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In a World of Never Ending Tension, Seek Compassionate Neutrality

Sat, 30 Dec 2017 16:30:10 +0000

Amidst the rising tensions in the world around us, people are finding themselves in the unique position of having to make hard decisions about choosing passive observation or active participation, causing some to toss their opinions into the fray of the multitude of voices speaking out within society today. In contrast to what we have […]

Safety Nets: Travel After Brain Injury

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 16:30:21 +0000

There’s so much out there that beckons—family, friends, ethnic textiles, and, more recently, the writers’ world. I am compelled to answer the call—all the calls! I reject the invalid role that my bloody brain repeatedly tries to thrust on me. In order to live a full life, I’ve had to learn to set up safety […]

Social Media Anxiety Disorders: What’s Going on in the Brain?

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 16:30:07 +0000

Too much of anything can be dangerous, and social media is no exception. Today many of us spend more time on internet-enabled devices than even sleeping. Due to this overindulgence in social media and the internet, we may become socially reclusive rather than inclusive. This, in turn, may lead to various physical and mental health […]

The Dangers of Antidepressants

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 16:25:46 +0000

A fortunate knock of luck is always welcomed by scientists and researchers, yet any treatment modalities should be novel by design rather than by serendipity. Antidepressants were discovered by chance in the 1950s, and it seems that they suffer from specific deficiencies when it comes to their clinical effectiveness and safety profile. It is something […]

The Neurological Basis of Anxiety

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 16:20:43 +0000

A person suffering from an anxiety disorder experiences neurology-based changes in mood and bodily functions that are discussed in more detail in this article. As with anxiety, various personality traits and emotional responses are by-products of the interaction between our genetic coding and environmental influences. Our genes make us more receptive to some specific stimuli […]

Do Today’s Technological Advances Threaten Our Species?

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 16:30:21 +0000

A lot of public back-and-forth banter has been going on lately between two giant tech personalities: Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg. Their public debate centers on whether or not artificial intelligence (AI) represents an existential threat to humanity. For example, Elon Musk, when speaking at the National Governors Association in July said: AI is a fundamental existential […]

The Emerging Neuroscience of Mind-Body Medicine

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 16:30:50 +0000

For years as a hard-nosed neuroscientist, I’ve been baffled by the success of clinical techniques that my wife, Chris Gilbert M.D. Ph.D., has pioneered to diagnose and cure illnesses such as back pain, chronic fatigue, stomach ailments, and recurring respiratory infections. The reason for my head-scratching is that many of Dr. Chris’s diagnostic tests and […]

Gambling Addiction: Is it as Bad as Cocaine?

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:20:36 +0000

Is gambling an addictive pathology that causes changes in the brain and requires treatment? Or is it merely a compulsive behaviour? This question has long kept the medical world confused. Traditionally, it was thought that addiction could happen only when a person is dependent on some physically existing substance. However, now this traditional way of […]

How Does Starting School Early Impact Educational Attainment?

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:30:56 +0000

A singular cutoff point for school entry results in age differences between children of the same grade. In many school systems, September-born children, begin compulsory education in September of the year in which they turn five, making them relatively older than summer born children who begin school aged four. Research on these annually age-grouped cohorts […]

The Dangers of American Sexual Prudishness

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:20:24 +0000

Is the US the world’s most uptight nation regarding sex? Maybe not the most, but certainly among them. For example, the US has more laws regulating sexual behavior than all European countries combined. US prudishness is so severe as to be deadly. To end sexual violence and harassment against women, something has to change. Is […]

The Neuroscience Behind the Placebo Effect

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 16:30:51 +0000

As a child, did you ever feel better after your mother kissed your bumped knee? How do you think that worked? The power of suggestion—or the placebo effect—is a powerful psychological phenomenon that affects every aspect of our lives, dictating our preferences for food, drink, medication, social activities, and more. Pioneering experiments describing the use […]

Marijuana And Sexual Dysfunction — Could Your Marijuana Usage Be Hindering Your Performance in Bed?

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 16:30:29 +0000

What is marijuana? Marijuana, also called pot, cannabis, weed, reefer, Mary Jane, dope, broccoli, chronic, reefer, and 420, among countless others, consists of a mixture of dried plant leaves, flowers, and/or stems of the Cannabis Sativa plant. In addition, there is a resin-based version of marijuana that is called hash. Most people either smoke marijuana […]

Re-Learning the Joy of Living with Journaling and Meditation

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:30:03 +0000

Moving along the treadmill of life, many of us succumb to the ever-present pressures to be faster, stronger, more efficient, and smarter. Perspective on what is happening in our lives is lost. We focus on failure and lacking within ourselves, rather than the abundance and opportunities for growth that surround us. We stop taking the time to […]

God in the Brain: the Science of Neurotheology

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 16:30:20 +0000

We are the only species on the planet known to practice religion. This feature is universal among humans: there is no nation on Earth that does not practice one or another form of spiritual belief. The question is what makes our brain different so that we practice spirituality? Does religion serve any purpose to our […]

Medicinal Plants and the Brain — St. John’s Wort, Skullcap, and Ashwagandha

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:30:04 +0000

Medicinal plants still comprise a nebulous cloud in biomedical science. We know they have been used since the dawn of man, but there are precious few good quality scientific studies that support their use. Unlike pharmaceutical drugs, plant medicines consist of many different molecules that interact together in the body to have a variety of, […]