Biggest Mind-Blowing Brain Questions Ever!

Revolutionary Brain Tumor Removal
Kristen, 33, says after noticing a rapid loss of vision, increased forgetfulness and frequent headaches, she consulted an ophthalmologist, who ultimately diagnosed her with a pituitary brain tumor.

“I knew if I didn’t get surgery, I could potentially be blind,” Kristen says.

Kristen contacted brain surgeon Dr. Hrayr Shahinian, who conducted a revolutionary, non-invasive procedure to remove the golf-ball-sized tumor through her nose.

Battle of the Brains

Why do men tend to eat more? Why are women more nurturing? E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork and OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson explain the differences between the male and female brains.

Food for Thought

Brains have long been considered a culinary delicacy by many cultures, but are they safe to eat? Plus, discover the best foods to feed your brain.

“A lot of people believe that eating the brain will make you smarter and that’s just bogus. It’s better to stick with real brain food that has omega-3 fatty acids in there, like walnuts and fish,” pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears says.

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“Men, we tend to eat a little bit more; we tend to have a little bit of a higher sex drive and there’s a reason for that,” Dr. Travis says. “The hypothalamus is a little bit larger in males.”

Dr. Travis goes on to explain that there is nearly 7 percent more grey matter in the male brain versus the female brain, which helps with problem solving. Men also tend to perform tasks predominantly with the left side of their brains, the logical and rational side.

“Women have 12 percent more neurons, which means our brain works faster,” Dr. Lisa counters. “Even though [male brains] are bigger, ours work faster and better.”

The female brain’s larger corpus collosum enables faster data transfer between the right and left halves of the brain, while the larger limbic system controls bonding, feelings and nesting instincts. Furthermore, women have 10 times more white matter -- which connects information and processing centers that help with multi-tasking – than men.

Who wins the battle of the brains? In the end it’s a tied game; while the male and female brain are anatomically different, they are still equal intellectually.

How Brain Waves Work
Researchers are learning more about neurological activity in humans with Necomimi ears, fuzzy animal-like ears that are worn on the head and read the tiny electrical signals that leave the brain when neurons are fired. As the Necomimi ears read the brainwave patterns, they react, much like the ears of a rabbit or a dog. Watch them in action!

Everyone’s brain is a little bit different, we all react to things in our own unique way,” Dr. Travis says.

Dr. Travis explains that brain waves are the product of your neurons communicating with each other through electrical changes. They are measured in cycles per second, known as Hertz, and the lower the number of Hertz, the slower the brain activity.

Traditionally, there are four different types of brain waves:
• Beta waves (13 – 38 Hz) occur when we are alert, actively thinking and problem solving.

• Alpha waves (8  – 13 Hz) occur when we are relaxed and calm.

• Theta waves (4 – 7 Hz) are associated with sleep, deep relaxation and visualization.

• Delta waves (below 4 Hz) occur during deep sleep.

Mind Over Matter
Is it possible to think the pain away? Olympic medalist Manteo Mitchell joins The Doctors to reveal how mind over matter helped him cross the hardest finish line of his life, with a broken fibula. Plus, how do black belts karate-chop wooden blocks without a single flinch? Dr. Lisa’s son, Daniel Masterson, who has a black belt in karate, demonstrates.

How Music Affects Your Focus
Tanya says she doesn’t understand how her 11-year-old son, William, can do his homework while listening to loud, rock music.

“I try to get him to listen to something like classical, but William says that’s distracting,” Tanya says. “Do certain types of music help you concentrate more than others?”

The Doctors send Tanya and William to Brain Paint neurofeedback clinic to determine what types of music are best for focus. Brain Paint technology is an evidence-based neurofeedback system that illustrates a person’s brain wave activity, including their states of thoughts, feelings and focus. See Tanya and William’s surprising results!

Brain Blips
Ever walked into a room and have no idea why you entered? There is actually a surprising explanation for the phenomenon, known to some as a “brain blip” or a “brain fart.”

“Walking through doors triggers something called an event boundary,” Dr. Sears explains. “Literally, when you go through the door, your mind goes blank.”

Passing through doorways triggers what’s known as an event boundary in the mind, which separates one set of thoughts and memories from the next. Your brain files away the thoughts you had in the previous room and prepares a blank slate for the new locale.

Brain blips also can be caused by drinking citrus-flavored soda, as some brands contain brominated vegetable oil, a patented flame retardant for plastics that’s been banned in food in Europe and Japan. After several extreme soda binges, patients have required medical attention for memory loss, as well as skin lesions and nerve disorders.

Finally, forgetfulness also can be caused by raising a new baby, sometimes known as “mommy brain.” Sometimes new parents experience a wave of forgetfulness, likely due to lack of sleep and being hyper-focused on the baby.

Dr. Lisa and plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon share tips for maintaining your long-term memory.

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