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Old 09-11-18, 08:19 PM
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Scientists Study Barn Owls To Understand ADHD

The headline was what caught my eye.

"Scientists Study Barn Owls To Understand Why People With ADHD Struggle To Focus" from NPR (All Things Considered) [audio + transcript]


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Kids with ADHD are easily distracted. Barn owls are not.

So a team at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore is studying these highly focused predatory birds in an effort to understand the brain circuits that control attention.

[...]

"Essentially, a brain decides at any instant: What is the most important piece of information for behavior or survival?" he says. "And that is the piece of information that gets attended to, that drives behavior."

[...]

"When we pay attention to something, we're not just focusing on the thing that we want to pay attention to," Mysore says. "We're also ignoring all the other information in the world."

"The question is, how," he says. "How does the brain actually help you ignore stuff that's not important for you?"

[...]

"One of the coolest things has been the identification of a particular group of neurons in the midbrain that we think are the ones controlling distractor suppression," he says.

In other words, these seem to be the precise neurons that tell a brain when to start ignoring sights and sounds that aren't important at that moment.

That could be critical to understanding why people with attention disorders have so much trouble ignoring distractions, Mysore says.

The lab's next challenge is to show that mice, and people, also have these special neurons. If they do, Mysore says, it could provide a new target for treatments aimed at a wide range of disorders that affect attention.

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Re: Scientists Study Barn Owls To Understand ADHD

very interesting nam


whooooo woulda thought owls (get it whoo like owls say, heyooo)
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I'm sure working on that study would be a real hoot!
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I'm sure working on that study would be a real hoot!


From the photos with the article, it looked like they had some pretty serious falconry (owlry?) gear!
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Scientist study whoooo?
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Re: Scientists Study Barn Owls To Understand ADHD

This caught my eye, too...just now saw you'd made a thread on it already
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Im 'owling with laughter.
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haha that's toohoo funny!
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Whoooo is the Wise ole' doctor heading up this study?
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Re: Scientists Study Barn Owls To Understand ADHD

Also...
To bring this thread back on topic...

Here's some further research material:

https://youtu.be/PYOSKYWg-5E

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Also...
To bring this thread back on topic...

Here's some further research material:

https://youtu.be/PYOSKYWg-5E

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That was awesome.

I've been looking at buying a perch for Daisy Dove ...
The basket and wooden fork might just be perfect.
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Re: Scientists Study Barn Owls To Understand ADHD

Do owls have ears?





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Do owls have ears?
Yes. They have very sensitive hearing, which helps them locate their prey.

"Owl Ears" from The Owl Pages
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