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Does Spirituality and Religion Guard Against Depression?

There has long been anecdotal evidence that sustained spiritual or religious practice can help improve people’s mood and general sense of well-being. For the first time, we may be on the cusp of understanding the neurological mechanisms underlying these long reported effects. A recent study from Columbia University has found that there is a strong […]

Paranoid Schizophrenia and Paradoxical Intervention

Psychotic ideation is delusional and illusory. One cannot simply convey to a psychotic individual that he has a valid perspective. To an extent, it has been traditionally asserted in the field of mental health that one should not affirm the psychotic beliefs of the schizophrenic. Contrarily, some clinicians believe that one should persistently deny the […]

Using Neurofeedback to Treat Substance Use Disorder

A recent article suggests the possibility that neurofeedback (NFB) can be useful in the treatment of those experiencing substance use disorders (SUD). In this article, I articulate these possibilities further. From the referenced article, I have extracted the following quote attributed to Dr. Othmer. Dr. Sigfried Othmer is director of the EEG Institute and is […]

Dental Anxiety’s Past and Its Lucrative Future

Dental horrors abound in literature, artwork, and dental museum exhibits. Throughout most of the world’s history, dentistry, like childbirth, has been associated with intense pain. Yet in our modern era of preventive maintenance, restoration, and local anesthesia, the prevalence of dental anxiety remains persistently high. Show More Summary

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 […]

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