Archive for the 'Science News' Category

Do Clinical Trials Work?

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

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Click Here to Read: Do Clinical Trials Work? By Clifton Leaf in The New York Times on July 13, 2013.

Study Finds Key Brain Region That Ties Memory, Emotion

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

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Click Here to Read:   Study Finds Key Brain Region That Ties Memory, Emotion By Janice Wood Associate News Editor Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on July 13, 2013.

Depression Alters Young Brains

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

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Click Here to Read:  Depression Alters Young Brains By Nicholas  Bakalar  in The New York Times on July 10, 2013.

“I Don’t Know If I’m a Scientist”

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

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Click Here to Read: “I Don’t Know If I’m a Scientist”: The Problem with Archetypes By Grace Lindsay on the Scientific American Blogs website on July 10, 2013.

Image: Neill DeGrasse Tyson image is in the public domain.

Neuroscience and the Law

Monday, July 8th, 2013

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Click Here to Read:  Neuroscience and the Law: In Neuroliteracy Optional Anymore?  By Pauline Tesler and Norman Solovay.

IVF may slightly increase mental retardation risk

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

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Click Here to Read:  IVF may slightly increase mental retardation risk by William Hudson on the CNN website on July 2nd, 2013.

A medical worker prepares to perform intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)

Can Neuroscience Explain What Occurs in Addiction Recovery?

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

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Click Here to Read:  Can Neuroscience Explain What Occurs in Addiction Recovery? by Mark Moran on the Psychiatric News website on July 02, 2013.

Marc Galanter, M.D., points out that part of AA’s success is due to participants’ feeling of “belonging” to the group and that participation has neurobiological effects.

Human behaviour: is it all in the brain – or the mind?

Monday, July 1st, 2013

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Click Here to Read:   Human behaviour: is it all in the brain – or the mind?  Review of Brainwashed by Sally Satel and Scott Lilienfeld in the Guardian on June 29,  2013.

Excavating the Mind

Friday, June 28th, 2013

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Click Here to Read: Excavating the Mind: Past Brain Activity Revealed in Scans:By studying spontaneously emerging brain activity, researchers may be able to trace past experiences by John Ericson on the Medical Daily website on June 25, 2013.

(Photo:  Weissmann Institute of Science.) Research offers new insight into spontaneously emerging brain activity.

 

There’s a lot more to neuroscience than media ‘neuromania’

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

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Click Here to Read: There’s a lot more to neuroscience than media ‘neuromania’ Why do some critics refuse to accept that the solution to many mysteries of the mind will be found in the brain? by Mark Stokes on the Guardian Website on June 25, 2013.

It seems a bit too simple to suggest that the neuromanic public has been hypnotised by the beauty of fMRI. Photograph: PR

Patients suffer from PTSD after heart attack, stroke

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

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Click Here to Read:  Patients suffer from PTSD after heart attack, stroke By Jacque Wilson on the  CNN website on June 21, 2013.

Scientists aren’t sure exactly how traumatic a medical event has to be for patients to develop PTSD.

A zap to the brain makes you think people are more attractive

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

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Click Here to Read: A zap to the brain makes you think people are more attractive by  Meghan Holohan on NBC News website on June 21, 2013.

Most of us can’t actually be as attractive as professional good-looking people like Kate Upton. But new research shows that an electrical shock to the brain can make people perceive other people to be more attractive. The research may one day point toward new treatments for neurological disorders like depression or Parkinson’s.

Depression: ED psychiatrists perform nuanced assessments of traumatized patients

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

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Click Here to Read:  Depression: ED psychiatrists perform nuanced assessments of traumatized patients by jack Pula on the Clinical Psychiatry News Website on June 4, 2013.

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Brainwashed: The use and misuse of neuroscience

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

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Click Here to View:  The authors of Brainwashed: The use and misuse of neuroscience,  Sally Satel and Scott Lilienfeld, in Conversation with David Brooks on the AEI 75 website on Monday June 17, 2013.

Scientists create high-resolution 3-D atlas of human brain

Friday, June 21st, 2013

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Click Here to Read:  Scientists create high-resolution 3-D atlas of human brain By Meeri Kim in the Washington Post on June 20, 2013.

This is your brain on happy

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

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Click Here to Read:  This is your brain on happy: Machine can read your emotions by Maggie Fox on the NBC News website on June 19, 2013.

David Brooks on “Neurocentrism”

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

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Click here to Read:  Beyond the Brain By David Brooks in The New York Times on June 17, 2013.

David Brooks on “Neurocentrism”

Brooks in today’s NYT’s column cites several recent books that reframe the popularity of brain picturing in today’s science and popular press.

He summarizes four conceptual complications about using brain imaging alone to explain our functioning. First, that a brain region may serve a variety of different tasks. Second, (and complementary), that one task may use different brain reactions or states. Third, that one activity, such as ‘working memory’, may distribute over multiple regions (at least 30 in the case of working (more…)

Dad’s Stress Could Affect Offspring Through Epigenetic Changes To Sperm, Mouse Study Shows

Monday, June 17th, 2013

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Click Here to Read: Dad’s Stress Could Affect Offspring Through Epigenetic Changes To Sperm, Mouse Study Shows  on the Huffington Post website on June 16, 2013.

Researchers Find Biological Evidence of Gulf War Illnesses

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

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Click Here to Read:  Researchers Find Biological Evidence of Gulf War Illnesses  By James  Dao in The New York Times on  June 14, 2013.

Ronald Brown, a veteran of the 1991 Persian Gulf war, has had health problems since 1992.

The Neural Basis of the Dynamic Unconscious

Friday, June 14th, 2013

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Click Here to Read: The Neural Basis of the Dynamic Unconscious by Heather A. Berlin (New York).

This article originally appeared as Berlin, Heather (2011).  The Neural Basis of the Dynamic Unconscious Neuropsychoanalysis 13 (1) and appears here with all requisite rights and permissions.

Click Here to Read: Neuroscience Meets
Psychoanalysis by Heather Berlin in Scientific American Mind