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My Grandfather’s Brain Museum featured on The Huffington Post!

Screenshot 2014-07-14 at 16For those who don’t know, my grandfather was a neuroanatomist. (I would say a famous one, but he was very humble and I don’t think he’d approve. Even if it’s true.)

Today, a good friend of the family passed this article¬†on to my parents; it’s a list of affordable family vacations and summer trips across America. If you go to their interactive map, pick the “Atlantic region,” then “New York,” then “The Sophisticates,” guess what – the one thing they pick, out of every cool free museum and interesting thing to do in the state, is MY GRANDFATHER’S BRAIN MUSEUM* in Buffalo, NY.

Which I think is pretty freaking cool. Especially since, as the article states, “Brody built this exhibit to be used by everyone, from kindergartners to neurosurgery students.”

You all should go.

*I should say that the museum’s formal name is “The Museum of Neuroanatomy,” because if you google “my grandfather’s brain museum” you’re not going to find much. Unless your grandfather also has a brain museum. In which case, let me know.

 

Training Your Willpower?

I was just reading this article from NPR; an experiment was done (details in the article) and it was determined that when people had seven digits to remember, instead of two, they were more likely to choose cake over salad (it sounds kind of weird, but check out the article, which talks about the part of the brain that’s used for willpower).

“This helps explain why, after a long day at the office, we’re more likely to indulge in a pint of ice cream, or eat one too many slices of leftover pizza,” Lehrer writes.

My own diet modification over the last six months or so makes me wonder how much it’s possible to work at training your brain and body with healthy food, so that when it comes time to choose between the “cakes” and “salads” of my own life, my body naturally gravitates toward the salad.
Easier said than done, I guess!