The announcement last month that Aaron Hernandez had chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) when he committed suicide while in prison did not come as a surprise to many former NFL players. That’s because they suspect they have the degenerative brain disease diagnosed too. Former Kansas City Chiefs running back Larry Johnson said on Twitter he’s “certain” he has CTE, which has diagnosed posthumously in 111 former NFL players. (October 3, 2017)
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Your Brain on Autopilot
Ever realized you have driven yourself home but have not really been paying attention? Brain scans have revealed that when your mind wanders, it switches into “autopilot” mode, enabling you to carry on without much conscious thought. Our autopilot mode seems to be run by a set of brain structures called the default mode network (DMN). Several studies have found that the DMN seems to be involved in assessing past events and planning for the future. Others suggest the network is involved in self-awareness.
Source: New Scientist
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