- Towards a scientifically unified therapy Towards a scientifically unified therapy
Today’s edition of Nature has an excellent article on the need to apply cognitive science to understanding how psychological therapies work. Psychological therapies are often called ‘talking treatments’ but this is often a [...]
- Why do we bite our nails? Why do we bite our nails?
It can ruin the appearance of your hands, could be unhygienic and can hurt if you take it too far. So why do people do it? Biter Tom Stafford investigates What do ex-British prime minster Gordon Brown, Jackie Onassis, Britney Spears and I a [...]
- The concept of stress, sponsored by Big Tobacco The concept of stress, sponsored by Big Tobacco
NPR has an excellent piece on how the scientific concept of stress was massively promoted by tobacco companies who wanted an angle to market ‘relaxing’ cigarettes and a way for them to argue that it was stress, not cigarettes, t [...]
- Spike activity 11-07-2014 Spike activity 11-07-2014
Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Your Brain Is On the Brink of Chaos. Nautilus has an interesting piece on chaos the and the brain. Neuroskeptic has a good Q&A with Zach Mainen, one of the originators of the NeuroF [...]
- A thought lab in the sun A thought lab in the sun
Neuroscientist Karl Friston, being an absolute champ, in an interview in The Lancet Psychiatry “I get up very late, I go and smoke my pipe in the conservatory, hopefully in the sunshine with a nice cup of coffee, and have thoughts until I c [...]
- Moon Hoax Anomaly Hunting Moon Hoax Anomaly Hunting
Yesterday, July 20th, was the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the surface of the moon, and Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin becoming the first and second human to walk on the surface of another world. This is, to be sure, one of the [...]
- New Organic Farming Meta-analysis – What Does it Really Show? New Organic Farming Meta-analysis – What Does it Really Show?
The Guardian’s headline reads: Clear differences between organic and non-organic food, study finds. While this article was better than most in including some caveats, it was clearly favorable to the conclusions in the study, and faile [...]
- European Commission Human Brain Project Hubbub European Commission Human Brain Project Hubbub
In 2013 the European Commission awarded $1.3 billion to a project to simulate the human brain in a supercomputer. While everyone is excited about this prospect, and welcomes the infusion of cash, recently the project has come under public c [...]
- BBC Fail on Acupuncture Documentary BBC Fail on Acupuncture Documentary
Alternative Medicine’s best friend, and in my opinion largely responsible for what popularity it has, is a gullible media. I had thought we were turning a corner, and the press were over the gushing maximally clueless approach to CAM, [...]
- 9/11 Conspiracy Debate – Part IV 9/11 Conspiracy Debate – Part IV
This is the final installment of a four part written debate between myself and Michael Fullerton, who believes that the collapse of the Twin Towers on 9/11 was not due to the official story of damage from the impact of commercial jets, but [...]
- The Anatomy of a Medical Mistake The Anatomy of a Medical Mistake
On March 6 1987 the unthinkable happened. The roll-on roll-off passenger ferry The Herald of Free Enterprise left the Belgian port of Zeebrugge with it’s bow doors open, and capsized within moments, killing 193 passengers and crew: Th [...]
- George Huntington, On Chorea George Huntington, On Chorea
George Huntington (1850-1916) was a medical practitioner in Dutchess County New York. His father and grandfather had both been doctors, and his family had lived on Long Island since 1797. He gave his classic presentation, “On Chorea [...]
- The winners of the American Brain Foundation’s 2014 Neuro Film Festival The winners of the American Brain Foundation’s 2014 Neuro Film Festival
- Stroke Education For EMS Stroke Education For EMS
- Music Improves Parkinson’s Gait Music Improves Parkinson’s Gait
Post prepared by Quoc-Sy Kinh Nguyen Drexel University College of Medicine Class of 2014 Parkinson’s disease is a progressive, neurodegenerative disorder that affects 1% of people over the age of 60. It is a clinical diagnosis that requires [...]
- Scoring makes the goal seem bigger Scoring makes the goal seem bigger
Our actions, abilities, and intentions may influence the way we perceive things, on the playing field and elsewhere.Athletes who are on a winning streak often claim that they perceive their targets to be bigger than they actually are. After [...]
- Sleep may help memories form by promoting new synapses| Mo Costandi Sleep may help memories form by promoting new synapses| Mo Costandi
Research in mice suggests that sleep aids memory by promoting the formation of new nerve cell connections.If youve learnt something new and want to improve your chances of remembering it, youd do well to sleep on it. Whether youre learning [...]
- Light switches memories on and off | Mo Costandi Light switches memories on and off | Mo Costandi
Researchers use optogenetics to provide the first hard evidence that long-term potentiation at brain synapses is crucial for memory formation.A team of researchers from the University of California, San Diego has determined the cellular mec [...]
- Sleepy brains neglect half the world | Mo Costandi Sleepy brains neglect half the world | Mo Costandi
A new study shows that drowsiness alters awareness in much the same way as a common form of brain damageDamage to certain parts of the brain can lead to a bizarre syndrome called hemispatial neglect, in which one loses awareness of one sid [...]
- 3D model of a nerve terminal in atomic detail | Mo Costandi 3D model of a nerve terminal in atomic detail | Mo Costandi
Researchers in Germany have created an exquisitely detailed three-dimensional model of a nerve terminal.The electrochemical jelly inside your head contains something like one quadrillion synapses, the junctions between nerve cells, where th [...]
- Detecting dementia: the first steps towards dignity | Tania Browne Detecting dementia: the first steps towards dignity | Tania Browne
While we are a long way off a cure for dementia, new techniques might help us in the drive to identify it earlier, explains Tania BrowneAs a teenager, I lost my grandfather. But he wasn't dead. He still had his favourite music, he still lov [...]
- Can science explain consciousness? Science Weekly podcast Can science explain consciousness? Science Weekly podcast
Three leading researchers and thinkers discuss the emerging scientific understanding of this mysterious human faculty Continue reading...
- Is compulsive sexual behaviour comparable to drug addiction? Is compulsive sexual behaviour comparable to drug addiction?
A new brain imaging study offers a thoughtful take on the touchy subject of pornography addictionLast September I reviewed a documentary called 'Porn on the Brain'. It was the kind of edgy programme youd expect from Channel Four a combinat [...]
- Tackling the mystery of Alzheimer's, and consciousness itself | @guardianletters Tackling the mystery of Alzheimer's, and consciousness itself | @guardianletters
The development of novel biomarkers to identify patients at high risk of developing Alzheimer's dementia is encouraging and will hopefully translate into tests that can be used clinically (Blood test breakthrough in search for Alzheimer's c [...]
- A case for case report forms in psychology | Pete Etchells A case for case report forms in psychology | Pete Etchells
Some psychologists claim that replications arent all that useful, because some experiments involve tacit knowledge unwritten expertise that has a critical impact on results. But is there a way to better control these details?The replicatio [...]
- 6 Steps to Get Your Kids Eating Healthy 6 Steps to Get Your Kids Eating Healthy
By: Austin Perlmutter, Medical Student, Miller School of Medicine So you’ve finally decided to eat healthier. Congratulations! This is a major step towards a longer and happier life, and likely you’re already feeling better. The question re [...
- Red Meat Causes Cancer? Red Meat Causes Cancer?
This week, a study published in the British Medical Journal showed that younger women who ate red meat had a slightly increased risk for developing breast cancer. The study involved close to 90,000 women followed for 20 years, meaning that, [...]
- Dietary Fat and The Brain Dietary Fat and The Brain
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- Stay Away From Soy Stay Away From Soy
I generally advise against eating soy, and here’s why. First, almost all the soy available these days is genetically modified. I feel quite strongly that GMO produced foods represent a significant health risk for humans (and animals for tha [...]
- Cholesterol – Fundamental for Life Cholesterol – Fundamental for Life
As fate would have it, one of the most important chemicals in human physiology to sustain life is cholesterol. Yes, this is the same cholesterol that has been so vilified over the past several decades as being the cause of everything from h [...]
- Upgrading Education and Health in light of Neuroscience: The Frontier of Gaming? Upgrading Education and Health in light of Neuroscience: The Frontier of Gaming?
— We had a great event last Thursday in London to discuss the future of applied neuroscience and gaming. Thank you, Brainbow/ Peak team, for hosting us, and Strategic North for helping promote it! Many insights were shared. Perhaps one of t [...]
- How to improve memory skills and remember what you read: Beyond phonics and “whole language” How to improve memory skills and remember what you read: Beyond phonics and “whole language”
Despite the increasing visual media we are increasingly exposed to, reading is still an important skill. Whether it is school textbooks, online newspapers or regular books, people still read, though not as much as they used to. One reason t [...]
- One more reason to improve education and cardiovascular health in developing countries: to delay (underestimated) Alzheimer’s Disease One more reason to improve education and cardiovascular health in developing countries: to delay (underestimated) Alzheimer’s Disease
Alzheimer’s Cases Severely Underestimated in Developing Nations (Bloomberg): “Alzheimer’s cases are greatly underestimated in East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and Colombia, researchers said, which may lead to poor policy making and inadequate [..
- Alzheimer’s disease can be delayed through lifestyle: New, large study joins growing chorus Alzheimer’s disease can be delayed through lifestyle: New, large study joins growing chorus
– Hard Evidence We Can Slow Alzheimer’s By Exercising The Body And The Mind (Forbes): “Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most feared diagnoses among patients…once the disease has been diagnosed, there is nothing modern medicine can do to s
- Emerging apps: Train the brain to train the eye Emerging apps: Train the brain to train the eye
New vision app keeps baseball players’ eye on the ball (CBS News): “Andriese and Chavez were among the 19 members of the baseball team at the University of California Riverside taking part in an experiment. The goal: training their brain to [...]