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Nurturing The Brain – Part I, Caffeine

Overall, more than 85% of children and adults consume caffeine regularly. But what does it do to the brain? Coffee is one of the most consumed beverages in the world. According to Euromonitor, the United States is the country with the highest amount of total coffee consumption (971 tons per year), closely followed by Brazil […]

The Fundamentals of Neuropedagogy

Over the past decade, we have learned that for every student who is simple to understand or figure out, there are one or two who are a conundrum. Over this same decade, we, as separate and collaborative professionals, have also discovered that the barriers to meeting these students’ needs is two-fold: Firstly, education looks only […]

How Does Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Change the Brain?

Child abuse. Rape. Sexual assault. Brutal physical attack. Being in a war and witnessing violence, bloodshed, and death from close quarters. Near death experiences. These are extremely traumatic events, and some victims bear the scars for life. The physical scars heal, but some emotional wounds stop the lives of these people dead in their tracks. […]

Invisibilia – Interview with the Co-Hosts of NPR’s Latest Show

“What were you just thinking?” “Are your thoughts related to your inner desires?” “Do they reveal who you REALLY are?” These are the questions Alix Spiegel and Lulu Miller explore in NPR’s new show, Invisibilia (Latin for “all the invisible things”). With the first episode, The Secret History of Thoughts, we are introduced to a man […]

Patients Creating Meaningful Solutions for their Own Disease

We live in a time of transformation in the way scientific breakthroughs are created. Or more correctly, we all feel like it is time we will be living in times in which there is a transformation in the way scientific breakthroughs are created. People are more informed then ever and the free flow of information […]

Eric McCormack Moderates Real-Life Discussion of Mental Illness on Campus

Eric McCormack is an articulate actor who played the fictional Dr. Daniel Pierce, a crime-solving schizophrenic neuropsychiatrist in the dramatic television series Perception. As McCormack is careful to clarify, “I’m not a professor, nor am I a person living with paranoid schizophrenia… I just play one on TV.”  McCormack largely modeled his character after the […]

The Epidemic Of Prescription Drug Abuse

Drug overdose death rates have never been higher. In the United States alone, 100 people die from drug overdoses every day, most of them caused by prescription drugs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has officially declared prescription drug abuse in the US an epidemic. Prescription drug abuse is defined as taking a medicine […]

Musical Training Makes You Smarter

Mozart has not only enthralled countless music lovers through the ages but also intrigued neuroscientists. In fact, his genre of music has spawned a whole body of research into the effect of classical music on cognitive development in kids. The “Mozart Effect” is the idea that children and babies (even unborn) become more intelligent if […]

Digital Drugs – Getting High Online?

Connecting yourself to a computer is now apparently all you need to do to get high. That is according to some users and promoters of a phenomenon known as “digital drugs”. These consist of specially designed audio tracks easily found on the internet for free, or even purchased in mp3 or CD form. Now, we […]

Is Torture As Ineffective As It Is Abhorrent?

Known as torture by some and the shameful euphemism “enhanced interrogation” by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the American Psychological Association (APA), is currently under investigation for their putative aiding and abetting of the CIA in such programs. Show More Summary

Turn Off Your Screens Before Turning In

In this day and age, so much of our time is spent in front of screens. Does all the hype around studies showing that the use of screens can mess with your sleep make sense? Human sleep and wakefulness periods follow a natural, circadian rhythm of about 24 hours. Although circadian rhythms can persist without […]

Mars Vs Venus – Differences in Male and Female Brains

And the differences are not just in the kind of television shows or movies they prefer or what they like to talk about when they catch up with members of the same sex! Men and women have different brains that make them see and feel differently. We are genetically and neurologically programmed to be good […]

Sexting – Just A Bit of Fun?

Sexting is becoming a widespread phenomenon. It is the exchange messages or “sexts” with explicit sexual content in the form of text, photos or videos through a digital device such as a smartphone. Is it just a bit of fun, or something more dangerous? The exchange of nude or semi-nude photos is amongst the most […]

Happy Birthday Stephen Hawking from Brain Blogger

Stephen Hawking turns 73 today, defeating the odds of a daunting diagnosis by over half a century. The famous theoretical physicist popularized modern cosmology, brought theories and facts about black holes and quantum gravity to the main stream and ultimately to the silver screen. The success of his works and the power his name resounds […]

Schizophrenia and the Demands of Emotion

It is clear and obvious that the mind is intentional in terms of its activity. Intentional cognitive activity is seen simply in the ability to solve math problems. It is perhaps more subtle that emotions influence the direction of cognitive activity. Emotional activity is driven less by intention than cognitive activity. Emotions, which are non-rational, […]

Explaining Away Empathy – Mental Illness and Reduced Compassion

Empathy is critical for health care providers. Especially in mental health care, empathy and compassion improve outcomes and enhance overall patient well-being. Thanks to innovative explorations into the way the brain works, mental illness is increasingly defined by biological mechanisms. Show More Summary

Brain Blogger Welcomes Dr. Adaes as New Health/Healthcare Editor

Sara Adaes, PhD candidate, has been a researcher in neuroscience for nearly a decade. She studied biochemistry and has since been investigating the neurobiological mechanisms of pain and is finishing her PhD at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto, in Portugal. She reports about the placebo-fooled brain, gender differences in pain, and […]

The Hollywood Medical Reporter – Alive Inside

Social worker Dan Cohen is the founder of an organization called Music & Memory, which brings personal music players (typically iPods) to people with Alzheimer’s disease. Cohen asked filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett to follow him as he went to various nursing homes, trying to bring one-on-one “music therapy” to sufferers of dementia. Little did Bennett know […]

The Concept of Race in Science Part II – Human Evolution

While some scholars try to disentangle the nuances in the distinctions between race and culture, and debate the validity of the use of race in scientific discourse, some others seem to have assumed that race is an unavoidable term and simply consider it as a factor needing to be taken into account when carrying out […]

Immortality at the Click of a Mouse?

Human beings have always longed for immortality. Magic potions, fountains of youth and time travelling are just some of the ideas found in fantasy and science fiction. However, the digital world is not lagging far behind. If we want to become immortal we now have another option: when we pass away we can leave our […]

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