What if We Could Turn Executive Function On and Off?

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Description: Executive function or the process by which parts of your brain essentially tell other parts of your brain what to do, is a topic of intense interest as executive functioning, or [problems in executive functioning, may be related to a very broad range of issues from ADHD, to anxiety to OCD to name a… Read more »

Cerebellum, Brain Timing and Schizophrenia?

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Description: Quick pop-quiz! What does the cerebellum do? It is involved in producing smooth motor movement right (balance, equilibrium etc.)? Yes, right, but what else is it involved in? Well, how about schizophrenia? As our understanding of the neurological factors involved in psychological functions and dysfunctions expands we are increasingly realizing more clearly something neuroscientists… Read more »

Are Incidental Memories Lost or Just Unattended?

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Description: Before you read any further look around the room that you are in and then focus your attention on a particular feature (look out the window, look at the television set). Your visual impression while focusing on one feature in the room is probably that you’re still able to “see” most of the other… Read more »

Mental Illness and Parent Blaming: Here We Go Again??

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Description: Psychologist Oliver James, in a recently released book entitled Not in Your Genes: The Real Reason Parents Are Like Their Children (2016), argues that there is no evidence for the claim that genetics plays any sort of role whatsoever in core disorders such as schizophrenia or manic-depression. The article linked below points out some… Read more »

Schizophrenia and Gene Component 4: A Clue to Origins?

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Description: One of the keys to understanding the emergence of schizophrenia might be developmental and genetic. This article explores a recent finding looking at the way our system regulates the pruning of neurons in neural networks within adolescents in the role that malfunctioning of this planning process might play in the development of a disorder… Read more »

Schizophrenia: Mouse Study of Negative Symptoms

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Description: The social withdrawal and emotional blunting that often present as symptoms amongst individuals struggling with schizophrenia have been hypothesized to not be linked to the neuro-chemical functioning within an area or areas of the brain. The suggestion was made due to the lack of response of these symptoms to neuro-chemical treatments that were producing… Read more »

Hearing Voices

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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 »

Cat Ownership and Schizophrenia: Not Straightforward

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Description: So what is the first thing that pops to mind when you think of “cat people”? Crazy? Weeellll it’s a bit more complicated. Read this discussion by Andre Picard of an article suggesting that childhood cat ownership increases the chances that one will show symptoms of schizophrenia in adulthood. Source: Andre Picard Column Globe… Read more »

Why Might Some Disorders be Uniquely Human?

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Description: Are there forms of psychopathology among non-human animals (perhaps)? What about schizophrenia (perhaps not)? What is it about schizophrenia that may make it a uniquely human disorder? Sources: Scientific American: Why Don’t Animals Get Schizophrenia (and How Come We Do)? Date: March 25, 2015 Photo Credit: Jessie Wilcox Smith (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jessie_Willcox_Smith) Links:     http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-don-t-animals-get-schizophrenia-and-how-come-we-do/ Laurel… Read more »