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Archived Since:January 19, 2009

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Brain-Machine Interfaces – New Technology in the Making

Until recently, the idea of controlling our environment using our thoughts belonged to science fiction books and movies. But with the development of neuroscience in the last 30 years, this dream is becoming a reality. Nowadays, we are able to use the brain’s electrical activity to make changes and control our surrounding environment through the […]

Autism May Affect Social Development of the Brain

Experts at the University of California have published a research in Brain and Behavior, a journal, revealing how the brain’s “social area” is undeveloped in adolescents and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). As shown by the investigation, individuals with ASD have hyperperfusion, in which there is an increased blood flow going through the brain’s […]

The Trauma Inflicted by Child Sex Predators

I am prompted to compose this article for two primary reasons. First, I live in a Catholic Diocese (Altoona-Johnstown, PA) where a grand jury report very recently exposed that over four decades, over 50 priests and other church officials have harbored, protected, and enabled the victimization and mortification of hundreds of innocent children and youth […]

Schizophrenia’s Strongest Genetic Link

The discovery of a runaway gene is being touted as one of schizophrenia’s greatest breakthroughs. Researchers have discovered a gene that prunes away communication infrastructure in the brain, and when this gene prunes too much, schizophrenia can develop. Show More Summary

Sports Concussion – New Testing Methods are Imperative

The long-term, serious consequences of concussion have come to the attention of the general public with issues like Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), found in the brains of deceased NFL players; and with its dramatization in the Will Smith-starring movie Concussion. Sports concussion is, of course, a condition prevalent not only in the NFL, but in […]

Screening for Depression in Children – Can We Stop it Before it Starts?

Diagnosing depression remains challenging in some people, despite well-known risk factors and symptoms of the condition. Now, new brain scans may lead to a screening tool that could be used to identify people who are vulnerable to depression later in life, possibly allowing early treatment and, possibly, prevention. A new brain imaging study, published in […]

Role of Shame in Recovery from Substance Use Disorder

In a recent New York Times article, psychiatrist Sally Satel and psychologist Scott Lilienfeld discuss how shame can be useful in recovery from addiction. I find their position to be provocative, perhaps controversial to some. Recalling Erickson’s psychosocial stages of development, one of the early stages during childhood involves the mastery of enhanced autonomy or […]

Children’s IQ and Fade-Out Effect

People are not born with the same intellectual abilities. This is a simple fact of life, and there is nothing surprising about it. After all, we are also born with different height, physical strength, color of skin and so on. However, some characteristics of our body, such as muscular strength and endurance, are modifiable and […]

How Do We Learn Languages?

The use of sound is one of the most common methods of communication both in the animal kingdom and between humans. Animals use vocalization and calls to communicate and share critical information about food, dangers and individual intentions. Vocalization in the animal kingdom, as far as we know, relies on relatively small vocabulary of sounds, […]

Picking Apart Schizophrenia

In A Beautiful Mind, John Nash, played by Russell Crowe, is immersed in a fantasy world of conspiracy and paranoia. All of this we later learn is a product of his mind and a symptom of his untreated schizophrenia. This story is a powerful example of what’s known as the ‘positive’ symptoms of schizophrenia, […]

Is Dementia Something To Be Anxious About?

Researchers have identified a new factor that may increase the risk for developing dementia: anxiety. People who experienced high levels of anxiety at any time in their lives were 48% more likely to develop dementia as they aged compared to people who did not experience anxiety. The new study, published in Alzheimer’s and Dementia, evaluated […]

Brains Behaving Badly – A Tale of Two Brains

National Geographic Channel will air “Brain Games: Brains Behaving Badly ” on Sunday, February 21 at 9pm EST. As part of a virtual roundtable, Brain Blogger was selected to screen the episode and address the thought provoking question raised therein: Are humans hardwired for transgressions? Why are some of the brain’s most basic instincts considered […]

Mental Illness – One Treatment to Cure Them All, One Network to Bind Them?

Imagine: A cure all for ALL mental illnesses… sounds illogical, perhaps impossible, something straight out of fantasy, no? Well, at the SharpBrains Virtual Summit, Monitoring & Enhancing Brain Health in the Pervasive Neuroscience Era, where presenting cutting-edge innovative research was the norm, I was lucky to be witness to a truly tantalizing talk by psychologist […]

Phobias Part IV – Which Countries are More Fatphobic and Why?

America currently has one of the highest rates of obesity in recorded history, making it the prime location for research on weight bias, or more specifically fat phobia. Such research has found that the more fat phobic one is, the more one believes negative stereotypes about people who are ‘fat’: that they are lazy, sloppy, […]

The God Brain – Is Religion Hardwired?

National Geographic Channel will shortly air “Brain Games: The God Brain” (premiering Sunday, February 21 at 9 pm ET). As part of a virtual roundtable, Brain Blogger was selected to screen the episode and address the thought provoking question raised therein: The question of whether religion has been hardwired into our brains or an evolutionary […]

Got Anxiety? Got Smarts!

“Ignorance is bliss” is an old saying that has been around for years. What it really means is that when people are unaware of things – situations, events, circumstances – they have nothing to cause them any worry or anxiety. But some research now seems to point to the conclusion that these individuals may in […]

Why Are Benzodiazepines and Z-Drugs Still Prescribed Indefinitely For Insomnia?

The official guidelines indicate that benzodiazepines and z-drugs (e.g. Ambien) should be used for the short-term management of insomnia. Yet many patients are prescribed these drugs indefinitely. What accounts for this discrepancy between...Show More Summary

Training the Brain and the Startle Response

National Geographic Channel will shortly air “Brain Games: Meet The Brain” (premiering Sunday, February 14 at 9 pm ET). As part of a virtual roundtable, Brain Blogger was selected to screen the episode and address the thought provoking question raised therein: Do you think individuals can train their brain to respond in a particular way […]

Winter Depression – New Discoveries in Treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder

Within the mysterious depths of our brains and bodies remain the ancient systems that adjust our sleep, energy, mood and behaviors in alignment with the ebb and flow of nature’s seasons. Many moons ago, especially in temperate latitudes, we evolved a genetic makeup that promoted the “winter blues”: eating a lot, sleeping a lot and […]

A Virtual Brain – The Benefits of Brain Modelling

Humans have acquired a certain amount of knowledge about the laws which govern our world. It is far from complete, but what we already know allows us to build theories and speculate about how our world works. In this continuous effort of explanation, building models that mimic and predict natural phenomena plays a substantial role. […]

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