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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. […]

Best & Worst in Psychology & Psychiatry – December 2015

For every month of the year, we scour through 1000s of published studies and list some of the hottest positive findings and negative findings in psychology and psychiatry research. This month, no main theme emerged, however the good and the bad relating to four main subjects were repeated throughout the top 10 – empathy and […]

Best and Worst of Neuroscience and Neurology – December 2015

In the field of neuroscience and neurology, the end of last year was unusually fruitful for interesting and unexpected findings. There were fascinating developments both in fundamental research and in therapeutic treatment of brain diseases. Show More Summary

Can We Explain Hallucinations?

Hallucination, what is it? Free wandering of the mind, the ability to see parallel universes, a soul’s flight through a continuum of variants, or just a brain malfunction? Is it a disease or a normal physiological reaction to a specific stimulus or set of stimuli? Science defines hallucination as a sensory experience of something that […]

New Brain Games Exclusive Preview – Times Square Mass Mind Reading

This Sunday February 14th (9 p.m. ET), the Emmy-nominated Brain Games tv-show is back! Wonder junkie Jason Silva returns to our screens, teaming up with leading neuroscientists, psychologists, cognitive psychologists and specialists in a whirlwind trip around the globe to: “…uncover the powers of our minds that we never knew existed.” National Geographic presents six […]

What Keeps Couples Together For the Duration?

About 9 out of 10 of us in the United States will “marry” in various arrangements at least once. About 40% to 45% will not stay married. And with each subsequent remarriage, the risk of divorce elevates. In this article, I review the factors that bring us together, and not those that drive us apart. […]

Phobias Part III – Emetophobia, Fear of Vomiting

Day-to-day life can be a living nightmare for an emetophobe. Chances are you have met one and didn’t even know it. Peppermints, antiemetics, antacids and antiseptics are their standard weapons of choice in the often lifelong and epic battle against, and extreme at-all-costs avoidance of, their mortal enemy – vomit. A surprisingly common ‘side-effect’ shared […]

Top 10 Technology Stories of 2015

It goes without saying that our health and wellbeing is inextricably linked with technology these days, for better or for worse. Movies like Chappie have set imaginations afire with the possibilities of artifical intelligence, while back in reality using our mobile phones to meditate, learn a new language or tinker with virtual immortality is the […]

Psychotic Toddlers?

A recent New York Times article by Alan Schwartz reveals a very disturbing trend in regards to the growing use of neuroleptics in youngsters under the age of five, even two years or younger. In his article he discusses Andrew, who at five months of age was diagnosed with seizures. Andrew was prescribed anti-convulsants. In […]

Top 10 Psychology & Psychiatry Stories of 2015

What do insects, cats, psychedelic drugs and the dating world have in common? They are all topics among the most popular psychology articles published here on BrainBlogger in 2015! You, our brain-bonkers readers, clearly know what’sShow More Summary

The Neurobiology Of Anorexia Nervosa

Eating disorders are a serious problem. In the US alone, it is estimated that up to 30 million people suffer from an eating disorder, including anorexia, bulimia or binge eating. Although it can affect people of all ages, genders, and ethnicities, the incidence is highest among adolescent girls and young adult women. And even though […]

Top 10 Health & Healthcare Stories of 2015

Attaining optimal health and wellness is something we should all aspire to. Some might say it’s one of the most altruistic goals one can set, benefitting friends, family and society as a whole, never mind clearly being good for the self. As such, it is no surprise that Sara Adaes’ Nurturing the Brain series was […]

Dementia With Lewy Bodies – An Underrated Disease

Friedrich Heinrich Lewy was a German neurologist born in 1885 who moved to the United States in 1934 to escape from Nazi Germany. He lived and worked in the US until his death in 1950. In 1912, while studying Parkinson’s disease (at the time known as Paralysis agitans), Lewy discovered abnormal protein deposits in the […]

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