looks like blood. "When you drink it, you're really loading up on the healthy stuff that protects against destructive things in the blood, like LDL cholesterol, which can cause heart disease," says Somer. "There's also a blood-thinning compound in red wine, so it reduces blood clots, which are associated with stroke and heart disease." Photos by iStockphoto

9. Ginger: Stomach
Anyone who's ever reached for a glass of ginger ale when they’ve had a stomachache knows about the antinausea effects of ginger. So it's fitting that the herb somewhat resembles the digestive organ. According to Dr. Moulavi, "gingerol, which is the ingredient responsible for ginger's pungent scent and taste, is listed in the USDA database of phytochemicals as having the ability to prevent nausea and vomiting." Photos by iStockphoto

10. Sweet Potatoes: Pancreas
The oblong sweet potato bears a strong resemblance to the pancreas, and also promotes healthy function in the organ. "Sweet potatoes are high in beta-carotene, which is a potent antioxidant that protects all tissues of the body, including the pancreas, from damage associated with cancer or aging," says Somer. Photos by Shutterstock

Karl S.
Group Organizer
Northridge, CA
Post #: 10
There's an interesting article at­ titled "Small part of brain itching for a fight" which describes work by Dayu Lin of Caltech (now at New York University) showing in mice that areas of the hypothalamus are involved in aggression. Interestingly there is some overlap in activation of these areas with adjacent hypothalamic areas related to sexuality, possibly leading with further research to better understanding of human sexuality and aggression.
A former member
Post #: 31
I found this link to this book, "The Neurology of Consciousness: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropathology ", edited by Steven Laureys and Giulio Tononi, published by Academic Press, 2009.

The many contributors include our own revered Antonio Damasio, David Dornsife Chair in Neuroscience and Professor of Psychology and Neurology at the University of Southern California. This 423 paged book connects the notion of Consciousness and the studies of neurology to a wide range of body states covering sleep to a vast array of disorders, diseases or conditions. The table of contents is impressive.

A former member
Post #: 38
The #1 best protein for your health (and the worst to avoid)
By Kerri-Ann Jennings, M.S., R.D., Associate Editior-Nutrition for EatingWellMagazine

If you’ve ever found yourself arguing about whether eating meat is healthy for you and the planet and, if so, which meat to eat, you now have some answers. The Environmental Working Group (EWG), which brought us the “Dirty Dozen,” a list of the 12 most pesticide-ridden fruits and vegetables, released a report today showcasing the carbon footprint of 20 conventionally grown popular protein sources, from lentils to lamb.
To come up with the carbon impact, the EWG looked at the food’s full “lifecycle”—including the water and fertilizer to grow feed crops, transportation of the food and even the amount of food that’s wasted.

To read more:­

I found this article interesting... I think I'll be eating more organic chicken!
A former member
Post #: 1
I came across an amazing documentary film titled "Frequency of Genius" - the film features 7 very unique individuals. The film was deep into consciousness and life, honestly, it was life changing for me.

You can view their movie trailer at:

Also, a book I would highly suggest is Bruce Fife's book "The Coconut Oil Miracle"
A former member
Post #: 48
For those of you interested in general health and nutrition, this article focusing on the harmful effects of wheat (yes, even whole grain) is very much worth reading. This article by Mike Geary, Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Nutrition Specialist culls information from the new book he's reading right now called Wheat Belly, by Dr. William Davis:


Mr. Geary lists wheat as an important contributor (and cause) for many health issues such as:

visceral abdominal fat
joint problems and arthritis
IBS and acid reflux
addictive behaviors
increased overall calorie consumption
heart disease
accelerated aging
and autoimmune diseases.
A former member
Post #: 49
"The Neuroscience of Change" by Dr. Kelly Mcgonigal, Psychologist, Stanford University.

"I’m excited to announce the release of my latest audiobook, which presents six live lectures and twelve guided self-reflection and mediation practices. The Neuroscience of Change: A Compassion-Based Guide to Personal Transformation (Sounds True) integrates the most exciting scientific findings about how the mind works with the wisdom of mind-body traditions like yoga and Buddhism. It deepens some of the most important ideas from The Willpower Instinct (Avery 2012), including the importance of mindfulness, self-compassion, and acceptance for change. The program also provides practical support to help you explore and embody these qualities through breathing, meditation, and relaxation practices.

You can order the 6-CD set OR download the program in MP3 format at Sounds True.

Or order the 6-CD set from any major bookseller, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, Chapters (Canada), and Indie Bound.

Program Description
Personal Transformation Based on Mindfulness and Self-Compassion

What’s your most important goal? Why does it matter so deeply? How will you overcome the obstacles? Answer these questions with sincerity, proceed with mindfulness and compassion, and you have just set in motion a revolutionary method for personal change that is supported by both the latest science and traditional wisdom. On The Neuroscience of Change, psychologist and award-winning Stanford lecturer Kelly McGonigal presents six sessions of breakthrough ideas, guided practices, and real-world exercises for making self-awareness and kindness the basis for meaningful transformation.

Practical Methods to Retrain Your Brain to Support Your Goals

Our understanding of the incredible power of the human brain is at an all-time high, with the emerging fields of neuroscience, evolutionary psychology, and psychophysiology opening new possibilities for greater health, happiness, and freedom from suffering. Drawing on her training as a research scientist and longtime practitioner of meditation and yoga, Dr. McGonigal reveals these startling findings, including the clinically supported methods for training the mind away from default states that no longer serve us, and establishing behaviors and attitudes aligned with our highest values and aspirations.

The First Rule of Change: It’s Already Happening

As the world’s wisdom traditions teach and science is now verifying, our lives are in fact defined by constant change. Whether you’re looking to change a behavior, improve your health or other circumstances, or simply for a way to bring hope and resilience into your life as it is, The Neuroscience of Change will help you trust yourself and unfold your true capacities for personal transformation.

• Willingness, self-awareness, and surrender—how to nourish the seeds of change
• Focusing on the process, not the outcome
• How to overcome the “trigger-to-instinct” reaction
• The proven benefits of meditation—and how to start practicing yourself
• How to transform self-criticism into self-compassion
• Why your mind creates habits-and how to consciously create new ones
• Making values-driven commitments
• Visualization and the principle of “encoding prospective memories”
• The power of the vow
• “Deep activation” and the danger of rejecting what is
• Working with inner experiences as the key to making outward change
• Six hours of breakthrough science, practical wisdom, guided exercises, and mindfulness meditations for making positive change that lasts

You can order the 6-CD set OR download the complete set at Sounds True.

Or order the 6-CD set from any major bookseller, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, Chapters (Canada), and Indie Bound.
A former member
Post #: 51
Scientists sign declaration that animals have conscious awareness.

This news was taken from our cognitive science meetup friends in Seattle, Washington "Science of the Mind" (­


"The absence of a neocortex does not appear to preclude an organism from experiencing affective states," they write, "Convergent evidence indicates that non-human animals have the neuroanatomical, neurochemical, and neurophysiological substrates of conscious states along with the capacity to exhibit intentional behaviors."

Consequently, say the signatories, the scientific evidence is increasingly indicating that humans are not unique in possessing the neurological substrates that generate consciousness.

The group consists of cognitive scientists, neuropharmacologists, neurophysiologists, neuroanatomists, and computational neuroscientists — all of whom were attending the Francis Crick Memorial Conference on Consciousness in Human and Non-Human Animals. The declaration was signed in the presence of Stephen Hawking, and included such signatories as Christof Koch, David Edelman, Edward Boyden, Philip Low, Irene Pepperberg, and many more.

Thank you, SofM !
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