Blog Profile / The Neurocritic


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Archived Since:March 17, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Sexual Violence is Horrible, But First Look at Causes Outside the Brain

"At the brain level, empathy for social exclusion of personalized women recruited areas coding the affective component of pain (i.e., anterior insula and cingulate cortex), the somatosensory components of pain (i.e., posterior insula...Show More Summary

Least Popular Posts of 2017

2017 was a really bad year. The U.S. is more divided than ever, the truth is meaningless, well-researched journalism is called FAKE NEWS, the President lies once every minute, white supremacist rallies have been normalized, some tech...Show More Summary

Amygdala Stimulation in the Absence of Emotional Experience Enhances Memory for Neutral Objects

The amygdala is a small structure located within the medial temporal lobes (MTL), consisting of a discrete set of nuclei. It has a reputation as the “fear center” or “emotion center” of the brain, although it performs multiple functions. Show More Summary

Brief Guide to the CTE Brains in the News. Part 2: Fred McNeill

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is the neurodegenerative disease of the moment, made famous by the violent and untimely deaths of many retired professional athletes. Repeated blows to the head sustained in contact sports such as boxing and American football can result in abnormal accumulations of tau protein (usually many years later). Show More Summary

Brief Guide to the CTE Brains in the News. Part 1: Aaron Hernandez

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is the neurodegenerative disease of the moment, made famous by the violent and untimely deaths of many retired professional athletes. Repeated blows to the head sustained in contact sports such as boxing and American football can result in abnormal accumulations of tau protein (usually many years later). Show More Summary

Can a Computer Algorithm Identify Suicidal People from Brain Scans? The Answer Won't Surprise You

Just et al. 2017 Death by suicide is a preventable tragedy if the suicidal individual is identified and receives appropriate treatment. Unfortunately, some suicidal individuals do not signal their intent, and others do not receive essential assistance. Show More Summary

The Devilish Side of Psychiatry

Final Destination 3 (2006) The devil always experienced malicious pleasure in imposing himself in neuropsychiatric nosology Olry and Haines (2017) published a mischievous article in the Journal of the History of the Neurosciences:Having...Show More Summary

BROADEN Trial of DBS for Treatment-Resistant Depression No Better than Sham

Website for the BROADEN™ study, which was terminated by the sponsor. A multi-site, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial of deep brain stimulation (DBS) for treatment-resistant depression has failed, according to a new article in Lancet Psychiatry. Show More Summary

Neuroexistentialism: A Brain in Search of Meaning

[image from Huth et al., 2016] No, not “meaning ” in the semantic sense... “Neuroexistentialism” is the angst that some humans feel upon realizing that the mind and spirit have an entirely physical basis. At a personal level I don't understand all the hubbub, because I accepted that mind = brain when I entered graduate school to study neuroscience. Show More Summary

Survival and Grief

There is no transcendent moment of growth or meaning in watching a childhood friend die of cancer. There is no learning experience that will somehow make me stronger. Only horror, helplessness, loss, and grief. I am deriving no spiritual uplift from this experience, only depression and despair. Show More Summary

Smell as a Weapon, and Odor as Entertainment

The use of smell as a weapon, or a deterrent, was explored in a fanciful way in my previous post on nuclear threats. While poking around the literature, I found a fascinating unclassified document from the Army Research Laboratory, Olfaction Warfare: Odor as Sword and Shield (PDF). Show More Summary

Olfactory Deterrence

A military aide carries the “nuclear football” aboard the Marine One helicopter in which President Trump was waiting to depart the South Lawn of the White House on Feb. 3. (Michael Reynolds/European Pressphoto Agency). via Washington Post. Show More Summary

Role of the Vestibular System in the Construction of Self

How do we construct a unified self-identity as a thinking and feeling person inhabiting a body, separate and unique from other entities? A “self” with the capacity for autobiographical memory and complex thought? Traditionally, the field...Show More Summary

What Is Thought?

Is that some sort of trick question? Everyone knows what thought is. Or do they... My questions for you today are: How do you define “a thought” (yes, a single thought)? Where is the boundary from one thought to the next? What is “thought”...Show More Summary

The Big Bad Brain

I’m high, staring at the ceiling Sending my love, what a wonderful feeling What comes next, I see a light I’m along for the ride as I’m taking flight -Sir Sly, High Plus a cool brain tattoo to boot. AND the song is an earworm (at least it is for me). Show More Summary

Terrorism and the Implicit Association Test

Induced Stereotyping?Imagine that you're riding on a very crowded bus in a busy urban area in the US. You get on during a shift change, when a new driver takes over for the old one. The new driver appears to be Middle Eastern, and for a second you have a fleeting reaction that the situation might become dangerous. Show More Summary

Gaslighting in the Medical Literature

Have you felt that your sense of reality has been challenged lately? That the word “truth” has no meaning any more? Does the existence of alternative facts make you question your own sanity? In modern usage, the term gaslighting refers...Show More Summary

Looking for Empathy in All the Wrong Places: Bizarre Cases of Factitious Disorder

art by Zdzis?aw Beksi?ski Factitious disorder is a rare psychiatric condition where an individual deliberately induces or fabricates an ailment because of a desire to fulfill the role of a sick person. This differs from garden variety...Show More Summary

The Big Ideas in Cognitive Neuroscience, Explained

Are emergent properties really for losers? Why are architectures important? What are “mirror neuron ensembles” anyway? My last post presented an idiosyncratic distillation of the Big Ideas in Cognitive Neuroscience symposium, presented by six speakers at the 2017 CNS meeting. Show More Summary

What are the Big Ideas in Cognitive Neuroscience?

This year, the Cognitive Neuroscience Institute (CNI) and the Max-Planck-Society organized a symposium on Big Ideas in Cognitive Neuroscience. I enjoyed this fun forum organized by David Poeppel and Mike Gazzaniga. The format included...Show More Summary

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