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Stigma Towards Mental Health Stigma Impacts Vocation

Freud stated that the components of happiness are love and work. Yet, it’s interesting that people in our society tend to accept, almost unconsciously, the idea that mentally ill people are not suitable for either of these activities. This idea seems to pervade, especially in the minds of people who adhere to conventional modes of […]

School Bullying – Forgive, Ignore or Revenge?

Giving your child the best advice when they are being bullied is a challenge for many parents. While some parents sign their kids up for kickboxing or karate lessons in a bid to boost confidence and give them the tools to fight back; others strive for non-physical resolutions such as ignoring and avoiding bullies; and […]

Crisis of Masculinity

Is he man enough for the challenge? Do you have your man pants on? Man up or go home! These kind of very sexist phrases are an inherent part of many of our day-to-day language. While mainstream society is moving towards redefining our collective definition of what femininity means, what about masculinity? Do men feel […]

The Neurology of Anxiety in Times of Critical Decision-Making

Scientists have identified the specific neural circuitry that triggers anxiety in individuals when confronted with critical decisions. Our brains can actually gauge how critical a decision is and trigger anxiety in us accordingly! Do you freak out when you have to decide if you want to order pizza or a tub of fried chicken for […]

The Causes Of Alzheimer’s Disease – An Overview

Dementia is characterized by a progressive and debilitating decline in cognition, function and behavior. Its numbers are staggering: according to the World Health Organization, the total number of people with dementia worldwide in 2010 was estimated at 35.6 million and predicted to nearly double every 20 years, to 65.7 million in 2030 and 115.4 million […]

Sex Bias In Autism Spectrum Disorders – Is It Real?

An intriguing observation in the epidemiology of autism is the marked sex bias in its prevalence, with a commonly reported ratio of five males to one female. Age of diagnosis also differs between males and females, being on average later in the latter. Despite the consistent documentation of such a difference, there is a surprisingly […]

Neuronal Transplantation May Restore Brain Functionality

Artificial limbs let receivers lead more productive and fulfilling lives. Organ transplantations give new life to people. Science has advanced so far that it can even tinker with the workings of the brain to explore ways in which lost brain functions can be revived. Experiments are already underway to determine if neuronal transplantation can replace […]

Disruptive Intelligent Machines

Intelligent machines are very likely to become as popular as smartphones. Still, the intelligence of a machine remains a debatable term and the first examples are as yet incipient prototypes. In truth it is difficult to conceive a technology more disruptive than truly intelligent machines. In some years “intelligent personal assistants” such as Siri and […]

Do Insects Have Emotions and Empathy?

A recent survey suggests that for most of us that have ever had a pet companion, it’s a no-brainer that mammals and birds are emotional creatures, sharing emotions with multiple species and not just their own. Yet despite the thousands of YouTube videos and hundreds of recent scientific studies presenting easily accessible evidence and examples, […]

Top 5 Persuasion Techniques of 2015

The art of persuasion really is an art form. It’s not always easy to get everyone on board and ready to comply – we are stubborn beings us humans. From kids refusing bath-time and shy friends avoiding going out, to simple requests to your other half going in one ear and out the other and […]

9 Personality Traits Putting Mothers at Risk of Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression is a very serious condition affecting 10-15% of mothers in most developed countries (that’s 400,000-600,000 women per year in the US). Research shows that mother really is the heart of the family, and when she is hurting, the whole family unit is at risk, where the stress and low quality of mother-infant interactions […]

Cartoon – Diets and Sustained Weight Loss

Reference Gudzune KA, Doshi RS, Mehta AK, Chaudhry ZW, Jacobs DK, Vakil RM, Lee CJ, Bleich SN, & Clark JM (2015). Efficacy of commercial weight-loss programs: an updated systematic review. Annals of internal medicine, 162 (7), 501-12 PMID: 25844997 Image created by Jerry King for Brain Blogger.

Are Specialized Diets For The Treatment Of Autism Effective?

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are increasingly prevalent developmental disorders that affect children by impairing their ability to communicate verbally and nonverbally and to interact socially. There is currently no cure for ASD.Show More Summary

Nurturing The Brain – Part 5, Nutraceuticals and Probiotics

The phrase “you are what you eat” has long been embedded in popular culture. The notion that fitness and health depend largely on eating good food is long-standing, but nutrition applied to disease prevention or health promotion is now a thriving field. This has given rise to the concept of “nutraceuticals”, a term resulting from […]

Cartoon – Alcohol Prevent Chronic Kidney Disease?

Reference Koning SH, Gansevoort RT, Mukamal KJ, Rimm EB, Bakker SJ, Joosten MM, & PREVEND Study Group (2015). Alcohol consumption is inversely associated with the risk of developing chronic kidney disease. Kidney international, 87 (5), 1009-16 PMID: 25587707 Image created by Jerry King for Brain Blogger.

A Long Way to Sobriety

Drug abuse by young adults in the USA is higher than anywhere else in the world. In 2012, approximately one third of young adults ages 18-25 admitted to binge drinking in the past month, and one fifth reported using an illicit drug within the last month. A National Institute on Drug Abuse study found that […]

The Role of Serotonin and Glutamine in Aggression

A few years ago, a quote by the Dalai Lama went viral. According to the Tibetan spiritual leader, if every kid in the world is taught to meditate starting today, the world will be able to wipe out violence in one generation. It is not surprising why this saying got liked, clicked, tweeted, shared, and […]

Cartoon – Confirming the HPV Vaccination Is Safe

Reference Scheller NM, Svanström H, Pasternak B, Arnheim-Dahlström L, Sundström K, Fink K, & Hviid A (2015). Quadrivalent HPV vaccination and risk of multiple sclerosis and other demyelinating diseases of the central nervous system. JAMA, 313 (1), 54-61 PMID: 25562266 Image created by Jerry King for Brain Blogger.

Best and Worst of Psychology and Psychiatry — May 2015

We have been seeing some groundbreaking developments in understanding psychological disorders and how best to treat them this year. It seems that May was the cream on the cake, with game changing advances in autism, schizophrenia and depression research — quite fitting for International Mental Health Awareness Month. There were two main themes that emerged […]

Best and Worst of Neuroscience and Neurology – May 2015

The month of May saw many interesting developments, both in fundamental neuroscience and neurology and in practical aspects of dealing with brain-related diseases and disorders. The selection below outlines some of my favorite publications. On May 28, the scientific community marked the birthday of Stanley Prusiner, the receiver of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Medicine […]

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