100 Days Of Neuroscience (Round 1)

Main Commitment: I will do anything related to neuroscience every day

Start Date: 2019-03-29

Background

After having met different therapists for two years, I finally found something motivating to learn and practice, neuroscience. When I was in the middle school, I adopted the idea of neuroplasticity. The meaning of neuroplasticity for me was that studying and practicing knowledge required by the school can develop the connections in the neurons. Whenever I met difficult tasks or things I did not like to do, I would visualize the growing of connections of neurons in the brain to keep myself motivated. It was working! I can see the effect after practicing for 4 years.

Depression makes me feel doing any deep work or studying hard. But deep work and studying are the keys to do research. I want to learn and practice neuroscience at my own pace. The reading speed of the book will be slow. The goal is not finishing the book. The goal is focusing on progress instead of the final results. The practice of neuroscience every day in daily life is the outcome I wish to achieve.

I already read a lot for over 1 month before the challenge. It shows my passion and keen interest in neuroscience.

Rules

  1. I will study/practice/write neuroscience every day.
  2. I will track my progress here and push to GitHub.
  3. I will only skip a day if something important comes up. And when I resume, I won’t count the day I skipped as one of my 100 days.

Milestones

  1. 1 Day: 2019-03-29 Friday
  2. 7 Days
  3. 30 Days
  4. 60 Days
  5. 90 Days
  6. 100 Days

Some important additional considerations

  • Don’t skip two days in a row, and try not to skip more than 1 day in 2 weeks.

Template for Log

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**Time spent**:

**Today's Progress (achievements and frustrations)**:

**Thoughts and Emotions:**

**Tomorrow's plan**

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Log

Day 1: 2019-03-29 Friday

Time spent: 3 hours 12 minutes

Today’s Progress (achievements and frustrations):

Progress Length of Time
Learn course: Anatomy: Human Neuroanatomy 0:16:02
Learn course: Understanding the Brain: The Neurobiology of Everyday Life 0:12:21
Take notes: the Upward Spiral 2:43:44

Thoughts and Emotions:

I didn’t finish one chapter to take notes for the book the Upward Spiral. I found it was difficult for me to visualize each part in the brain, such as the amygdala, hippocampus, hypothalamus. I spent time searching for pictures to help me visualization in mind. I will buy some physical brain models in the future.


Day 2: 2019-04-01 Monday

Time spent: 4 hours 55 minutes

Today’s Progress (achievements and frustrations):

  • Review

    • frontal cortex
    • limbic system
      • hippocampus
      • hypothalamus
      • amygdala
      • cingulate cortex
  • Finished taking notes of Chapter 2 in the book the Upward Spiral

  • Read the book The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Thoughts and Emotions:

I hate writes use metaphor as their primary writing style. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is like that. A lot of memories and metaphors and very few neuroscience stuff. I am only interested in neuroscience. Thus I gave up.

Tomorrow’s plan

  • Review notes

Day 3: 2019-04-02 Tuesday

Time spent: 4 hours 55 minutes

Today’s Progress (achievements and frustrations):

Progress Length of Time
Read book: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: A Memoir of Life in Death 0:49:47
Review 0:49:57
Review today’s new notes 0:08:33
Search for good neuroscience blogs 0:55:36
Take notes: the Upward Spiral 1:46:49
Write 100 Days of Neuroscience 0:25:05

Thoughts and Emotions:

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: A Memoir of Life in Death is not my type. Very few contents related to the disease itself.

Tomorrow’s plan

  • Read habits in the Upward Spiral

Day 4: 2019-04-03 Wednesday

Time spent: 1 hours 31 minutes

Today’s Progress (achievements and frustrations):

Progress Length of Time
Take notes: the Upward Spiral 1:31:00

Day 5: 2019-04-04 Thursday

Time spent: 2 hours 35 minutes

Today’s Progress (achievements and frustrations):

Progress Length of Time
Review 0:24:48
Review today’s new notes 0:13:16
Take notes: the Upward Spiral 1:57:05

Day 6: 2019-04-05 Friday

Time spent: 2 hours 28 minutes

Today’s Progress (achievements and frustrations):

Progress Length of Time
Take notes: the Willpower Instinct 2:28:28

Thoughts and Emotions:

This is the second time I read the Willpower Instinct. There are 2 goals

  1. Taking notes
  2. Relating the contents of the book to the book The Upward Spiral

Most of the contents of the Willpower Instinct is the subset of the Upward Spiral.


Day 7: 2019-04-06 Saturday

Time spent: 3 hours 32 minutes

Today’s Progress (achievements and frustrations):

Progress Length of Time
Read book: the brain changes itself 1:01:35
Take notes: the Willpower Instinct

2:30:28

Thoughts and Emotions:

The book the Brain Changes Itself talked about neuroplasticity. It doesn’t focus on growing new neurons in the hippocampus, which is great for me. I care about how to enhance prefrontal cortex. Having new neurons does not train the prefrontal cortex.


Day 8: 2019-04-11 Thursday

Time spent: 3 hours 30 minutes

Today’s Progress (achievements and frustrations):

  • Hooked
  • Atomic Habits

Thoughts and Emotions:

Atomic Habits is a very pratical book. I will try practicing later.


Day 9: 2019-04-13 Saturday

Time spent: 39 minutes

Today’s Progress (achievements and frustrations):

Progress Length of Time
Search neuroplasticity books 0:39:32

Thoughts and Emotions:

I have a lot of books in the reading list but I cannot help searching more.


Day 10: 2019-04-14 Sunday

Time spent: 3 hours 38 minutes

Today’s Progress (achievements and frustrations):

Progress Length of Time
Download books 0:13:59
Read book: Atomic Habit 1:00:54
Read book: Fundamentals of Computational Neuroscience 0:13:31
Read book: Neuroplasticity: The Secret behind Brain Plasticit 0:02:21
Read book: Nonlinear Dynamics in Computational Neuroscience 0:01:59
Read book: the Science of Introvert 1:45:12
Read book:Brain Training 0:16:10
Write 100 Days of Neuroscience 0:04:35

Day 9: 2019-04-13 Saturday

Time spent: 7 hours 34 minutes

Today’s Progress (achievements and frustrations):

Progress Length of Time
Read book: Hungry Brain 0:32:33
Read book: Neuroplasticity 0:53:32
Read book: the Power of Habit 3:32:58
Read book: The Power of Neuroplasticity 2:35:23
Read book:the Power of Habit 0:00:26

Thoughts and Emotions:

This is the longest hour I have worked on neuroscience. Reading consumes less energy than taking notes.

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