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Causes of Autism Remain Mysterious

This pervasive developmental disorder appears to be increasing in incidence and prevalence. Current estimates are that 1 in 88 people have autism, with males four times more likely to develop it. But are we any closer to figuring out what causes it? What some professionals describe as “classical” autism consists of poor communication, lack of […]

January 2015 – Highlights and Failures in Neuroscience & Neurology

Every month, hundreds of research articles are published in the field of neuroscience. Obviously, this short review cannot cover them all. Here I highlight some new research data that I found particularly interesting and important. Some of them were publicized in popular media while others received very little attention. Two particularly interesting articles related to […]

Opioids for Chronic Pain – An Interview with Dr. Webster, Pain Guru

With chronic pain has come a debate on how to treat it, and some controversy on whether opioid use is effective or not. Lynn R. Webster, M.D., is one the nation’s leading researchers and experts in the field of chronic pain management. Dr. Webster is the Vice President of Scientific Affairs of PRA Health Sciences […]

Think Your Way to Health

Our thoughts, and ways of thinking, wield a great deal of power to change our emotions, moods, and, ultimately, our behaviors. By heightening our awareness or mindfulness of our physical, mental and emotional states, and thoughts, as well as our reactions to our thoughts and states, we can empower ourselves to be better equipped to […]

Communicating with ALS One Blink at a Time

In their new book One Blink at a Time, Ismail and Cheryl Tsieprati share how they teamed up and overcame each and every challenge ALS placed before them. Ismail has lived with ALS for more than thirty years. His wife, Cheryl, has been challenged over the years to build, train and maintain a reliable and […]

Feeling Sleepy? Take an App!

A fascinating flurry of sleeping apps has hit the market this year. You might think that sleep is the one time you certainly don’t need to use your phone, but these app providers are daring to try to prove that perception wrong… and they’re doing a pretty good job. There are some pretty impressive sleep […]

Nurturing The Brain – Part I, Caffeine

Overall, more than 85% of children and adults consume caffeine regularly. But what does it do to the brain? Coffee is one of the most consumed beverages in the world. According to Euromonitor, the United States is the country with the highest amount of total coffee consumption (971 tons per year), closely followed by Brazil […]

The Fundamentals of Neuropedagogy

Over the past decade, we have learned that for every student who is simple to understand or figure out, there are one or two who are a conundrum. Over this same decade, we, as separate and collaborative professionals, have also discovered that the barriers to meeting these students’ needs is two-fold: Firstly, education looks only […]

How Does Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Change the Brain?

Child abuse. Rape. Sexual assault. Brutal physical attack. Being in a war and witnessing violence, bloodshed, and death from close quarters. Near death experiences. These are extremely traumatic events, and some victims bear the scars for life. The physical scars heal, but some emotional wounds stop the lives of these people dead in their tracks. […]

Invisibilia – Interview with the Co-Hosts of NPR’s Latest Show

“What were you just thinking?” “Are your thoughts related to your inner desires?” “Do they reveal who you REALLY are?” These are the questions Alix Spiegel and Lulu Miller explore in NPR’s new show, Invisibilia (Latin for “all the invisible things”). With the first episode, The Secret History of Thoughts, we are introduced to a man […]

Patients Creating Meaningful Solutions for their Own Disease

We live in a time of transformation in the way scientific breakthroughs are created. Or more correctly, we all feel like it is time we will be living in times in which there is a transformation in the way scientific breakthroughs are created. People are more informed then ever and the free flow of information […]

Eric McCormack Moderates Real-Life Discussion of Mental Illness on Campus

Eric McCormack is an articulate actor who played the fictional Dr. Daniel Pierce, a crime-solving schizophrenic neuropsychiatrist in the dramatic television series Perception. As McCormack is careful to clarify, “I’m not a professor, nor am I a person living with paranoid schizophrenia… I just play one on TV.”  McCormack largely modeled his character after the […]

The Epidemic Of Prescription Drug Abuse

Drug overdose death rates have never been higher. In the United States alone, 100 people die from drug overdoses every day, most of them caused by prescription drugs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has officially declared prescription drug abuse in the US an epidemic. Prescription drug abuse is defined as taking a medicine […]

Musical Training Makes You Smarter

Mozart has not only enthralled countless music lovers through the ages but also intrigued neuroscientists. In fact, his genre of music has spawned a whole body of research into the effect of classical music on cognitive development in kids. The “Mozart Effect” is the idea that children and babies (even unborn) become more intelligent if […]

Digital Drugs – Getting High Online?

Connecting yourself to a computer is now apparently all you need to do to get high. That is according to some users and promoters of a phenomenon known as “digital drugs”. These consist of specially designed audio tracks easily found on the internet for free, or even purchased in mp3 or CD form. Now, we […]

Is Torture As Ineffective As It Is Abhorrent?

Known as torture by some and the shameful euphemism “enhanced interrogation” by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the American Psychological Association (APA), is currently under investigation for their putative aiding and abetting of the CIA in such programs. Show More Summary

Turn Off Your Screens Before Turning In

In this day and age, so much of our time is spent in front of screens. Does all the hype around studies showing that the use of screens can mess with your sleep make sense? Human sleep and wakefulness periods follow a natural, circadian rhythm of about 24 hours. Although circadian rhythms can persist without […]

Mars Vs Venus – Differences in Male and Female Brains

And the differences are not just in the kind of television shows or movies they prefer or what they like to talk about when they catch up with members of the same sex! Men and women have different brains that make them see and feel differently. We are genetically and neurologically programmed to be good […]

Sexting – Just A Bit of Fun?

Sexting is becoming a widespread phenomenon. It is the exchange messages or “sexts” with explicit sexual content in the form of text, photos or videos through a digital device such as a smartphone. Is it just a bit of fun, or something more dangerous? The exchange of nude or semi-nude photos is amongst the most […]

Happy Birthday Stephen Hawking from Brain Blogger

Stephen Hawking turns 73 today, defeating the odds of a daunting diagnosis by over half a century. The famous theoretical physicist popularized modern cosmology, brought theories and facts about black holes and quantum gravity to the main stream and ultimately to the silver screen. The success of his works and the power his name resounds […]

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