Aging Brains: Fewer Neurons or Other Things?

Posted by & filed under Basic Cognitive Functions In Aging: Information Processing Attention Memory, Clinical Neuropsychology, Higher-Order Cognitive Functions in Aging, Neuroscience, Research Methods.

Description: What were you told about the cells in the human brain and aging? That our neurons die off as we age and are not replaced? That we have the most neurons we are ever going to have at birth and things go downhill from there? Well if so, it may be time to rethink… Read more »

Treating PTSD: Something About Horses

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Anxiety OC PTSD, Assessment: Self-report Projective Measures, Clinical Neuropsychology, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Neuroscience, Prevention, Psychological Disorders, Research Methods, Stress, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: Two posts ago I talked about and posted links to a general article about PTSD – about its signs and symptoms and about its treatment, in general terms. In that article the two main approaches to treatment were described as medication and talk therapy. Both approaches most certainly fall in the domains of accepted… Read more »

PTSD: What is it and How New is It? (it goes WAY back)

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Anxiety OC PTSD, Clinical Neuropsychology, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Neuroscience, Physiology, Stress, Stress Biopsychosocial Factors Illness, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing.

Description: You have most certainly heard of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). PTSD is listed as a diagnostic option within the area of the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual in the section containing Anxiety disorders (many disorders are grouped based on common presenting symptoms rather than underlying neuropsychological commonalities (though there are… Read more »

Do Antidepressants Work? Not a simple question

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Clinical Neuropsychology, Depression, Health Psychology, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Neuroscience, Psychological Disorders, Psychological Health, Stress Coping - Health, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: Antidepressants work wonderfully well in the treatment of the symptoms of depression, right? They have saved us from having no treatment that works or from resorting to ECT (Electro-Convulsive Shock Therapy), right? Well, if you believe these statements to be true then you have been paying attention to what the general media has had… Read more »

Searching for the Origins of Schizophrenia

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Clinical Neuropsychology, Clinical Psychology, Health Psychology, Neuroscience, Psychological Disorders, Schizophrenia, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: Schizophrenia affects about 1% of the population and while there are treatments that can be partially effective there is no real cure. An understanding of the origins of schizophrenia, of how it emerges, could move us towards earlier identification and could suggest new treatment avenues. As it has been discussed in our textbooks, schizophrenia… Read more »

Baby Strokes: Plasticity and Hemispheric Shifts in Loction of Function

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Clinical Neuropsychology, Language Development, Language-Thought, Neuroscience, Sensation-Perception.

Description:  Two questions before we get into this topic. First, who has strokes? Second, if someone has a massive left hemisphere stroke what will likely happen to their spoken language abilities? Old people and language will suffer right? Well, not entirely. You see, infants, and in fact, newborns (about 1 in 4000) can have strokes…. Read more »

Forensic Neuropathology and Forensic Psychology: Searching for the Whys of heinous behavior

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Clinical Neuropsychology, Neuroscience.

Description: When individuals do horrible things we, of course, want to know why they did what they did. We want to know if there was something specifically wrong with them and, in particular, we want to know if there was either something that could or should have been done to prevent the person doing what… Read more »

Executive Functions in Alzheimer’s: Brain Pacemakers Might Help

Posted by & filed under Adult Development and Aging, Chronic Illness, Clinical Neuropsychology, Consciousness, Higher-Order Cognitive Functions in Aging, Neuroscience, Physical Changes In Aging, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: Alzheimer’s main impact is on peoples’ memories, right? Well, we can debate the depth of impact of the various features of the disease but it is the case that more than memory is affected. Specifically, the array of frontal lobe functions involving various aspects of what is called Executive Function (thinking, reflecting, planning and… Read more »

What Might Woodpeckers be able to tell Football Players About Concussion?

Posted by & filed under Clinical Neuropsychology, Consciousness, Genetics: The Biological Context of Development, Health Psychology, Neuroscience, Physical Illness, Physiology, Psychophysical Disorders Health Psychology, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: As I write this it is Sunday February 5 and I am getting some work done to clear up my late afternoon and early evening so I can watch the Superbowl. I must admit to a bit of guilt over looking forward to the game as I have read a lot over the past… Read more »

MIND Diet: What Makes for “Good” Diet Research?

Posted by & filed under Adult Development and Aging, Aging Psychological Disorders, Aging-Psychological Disorders, Clinical Neuropsychology, General Psychology, Health and Prevention In Aging, Nutrition Weight Management, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: One cannot open a paper or a magazine these days (especially in the weekend “lifestyle” editions) without encountering one or more article extolling the virtues of one diet or another for weight loss, health, wellness, vim vigor or longevity. Often such articles are rather light on systematic science or, if they cite studies they… Read more »