One of the most surprising findings in neuroscience is that our brains are constantly at work. Whether we are highly engaged, idling or falling asleep – our central nervous system never gets to rest.

Research during the last decade has shown that the brain's energy consumption is increased by less than 5% of its baseline energy consumption while performing a focused mental task. Why is the brain spending so much energy in the absence of any mental work? How does the constant presence of "background noise" affect our attempts at deciphering task-specific neural events and areas?

The Resting Brain

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Marketing for Scientists - How to Shine in Tough Times

Marc J. Kuchner is a staff scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. He has contributed to more than one hundred research papers and published articles in journals including the Astrophysical Journal, Nature, and Astrobiology. He is also a successful country music songwriter.

Clear & To the Point - How Cognitive Science Can Improve Your PowerPoint Presentations

Harvard cognitive scientist Stephen M. Kosslyn, who studies how brains process images, wants to improve the world with his cutting-edge research. And he's starting with four ways to make your PowerPoint presentations more human brain-compliant.

7 Steps for Better Presentations

Tell stories. Show pictures. Never apologize, and .... Pause!

The Scholarly Lecture - How to Stand and Deliver

Relax - remeber that the audience already thinks of you as smart, interesting and engaging

Bring water - sips make pauses less awkward

The larger the audience - the less casual your talk!

Look at your audience - make eye contact - smile. :-)


Never apologize.


Anticipate Questions


Top Ten Slide Tips - Top Ten Delivery Tips - Ten More Tips - So What?


College of Arts and Science

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