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Filed Under:Academics / Neuroscience
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Archived Since:January 19, 2009

Blog Post Archive

Facing the Future

Nine years have passed since the first partial face transplant was performed in France but the questions regarding both the physical and psychological ramifications for patients remain. One of my first contributions to Brain Blogger examined the debate surrounding face transplantation, written in 2008 after the completion of the first partial procedure in the United […]

The Hollywood Medical Reporter – Review of “Lucy”

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen such a hard swing with such a loud miss. Lucy truly deserves an A for effort; and in the world of this film, effort probably does start with the letter A. After all, in the world of this movie, 1 plus 1 does not equal 2, life […]

Memory and Psychosis

People who experience psychosis have somewhat lower tested intelligence, with a higher proportion of psychotic individuals scoring below the mean score of 100 on IQ tests. But I think that psychosis may impact tested intelligence by lowering it in a spurious way. Show More Summary

The Hollywood Medical Reporter – Artistic License

What is more important, for a show to be compelling or medically accurate? The answer is not simple. I certainly believe that absurd inaccuracies in medical dramas, as I discussed in last week’s post on House M.D, have helped produce a public that is tragically and dangerously misinformed. However, I know we must not lose […]

Diabetics in Distress

Diabetes affects millions of people in the United States and remains one of the leading causes of death. The disease is associated with a myriad of complications and comorbid conditions, but mental health issues are often overlooked. “Diabetes distress” is a relatively new term that describes the psychological manifestations of diabetes management. A recent report […]

Thinking Slow About Thinking Fast – Part III – The Monty Hall Problem

To wrap our minds around human behavior it’s helpful to consider why certain behaviors may have evolved. Natural selection tells us that behaviors that increase our chances of passing along our genes will continue to show up in future generations. It therefore follows that aspects of our behavioral tendencies at some point likely conferred an […]

When To Think Less About Your Choices

Smart people have a tendency to think hard about the choices they make. Who are you going to marry? What house are you going to buy? What flavor of gelato should you get? Some make lists of pros and cons, some try to think about the most important features of the choices, and some make […]

Migraine and Stroke – What’s the Link?

On the surface, strokes and migraines do not seem to have much in common except that both of them can have serious psychological effects on the sufferers. But researchers say that a complex relationship exists between the two. Migraine is a neurological disorder characterized by the occurrence of throbbing and recurring headaches that can be […]

The Hollywood Medical Reporter – House M.D

Unless you’ve been distracted by an opiate-induced cloud, you’ll be familiar with Dr. Gregory House and his Sherlock Holmes-like ability to riddle his way through a web of peculiar symptoms to find the right, and usually unbelievable, diagnosis. By season three (out of eight, spanning from 2004-2012), House M.D had reached its peak Nielson rating […]

Thinking Slow About Thinking Fast – Part II

The idea that we are irrational stems from several observations where our decisions are inconsistent with those that would maximize gains. In other words, we often choose options that appear less beneficial than alternative options. Though irrationality implies lack of logic or order, the behaviors we deem irrational actually have order and follow reliable patterns. […]

The Relationship Between Depression and Arthritis

Both arthritis and depression are common in the United States, with age and obesity trends likely to increase the number of people who suffer from both conditions simultaneously. Studies have repeatedly demonstrated an association between arthritis symptoms and major depression. Show More Summary

The Gamification of the Literary Mind

In the spring of 2015, Chris Columbus will deliver a film called Pixels, which is basically a bit of sci-fi goofery but which stumbles, too, upon a smart bit of brain science. Aliens have misinterpreted satellite feeds of vintage arcade games and, assuming we mean them harm, have retaliated in kind by launching their own […]

Fetal Pain – When Does Pain Become Pain?

Whether fetuses do indeed feel pain and, if they do, when do they acquire the ability to feel it are matters of great debate. Fetal pain is a subject that is particularly prone to controversy, stretching far beyond its scientific aspects. And there is always increased attention to this topic whenever legislative changes regarding the […]

The Hollywood Medical Reporter – Medics in the Media

In 1984 Vicks aired a commercial for their new Formula 44 cough syrup. The spokesperson, Dr. Rick Webber gave a glowing recommendation for the product. The reason this commercial is so memorable: there was no Dr. Rick Webber. It was actually an actor, Chris Robinson, who played Dr. Rick Webber on the daytime drama General […]

The Enhanced Brain

To desire immortality is to desire the eternal perpetuation of a great mistake. – Arthur Schopenhauer We easily accept the idea of wearing spectacles, smoothing an ugly wrinkle with Botox, reshaping our nose or buying help with our children’s schooling to improve their intellectual ability. Whether physical or mental, we consider that an inherited or […]

Vitamin B12 Deficiency and its Neurological Consequences

B complex vitamins are important for various functions of the human body. Be it energy production, body defense mechanisms, or red blood cell formation, the B group vitamins play pivotal roles and carry on the functions by working in tandem or all alone. Vitamin B12, in particular, has a great impact on neurological health. When […]

Reading Your Psychotherapist’s Mind

I am a clinical social worker and faculty member in psychology and community counseling. I came across a provocative article in the New York Times, Wellness section, entitled “What the Therapist Thinks About You”. I am sharing my clinical experience of sharing my notes with the clients I treat. Mental health patients do not have […]

The Hollywood Medical Reporter – To Care or Not to Care?

The Hollywood Medical Reporter’s purpose is to examine the influence that film and television has had, and continues to have, on the medical conscious of society. It will do so using a perspective of medical proficiency and media expertise. The first question you may ask is: why? In my introductory post, I touched on the […]

Memories Are Made of These

Since the early 1900s, scientists have pondered an age old question: what are memories made of? In the 1920s, Karl Lashley embarked on his famous journey to find “the engram” – the place in the brain where memories are stored. In 1949, Donald Hebb proposed his famous postulate of how memories could be formed, insisting […]

Self-Help for Schizophrenics

In spite of the existence of stigma, the first crucial step in dealing with schizophrenia is acceptance by that individual that he or she has a mental illness. This acceptance will allow him to deal more effectively with his life and move on with a lifestyle that is perhaps different from that of an ordinary […]

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