Brain Blogging Carnival – Brain Blogger Health and Science Blog Covering Brain Topics Fri, 01 Feb 2019 16:17:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Brain Blogging, Forty-Ninth Edition /2010/02/26/brain-blogging-forty-ninth-edition/ /2010/02/26/brain-blogging-forty-ninth-edition/#comments Fri, 26 Feb 2010 15:43:35 +0000 /?p=3998 Welcome to the forty-ninth edition of Brain Blogging. In this round, we try to undercover the neuroanatomy of depression, breakdown emotion into a binary process, take a history lesson on learning theories, and discuss other topics.

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It’s All in the Mind…

Dr Shock writes The Functional Neuroanatomy of Depression:

This conclusion leaves the possibility that refractory depression might also be a more serious type of depression, due to lack of proper treatment or the consequence of more episodes resulting in brain changes or longer episode duration. More as a continuum instead of separate kind of depressions.

conditional cognition writes Rewinding, Resetting and Redefining Artificial Intelligence:

What exactly is artificial intelligence? As Stanford’s John McCarthy provides answers to basic questions on AI, he states that AI is ‘the science and engineering of making intelligent machines, especially intelligent computer programs. It is related to the similar task of using computers to understand human intelligence, but AI does not have to confine itself to methods that are biologically observable.’

Searching for the Emotion writes On Emotion is the Binary Feeling Consist of Affect and Sensation:

Perhaps it’s just this mechanism that makes the mysterious emotion as the water which has a source?and makes our emotional need can be connected with our physiologic need, and makes the emotional value of object can be consistent with the biological significance of our organism.

Learning in the Corporate Sector writes Taxonomy of Learning Theories:

Constructivism has a rich history. Numerous theorists have contributed to its development over the last century (eg Jean Piaget, Lev Vygotsky, Jerome Bruner, Ernst von Glaserfeld), and several brands are recognised in the domain (eg cognitive constructivism, social constructivism, radical constructivism).

Living the Scientific Life writes Migratory Monarch Butterflies ‘See’ Earth’s GeoMagnetic Field:

A team of neurobiologists that has investigated the mysteries of monarch migration for many years now reports that photoreceptor proteins found in monarch butterflies are linked to animal navigation. Their research finds that two types of photoreceptor proteins not only allow the butterflies to see UV light (light that is less than 420nm long, and thus, is invisible to humans), but also allows them to sense the Earth’s geomagnetic field. These photoreceptor proteins are known as cryptochromes.

The Emotion Machine writes Can Stillness And Reflection Improve Learning?:

If we can reinforce learning by actively replaying memories then certainly there is good reason to practice wakeful introspection. Like Sahar, we should set aside a time and place for it. Even by reflecting on negative events, we can extract lessons from our old ways and thus learn to gain something positive from them.

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Brain Blogging, Forty-Eight Edition /2009/12/10/brain-blogging-forty-eight-edition/ /2009/12/10/brain-blogging-forty-eight-edition/#comments Thu, 10 Dec 2009 14:55:43 +0000 /?p=3521 Welcome to the forty-eight edition of Brain Blogging. In this round, we discuss the feasibility of brain transplantation, how to use your mind properly, the brain computer interface with a wireless neurosociety, and other topics.

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The Viewspaper writes Brain Transplant: Is it Feasible and Achievable?:

In layman’s terms, brain transplant is nothing but transferring the brain of one individual into the body of another. Amusingly, there has always been a debate on whether it should be called brain transplantation or body transplantation. Nevertheless, this whole idea has not yet taken shape due to the inability of the scarred nerve cells to heal properly thereby hampering smooth and accurate signal transmissions. Besides, the interface with the spinal chord challenges the feasibility of the whole process as the nerves may not really match. In other words, transplantation might cause the nerve endings controlling one part to connect to the nerve ending controlling some other part resulting in utter chaos and lack of synchrony.

The Quantum Lobe Chronicles writes The neural correlates of lucid dreaming:

In a recent study Voss and colleagues over at Bonn University in collaboration with Hobson at Harvard Medical School decided to investigate the electrophysiological correlates of lucid dreaming. They attempted to train 20 undergraduate students in the art of lucid dreaming via pre-sleep autosuggestions over a four month period and were able to successfully train 6. These subjects then spent a few nights at a sleep lab hooked up to an EEG machine. Only half were able to experience lucid dreaming during their stay(now you can see how tough it actually is to induce a lucid dream).

Proenrichment writes Actify Your Mind With Music:

Neuroscience is on the verge of a breakthrough to learn about the effects of music to the mind. The interesting part of the learning is that your favourite music arouses many parts and the inner recesses of our brain called ‘basal ganglia’.

Abstract Thoughts writes The delusion of always wanting more:

Compare what you have today to your ancestors- Abundances of clothing, lighting, heating & cooling systems in your home- These would have all been considered extreme luxuries just a couple of hundred years ago. You can find any information you could possibly ever need by punching it into a search engine- Something unimaginable not that long ago. Month long journeys by ship have been replaced by a few hours in an air conditioned plane being served beverages while watching your in-flight movie.

iDevelopWorld writes How to use your mind properly?:

While animals and humans both have the ability to sense the world around them, we as humans are unique because we can go beyond just what we perceive with our senses. We also have a mental life where we can questions and critique the world around us. Not only that, we can think about how we think. Are you confused yet?

The Emotion Machine writes Hypnosis Research and Neuroscience:

Some individuals are more hypnotizable than others; research seems to suggest that those with a bigger anterior corpus callosum, which is a part of the brain thought to help focus attention, has show to associate with higher hypnotizability.

Brain Stimulant writes Brain-Computer Interface and the Wireless Neurosociety:

Researchers are also developing smart homes that could be controlled by brain computer interfaces. Imagine being able to turn on your television, brighten lights or open doors solely with the power of your own mind. A thought reading helmet that could allow people to fly an airplane with their brain power is in the works as well. So it seems possible that a single sophisticated BCI may enable a person to exert control over their house, their car and communicate with others telepathically.

Scientific Living writes Judging By Potential:

When a person forms a judgment, it is based on that persons own standards. Who is to say that those standards apply to the other person? When we judge, really on a certain level, we are at least in part claiming to ourselves that our standards are alone right, and that other standards are not acceptable. Standards differ not only in degree, but in kind.

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Brain Blogging, Forty-Seventh Edition /2009/09/02/brain-blogging-forty-seventh-edition/ /2009/09/02/brain-blogging-forty-seventh-edition/#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2009 15:06:35 +0000 /?p=3292 Welcome to the forty-seventh edition of Brain Blogging. In this round, we discuss whether science is in need of another cognitive revolution, how to reinforce our cognition, how reduced hippocampal neurogenesis correlates with depression, and other topics.

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The Emotion Machine writes The Hard Problem Of Consciousness: Is Science In Need Of Another Cognitive Revolution?:

Searle, a self-proclaimed biological naturalist, believes that consciousness can be solely explained through an understanding of the processes of the brain, but he gives leeway towards a ‘whatever works’-attitude towards the further understanding of human consciousness.

Experiment: Gerbus writes Open Your Mind, Boost Life:

The com­plex wiring pat­terns in the brain which serve as as­so­ci­a­tions to our think­ing even­tu­al­ly wear away if we do not re­in­force their struc­tures every so often. The more we re­in­force them, the longer they last, and how we re­in­force them is by think­ing about them.

Martial Development writes Bleeding, Brainwaves and Biofeedback:

Jack was wired to record the behavior or a number of physiological variables that gave indications of stress reactions: heart rate, breathing rate, galvanic skin response, skin temperature, and brain waves. While we were adjusting the equipment near him, one of the needles rolled off the board on which his hands were placed and fell to the floor.

Brain Stimulant writes Virtual Fly Brain Computer Model:

For the virtual drosophila brain, the researchers are proposing that sensory inputs and outputs could be added into the model. These senses include basically everything that would be part of a bugs perceptual experience (tactile, auditory, visual, gustatory, olfactory, even magnetosensory). An insect likely has a unitary consciousness that coalesces all sensations into one overall perception with discrete qualia.

The Mind and Choice writes The Mind and Choice:

What truly needs to be asked when it comes to fear is why? Why fear a momentary experience that has not yet occurred? A person then fears the ‘possibility’ of pain, even if it has not yet been experienced. Pain is something that is momentarily experienced and dealt with when it occurs, and is not something that requires thinking about.

Scientific Living writes Fearlessness:

There is a very old example illustrating this point. Say it is dark outside. As you are walking along, you see the outline of what appears to be a snake. The mind shouts “It’s a snake!” As a result, you experience fear. You go home, light a lamp, and bring the lamp back to the area. Then you find that the snake was nothing but a piece of rope. writes What is Brain Therapy?:

In brain wave therapy, your brain is exposed to the frequency matching whatever you are seeking – concentration, relaxation or memory. This exposure enables your natural brain frequency to shift and actually match the particular frequency you need for whatever task you want to accomplish.

Dr Shock MD PhD writes Hippocampus and Depression:

The neurogenic hypothesis postulates that a reduced production of new neurons in the hippocampus relates to the pathogenesis of depression and that successful antidepressant treatment requires an enhancement in hippocampal neurogenesis.

The Emotion Machine writes Hypnosis Explained (Debunking The Myths):

Hypnosis is a very simple and easy-to-explain psychological phenomena — yet often it is wrongly portrayed as some sort of black magick or false mysticism. This lack of a fair representation leaves many to throw “hypnotic wisdom” aside as mere fantasy or hogwash; and those who have been hypnotized we typically think of as weak-minded or gullible. But in fact none of this is true.

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Brain Blogging, Forty-Sixth Edition /2009/07/11/brain-blogging-forty-sixth-edition/ /2009/07/11/brain-blogging-forty-sixth-edition/#comments Sat, 11 Jul 2009 15:25:50 +0000 /?p=3071 Brain Blogging Blog Carnival CategoryWelcome to the forty-sixth edition of Brain Blogging. In this round, we discuss the difference between thoughts and intuitions, the power of exercise on memory and neurogenesis, and a proposal for a new psychiatric diagnosis: Post-Traumatic Embitterment Disorder (PTED).

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Thoughtsaxel g writes Subtle Intuitions:

So, how do you know the differences between thoughts and intuitions? These differences are subtle yet present. Thoughts are thoughts as we know them and intuitions are packages of knowing. Intuitions contain wisdom or knowledge that thoughts know nothing of.

Strenua’s World writes Do you want to improve your memory? Run a marathon!!:

The findings in the paper by Teal Eich and Janet Metcalfe, show that human memory functioning can be dynamically altered by strenuous activities such as marathon running, an activity in which hundreds of thousands of healthy normal individuals routinely participate in.

Scientific Living writes How to Tell Your Own Future:

After you take the time to let yourself become calm and relaxed, by breathing, or by spending time in nature, or whatever else, you go and write on a piece of paper. The kind of thoughts that crop up in your mind at that time are going to be the most predominant and forceful thoughts that you have been thinking in your life. These are the thoughts that are ever ready to come back to the surface of your mind, even though you just spent some time making it calm.

Brain Stimulant writes Brain Synapse Computational Capacity:

By merely simulating a higher level of brain functioning (overall neuron firing/activity) on a computer, researchers may totally miss a substantial amount of lower level functioning. So future computer brain simulations will likely have to model all of these protein interactions to function in a manner similar to a real brain. Even then, it is not clear if they will be successful in modeling the mind exactly (especially without the underlying physics of our world).

The Emotion Machine writes The Psychology of Haircuts:

One of the most intriguing characteristics of the haircut is that it constitutes a direct change of our body at an alarmingly quick speed. One minute we may have hair down to our knees, while the next we are completely bald. This kind of phenomenon causes immediate perceptual change of our body and self.

Living the Scientific Life writes Post-Traumatic Embitterment Disorder: The Newest Mental Illness?:

Dr. Linden first noticed an increase in angry, disillusioned and embittered patients after German reunification. But what is bitterness, and how are those who supposedly suffer from PTED different from people who are justifiably angry about the current state of their lives or their country?

Dr Shock MD PhD writes Neuroscience of Exercise:

The effects of diet and exercise could be additive and/or synergistic. Exercise as well as caloric restriction can stimulate neurogenesis.The effects of dietary measure on neurogenesis is relatively small compared to exercise. The effects of polyphenolen on angiogenesis or improved vascularization of the brain is superior to exercise.

Bioblog by Biotunes writes Why fear mongering is so successful:

People from both extreme ends of the political spectrum claim to have logically thought through their positions, but that process always carries bias along with it. The root of our social biases is in-group vs. out-group mentality – how we distinguish those ‘with’ us from those ‘against.’

A.E.Brain writes Brain Gender Identity:

Dr Ecker is not a psychiatrist, he’s a urologist, with very extensive clinical experience in observing the effects of hormonal treatment of a variety of patients, transsexual and otherwise. He has no particular axe to grind, but he has seen so much misinformation, he wants to set the record straight. To put some Science into the issue.

Experiment: Gerbus writes Fixing Depression:

I struggled with myself through college and university, at every turn of depression asking what was really happening, trying to be as honest with myself as I could. One obstacle for me was the method by which I defined cause and effect. I think most young people see the world as external to themselves, and look for causes to their own reactions in that external world.

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Brain Blogging, Forty-Fifth Edition /2009/05/15/brain-blogging-forty-fifth-edition/ /2009/05/15/brain-blogging-forty-fifth-edition/#comments Sat, 16 May 2009 06:29:41 +0000 /?p=2790 Welcome to the forty-fifth edition of Brain Blogging. In this round, we discuss new trials using stem cells for stroke, the neurobiology of empathy, if brain tonics really work, the connection between obesity and mental illness, and many more topics.

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Brain Stimulant writes Brain Stroke Clinical Trial Using Stem Cells:

Scientists may also use more refined non-invasive brain manipulation tools such as ultrasound or deep TMS to further propel our brain manipulation capacity. This will be coupled with future brain imaging technology that will enable the visualization of the exact details of every molecular brain alteration and super computer brain simulations to run manipulation tests ahead of time.

To The Heart of the Matter writes The Power of Words and Thoughts:

We live in a society that has been referred to as a “psuedo attention deficient disorder” society because of all the stimulus and massive amounts of information we take in every moment, often unconsciously. It comes in forms that are often seemingly benign to us..the sound of a siren, the phone ringing, the child crying, thoughts about paying the bills, etc.. stress has an insidious way of creating internal chaos and may cause an individual to be overly reactive or perhaps make impulsive decisions that they may not have made had they been relaxed and focused.

Sensing Architecture writes Your Brain: How Architecture is “Food for Thought”:

By designing with greater insight into how the human mind processes architecture, design professionals might really be able to influence occupants to live healthier, more meaningful and happier lives as architectural qualities of an environment really do trigger a wide variety of human response.

Highlight HEALTH writes Brain Toniq Review: The Science Behind the Think Drink:

After drinking a can, did I feel any smarter? Well, no, but then again that’s not the point is it? What I did notice was that it was much easier to get in “the zone”. Indeed, there was a evident improvement in concentration over three different days. Absent were the jitters and restlessness that normally accompany my morning cups (yes, cups) of coffee. I was able to achieve mental focus without the side effects of caffeine. And that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it?

Medical Science writes Benefits of Art Therapy:

Art therapy is also valuable for adolescents and adults who are unable or unwilling to talk about thoughts and feelings. Beyond its use in mental health treatment, art therapy is also used with traditionalmedicine to treat organic diseases and conditions.

Living the Scientific Life writes Evil Genes: Why Rome Fell, Hitler Rose, Enron Failed, and My Sister Stole My Mother’s Boyfriend:

In the following few chapters, the relationship between traditional Machiavellian behaviors and several personality disorders is explored, starting with the American Psychiatric Association’s formal definitions published in their “Bible”; the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4 (DSM-IV). In a series of particularly well-written chapters, the author begins her discussion by describing the structure of DNA and genes, the relationship between genes and neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, and the connection between the various serotonin receptors and transporters and how they influence neurobiology.

World’s Strongest Librarian writes Do We Remember The Event Or The Story?:

If you have never embellished a story, you’re a better human than I. People change things all the time based on the circumstances they’re in or who they are speaking with. You can tell the same story to an attractive person you’re desperate to impress, and again to your grandmother, with different motives for telling it. Not to mention different styles, gestures, words.

Dr Shock MD PhD writes The Neurobiology of Empathy through Pain Research:

Some regions were active in both groups this suggests a generalized or common circuitry for emotional processing. Some regions differ in activation. These differences in activation in regions (medial frontal gyrus and posterior insula and caudate for body parts and the cingulate [mid and posterior]) noted in this study are of greater interest. These four regions are differentially activated in the CIP-group and not in the control group. These regions may provide some interesting insights into the processing of empathy.

Conscious Flex writes How to Access the Other 90% of the Brains Potential:

For example, if you take a rechargeable battery and you don’t let the stored energy of that battery fully die before recharging it again (repeating this process again and again), eventually it will develop a memory and the maximum full range of that battery can no longer be used because it can’t fully charge. This is known as memory effect, it restricts the battery from recharging to its maximum potential. In other words, if you only use 10% of the battery power then recharge it again and repeat this process many times, eventually you will be able to access only 10% of that battery powers potential.

Creation Theory Revised writes Personal perception through our mind:

Most would consider such a thought of free will fallacy, and that what they do in life is based on what they are pushed to achieve. People choose to give their free will away to others saying that they were forced into the world to which they exist, and the boundaries that conform around them. In some ways there is a restriction, this is true, the physical world has limitation within its constructs because of the focus that is created through the matter environment. When we view the world within our minds however, perception is very different.

Teen Mental Health Blog writes Your Brain and the Internet: Use it or Lose it:

Young people today live in an environment that differs fundamentally from that of their parents and their grandparents. People my age (ok – it’s in the fifties) are digital immigrants. If you are 30 years of age and younger, you are a digital native, and the younger you are, the more of a digital native you are. The brains of digital natives are shaped by the digital environments in which they live. What kinds of things may be going on as a result of this?

In My Mind writes Obesity and Mental Illness:

Individuals with Schizophrenia tend to have higher BMI’s than the average population, as was pointed out in the review. There may be a predisposition there, but our treatments do not help the situation. Atypical Anti-Psychotics are known to carry an increased risk of metabolic syndrome. Many patients have told me that they experience an increase in appetite when placed on risperidone, olanzapine, and quetiapine. writes Brain Games Don’t Make You Smarter!:

It has been debated as to whether brain games actually increase your IQ, and contrary to past beliefs on this subject, brain games do in fact help to increase your fluid intelligence. Research disproved the previous theory that fluid memory is determined at birth and inevitably declines with aging, with no chance for an increase past your original “birth level”.

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Brain Blogging, Forty-Fourth Edition /2009/03/21/brain-blogging-forty-fourth-edition/ /2009/03/21/brain-blogging-forty-fourth-edition/#comments Sat, 21 Mar 2009 09:38:05 +0000 /?p=2584 Brain Blogging Blog Carnival CategoryWelcome to the forty-fourth edition of Brain Blogging. In this round, we discuss the innate ability to empathize, the connection between moral disgust and foul smells, whether antidepressants (and antipsychotics) really work by making you hungry, and many more topics.

Remember, we review the latest blogs related to the brain and mind that go beyond the basic sciences into a more human and multidimensional perspective. You can check our archive for past editions.

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EyeiOrgPsych writes You don’t know how I feel!:

Can you understand how someone is feeling if you haven’t experienced it? I say that yes, as human beings, we come wired for that ability. But not everyone will use it. If someone can empathize, the reason is not because they have been through it, but because they developed the ability to identify with and understand the others’ situation, feelings, and/or motives.

The Primate Diaries writes The Bad Taste of Moral Turpitude:

Perhaps what’s most intriguing about this study is the implication that moral disgust “hitched a ride” on the more primitive reaction to poisonous or spoiled food. This process, known as exaptation, is where a trait or behavior that was adapted for one function is later co-opted and used for something entirely different (such as bird feathers adapted for use in thermoregulation and only later being useful for flight).

Kathryn Vercillo writes Eidetic Memory: Is It Real?:

What is interesting about those people who have traditionally been considered to be eidetekers (the strange name for those people who may possess a photographic memory) is that they do not necessarily have a memory which remembers all details completely. Instead, they have an eidetic memory specific to certain subject areas in life.

Higher Education and Career Blog writes The Mind Field:

Salerian found himself in a prison interview room near Washington, DC. Two guards brought in the patient: A man who converted his van into a militaristic killing machine, crashed through the gates of a corporate office park, and opened fire. Several people died; dozens more were injured.

Change Your Life Hacks writes If you can change your brain you can change your life:

The main reason why efforts to change your brain – change your life fail, according to experts is due to the “the false hope syndrome”. Usually people set high standards and have high expectations and the end result makes them think that they failed. For example, “I lost only 17 pounds, and I intended to lose 25, I failed.”

brain health hacks writes Do antidepressant work just because they make you hungry:

There appears now to be several papers that suggest that many antipsychotics and at least some antidepressants increase ghrelin levels – at least in the long term (though SSRI still open to debate in humans). It is argued that for antidepressants to be effective they have to be used for a considerable time. Are the potential anti-depressive effects of antidepressants at least partly mediated by an increase in ghrelin? What about antipsychotics?

Spirit Happy writes The Rise of Teen Cutting and Self Harm:

The cut is the outer expression of a deeper cut that is on the inside. The wound is on the inside. Now recognize that this problem crosses every economic level and nationality. This inner pain knows no limits and causes one to literally harm themselves. The cutter is not trying to kill themself but wants to harm themself. It can feel good to them and can be addictive.

FlawlessFitness writes Increase Your Brain Power:

You see, what most people forget is that their brain needs to be put through a workout just like the rest of your muscles, otherwise it will lose its effectiveness.

EmbraceLiving.Net writes Are You Sleepwalking Your Life Away?:

Up till 2 years ago, I was living my life as a sleepwalker. I was busy pursuing inculcated goals such as getting good results, earning money and becoming successful. I was caught in the paper chase, such as scoring in projects and exams, getting a high CAP (GPA) and being on the dean’s list. I was busy earning money from the side with my designing business and tuition. My life was single-mindedly focused on what would make me rich and successful.

Dr Shock MD PhD writes Were does Humor and Laughter Reside in the Brain?:

The perception of humor is dependent on certain faculties of the brain, such as attention, working memory, mental flexibility, emotional evaluation, verbal abstraction and the feeling of positive emotions. Given these involvements, theory dictates that (at least) those regions of the brain associated with these processes should be active in the perception of humor.

SharpBrains writes Learning about Learning: an Interview with Joshua Waitzkin:

In 1993, Paramount Pictures released Searching for Bobby Fischer, which depicts Joshua Waitzkin’s early chess success as he embarks on a journey to win his first National chesschampionship.

a mom’s view of ADHD writes Did anyone see pigs in the sky?:

Yes, you heard me right, my ADHD son received an academic achievement award! I had resolved myself to accept that this wouldn’t happen for him, except maybe if pigs were flying, but here we were. He was one of two students in his class to receive the Academic Growth Award. His teacher recognized how much he has improved so far this school year and, despite the fact that he’s not the best reader and his handwriting is still atrocious, selected him for an academic award. Can I say it again? My ADHD son received an academic award! Woo hoo!!!

Novice Counselor’s blog writes Treating a Client with Low Self-Esteem:

Among psychosocial resources, higher levels of self-esteem have been shown to predict fewer stressors over time. Self-esteem has been associated with the use of problem-focused and active coping, lesser use of avoidance coping, and greater persistence in the case of failure or setbacks. Self-esteem may inhibit stress proliferation indirectly through its effect on choice of coping strategy, in particular, the positive association with problem-focused coping and negative association with avoidance.

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Brain Blogging, Forty-Third Edition /2009/02/06/brain-blogging-forty-third-edition/ /2009/02/06/brain-blogging-forty-third-edition/#comments Fri, 06 Feb 2009 12:20:15 +0000 /?p=2392 Brain Blogging Blog Carnival CategoryWelcome to the forty-third edition of Brain Blogging. In this round, we discuss brain electrical rhythms, the efficacy of subliminal messages, the rising epidemic of “Internet Asperger’s Syndrome,” and few more topics.

Remember, we review the latest blogs related to the brain and mind that go beyond the basic sciences into a more human and multidimensional perspective. If you were left out, just leave a comment with your relevant blog entry. You can check our archive for all previously published editions.

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ConnectionsPhysiology physics woven fine writes Phase Alignment of Neocortical Gamma Oscillations by Hippocampal Theta Waves:

An empty brain is the devil’s workshop, goes the proverb. Actually, the brain is never empty. Even in our deepest slumber, the brain continues to weave waves of electrical rhythms that can be seen with the aid of electroencephalogram or EEG. When we place electrodes on the scalp or on the cortex (inside the skull), and amplify the faint signals via bioinstrumentation amplifier, we can lay our hands on these fluctuating rhythms.

Subliminal Message writes Do Subliminal Messages Work?:

In 1979, Time magazine reported that nearly 50 department stores in the U.S. and Canada were using subliminal messages to reduce shoplifting. One chain reported 37% less shop lifting as a result of these messages. That is a savings of about $600,000.

Greg Laden writes The natural basis for gender inequality:

Naturalism here is meant as what is sometimes called Sociological Naturalism or Naturalistic Philosophy. The idea is very simple: That which we observe in nature is the best guide to how things should be. We see that in mammals mothers nurse their young.

You Are Truly Loved writes The World We See Is A Dream In The Brain:

So we can see that the brain is constantly interacting with electrical stimulation which we interpret to be an external reality, whether at night when we dream or during the day when we’re “awake.” It’s a lot like watching a movie comprised of electrical stimulation.

Brain, Mind, and Education writes Practice in Learning in Practice:

Though, of course, neither Gladwell or Pinker claim that practice is the only variable, I think it’s worthwhile to note that it’s an incredibly important one. It’s particularly important to think about the role of practice and repitition in skill development because many recent movments in curriculum reform have reduced the role of rote memorization in the classroom, pointing toward the persistent availability of a huge amount of factoids through Internet-based resrouces.

Providentia writes Blind Tom (Part 1):

Since Tom was considered an idiot as well as blind (idiot being a legitimate medical term then) with nobody else to care for him, Charity had to bring him with her to the big house while she worked as a maid for the Bethune family.

The Wise Curve writes How I overcome my fear instantly:

The main reason we experience fear is to allow our body to get into red alert mode so that we can escape or overcome danger and have greater chance of survival. Our pupil enlarged, our muscle tensed, and our senses sharpened up, getting ready to respond to danger.

axel g writes True Spiritual Wisdom:

Just because you are or have been a monk, nun, abbot, high priest, imam, lama, rinpoche, sensei, roshi, guru, swami, yogi, sadhu, mystic or shaman – doesn’t mean that you’ve ever attained any true spiritual wisdom.

Everyone Needs Therapy writes Jason Calacanis and Internet Asperger’s Syndrome:

He’s saying, basically, that as Internet addicts we’re losing our empathy, a symptom of Asperger’s. Our empathy is going to cr__, as some of my favorite first degrees might say, resulting in epidemic Asperger’s. We’re becoming robots, no longer able to get outside our obsessions with email, Facebook, blogging, statistics, whatever.

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Brain Blogging, Forty-Second Edition /2008/12/26/brain-blogging-forty-second-edition/ /2008/12/26/brain-blogging-forty-second-edition/#comments Fri, 26 Dec 2008 14:43:06 +0000 /?p=2212 Brain Blogging Blog Carnival CategoryWelcome to the forty-second edition of Brain Blogging. In this round, we discuss the profession of neurology, the transforming power of stroke, whether suicidal behaviors should make the DSM V, potential location of autism genes, and many more topics.

Remember, we review the latest blogs related to the brain and mind that go beyond the basic sciences into a more human and multidimensional perspective. If you were left out, just leave a comment with your relevant blog entry. You can check our archive for all previously published editions.

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NeurologyMind, Soul, and Body writes Against the clock:

Neurology has traditionally been a rather laid back specialty. The delight of it for me is the chance to ponder the inner workings of the brain as it affects the nervous system in a systematic and reflective manner. We don’t usually go into for the thrill of racing to save someone in a life and death situation. In fact, at least for me, this is when my brain functions at its worst.

Face to the Sun writes How challenges of a stroke created opportunity for growth:

At times I still have difficulty understanding concepts (in conversations) or information that I know I would have otherwise easily understood; in which I feel very embarrassed. This temporary cognitive hindrance causes me to be vigilant about my maintaining a positive self-esteem.

Dr Shock writes Suicidal Behavior as Sixth Axis in DSM V?:

It is suggested in an editorial of the American Journal of Psychiatry that suicidal behavior be considered a separate diagnostic category documented on a sixth axis. Ridiculous. Suicidal behavior (death and attempts) is a symptom of various psychiatric conditions.

Spiritual Pub writes The Joy of Being Yourself:

But the question is if there is so much ecstasy and joy in being oneself, then why cannot we be so? What are we so afraid of? What is keeping us from this source of ultimate blissfulness that could flow into our lives any moment?

Sharp Brains writes Cognitive screenings and Alzheimer’s Disease:

We see emerging trends that suggest the position in favor of cognitive assessments may in fact gather momentum over the next few years: widespread computerized cognitive screenings in the US Army, insurance companies like OptumHealth adding such tools to its clinical decision-making systems, polls such as the American Society of Aging’s a couple of years ago indicating a very strong demand for an “annual mental check-up”, the availability of useful assessment tools and research-based preventive advice.

The Change Blog writes Why Self Awareness is Fundamental to Personal Growth (& How to Cultivate It):

According to Buddhism, Moha is the most fundamental of the three poisons. It is a lack of awareness that lies at the root of all our problems. The cure Buddhism proposes is to extend clarity and awareness down into processes that are normally unconscious.

Highlight HEALTH writes Potential Location of Autism Genes Identified:

The familial association mapping study is compelling because it utilized genomic data, focused in on a target gene and validated the difference between autistic and control samples biochemically. Even more striking is the involvement of SEMA5A during neural development.

Learn This writes Why Are You Waiting for Happiness? Have it NOW!:

Happiness is one of those long sought after, conceptual ideas and it has turned into a sense of longing and searching for many people instead of a state of being and feeling. People have learned over centuries to look to the future to find more happiness instead of looking at the here and now with what they have. Well, did you know you can have happiness now? You don’t need anything else or anyone to be happy.

Timeless Lessons writes Mind Hacks: 10 Offbeat Fun Ways to Grow Your Brain:

Stay Blind in the Shower: Locate the taps and regulate the temperature and flow using just your tactile senses. In the shower locate all needed props by feel, then wash, shave, and so on, with your eyes shut. Your hands will most likely notice different textures of your own body you aren’t aware of when you are “looking.”

Psypo writes Find More Time To Study/Work – The Blue Locus Technique:

Be engaged in some other activity other than studying. When you select such an activity, be careful not to select anything that you like more than studying. The activity should be that you can not make you enjoy, involved in, or responsible, but just engaged.

Living the Scientific Life (GrrlScientist) writes Genius Bird:

This interesting National Geographic video shows how Bernd Heinrich designed an experiment to test the intelligence of ravens.

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Brain Blogging, Forty-First Edition /2008/11/08/brain-blogging-forty-first-edition/ /2008/11/08/brain-blogging-forty-first-edition/#comments Sat, 08 Nov 2008 16:04:16 +0000 /?p=1842 Brain Blogging Blog Carnival CategoryWelcome 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.

Remember, we review the latest blogs related to the brain and mind that go beyond the basic sciences into a more human and multidimensional perspective. If you were left out, just leave a comment with your blog entry. You can check our archive for every edition.

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It’s All in the Mind…

BipolarLiving 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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Brain Blogging, Fortieth Edition /2008/10/09/brain-blogging-fortieth-edition/ /2008/10/09/brain-blogging-fortieth-edition/#comments Thu, 09 Oct 2008 08:12:15 +0000 /?p=1647 Brain Blogging Blog Carnival CategoryWelcome to the fortieth edition of Brain Blogging. In this round, we discuss how to beat the aging process, what really is cognition, fooling the doctors, and many more topics.

Remember, we review the latest blogs related to the brain and mind that go beyond the basic sciences into a more human and multidimensional perspective. If you were left out, just leave a comment with your blog entry. You can check our archive for every edition.

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ExerciseImproved Lives writes How a Story Reversed the Aging Process:

Just a year ago, in 2007, Ellen Langer started a new experiment, this time with colleague Alia Crum. The researchers took various health measurements from a group of 84 hotel workers, and then split the group in two. They told one group that the physical exercise they were getting by cleaning hotel rooms satisfied the Surgeon General’s recommendations for an active lifestyle and the maids were given specific examples of how their work was actually exercise.

Providentia writes Fooling the Doctors:

Examples of medical fakery have been recorded as far back as Roman times, only the reasons for faking have changed. The same text on deception describes a number of other examples of faking by soldiers in the British army to secure a pension or otherwise escape being called into combat (PTSD was unknown in those days, only physical injuries were considered grounds for military discharge). Soldiers tried different ways to fool the army surgeons (often with helpful advice from family or friends). Substances used to fake symptoms included silver nitrate, large doses of tobacco, Spanish fly (which had more than one use), belladonna (for faking blindness), and assorted other herbal compounds.

Balanced Existence writes Are You Becoming Dumber?:

It seems to me almost beyond belief that companies would knowingly produce processed food that contain substances that actually reduce our ability to think logically and critically. It’s just too crazy. But it doesn’t end there. The names of common excitotoxins are well known. Mono-Sodium Glutamate (MSG) and Aspartame are just two names excitotoxins parade under. Other names include artificial sweetener, hydrogenised vegetable protein, yeast extract, and flavor enhancer.

Psypo writes Beware, Your Brain Is Being Hacked:

Even though mind is nothing but a property of brain, most often it work as a different entity. You can consider your brain as your computer hard disk where you save all the data and mind as the operating system (windows or linux, whatever it is). It is funny to note that even the operating system is stored in your hard disk as the mind is in the brain.

Highlight HEALTH writes The Cancer Genome Atlas Reports Molecular Characterization of Brain Tumors:

Investigators from seven cancer centers and research institutions across the U.S. integrated multiple types of data, including genetic mutations, gene expression, large-scale changes in chromosome number (amplification or deletion), epigenomics and clinical treatment. The scientists evaluated 206 biospecimens for DNA copy number, gene expression and DNA methylation (a chemical modification of DNA that reduces gene expression). Of these, 143 samples had matched normal peripheral blood DNA; 91 were selected for detection of somatic (meaning cells that differentiate into various tissues and organs, as opposed to germline cells (e.g. sperm and ova)) mutation in 601 selected genes. Eight genes were identified as significantly mutated, three of which were not previously reported for glioblastoma.

BoundlessMe writes Strategies for Dealing with Anxiety:

Exercise not only reduces anxiety but also prevents it by raising serotonin levels in the brain. WebMD explains the role of serotonin to relaying messages between areas in the brain. “This includes brain cells related to mood, sexual desire and function, appetite, sleep, memory and learning, temperature regulation, and some social behavior.”

The BridgeMaker writes Seven Powerful Techniques to Ignite the Fire Inside:

Commitment means to lock-in to what you want and allow nothing to get in your way. When setbacks and obstacles happen (and they will) you need to reframe the circumstances until you see a solution and a path forward. Believe deep down in your soul, your gut, you are capable of seeing your dream realized.

Brain Health writes What is Cognition?:

Cognition literally means “to know”. Knowledge can be thought of as memories formed from the manipulation and assimilation of raw input , perceived via our senses of sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell.

Living Skillfully writes How Mind-Body Healing Works:

What this means is that I can sit in a room with you and talk – or you can even listen to a recording of me talking – and your cunning brain can translate (or, in Rossi’s term, “transduce”) the words into symbols, memories and emotions which, through your hypothalamus, can influence your body all the way down to the cellular level.

GrrlScientist writes The Bi | Polar Puzzle:

But why bother to diagnose bipolar disorder in children? Because it is devastating, that’s why. In short, this disorder can interfere with educating the child, prevent that child from being properly socialized (so they can reach adulthood without having had even one friend), and disrupt or completely destroy family dynamics, leaving everyone involved to struggle with deep, lifelong scars.

SharpBrains writes On the Bob Woodruff Foundation and his Spectacular Recovery From Traumatic Brain Injury:

Still, recovery is a long process. Bob had six months of structured cognitive therapy focused on speech and languages areas, because that was the part of his brain that had been most damaged. The therapist identified the main tasks for him to work on in a challenging, yet familiar way, usually asking Bob, for example, to read the New York Times, then try to remember what he had read, and write a short essay on his thoughts and impressions.

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Brain Blogging, Thirty-Ninth Edition /2008/09/22/brain-blogging-thirty-ninth-edition/ /2008/09/22/brain-blogging-thirty-ninth-edition/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2008 15:21:58 +0000 /?p=1555 Brain Blogging Blog Carnival CategoryWelcome to the thirty-ninth edition of Brain Blogging. In this round, we discuss the future of computer-assisted cognitive therapy, electrical brain stimulation for bad drivers, mad cow disease, and many more topics.

Remember, we review the latest blogs related to the brain and mind that go beyond the basic sciences into a more human and multidimensional perspective. If you were left out, just leave a comment with your blog entry. You can check our archive for every edition.

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It’s All in the Mind…

LanguageGlowing Face Man writes The Golden Rule of Language Learning:

The Golden Rule of Language Learning: Absolutely any method of language learning, as long as it includes regular exposure to the target language, will eventually yield fluency if followed faithfully enough.

SharpBrains writes The Future of Computer-assisted Cognitive Therapy

… we have a number of major societal problems (anxiety, depression…) that affect people of all ages, and an intervention that teaches people cognitive skills to be able to manage those related challenges better. Talk about “teaching how to fish” vs. simply handing out fish (which we could argue is what antidepressant medications do).

Conscious Flex writes The Biggest Problem in the World:

When the mind is still, an incredible silence lurks there. While the mental noise is at rest, a waiting stillness that is life enlightening brings forth an infinite amount of aliveness. By ‘aliveness’ I mean a deep sense of infinite creativity, insights, realizations and an awakening of your conscious self with vibranticity, and energization. This state of aliveness is infinitely vast and a new energy flows through you.

Mastery of Meditation, Enlightenment and Kundalini Yoga writes Brain Health Benefits of Meditation Making the News:

Meditation undoubtedly is excellent for brain function and several brain researchers are now listing meditation as a must if you want to ward off all kinds of brain health issues as you age. Meditation can help with everything from Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia, memory problems, concentration, awareness, etc, and the sooner you start the better it is for you.

axel g writes How Do Mudras Affect Meditation?:

Have you ever seen a Buddha image sitting cross-legged with his hands resting one over the other, by the lower abdomen, and with the thumbs joined? This is referred to as a mudra. There are many many kinds of mudras having evolved from a broad base of spiritual traditions. Anyway, why use mudras in meditation? Let me share my first-hand experiences with you.

Thomas J. West Music writes Who’s Running This Show? The Body/Mind Ego and How It Affects Your Results:

In terms of learning a musical instrument, the body/mind ego delivers a continuum of commentary. When a student can’t perform something correctly the first or second time they attempt it, the ego usually begins a commentary about how the music is too hard. The mind is focused on whether or not continued attempts are worth the effort rather than being focused on analysis of the task at hand. This is particularly the case if students have already developed a history of perceived failure.

Brain Stimulant writes Electric Brain Stimulation to Help Bad Drivers:

… you basically place two sponge electrodes on your head that are connected to a 9 volt battery. The sponge electrode attached to the anode (+) excites brain activity beneath it, while the sponge electrode connected to the cathode (-) decreases brain activity underneath it. This technology can be performed on a person while they are fully awake and it has few side effects aside from a slight tingling sensation.

Psypo writes Shock Treatment – The Myth, Reality And More:

Unlike as many films show, its not the prescription of a cruel doctor but of a wise doctor because The use of ECT replaced all other forms of drug treatment in psychiatry (at least to a considerable extent). Patients suffering from any form of psychosis, depression, dementia, personality disorder, psychopathy, or even homosexuality were considered for the new treatment. Its more than just shaking the head with shock as we hake an old radio set when its not working properly.

Balanced Existence writes :

How to Skillfully Deal with Suffering in the WorldI was shocked recently when I read about a man on a bus in Canada who suddenly pulled out a knife and for no apparent reason stabbed a young man next to him to death. Then he gutted him and cut his head off. After which he taunted police with the head and apparently ate some of the man he killed before being arrested.

Dr Shock writes Patient Doctor Relationship:

Another important topic is can we teach empathy in Med School?
In short: No I don’t think so. For several reasons. Empathy is a process with different steps. Especially feeling what the patients feels is a quality not every doctor has. And if they do it is not always appropriate nor possible to be sensitive enough to use it. Moreover this process not only needs the quality it is also costs energy, depends on the relationship with the patient, and needs experience.

Be Happy writes 3 Great Life Philosophies to Remove Sadness and Anxiety:

The world appreciates a person’s strong will, but does not give pity for a person’s weak tears. A determined person can overcome any difficulty, while a weak-hearted one may never perform well with a comfortable situation. Be strong.

GrrlScientist writes Are Mad Cow Disease and Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Identical?:

Mad Cow Disease, technically known as Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), is one of a group of transmissible diseases that destroy brain tissue, collectively known as Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSEs). TSEs are an unknown agent(s) that act by damaging the structure of brain proteins known as “prions” (PREE ons).

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Brain Blogging, Thirty-Eight Edition /2008/08/15/brain-blogging-thirty-eight-edition/ /2008/08/15/brain-blogging-thirty-eight-edition/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2008 17:55:32 +0000 /?p=1308 Brain Blogging Blog Carnival CategoryWelcome to the thirty-eight edition of Brain Blogging. In this round, we cover a series on electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), how the brain continuously repairs itself, and a recently approved anti-psychotic drug Invega.

Remember, we review the latest blogs related to the brain and mind that go beyond the basic sciences into a more human and multidimensional perspective. If you were left out, just leave a comment with your blog entry. You can check our archive for every edition.

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BrainwashProvidentia writes A Shocking Discovery (Part One, Two, and Three):

The use of ECT replaced all other forms of somatic treatment (except for the continuing use of lobotomies but that’s another story). Patients suffering from any form of psychosis, depression, dementia, personality disorder, psychopathy, or even homosexuality (it was still considered a mental illness at the time) were considered for the new treatment. New organizations sprang up including the Electroshock Research Association in 1944 and the Society for Biological Psychiatry in 1945.

SharpBrains writes Neurogenesis and Brain Plasticity in Adult Brains:

Adults may have a tendency to get set in their ways – I’ve been doing it this way for a long time and it works, so why change? Turns out, though, that change can be a way to keep aging brains healthy. At the April Learning & the Brain conference, the theme of which was neuroplasticity, I attended several sessions on adult learning. Here’s what the experts are saying.

Anand Dhillon writes 3 Easy Ways to Change Your Emotional State Instantly:

Clearly, when the way you feel changes, your physiology changes. However, most people don’t realize that when your physiology changes, the way you feel changes. This is something I first learned about from Tony Robbins and studied in-depth when learning NLP. Take a depressed person, put a smile on their face, get them to breathe deeply, stand up straight and speak with authority.

Liz Rosenbaum Fitness writes Self Acceptance Is Like A Muscle:

It’s those types of thoughts that can literally ruin our day and ruin our self perception. As you hear your inner voice say those negative things over and over again, your subconscious mind will actually start thinking them all of the time. It becomes a habit. So eventually, even on those days where you have every reason in the world to feel good about yourself, your mind will tell you reasons why you shouldn’t.

ElitePsych writes Invega: Better than Risperdal or Money Maker?:

Just like the other atypical anti-psychotics on the market like geodon, abilify, zyprexa… it’s just too early in the game to tell whom Invega will most benefit. But, just as with the above mentioned drugs that came blaring into the market, with further studies, evidence, etc. I am sure more advantages, side effects, etc will surface and help guide which specific sub-population in the spectrum of schizophrenia this will be appropriate for. For, now the advantage of extended release formulation for once daily dosing, and its metabolism in the kidneys rather than liver will be key features in terms of helping decide which patients to prescribe this for.

Brain Injury Lawyer writes Brain Implant for Deaf Girl:

The Yonsei University College of Medicine and Italian experts have transplanted a computer chip and an artificial neural network into the girl’s brain. The electronic nerve transforms sound into digital signals, which are transmitted to the brain stem and processed by the aural centrum. Following the transplant doctors say they’ve begun detecting in the child, the signature brainwaves of sound perception.

axel g writes Understanding Meditation:

Meditation has many overall health benefits and health professionals speak very highly of it. Meditation helps lowering the blood pressure and it effectively dissolves physical and mental stress just to mention a few of its health benefits. So, for anyone who’s living a busy lifestyle, meditation calls forth mental stillness and a break away from the hustle and bustle.

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Brain Blogging, Thirty-Seventh Edition /2008/07/26/brain-blogging-thirty-seventh-edition/ /2008/07/26/brain-blogging-thirty-seventh-edition/#comments Sat, 26 Jul 2008 18:20:24 +0000 /?p=1177 Brain Blogging Blog Carnival CategoryWelcome to the thirty-seventh edition of Brain Blogging. In this round, we try to uncover the neuropathology of Asperger’s syndrome, correlate sleep disturbances with chronic fatigue syndrome, link OCD to specific neuroanatomy, and discuss several brain fitness techniques.

Remember, we review the latest blogs related to the brain and mind that go beyond the basic sciences into a more human and multidimensional perspective. If you were left out, just leave a comment with your blog entry. You can check our archive for every edition.

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Electric NeuronMind, Soul, and Body writes Man as an Island:

Asperger syndrome is the very high functioning end of the Austistic spectrum. By definition their intelligence is normal, usually even well above normal, but their capacity for reading nonverbal cues, socializing, and empathizing is severely impaired. We don’t understand the basis for this entirely and certain different theories abound, but it appears Asperger individuals lack the firing of what is known as the mirror neuron.

Fighting Fatigue writes Positive Relationship Between Sleep & Thalamic Size in ME/CFS:

Lack of sleep and sleep disorders is a major issue in ME/CFS that continues to frustrate patients and makes recovery and remission hard to obtain. The thalamus (a right and left pair of brain structures) is a key structure in sleep disorders and in certain cognitive functions previously shown to be impaired in ME/CFS patients.

Tic Toc Talk writes Grow New Brains – Through Plasticity: Guest post by Heather Johnson:

This “extraordinary discovery” of the brain (according to Canadian psychiatrist Norman Doidge) to change according to new learning and experience has been termed neuroplasticity or plasticity of the brain. On taking a closer look at how neuroplasticity works, we find that it’s involved at a major level when we’re infants and the brain matures as we transform into adults.

Were You Wondering writes Researchers Identified a Brain Region Implicated in OCD:

Researchers from the University of Cambridge in the U.K. have found a way to determine predisposition to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder by examining the lateral orbitalfrontal cortex. This area of the brain is responsible for habitual behavior, flexibility of thought and decision making.

Thomas J. West Music writes Visualization and Mental Rehearsal: The Power of the Movie Theater in Your Mind:

Any good music teacher and most accomplished music students will tell you that repetition is a key ingredient in mastering any musical instrument. Repetition of a physical skill makes that skill become automatic. Often with my students, I use the analogy that learning to play an instrument is like learning to tie your shoes.

Anand Dhillon’s Self-Help Blog writes Building High Self-Esteem:

The problem of low self esteem lies in the fact that many of us learn to equate who we are with the external position in the world. So when you are successful externally, you feel good about yourself. When you fail at something, you feel down. When someone finds you attractive or approves of you, you feel good. When someone finds you unattractive or disapproves, you feel bad.

Brain Fitness Blog writes Computerized Cognitive Assessments: opportunities and concerns:

I see these instruments as a critical part in the brain fitness puzzle. Neuroimaging techniques such as MRI and fMRI are very important to support clinical and research work, but are not mature/ scalable enough to help measure brain functions in millions of healthy individuals. Neuropsychological testing is still today often done with pen and paper, administered by a trained expert, and very resource-intensive.

ADHD College Blog writes Starting My Day the ADHD Way:

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is not only a daily struggle, it’s a morning struggle. Especially for me, because I wait to take my meds until just before I leave for work so I can get the most use out of them during my nine-hour day. Getting out of bed, showered, dressed, and making it to work without forgetting something at home is almost a superhuman feat… more like a super-ADHD feat.

HypNLP writes Framing: Sentence Focus Shifting:

This is a really simple example of NLP framing your words differently to strike different chords within the listener/reader. One sentence can be said/rewritten in 3 different ways the receiver of the sentence will in turn focus on various parts of the sentence.

Phil for Humanity writes The Definition of Morality and Ethics:

Western philosophy has been debating ethics and morality for thousands of years and still has not formalized a definition for them, so how can anyone truly understand them? Furthermore, if the greatest philosophers throughout history have been debating ethics and morality, how can the common man truly understand it? Therefore, I don’t think we regular folks have a chance at truly understanding ethics and morals.

Dr. Deb writes Mapping Your Mind:

Neuromarketing is a controversial new field which uses functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging – a medical technology – to sell products. It’s akin to mapping one’s mind for likes and dislikes. I’m fascinated by this technology, but also skittish about the use of it.

Spiritual Inquiry writes Less thinking leads to better decisions:

How much thought should go into our decisions? How long should we wait? It is a commonly held belief that the more we think about something, the better our decision will get. Many of us will ponder a decision for hours or even days. However, as shown in research by Dijksterhuis et al, over-thinking a problem can actually result in a worse decision.

Mind Think Success writes Train Your Brain To Work For You, Not Against You:

Put your two palms together. Start by using your left hand so that you are pushing your right hand. Then use your right hand to resist by pushing your left hand back. When your right hand is resisting the left hand by trying to pushing it away, your right hand is moving towards the directions of the left hand? So by resisting it, it is actually giving the energy and attention to the left hand.

The Success Triangle writes Key Behaviors for Success:

Success is the end destination of a long journey. Different people measure success differently. As you keep achieving your goals in business, the definition of success will likely change. Along the way to success, you will have to unlearn certain behaviors that could derail you from your path and you will have to make an effort to learn new behaviors so that you can invite success.

The Winding Path writes Self-affirmation makes hard-to-swallow advice more palatable:

The results showed that feelings of love increased regardless of which value the person rated as important. In other words, out of everyone who rated social life as the most important value, those who wrote about why it was important to them (the experimental group) felt more loving than those who wrote about why a less important value might be important to others (the control group). The researchers reported that the same applied for all the other values.

BlogMotivation writes Discovering Your Life’s Purpose:

It’s all in the direction that we take. Where you are going determines where you will end up. The question is, are you heading in the right direction? Clearly, if you are stuck in a daily routine that makes you ask yourself if life has more to offer than this, you are not going in the right direction!

I Will Not Die writes A guide for increasing your creativity:

Creativity is defined many ways by many people. We each probably have our own understanding of what creativity is. Many people associate it with art, or music or other “right brain” or non-analytical activities, but that’s not always the case. Creativity is as much a part of almost any activity as it is part of the arts. Creativity finds its way into our jobs, our homes, our schools, and even our relationships just as often, if not much more often, than it finds its way onto the end of a paintbrush or pen.

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Brain Blogging, Thirty-Sixth Edition /2008/07/06/brain-blogging-thirty-sixth-edition/ /2008/07/06/brain-blogging-thirty-sixth-edition/#comments Sun, 06 Jul 2008 14:43:31 +0000 /?p=1076 Brain Blogging Blog Carnival CategoryWelcome to the thirty-sixth edition of Brain Blogging. In this round, we cover the diagnostic dilemma in ADHD, novel radiological therapies for Aspergers, unravel cross-gender studies, and discuss personal stories of escaping depression through creativity.

Remember, we review the latest blogs related to the brain and mind that go beyond the basic sciences into a more human and multidimensional perspective. If you were left out, just leave a comment with your blog entry. You can check our archive for every edition.

For future editions, please remember to submit your blog entries using the online submission form. We will do our best to review and include your entry! Enjoy your readings…

It’s All in the Mind…

Distraction CityAdventures in Daily Living writes ADHD:

Did you know that most children diagnosed with ADHD are boys (10% males: 4% females?). Is this a problem with boys? Or a problem with expecting boys to be not-boys? (Or merely a problem with diagnoses?)

Anand Dhillon writes Cognitive Distortions:

Overgeneralization occurs when you form an arbitrary conclusion based on limited external evidence. You believe that since something occurred once, it will occur over and over. One failed relationship means you will always be lonely. One failed business means you are not cut out to be an entrepreneur. Fear of rejection is commonly the result of overgeneralization.

Brain Stimulant writes rTMS and Aspergers:

You can read an interesting first hand account of a person with aspergers undergoing an rTMS (rapid transcranial magnetic stimulation) treatment to stimulate a specific area of the brain. This is the first time I have heard about it being used for this disorder. It looks like it may potentially improve specific symptoms for this syndrome and can have a large impact on a person’s perceptual consciousness.

Providentia writes The Shattered Man:

The Battle of Smolensk was part of a two-month offensive in 1943 designed to drive Nazi invaders from the city that they had held for two years. Although the offensive was ultimately successful, it came at a terrible cost.with much of Smolensk being the occupation and the battle to retake the city. Thousands were killed or seriously injured including one 23-year old lieutenant named Lev Zasetky.

A. E. Brain writes BiGender and the Brain:

Cross-Gendered (CG) somatic form due to pre-natal hormonal exposure is more strongly correlated with CG sexual orientation than with CG gender identity. It is thus more strongly correlated with CG behaviour. CG sexual orientation is rather more weakly correlated with CG somatic form and CG gender identity, and so all but a few who have CG sexual orientation have perfectly normal somatic form and gender identity. CG somatic form is more strongly correlated with CG gender identity (by a factor of 30), but still the majority (90%?) of physically intersexed people have normal gender identities.

Intensive Care for the Nurturer’s Soul writes Nirvana is Only a Thought Away:

In her own words, [neuroscientist Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor says in her book while suffering a stroke], “When the cells in my left brain became nonfunctional because they were swimming in a pool of blood, they lost their ability to inhibit the cells in my right hemisphere. In my right brain, I shifted into the consciousness of the present moment. I was in the right here, right now awareness, with no memories of my past and no perception of the future

Change Therapy writes Creativity: a way out of depression?:

For me personally, the worst part of depression is a significant change in e-motion – in my inner movement, as well as in the actions that are influenced by that movement. When in a depression, the decision of whether to wear black or white socks is overwhelming because my decision-making apparatus has slowed down to a tired old snail’s pace. Leaving the house, if I manage it, can take two hours because putting on a coat and finding my keys present almost impossible-to-overcome obstacles. Fright or flight don’t work anymore – there’s only freeze.

axel g writes Memory And Thought:

Our attention or focus is continuously split between various activities. Think about it, when you’re not paying much attention to what something tastes like, because your mind is more interested in reading breaking news, you won’t be that aware of the taste of the food. On the contrary, if you do nothing else but eat and pay close attention to every bite you take and every taste that arises in your mind, then you’re said to be mindful or one with the present moment. With mindfulness we can be well aware of the taste of the food.

I Will Not Die writes How to become what you want to become, in about two days:

Do you want to know what prevents most people from achieving their dreams? Them. One of the most frequent obstacles people face when they try to reach their dreams is actually not a full-fledged obstacle at all. It’s just the way they are viewing the problem in the first place. In other words, the way they view the problem becomes a bigger problem than the problem. In a nutshell, they view the problem as something “other” making their dream a distant object, one that must be arrived at from some distance.

SharpBrains writes Why Smart Brains Make Stupid Decisions:

We just secured an interview with Ori Brafman, co-author of Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior (Doubleday Business, 2008), to discuss our Dark Side (well, he calls it “different hidden forces” and “psychological undercurrents”).

Dental Health and Dental Care Guide writes Danger Of Dental Amalgam Fillings With Mercury:

Consumer advocacy groups are pushing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to ban mercury used in dental amalgam fillings. Although a ban doesn’t look likely, the government may issue restrictions on amalgam fillings by next year. A recent lawsuit forced the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to warn people about the possible dangers of mercury in dental fillings for some people, especially pregnant women and young children.

Potential 2 Success writes Eat This Now! The 20 Healthiest Foods You Shouldn’t Live Without:

In a 2006 University of Florida study, the Acai berry destroyed cultured human cancer cells. Acai is increasing in popularity and can now be found in smoothies, juices, and other products. But in order to get the most from the berry, it is best to buy a product that has been freeze-dried and prepared naturally.

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Brain Blogging, Thirty-Fifth Edition /2008/06/20/brain-blogging-thirty-fifth-edition/ /2008/06/20/brain-blogging-thirty-fifth-edition/#comments Sat, 21 Jun 2008 06:51:04 +0000 /?p=1061 Brain Blogging Blog Carnival CategoryWelcome to the thirty-fifth edition of Brain Blogging. In this round, we cover the power of brain tumors in self identification, unconventional uses for classic anti-psychotics, the chemical nature of anger, and debate whether stress is real, and if so, how to deal with it.

If you were left out, just leave a comment with your blog entry. Remember, we review the latest blogs related to the brain and mind that go beyond the basic sciences into a more human and multidimensional perspective. You can check our archive for every edition.

For future editions, please remember to submit your blog entries using the online submission form. We will do our best to review and include your entry! Enjoy your readings…

Improving Your Self

Fat BoyChange Therapy presents The Definition of Addiction:

in the last few weeks, a radio interview and two articles have encouraged me to again look at the nature of addiction. one of them is a discussion we are having on this blog here about alcohol use and art, with contributions by danish composer skovgaard danielsen and zen practitioner and painter eden maxwell. another was an article by trisha gura about chocolate addiction.

Meningioma and Me presents How a little brain tumor did me a favor:

Four years ago, I was really enjoying my life. I had the house of my dreams, a great job, and a beautiful garden. I had just learned of a rare vascular problem in my head, had recognized a bit of Divine protection, and had engaged in a very close walk with God. I felt like He was really looking out for me.

Advances in the History of Psychology presents Thorazine’s Many Faces:

You have probably never thought of the “classic” schizophrenia drug Thorazine (the trade name for chlorpromazine) as a treatment for ulcers, or menopause, or psoriasis, or “hyperkinetic” children, or arthritis, or bursitis, or asthma, or cancer, or alcoholism, or even vomiting. But, perhaps surprisingly, it has been advertised over the years for all of these conditions.

George L Smyth presents One Minute How-To – How to Remove a Mental Block:

Jason Van Orden explains several steps you can take to get rid of that mental block.

Levent Okyay presents Being Change:

Are you being proactive, making decisions for yourself? Or are you letting your awareness slip and giving others the power to make decisions for you? Is your de facto decision maker someone you don’t know, the blind forces of economics, with interests contrary to your own?

Sharp Brain presents Cognitive and Emotional Development Through Play:

Play is rapidly disappearing from our homes, our schools, and our neighborhoods. Over the last two decades alone, children have lost eight hours of free, unstructured, and spontaneous play a week. More than 30,000 schools in the United States have eliminated recess to make more time for academics.

Sheamus presents 7 Ways To Turn Distress Into Eustress:

We all suffer from stress. Some more than others, for sure, but from personal experience anyone who tells you they don’t ever feel stressed should be consumed with a hefty pinch. Even ultra-laidback golfer Fred Couples felt the pinch when he arrived at Amen Corner during the US Masters in 1992. Not showing stress, and not feeling stressed, are two very different things.

Tactical Execution presents Millionaire Mind Intensive:

Was this a crazy wierd clut-like exercise? Yes. Absolutely. But it was very effective. It was scary and became completely intertwined with the idea of shedding fears on a psychological level. And let me tell you, when the arrow finally snapped in two, there was a sense of relief that is difficult to describe.

Postcards from the Funny Farm presents Anger and the Brain:

Did you know that science has looked into anger and rage as they relate to the brain? The findings have been quite interesting. A Harvard study found that when subjects revisited tapes they recorded about events that made them angry or enraged they had measurable chemical reactions in the brain. The beginning of what I refer to here as possibility thinking is having an open mind.

My Path To Fitness Blog presents Is STRESS Real?:

Over the weeks and months to come you will get to know me, Rita Losee, Woman of Adventure, Doctor of Success and learn about the amazing places my life’s journey has taken me — including the opportunity to be a part of this website. But right now, I want to reflect a bit on some programming I heard yesterday on the Today Show. The segment was about stress in the lives of Americans.

Read or Die! presents Increase your Brainpower now!:

As I was reading the January issue of Reader’s Digest mag I found these tips on how to increase brainpower. Check them out; these might help you prepare yourself before taking an exam or before taking the MENSA test.

The Next 45 Years presents 30 True Things You Need to Know Now:

If the map doesn’t agree with the ground, the map is wrong. We are given mental maps as children. Our parents and other adults tell us what is right and what is wrong – sometimes they don’t always get it, well, right. Now as adults, when we find the maps we have relied on for so long can get us lost, we need to recalibrate and create more reliable guides based on what we now know to be true and where we want to go.

Enhance Life presents Money And Processions: Breaking Free From The Materialism Trap:

Our wants and needs are not the same. Of course, you already know that! I want you to take a good look around your household. Tell me honestly, can you spot any items you once bought thinking they were an absolute need. Are you still using those items or are they just collecting dust somewhere?

The Financial Philosopher presents Mind vs. Brain Part III: Habits of the Reflective Mind:

Think about your daily activities. Do you describe them as routine? How many of those activities could you describe as a conscious choice rather than a habit?

Dr. Deb presents Magnetic Therapy:

In rTMS [Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation], a doctor holds a device over a specified area of the brain. Magnetic currents pass through the scalp, sending bursts of electrical fields deep into the brain to alter neural activity.

Slow Down Fast Today! presents Discontent: the Jumping Point for Your Future Success and Happiness:

If you’re doing or headed towards what’s really important to you, you’ll feel a sense of rightness and excitement that’s impossible to mistake. This doesn’t mean that life will be all fun and games, of course. But if you wake up every day feeling bored or dreading the day to come, that’s a sign that you’re going the wrong way.

Physical health isn’t everything when it comes to overall well-being– you have your mental health to consider as well. For many people, this means embracing the spiritual side of themselves, through meditation, religion and faith-based exercises.

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