- What’s the evidence for the power of reason to change minds? What’s the evidence for the power of reason to change minds?
Last month I proposed an article for Contributoria, titled What’s the evidence on using rational argument to change people’s minds?. Unfortunately, I had such fun reading about the topic that I missed the end-of-month deadline a [...]
- Stroop: an unrecognised legacy Stroop: an unrecognised legacy
The man who discovered the Stroop effect and created the Stroop test, something which is now a keystone of cognitive science research, never realised the massive impact he had on psychology. A short but fascinating news item from Vanderbilt [...]
- Spike activity 28-02-2014 Spike activity 28-02-2014
Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Can Baby Brain Scans Predict Later Cognitive Development? asks Neuroskeptic. The Economist debates the difference between a dialect and a language. Love with Robots. An interesting piec [...]
- Interviews at the Frontier Interviews at the Frontier
The BBC Radio 4 Exchanges at the Frontier series has just concluded and it includes interviews with the likes of Kay Redfield Jamison and Human Brain Project leader Henry Markram. They’re all online as podcasts. All the interviews are [...]
- Building the greatest artificial intelligence lab on Earth Building the greatest artificial intelligence lab on Earth
The Guardian has an article on technologist Ray Kurzeil’s move to Google that also serves to review how the search company is building an artificial intelligence super lab. Google has gone on an unprecedented shopping spree and is in [...]
- Health of Vaccinated vs Unvaccinated Health of Vaccinated vs Unvaccinated
One of the new realities of social media is that old news can be dredged up and spread around. In this way old memes can keep coming back to life like the Terminator, and we have to kill them over and over again. The antivaccine crowd, for [...]
- Raising Shields Against HIV Raising Shields Against HIV
I have argued that HIV treatment is one of the shining examples of the success of reductionist modern medicine. In three decades we went from knowing nothing about a new disease that was almost universally fatal over a few years, to having [...]
- Monoculture Monoculture
A new article published in PNAS warns of, Increasing homogeneity in global food supplies and the implications for food security. They reviewed crop production worldwide over the last 50 years and found that: “The increase in homogenei [...]
- Your Baby Still Can’t Read Your Baby Still Can’t Read
Five years ago I wrote a blog post about the product, Your Baby Can Read. I concluded: While the background concepts are quite interesting, the bottom line is that we have another product being marketed to the public with amazing claims and [...]
- More Yoga Mat Hysteria More Yoga Mat Hysteria
The “yoga mat chemical” (azodicarbonamide) is the latest food-based fearmongering, thanks to an unscientific petition by the self-described “food babe,” who apparently feels that she is qualified because she is a com [...]
- Helmets: do they work to prevent concussions? Helmets: do they work to prevent concussions?
Posted by Vanessa Fabrizio, MSIV Drexel University College of Medicine FOOTBALL: the most popular sport in America. Little boys dream of growing up and playing in high school, then college, then hopefully the NFL. Even little girls dream of [...]
- Bringling the ER to the stroke patient! Bringling the ER to the stroke patient!
We are trying to do a better job educating our patients about the warning signs of stroke, and that if they think they might be having a stroke they should act FAST and call 911 to get to the ER as soon as possible. However, despite these e [...]
- Gene therapy trial for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Gene therapy trial for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy are both caused by mutations in the same dystrophin gene. How it this possible? Well, the genetic code which is translated to from proteins “talks” in words made of three letters (base pair [...]
- We’ve Exceeded 100,000 Hits! We’ve Exceeded 100,000 Hits!
Our Neurology Update Blog, started in December 2012, has just exceeded 100,000 hits! We are currently getting more then 400 hits a day and up to 3000 hits a week. Our Neurology Update App for Android devices has been downloaded more than 10 [...]
- Monmouth’s Facial Pain Center on CBS News! Monmouth’s Facial Pain Center on CBS News!
Click here to find out more about one of the patients featured in this story. Find out more about headache and facial pain, and treatment options for trigeminal neuralgia, including surgical treatment. Come to one of our trigeminal neuralgi [...]
- Curry cure Curry cure
Understanding why mint tastes cool and chilli is hot could lead to new treatments for chronic pain, obesity and even cancer.They don't call him "the Iceman" for nothing. 59-year-old Dutchman Wim Hof has a remarkable ability to withstand ext [...]
- Mad cows, cannibalism and the shaking death Mad cows, cannibalism and the shaking death
The new film We Are What We Are is about a family of cannibals, one of whom succumbs to a human form of mad cow diseaseI made a brief appearance on HuffPostLive on Wednesday, to talk about kuru, a human form of mad cow disease' that is transmitted by
- Numerotopy: How quantities are mapped onto the brain Numerotopy: How quantities are mapped onto the brain
The human brain contains a map of quantities and the magnitude of numbersEarlier this week I posted my book chapter about topographic mapping, or how sights, sounds and touch are mapped onto different parts of the brain's surface in an orderly manner
- How sights, sounds, and touch are mapped onto the brain How sights, sounds, and touch are mapped onto the brain
The body surface and certain features of external space are mapped onto the brain in a highly ordered mannerChapter 8 of my book, 50 Human Brain Ideas You Really Need to Know. Here's the introduction to the book, the chapter about mirror neurons, and
- How the monkey brain assimilates a virtual limb into its body map | Mo Costandi How the monkey brain assimilates a virtual limb into its body map | Mo Costandi
New research reveals surprising details about the cellular basis of the rubber hand illusionAbout a hundred years ago, the great neurologist Henry Head suggested that the brain contains maps of the body, and that these maps – which he referred to a
- Curry cure | Mo Costandi Curry cure | Mo Costandi
Understanding why mint tastes cool and chilli is hot could lead to new treatments for chronic pain, obesity and even cancerThey don't call him the "Iceman" for nothing. 59-year-old Dutchman Wim Hof has a remarkable ability to withstand extr [...]
- Spending more time in the dark could boost hearing in old age | Dana Smith Spending more time in the dark could boost hearing in old age | Dana Smith
Hope for non-invasive treatment for age-related deafness as scientists find neurons can compensate for disability at any ageIn the Marvel Comic Daredevil our eponymous hero is the victim of a radioactive spill, leaving him blind but also wi [...]
- Talking to babies boosts their brain power, studies show Talking to babies boosts their brain power, studies show
Children whose parents speak to them least fare worst in language tests, lagging behind by up to six months at age twoReading bedtime stories to babies and talking to them from birth boosts their brain power and sets them up for success at school, re
- In praise of... grey matter | Editorial In praise of... grey matter | Editorial
Research emerges to prove that, as Bertie Wooster always suspected, grey matter matters"How is the grey matter, Jeeves," pleads Bertie Wooster, appealing for aid to get a friend out of a fix – "surging about pretty freely?" Always keenly aware that
- Why do I crave certain foods? Why do I crave certain foods?
Researchers believe that liking food and craving it are different things – meaning our brains are more sophisticated than previously thought when it comes to making us eat certain thingsDo you ever get that thing where you compulsively yomp down a
- Dangerous Meat and Dairy? Dangerous Meat and Dairy?
As you may have heard, University of Southern California researchers recently published a report in the journal Cell Metabolism in which they related consumption of higher levels of protein from animal sources to increased mortality risk, a [...]
- Patrick L. Patrick L.
Patrick’s “a-ha” moment is just great. Did any of you have a similar moment? – Dr. Perlmutter While reading Grain Brain, I had my “a-ha” moment in chapter 3. I immediately dumped out my sugar-filled coffe [...]
- Ayla Ayla
The best part about Ayla’s story is how she finally learned that eating fat does NOT make you fat, a message I’ve working hard to spread. – Dr. Perlmutter I can personally attest to the drastic affects one experiences afte [...]
- Dairy: Dangerous or Delightful? Dairy: Dangerous or Delightful?
I’ve seen a lot of chatter here about the role of dairy in a Grain Brain lifestyle. Is it okay? How much can we have? What about Product X? Certainly, there is a role for dairy in the Grain Brain diet. However, that said, it is not a dairy- [...]
- Diabetes and Dementia Risk Diabetes and Dementia Risk
Over the past several years I have been calling attention to the profound relationship that exists between elevation of blood sugar and risk for developing dementia. This evolving body of knowledge stems from the incontrovertible evidence l [...]
- Ready for Brain Awareness Week/ la Semana de Conocimiento del Cerebro? Ready for Brain Awareness Week/ la Semana de Conocimiento del Cerebro?
Heads-up: as proud Brain Awareness Week Outreach Partners, we are happy to announce that Brain Awareness Week 2014 will take place next week, March 10-16th. Spearheaded by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives every March, BAW unites the [...]
- Top 10 Things Your Brain Does and You Probably Didn’t Know About Top 10 Things Your Brain Does and You Probably Didn’t Know About
Most of the time, we are so used to our brain functioning smoothly and automatically that we don’t take a lot of time to think about what is going on underneath. Walking, eating, discussing a book…all of these things seem very natural and e [...]
- Final 24 Hours to Join Webinar The Digital Brain Health & Training Market in 2014 at Discounted Rates Final 24 Hours to Join Webinar The Digital Brain Health & Training Market in 2014 at Discounted Rates
When: Thursday, March 13, 2014 from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM (EDT) Heads-up: You can register at early-bird rates until end of Wednesday, March 5th, to discuss the latest market data and news in the digital brain health and brain training space, [...]
- 11 datos importantes para la salud y el rendimiento del cerebro 11 datos importantes para la salud y el rendimiento del cerebro
Cada día se crean varios miles de neuronas en nuestro cerebro. El ejercicio aeróbico incrementa ese número y el estrés no bien regulado lo disminuye. Nuestros genes no determinan el destino de nuestro cerebro. La neu
- Update: ¿Habla Español? Know someone who’d enjoy a great brain book in Spanish? Update: ¿Habla Español? Know someone who’d enjoy a great brain book in Spanish?
Time for SharpBrains’ February e-Newsletter, this time featuring the global launch of our new book, in Spanish, Cómo invertir en su cerebro: Una guía SharpBrains para mejorar su mente y su vida, available already as a soft-cover and e-boo