Brain Blogging, Forty-First Editionby Shaheen E Lakhan, MD, PhD, MEd, MS, FAAN | November 8, 2008
Welcome to the forty-first edition of Brain Blogging. In this round, we discuss the likelihood of bipolar children becoming bipolar adults, problems with learning during multi-tasking, how magnets can improve your mood, and many more topics.
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It’s All in the Mind…
Living the Scientific Life writes Research Suggests Bipolar Children Likely to become Bipolar Adults:
Until recently, the psychiatric paradigm was that bipolar disorder did not manifest itself until a person reached young adulthood. However, current research has been increasingly calling this into question since children as young as six years old appear to show at least some symptoms of bipolar disorder.
Learn This writes Boredom is a Sign of An Unchallenged Mind:
Creativity is a trait that usually goes hand in hand with learning. The most creative people in history and even those I know in my life are also the people that are constantly learning new things. Think of famous inventors, artists and teachers; they are all creative and people who are constantly learning.
SharpBrains writes Memory Problems? Perhaps you are Multi-tasking:
Kids think that this entertainment while studying helps their learning. It probably does make learning less tedious, but it clearly makes learning less efficient and less effective. Multi-tasking violates everything we know about how memory works. Now we have objective scientific evidence that multi-tasking impairs learning.
I Will Not Die writes Your Comprehensive Guide to the MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) Personality Test:
The MBTI test asks questions that determine your personality based around several areas. The result is a four-letter type that can be used to say certain things about how you generally react to things, how you perceive certain situations, and how you make decisions.
Grey Matters writes Science and your long life brain:
While constant intellectual stimulation, based on the familiar ‘use it or lose it’ approach to maintaining a long life brain is a necessary – indeed essential – precondition to what I have termed braingevity, such an overly narrow approach cannot, on its own, maintain the brain in peak condition and slow the consequences of ageing.
ADHD and More writes My Daughter’s Story:
She’s been tested by several experts and now sees a psychologist once a month and psychiatrist (anxiety) twice a month. And she’s on Adderal – I notice a difference right away with the meds. Most of the airhead stuff is gone and she’s on top of things.
Psypo writes Subliminal Advertisement – Is It a Hoax?:
Sex, anxiety, fear, love, anger, whatever it is, every emotion originate from paleocortex (evolutionarily old brain). Activities in this part of brain is almost independent from the neocortex which has developed later in evolution. Even though our consciousness knows these emotions happen inside the brain, they can happen in older organisms without a conscious brain.
Treatments for Depression writes TMS Coil Positioning for Optimal Mood Improvement:
Researchers have targeted two different areas of the brain with transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to improve symptoms of major depression. These two treatments for depression have been shown to be effective for alleviating many different symptoms. One area of the brain that has been targeted is the right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex.
Brain Training 101 writes Five Fun Foods That Can Increase Your Brain Power:
Scientists at the Institute of Psychiatry in London used MRI scans to study the effect that ice cream has on the brain. The processing area at the front of the brain, which is activated when people enjoy themselves, “lit up” just as it does in those who win money or listen to invigorating music. A spokesperson for the study states, “just one spoonful lights up the happy zones in the brain.”
Providentia writes Hiding In Plain Sight:
During the war, Hans Gerhard Creutzfeldt had been an active opponent of the Nazi regime. As an eminent neurologist, he managed to save many of his patients from Aktion. His wife spent four years in prison for making “spiteful and malicious remarks” about Hitler and Creutzfeldt’s home and clinic were destroyed by Allied bombings.
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