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 »

Probiotics, Stress, Anxiety and the Zebrafish

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Description: Given that this time of year (heading into end of term exams) is particularly stressful and anxiety provoking for college and university students I thought I would talk about three articles (this one and the ones above and below it) that are about stress but which look at stress from a novel, hopefully distracting,… Read more »

A Gut Feeling About Stress? Yes Indeed!

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Description: Given that this time of year (heading into end of term exams) is particularly stressful and anxiety provoking for college and university students I thought I would talk about three articles (this one and the two post above it) that are about stress but which look at stress from a novel, hopefully distracting, perspective… Read more »

Placebo Effects at the Olympics

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Description: Have a look at the picture below. The athlete in the picture has a circular mark on his right shoulder. Do you know what that mark is? It’s a result of the sort of reverse massage technique called cupping were suction is applied to the area of the skin and the tissues are pulled… Read more »

Weight-lifting and Brain Health?

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Description: We’ve known for a while about the positive effects of aerobic activity on slowing the aging process. The question hasn’t been addressed is the effect of light weight training not just on muscle mass but on brain health. This article describes a study by researchers at the University bridge calm your that examined this… Read more »

Anorexia, Gut Bacteria and the Gut-Brain Axis

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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 »