The Opioid Crisis: Is a Broader Perspective Needed?

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Description: There is an opioid overdose epidemic in North America. In 2017, 4,000 people in Canada and 72,000 people in the United States died of opioid overdoses. I don’t know what you have been hearing or reading about what is behind these astonishing and terrifying numbers, but there is a lot to consider and a… Read more »

Autism, Epilepsy, and catnap2: Possible New Undertsandings

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Description: Consider this well supported research finding. One third of individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are also diagnosed with epilepsy. Epilepsy is the unregulated firing of neurons in the brain, sometime limited to small brain areas (petite mal seizures) and sometime spreading throughout the entire brain (grand mal seizures). Folks with ASD are… Read more »

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

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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 »

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 »

Dopamine and Video Gaming: by Dilbert and Zimbu the Monkey

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Description: As the Dilbert cartoon below suggests there has been much research and more speculation about the role of the neurotransmitter dopamine in explaining the focused nature of many people’s interest in video or online games. The American Psychiatric Association considered adding a disorder called Internet Gaming Disorder the latest 5th edition of its Diagnostic… Read more »

Raise you thinking about brain function a level: Consider the hippocampus

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Description: Typically when the specific areas of the brain are described and their role in general functioning discussed (at least at the introductory course level) we describe brain areas in what might be called “flat terms”. That’s is, we talk about the behaviours or body fictions that seem to be associated with that area of… Read more »

What are Echophenomena? (Think Yawning!)

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Description: So what are echophenomena? Well if you don’t know, think about yawning. Have you noticed how it seems that when one person yawns the people around them will also yawn? Now it may be that they are ALL sleep deprived, bored, too warm etc. etc…. but, in fact it may simply be that yawns… Read more »

Scanning Developing Infant Brains: A HUGE Methodological Challenge

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Description: You have probably heard or read about examples of the recent huge jump in research on the functioning of the human brain made possible with the use of fMRI or Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging that allows us to follow the inner neurochemical workings of the human brain while the human who owns it is… Read more »