David Sirota of Salon writes a fence-sitting article on memory alteration that produces a single gem of a paragraph explaining why we are so wary to adjust our minds:
But, then, many also subscribe to the Nietzschian notion that “that which does not kill us makes us stronger” — an idea that has particular […]
Get a knock on your noggin? Have no fear, KCC2 is here!
“The destiny of neurons in a damaged brain depends on a tiny equilibrium between pro-survival and pro-death signals. We wanted to know what KCC2 was signalling for — was it killing neurons or protecting them after an injury? Our study has found […]
Great video from NPR that introduces EcoG:
The translation process from brain to computer is amazing in that it’s really just scientists finding out what happens when they prompt their patients to think about new different things. Slowly, surely, they’re building a map of what our brain’s electrical signals mean.
Newest SNF post explores how we’re going to deal with the overwhelming deluge of dada and content we’re exposed to in the modern, everything-internet world:
We face a spectacular information glut. It is impossible for any one person to, say, watch every good movie on Netflix, read […]
The Independent struggles to find some.
And as one enthusiastic US student user of Adderall put it, it only helps as a cognitive enhancer if you are dedicated to completing the essay you have set out to write: “The number of times I’ve taken Adderall late at night and decided that, rather than starting […]
Dementia is awful. Those who suffer from it cannot currently be cured, but how can we help them? One research team thinks Reiki, which seems to be a Japanese form therapy massage plus placebo effect, might help. NYT has the deets for the skeptical.
Most studies of reiki have obvious flaws: the numbers […]
V.S. Ramachandran (his TED talks are must-see) is trying to figure out how our minds work by looking at physical problems within the brain and understanding how accidents of anatomy cause real, yet only in the mind, problems. Phantom limb is a prime example:
A contingency of anatomy therefore gets reflected in a psychological […]
We take definitions for mental disorders for granted as being scientific. But, as we already know, different cultures and languages cause the brain to form and function in empirically different ways. Thus, shouldn’t the expression of mental illness differ from culture to culture? And, if that’s the case, can globalization spread mental illness as […]
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