Pardon me, lab rats

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September 28, 2008

6:09 PM

Sorry lab rats, but today’s post will be, for no particular reason, very brief. I promise to make it up to you with an inappropriately long post on Thursday: advice to pre-meds.

A great Neuroscience essay about insight came out in The New Yorker late this summer. Insight is that instant when the solution to a problem becomes clear, it’s when all of the pieces of the puzzle fall into place. Revelations come when all of the relevant but disparate information becomes connected.

The right brain seems to be responsible for insight — which makes sense given that the right brain processes information holistically. Insights are most likely when the right brain is more active, like within the first five minutes of waking up in the morning, before the left brain-dominated routine tasks of the day take over.

Unfortunately, only the abstract is available online, if you want to read the full article, please email me at [email protected]

Finally, here’s some old hopeless news about hangovers for no particular reason…

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