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Streams of Human Awareness

Those of us in the psychological profession as well as those in closely related fields are absolutely fascinated about consciousness. In most general psychology texts we explore a range of 7 to 10 what I refer to as “streams of”. For instance, we discuss deliberate and automatic processes, as well as shifting and altered. We […]

Why Take a Pill When You Can Get a Brain Injection Instead?

Everyone knows that pills are the most common way of administering medicines: we have pills for just about everything. But a company called MRI Interventions, Inc. might be set to change that. There are a number of reasons why administering pharmaceutical interventions orally is a good idea. First of all, it’s easy. You just tell a […]

Does Your Birth Month Put Your Brain at Risk?

Is March’s child full of woe? A growing body of evidence suggests that the season in which a baby is born may affect everything from eyesight and eating habits to the risk of developing both mental and physiological problems later in life. A recent study reveals that our season of birth makes persistent and lasting […]

New Insights into Cooperation

Game theory has repeatedly confirmed the human tendency to help others, even when helping is costly. The Prisoner’s Dilemma is one of the most popular demonstrations of cooperation. Though behavior in the Prisoner’s Dilemma has long been observed, studies in neuroscience continue to elucidate the brain mechanisms underlying the choices that have puzzled some researchers […]

Rub Out Your pain

You have probably experienced the agonizing pain of bumping your toes against furniture, haven’t you? And I bet that you instinctively rubbed your aching toes to lessen the pain. Am I right? And did it help? It probably did. It has long been know that touch can reduce pain. This fact is actually linked to […]

Is Parkinson’s Disease One Disease Entity?

We hear of Parkinson’s disease very often these days. This is indeed a very common neurological disorder affecting about 6 million people worldwide. The disease is characterized by a selective loss of dopaminergic neurons in certain parts of the brain. That causes muscle rigidity, tremors, bradykinesia (slowness of movement) and problems in posture. Decades of […]

Improve Your Gambling Odds – Do Not Think Like a Winner

My Aunt C. took up an unlikely hobby after her retirement as a school teacher. Not long after she read her last Dr. Seuss to a roomful of children, a flashing neon sign on the highway lured her to the new casino. From then on, whenever my parents visited Aunt C., I no longer heard […]

Encouraging Women to Enter Neuroscience

If you read a lot of neuroscience articles, or even just news about the brain, you’ll likely notice that there’s a significant gender imbalance: almost all of the big names are men. But a 17-year-old girl from Denver is trying to change that. Grace Greenwald founded The Synapse Project to connect young women with professors […]

Markers for Melancholy

Depression involves, in part, dysfunctions in the perception of, response to, and interpretation of emotions. Research is now focusing on biomarkers that are involved in the pathophysiology of depression, which may lead to improved treatments. Show More Summary

Can Current Technology Identify Liars?

Identifying deception is something humans have attempted to do for centuries. Initial techniques, such as facial expression interpretation, were developed without technology. Later, simple technologies, such as the polygraph, were designed to detect physiological changes consistent with the autonomic arousal that often accompanies the act of lying. Show More Summary

Remembering Henry Molaison

Henry Gustav Molaison (1926-2008) was perhaps the best-known and most studied patient in the history of neuroscience. Henry became the subject of a scientific article which would become one of the most cited articles in the history of medical literature. At around the age of ten, Henry began having epileptic seizures, which became more severe […]

Recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder May Be Attainable

Recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) may be possible, and the roots lie in understanding the biosocial model. This model originated with Marsha Linehan’s theory, which argued that there were both social and biological reasons that BPD develops. Borderline Personality Disorder is often considered one of the most difficult diagnoses with which to work. But […]

A Woman’s Touch Unpacks a Punch

“No sex during training!” This may sound familiar to those of you in competitive sports and even more so for professional fighters. A recent study may help us to better establish the link between previous experiences, in this case, a woman’s touch, and how they can influence our potential for aggressive behavior. Yuan et al […]

Development of Alzheimer’s Disease – Is Tau Protein to Blame?

Thanks to the progress of medicine, these days we live much longer than just few decades ago. However, we don’t become healthier as we age. In the rapidly aging population, the problem of dementia is becoming particularly acute. In the majority of cases, dementia is associated with Alzheimer’s disease. This neurodegenerative disorder affects an estimated […]

Exploring the Next Frontier – The Human Brain Project

Human exploration has long been concerned with travelling outward as far as possible — the edge of the continent, around the world, outside the solar system. But a new frontier is about to explored in a big way: the human brain. Not too long ago, I posted about the K computer simulating 1% of the […]

The Role of Culture on Success

I and other social science professionals believe that cultural and ethnic affiliation significantly shapes who we are. Here, I look at the known connection between culture, achievement and “success”. I place the term success in quotes, because, in some ways, success is in the eye of the beholder. We tend to use financial earnings as […]

The Placebo-Fooled Brain

Emotions, stress, depression, anxiety, fear, memory, learning, anticipation, and expectation; all these factors modulate our experience of pain and are mirrored in one of the most fascinating and intriguing phenomena in analgesia: the placebo effect. Show More Summary

Punishing with Praise

All the parents I know want to praise their children and make them feel special. From an early age, most of us (myself included) want to celebrate our kids as much as we can. We clap when they roll over or hold up their heads for the first time. We practically throw a party when […]

Seasonal Affective Disorder – Created By a Productivity-Centered Society?

Living in England, I’ve spent the last few months in very dreary weather. It rains a lot, it’s cold, and it’s often cloudy for a good portion of the day, if not the vast majority. It’s just a part of living here — when you decide to move to England, it’s something that you’re aware […]

Revisiting Schizophrenia – A Synopsis

On Brainblogger there is clearly an avid interest in this particular disorder. This article provides a synopsis of a recent Medscape review, regarding our current state of knowledge. I encourage all who are interested to peruse the original resource. The following are consensual clinical guidelines regarding the use of neuroleptics – otherwise known as antipsychotics. […]

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