Notes from a Dragon Mom →
One of my all-time favorite reads off news media. It’s a really touching and powerful piece.
neurolinguist: TED: Jill Bolte Taylor’s Stroke of Insight
On Schizophrenia Pt. 1
Here’s a topic that’s been dear to my heart lately. Not because I have any personal relations with anyone who has been recently diagnosed. Rather, I’ve been spending a lot of time researching this topic for various projects. I presented a poster back in early November at a conference on the role of self efficacy* in moderating real world functioning and functional outcomes in...
On Neurons: The Anatomy
I apologize for the brief hiatus. I assure you this blog is well and alive! In order to truly dive into neuroscience, one must have a solid groundwork in the basic anatomy of the brain cell. Neurons are cells in the nervous system that communicate with each other in a network via electrical or chemical signaling. Neurons can further be differentiated into sensory, motor, and interneurons. Two...
On Cranial Nerves
Hopefully this comes in handy to all you people studying anatomy! We all know that the brain communicates to the rest of your body through an extensive system of nerves. With this sophisticated network with neurons, our brain can send output commands to keep our complex body systems running and for us to engage in movement; In return, the brain receives input from the rest of the body in terms...
Annals of Medicine: The Way We Age Now →
For those interested in medicine and/or geriatrics, this is an excellent article on the realities of aging and its care. Geriatrics is a struggling field with a patient base that will soon overwhelm the limited number of specialized professionals. We’re all doomed to age, but does that mean we’re destined for our final decades to be full of suffering? Growing old means the breakdown...
How Tanning Changes the Brain
neuropsy: This is an interesting study comparing the activity of the brain when people who like to tan indoors are exposed to UV light and when the tanning beds didn’t expose them to UV. A study in 2005 did show that a large proportion of sunbathers met the psychiatric definition of a substance abuse disorder, based on their answers to a variation of a test often used to help diagnose...
On Visual Systems in the Brain
Marvel in the majesty that is the mapping of our visual systems: The common misconception about vision is one that we’ve all heard before. Let’s say you’re in the grocery store and you’re examining a red apple. The red apple reflects to the back of your eye, on the retinal wall, upside down. From there, the cones and rods in your retina transfer this upside down image to...
Addiction now defined as chronic brain disorder →
Addiction is a chronic brain disorder and not simply a behavior problem involving alcohol, drugs, gambling or sex, experts contend in a new definition of addiction, one that is not solely related to problematic substance abuse. The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) just released this new definition of addiction after a four-year process involving more than 80 experts. “At its...
A Profile on Sigmund Freud
Sigmund Freud is a household name when it comes to psychology. Arguably one of the most influential figures at the dawn of modernism, Freud introduced to us the idea of the “unconscious” and totally smashed novel ideas of human nature in everyone’s faces. If you are still unconvinced of his influence, look no further than that impeccably trimmed beard. And we all know that good...
Neuropsy: Little Girl Can't Stop Giggling After... →
neuropsy: Seven-year-old Enna Stephens is facing a daunting 16 months of chemotherapy and radiation after doctor’s removed a tumor from her brain, but thanks to a bizarre side effect of the surgery — all she can do is laugh about it. Enna suffers from pseudobulbar affect (PBA), a neurological disorder…
An ode to my favorite beers: the IPA →
A glimpse into my life outside of academia on my personal blog. IPAs rule!
Divisions of the Brain: An Overview
One of the goals in my blog is to educate and be a resource for basic neuroscience and psychology. Not everyone will be interested in everything I write, but I will try to explain most things in layman terms. One thing that I wanted to do is write out different posts about neuroanatomy, terms, and basic concepts so that neuro/psych “jargon” will become familiar. Then anyone can...
A Good Philosophy
Regarding Neurological Cases: If you think someone is crazy and out of their mind, you’re probably not smart enough to figure it out.
Neuropsy: Is there a shortcut to bonding with a... →
neuropsy: From Sam Gosling’s book, Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You: Arthur Aron, a psychologist at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, is interested in how people form romantic relationships, and he’s come up with an ingenious way of taking men and women who have never met before…
Anonymous asked: hello! i was wondering, if you want to be involved in psychology/neuropsychology, do you have to go to med school? or just a degree in psychology and then grad school?
Mindful eating: Researchers are making every bite... →
neuropsy: Psychology professor Eric Muth and electrical and computer engineering professor Adam Hoover have created the Bite Counter, a measurement device that will make it easier for people to monitor how much they eat. Worn like a watch, the Bite Counter device tracks a pattern of wrist-roll motion to identify when the wearer has taken a bite of food. Think of it as a pedometer for eating.
emanations-of-cognition asked: Just wanted to say I'm so glad I found your blog -- I'm in my 3rd year of college, sadly, my school doesn't offer a neuroscience major, so I'm going for biochemistry & psychology, but my dream is to study neuroscience in grad school. Keep up the awesome posts :D
If you haven’t figured out by now that I am fascinated by Dr. V.S. Ramachandran’s work, you must have some sort of neurological deficit. Kidding! But not really. But, I promise I’ll delve into other works and other topics. It’s just that at the moment I am being overwhelmed with Rama stuff, and I want to share it to the layman who may or may not be reading this blog (again,...
On the Capgras Delusion
The Capgras Delusion, or Capgras syndrome, was first introduced to me in Phantoms in the Brain by V.S. Ramachandran. Then, I got to learn much more about it once I took a course in brain damage and mental function, taught none other by Dr. Ramachandran himself. The Capgras syndrome is a neurological disorder where the patient believes that all of his loved ones have been replaced by...
On Recovering from Bipolar Disorder
An excerpt from Kay Redfield Jamison’s memoir on her road to recovery from bipolar disorder and manic depression: “The debt I owe my psychiatrist is beyond description. I remember sitting in his office a hundred times during those grim months and each time thinking, What on earth can he say that will make me feel better or keep me alive? Well, there never was anything he could say, that’s the...
V.S. Ramachandran on “The neurons that shaped civilization”. He discusses the fascinating topic of “Mirror Neurons”. I can’t wait until I take my classes with this guy in August.
V.S. Ramachandran's Five Lectures on "The Emerging... →
Hemispatial Neglect: An Attentional Disorder
Hemispatial neglect is an interesting phenomenon that affects approximately 60% of stroke patients who suffer damage to the right hemisphere. The right hemisphere is important for spatial processing (as seen in 3-D block design tasks and drawing tasks), and thus, damage to the right hemisphere would most likely produce a deficiency in spatial processing. Although there is neglect regarding...