The Impact of Prematurity on Brain Connections

Posted by & filed under Clinical Neuropsychology, Human Development, Neuroscience, Physical Development: Birth, Motor Skills, and Growth, Prenatal Development.

Description: We know that stimulation provided by postnatal experience and perhaps also through dream state sleep plays an important role in the development of neural connections in the newborn brain. With this in mind what would you predict about the complexity of neural connections in the brains of infants born 10 weeks early and who… Read more »

Big Brain = Big Intelligence? It seems NOT

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Description: Very intelligent people are sometimes referred to as “eggheads” which entails a general suggestion that if they’re smart than they must have big brains which by extension would also require big heads making them look like eggheads. The research discussed in this article looks directly at this claim and suggests there is not a… Read more »

Anorexia, Gut Bacteria and the Gut-Brain Axis

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Clinical Neuropsychology, Clinical Psychology, Eating Disorders, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Neuroscience, Physiology, Research Methods, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: It turns out that individuals struggling with anorexia seem to have a narrower array of microbes in their gut than do people without the disorder. What might this observed relationship suggest? Source: Today Health and Wellness Date: October 6, 2015 Links: Article Link – http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/10/151005121310.htm The Study: http://europepmc.org/abstract/med/26428446 In this study a small group… Read more »

Memory “On Switch” Inside the Hippocampus

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Description: In introductory psychology classes like the one I teach we often talk about the critical role that the hippocampus seems to play in memory processes. But we don’t do is talk about just what goes on in the hippocampus as its playing its role in the memory formation process. The article discussed in this… Read more »

Action Gaming and Executive Function: A Gamers’ Advantage?

Posted by & filed under Basic Cognitive Functions In Aging: Information Processing Attention Memory, Clinical Neuropsychology, Health and Prevention In Aging, Higher-Order Cognitive Functions in Aging, Neuroscience, Psychological Intervention.

Description: There has been a lot of concern about the effective videogame violence, but what about positive effects of gaming? This article discusses the possibility that engaging in action gaming may have a long-term positive effect on the executive function of the brains of gamers. Source: The Inquisitive Mind, Experience in Action Games and the… Read more »

How the Brain Codes Time and Place

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Description: We talk about how the hippocampus is involved in processing memories but when some researchers looked specifically at how we process information about when an event occurred and where that same event occurred it turns out that information is processed earlier and fed separately into the hippocampus. Source: Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “How the… Read more »

Oliver Sacks: Farewell Oliver, You Will Be Missed

Posted by & filed under Assessment: Interviewing Observation, Classification Diagnosis, Clinical Assessment, Clinical Neuropsychology, Consciousness, General Psychology, Genetics: The Biological Context of Development, Neuroscience, Psychological Disorders, Sensation-Perception.

Description: Oliver Sacks, renowned and beloved neurologist, author and teller of captivating stories about his patients, their experiences, the human brain and ultimately of the human experience and condition passed away today (August 30, 2015) at the age of 82. I posted on Oliver not long ago (April 2015 search his name on this blog… Read more »

Additional Hippocampal Function?

Posted by & filed under Language-Thought, Motivation-Emotion, Neuroscience, Research Methods, Sensation-Perception.

Description: What part(s) of our brain are actively involved when we have to resolve conflicts like deciding when it is safe to cross a traffic filled street? Well, it may be that the hippocampus, known to be involved in memory processing, is also involved in resolving action conflicts. Source: Science Daily: Memory region of the… Read more »

Hearing Voices

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Anxiety OC PTSD, Clinical Neuropsychology, Consciousness, Psychological Disorders, Schizophrenia, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: Besides being musicians, what do Brian Wilson, Peter Townsend, Carlos Santana and Jennifer Hudson have in common? Well, they have found inspiration in music and voices only they can hear. Source: Globe and Mail: How hearing voices, long assumed a sign of mental illness, can be a part of the human experience. Date: July… Read more »

Addiction as a Disease?

Posted by & filed under Clinical Health Psychology, Clinical Neuropsychology, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Motivation-Emotion, Psychological Disorders, Psychological Intervention, Substance-Related Disorders, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: Are addictions diseases? Is that the best way to think about them, especially in relation to approaches to treatment? Marc Lewis, a neuroscientist who struggled with addiction early in his life suggests we need to rethink the simple equating of addiction with disease if we are to properly understand addictions, and, more importantly, understand… Read more »