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Mapping the Human Brain To “See” What Makes You Unique

The Matrix may not be fantasy anymore. The virtual reality shown in Avatar could be with us any time now, and at the same time, scientists are getting closer to decoding what goes on inside our brains. In fact, they are well on their way to mapping the human brain. This means that you could […]

Nurturing The Brain – Part II, Chocolate

Chocolate refers to anything that is made from cacao beans. The word “chocolate” has been etymologically traced to the Aztec word “xocoatl,” which referred to a bitter drink brewed from cacao. It’s thought to have been cultivated by different cultures in central and south America for at least 3,000 years. The scientific name for cacao was […]

Living with Schizoaffective Disorder – A Personal Story

Being diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder was a real blow. I felt alone. I felt helpless. I felt my life had ended. I can’t tell you how many times I sat in a bathtub staring at the vein in my arm, wondering how much it would hurt to cut through the skin, or how frightened I’d […]

Collective Memory – Without WWIII Could Obama Be Forgotten?

Washington, Lincoln, Wilson, Roosevelt, Eisenhower, Kennedy and Nixon, I hate to shamefully admit, are the only American presidents from before the 1980s for whom I could recall their rough chronological place in American history. Considering that I am from Scotland, and have never studied American history, I guess that’s not too bad, right? Well, to […]

The Determiner Wars

A and The: almost certainly the least interesting words in the English language; and quite possibly the least useful as well. In fact, many languages manage perfectly well without them (which is why – for example – Russian learners of English often struggle with them). Nonetheless, these two little words – which linguists call “determiners” […]

Brains Aren’t Fooled By Virtual Reality

The scenes and the environments in World of Warcraft games appear so real that, for a moment, you forget you are staring at the screen. Technology has advanced so much that we can not only recreate reality but also engage with it. But however real the virtual may seem, the brain knows the difference! According […]

Kids are Not Naturally Nice – Parents Shape Future Heroes

For years, research has led parents to believe that children are naturally helpful and cooperative, before gradually learning to be selective about whom they help. Now this interpretation is being challenged by Stanford University research, which claims that altruistic behavior is governed more by social relationships than inborn instincts. Show More Summary

What Do Smartphones Do to the Brain?

Even as the smartphone continues to evolve in functionality and power, parents are anxious that their kids seem to be addicted to their device. According to them, all that their kids do is switch off their ears, bury their heads, and tap, flick, and scroll on their touchphone screens. But, scientists have discovered at least […]

Hearing Red – Sensory Substitution With Your Smartphone

Sensory substitution is a means to use input from one sensory modality to acquire information for another. It is mostly applied to acquiring visual information through audio or tactile stimuli. Sensory substitution devices can convert one type of sensory signal into another. They are a great improvement to the quality of life of individuals with some form […]

Digital Dieting to Prevent Life-Destroying Internet Addiction

This picture, captured at Beijing’s military bootcamp-style Internet Addiction Treatment Center (IATC) by award-winning photographer Fernando Moleres, depicts a heavily disorientated and socially stunted 13-year-old Lu Jun Song, an internet addict having his routine cerebral dysfunction EEG check upon arrival. Show More Summary

A Discussion with Healthcare Billionaire Mike Fernandez

Emigrating from Cuba in 1964 at the age of 12, Mike Fernandez rose from being a grocery delivery boy in New York City to the billionaire founder of MBF Healthcare Partners, a private equity firm, and Simply Healthcare Plans, partnered with Magic Johnson Enterprises to provide services to people with HIV/AIDS. Surviving two heart attacks […]

Meditating Mind Machines

As technology races ahead and we come ever closer to an era where virtual reality devices become a commonplace, it is worth noting that there already exists a whole range of technology designed to encourage altered states of consciousness – the “mind machines” or audio-visual stimulation (AVS) devices. These are doubtless going to become far […]

Relaunching A Mega Journal – International Archives of Medicine

I have been the editor-in-chief of the International Archives of Medicine (IAM) since its launch seven years ago. We are now entering an exciting new phase. My first editorial for IAM was entitled “Defining the profile of International Archives of Medicine”. At that point, we aimed to launch an international open access journal on all […]

Star Wars – Yesterday’s Sci-Fi is Today’s Reality

Whether you are dreading it, counting down the days or couldn’t care less, with the New Year comes a new Star Wars movie. Production on Episode VII: The Force Awakens ended the first week of November 2014. The film franchise is the perfect reminder of how science fiction of the past has predicted some of […]

Valentime – Who Makes You Click?

In this digital era you may be less likely to be checking your letterbox for a Valentine’s card this year, but rather checking your email inbox, or even your dedicated message folder on one of any number of online dating sites. Dating, if not romance itself, has certainly gone virtual in recent years. Before the […]

New Theory Reveals Secret to Turning Women On – Desire!

Research into a newly coined theory, object of desire self-consciousness, is revealing secrets about both women and men’s sexual and romantic minds. Freshly published research in the sexology journal, Archives of Sexual Behavior, has posited that perceiving oneself as romantically and sexually desirable in another’s eyes, as an object of desire, plays a stronger role […]

When Does Collecting Become A Compulsion?

For some, collecting things is a harmless way to spend time and introduce a healthy, harmless diversion into our lives. Meanwhile, for others, collecting can take a turn toward the tragic. The purpose of science is to help us make sense of the world around us — or the much larger world inside our heads. […]

Chronic Pain – All In The Mind?

Coping with chronic pain is not easy. Ask anyone who has been diagnosed with it and you will quickly understand that everyday living can be a time consuming, energy draining, and frustrating experience. Despite the challenges inherent in living with chronic pain, there are several approaches that can help an individual cope more effectively. Let’s […]

Hope For Spinal Cord Regeneration

Traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) is a severely disabling condition that can result in full or partial paralysis, as well as sensory and autonomic dysfunction. SCI has an estimated incidence of 12,000 new cases per year in the United States alone, caused primarily by automobile accidents, falls, violence and sports. Despite extensive research, an effective […]

When Hoarding Becomes Dangerous

Hoarding behavior demands intervention when it causes clinically significant distress for a person, or impairment in his or her social or occupational functioning. Governmental authorities may step in when the hoarding behavior endangers the health and safety of the hoarder and others in the community. In front of her office was a gleaming white utility […]

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