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Archived Since:January 19, 2009

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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. […]

Why Are We Still Developing Brain Drugs?

The social stigma surrounding the pharmaceutical industry has gotten pretty bad lately. The business of saving lives is now rated positively by only 32% of the public, tucked neatly between oil and banking in consumer confidence polls – down eight places since 1996. Without dwelling too much into the reasons for pharma’s tumbling social status, […]

False Memories on Trial – Embed, Manipulate, Delete

Recent successful efforts by neuroscientists to falsify, change, delete, and improve memories highlight how highly manipulable memories are. This growing awareness is behind the call by memory experts for a protocol to regulate memory manipulation of witnesses by therapists, lawyers, and law enforcement officials. Show More Summary

Beauty Is in the Brain of the Beholder

There are few things more personal than one’s aesthetic taste. When you really connect to a piece of art or music, it touches something deep inside. It moves you in a way that often escapes words. But what’s going on in your brain when you are moved like this? This question is explored in the […]

Supercomputer Simulates 1% of the Brain – What’s Next?

Neural networks are used in neuroscience to create models that could potentially explain some cognitive phenomena. For example, many researchers have built models that create pretty accurate representations of child language acquisition. Show More Summary

Psychosis and Divergent Thought

The proverbial beautiful mind of the proverbial schizophrenic resides in a brain that has abnormalities. This includes diminished frontal lobe activity, resulting in deficits in the brain’s ability to process information in a cognitively organized way and stopping people from screening out irrelevant stimuli. Show More Summary

Linguistic Relativity Today

Linguistic relativity is the idea that the language you speak affects how you think. A lot of people know this as the “Sapir-Whorf hypothesis” or “Whorfianism” after one of its earliest proponents, Benjamin Whorf. Many people think that linguistic relativity has died out, that it has been disproven, or that it is generally accepted as […]

How Do We Think About Pitch?

In linguistic relativity research, there is quite a bit of literature on metaphors and how they affect our perceptions of the world. Metaphors are built on language, and if it can be shown that people use those metaphors to think with, that would be taken as pretty solid evidence that language affects the way we […]

Better Than Average – Are Prisoners Really So Different?

In a study recently published in the British Journal of Social Psychology, University of Southampton researchers found that prisoners rated themselves equal to or better than non-incarcerated community members with respect to honesty, morality, self-control, and other attributes. Show More Summary

Affluenza – An Isolated Case in Texas or a Growing Epidemic in the US?

This article examines some of the issues surrounding and emanating from the Ethan Couch verdict in Texas. Needless to say, this situation is sparking tremendous outrage from many directions. Here, I am discussing my clinical take on the matter. While I clearly do not know this 16 year old in any clinical way, and I […]

Ambien Zombies, Murder, and Other Disturbing Behavior

Ambien is one of a number of Controlled Schedule 4 agents designed as sedative hypnotics. Like other sedative hypnotics they are usually effective for about two weeks, largely to relieve persisting insomnia. These agents, especially Ambien, are linked to sleep-driving, eating, and even sex. Sedative hypnotics impact mostly the neurotransmitter, GABA, which is inhibitory in […]

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