Brain-to-brain interface
University of Washington researchers link in realtime one person’s brain with another person’s over the Internet. During the demo, signals from one person’s brain are used to control the hand motions of another person within a second. You may also read: UW study shows direct brain interface between humans Rao RPN, Stocco A, Bryan M, [...] (Source: Neurobot)
Source: Neurobot - November 9, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: Dimitrios A. Adamos Tags: Stories Brain Interfaces brain to brain interface EEG TMS Source Type: blogs

Embodied robots -- Post #2 on Wilson & Golonka 2013
There's some cool stuff highlighted by W&G including robots that tidy up without being programmed to do so, robots that walk (downhill) with only the power of gravity simply because their bodies were designed in the right way, and cricket robots that find the best mate automatically due to the architecture of the sound localization system. We've discussed sound localization previously so let's focus on the two other examples.Robots that tidy without the intention to do so or knowledge they did it. Robots with two sensors situated at 45 degree angles on the robot's "head"and a simple program to avoid obstacles...
Source: Talking Brains - November 7, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: Greg Hickok Source Type: blogs

Has embodied cognition earned its name? Critique of Wilson & Golonka 2013 #1
Wilson and Golonka have provided a very nice outline of the embodied cognition enterprise.  Have a look here.  I'm sure this doesn't represent all embodied theorists but it does summarize the radical "replacement" view. So, I've decided to have a very close look at the piece over the next few days and provide my thoughts for further discussion and clarification.  I have no doubts that I will mischaracterize and misunderstand certain things so I hope Andrew and Sabrina will correct and clarify.  Of course, I would love to hear from others as well.  I'm not attempting to summarize the argum...
Source: Talking Brains - November 5, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: Greg Hickok Source Type: blogs

Definite central fourth nerve palsy
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Source: neurologyminutiae - November 4, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

How the mind works: It's the information stupid!
Not that I'm calling anyone stupid.  That's a reference, of course, to Clinton campaign manager James Carville's "It's the economy, stupid." It's a call to refocus the emphasis.  Here we're talking cognitive science and the relation between computational theories and embodied theories of the mind and the need to refocus our emphasis on information processing. I contend that embodied theories are, under the hood, computational (i.e., information processing) theories and that the embodied folks are mischaracterizing computational theories.  Or at the very least they using one such theory (~Fodorian p...
Source: Talking Brains - November 4, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: Greg Hickok Source Type: blogs

Video: Michael Merzenich in Conversation with the Dalai Lama
Of all the neuroscientists in the world, who had the honor of sharing the stage with the Dalai Lama last week? Our co-founder and chief scientist, Dr. Michael Merzenich, was chosen for a very special on-stage discussion with His Holiness that took place this past weekend week at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. The symposium, […]The post Video: Michael Merzenich in Conversation with the Dalai Lama appeared first on "On the Brain" with Dr. Michael Merzenich. (Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D.)
Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D. - October 29, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: Dr. Merzenich Tags: Aging and the Brain Brain Fitness Brain Plasticity Brain Science BrainHQ Neuroscience Posit Science Soft-Wired Source Type: blogs

Database from Ch 19 of Teach Yourself Python
(Source: Neurochannels)
Source: Neurochannels - October 29, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Comedian Ruby Wax Laughs at Mental Illness
Comedian Ruby Wax gives a TED Talk with amusing perspectives on mental illness. “Your pets are happier than you are,” she says. A viral video that shares powerful information with a spoonful of fun. Includes Ruby’s own handmade visual aids. (Source: Channel N)
Source: Channel N - October 29, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: sandra at psychcentral.com (Sandra Kiume) Tags: All Funny Lecture brain LOL mental health mental illness neuroscience psychology ted talk video Source Type: blogs

2 open-rank tenure-track faculty positions in speech and hearing science at arizona state university
The Department of Speech and Hearing Science at Arizona State University, Tempe Campus, invites applicants with expertise in communication disorders and related disciplines to apply for two open-rank tenure-track faculty positions starting August, 2015. For the first position, we are seeking candidates whose areas of expertise will complement and augment our current research strengths in psychoacoustics, cochlear implants, auditory neurophysiology and pediatrics. Candidates with research interests in the areas of aging, amplification, auditory disorders, electrophysiology, and/or auditory physiology are encouraged to apply...
Source: Talking Brains - October 24, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: Greg Hickok Source Type: blogs

Embodied or Symbolic? Who cares!
I still don't understand the hype over embodied cognition. It's too abstract a concept for me, I guess.  I need more grounding in the real world. (Am I getting it?) So let's consider a real world example of neural computation. For the record, this is partially excerpted/paraphrased from a discussion in The Myth of Mirror Neurons. Sound localization in the barn owl is fairly well-understood in neurocomputational terms.  Inputs from the two ears converge in the brainstem's nucleus laminaris with a "delay line" architecture as in the figure:   Given this arrangement, the neurons (...
Source: Talking Brains - October 24, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: Greg Hickok Source Type: blogs

"Can Video Games Fend Off Mental Decline?"
An informative, good read: "Can Video Games Fend Off Mental Decline?"by Clive ThompsonThe New York Times Sunday Magazine26 October 2014 read the full feature article here Website for Akili, mentioned in the piece: Akili (Source: BrainBlog)
Source: BrainBlog - October 23, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Dementia: Dosh for Docs to Diagnose Dementia - Dumb Dumb Dumb Dumb
Dumb, unethical, foolish, bad - NHS dementia plan to give GPs cash for diagnoses criticised as ‘ethical travesty’NHS condemned as ‘odious’ after introducing scheme whereby GPs given £55 each time they identify the disease in a patientThe Guardian21 October 2014 Read the full article here (Source: BrainBlog)
Source: BrainBlog - October 22, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Brain Training: Scientific Commentary Statement
A Consensus on the Brain Training Industry from the Scientific Community Posted on the Stanford Center on Longevity website20 October 2014Read the statement hereThe authors and signatories may over-extend themselves in stating that they represent "the scientific community", but the points they raise are important to add to the conversation. (Source: BrainBlog)
Source: BrainBlog - October 22, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Platelet Rich Plasma for Hair Growth versus Hair Surgery
While PRP is effective in stimulating new hair growth and thickening existing hair, its effect lasts up to 12 months. In order to sustain fuller hair, PRP needs to be given about every 9 months. With a successful hair transplant surgery, the effects are significantly longer in duration. Properly done hair surgery transplants may last years. However, hair surgery is a complicated process that must be done with precision to have desirable outcomes. The final outcome may not be seen for a year. The effects of PRP on hair growth can usually be seen in 3 months with the duration of full effect for about 9 months. Think of ...
Source: Sarasota Neurology - October 21, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: Dan Kassicieh, D.O. Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Smartvest SQL
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Source: neurologyminutiae - October 17, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Galaxy portfolio for aed's-- low priced drugs
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Source: neurologyminutiae - October 17, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Galaxy portfolio for aed's-- low priced drugs
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Source: neurologyminutiae - October 17, 2014 Category: Neurology Source Type: blogs

Charging for items outside the traditional billing codes.
var gaJsHost = (("https:" == document.location.protocol) ? "https://ssl." : "http://www."); document.write(unescape("%3Cscript src='" + gaJsHost + "google-analytics.com/ga.js' type='text/javascript'%3E%3C/script%3E")); based on summary article by Orly Avitzur, Neurology Today based ona presentation by health care lawyer Daniel Brown.New CPT codes for telephone/internet assessment when provided doctor to doctor by a consultant-- codes 99446-99449.  May be used for complex and urgent situations when face to face is not practical.  These are time based only codes and...
Source: neurologyminutiae - October 17, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Concise of brain antigens commonly tested
var gaJsHost = (("https:" == document.location.protocol) ? "https://ssl." : "http://www."); document.write(unescape("%3Cscript src='" + gaJsHost + "google-analytics.com/ga.js' type='text/javascript'%3E%3C/script%3E")); 1.  NMDAR NR1  anti NMDAR encephalitis2.  amphiphysin-- stiff person syndrome, encephalomyelitis,limbic encephalomyelitis, sensorimotor neuropathy3.  ARHGAP 25, GRAF -- subacute inflammatory cerebellar ataxia4. CASPR2 (contactin associated protein 2)-  Morvan syndrome, neuromyotonia, limbic encephalitis5.  MOG  -- ADEM, MS, ...
Source: neurologyminutiae - October 17, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Lamar Smith's attack on NSF a thinly veiled attempt to suppress environmental education
It's no secret that Lamar Smith (R-TX), Chairman of the Science, Space and Technology committee, has been waging a war on the National Science Foundation. See here, here, here and here. In a 2013 piece in USA Today, Smith, writing with Eric Cantor stated:While the NSF spends most of its funds well, we have recently seen far too many questionable grants, especially in the social, behavioral and economic sciences. A link to a more complete list of the suspect grants on which Smith requested information can be found here. It's interesting that among the questionable grants, a sizable fraction of them conce...
Source: Talking Brains - October 14, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: Greg Hickok Source Type: blogs

Lifting the Fog of Chemobrain
 Sometimes it’s incredibly frustrating to get the word out about BrainHQ and how it can help people. Let’s take people experiencing “chemobrain” (cognitive losses resulting from chemotherapy) as an example. Clinical scientists have shown that using BrainHQ exercises virtually re-normalizes the brain of an individual suffering from chemobrain. Benefits clearly extend beyond those skills and abilities that […]The post Lifting the Fog of Chemobrain appeared first on "On the Brain" with Dr. Michael Merzenich. (Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D.)
Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D. - October 13, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: Dr. Merzenich Tags: Brain Fitness Brain Plasticity Brain Science BrainHQ Chemobrain Cognitive impairments Neuroscience Posit Science brain training cancer chemofog chemotherapy drugs Source Type: blogs

Podcast: Platelet Rich Plasma Regenerates Injured Joints and Relieves Pain
In this episode of the Sarasota Neurology Podcast, Dr. Kassicieh discusses Platelet Rich Plasma  and Regenerative Medicine. Regenerative medicine is a new, exciting branch of medicine which deals with healing injured or damaged tissue with the body’s own natural healing mechanism. To do this, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is extracted from the patient’s own blood. Using blood from the patient eliminates the risk of transmission of blood born disease, viruses and other infectious agents. PRP is then injected into the area of the body that needs intensive healing and tissue regeneration. ...
Source: Sarasota Neurology - October 13, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: Dan Kassicieh, D.O. Tags: Podcast blood Dr. Kassicieh healing ligament platelet Platelet Rich Plasma PRP regenerative medicine Sarasota Sarasota Neurology Surgery tendon Source Type: blogs

Face-to-Face with Mark Henick on Mental Health Awareness Day
A brief interview with Mark Henick, a board member of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, and person with lived experience of mental health issues and suicide attempts. Mark’s tireless mental health advocacy to combat stigma has led to numerous speaking engagements, including a popular TEDxToronto talk on “Why we Choose Suicide.” This year for Mental Illness Awareness Week, Mark has been chosen as one of the Faces of Mental Illness. (Source: Channel N)
Source: Channel N - October 10, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: sandra at psychcentral.com (Sandra Kiume) Tags: All Interview advocacy brain CanCon Faces of Mental Illness Mark Henick stigma suicide video Source Type: blogs

Hydroxyurea and HbF in sickle cell disease
var gaJsHost = (("https:" == document.location.protocol) ? "https://ssl." : "http://www."); document.write(unescape("%3Cscript src='" + gaJsHost + "google-analytics.com/ga.js' type='text/javascript'%3E%3C/script%3E")); Steinberg MH et al. Effect of hydroxyurea on mortality and morbidity in adult sickle cell anemia.    Risks and benefits up to 9 years of treatment. JAMA 1003; 289: 1645-51.  Weiner DL, et al. editorial: hydroxyurea and sickle cell disease. A chance for every patient.HbF is inversely related to mortality in SCD, and can be increased with hy...
Source: neurologyminutiae - October 9, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Machado Joseph disease
var gaJsHost = (("https:" == document.location.protocol) ? "https://ssl." : "http://www."); document.write(unescape("%3Cscript src='" + gaJsHost + "google-analytics.com/ga.js' type='text/javascript'%3E%3C/script%3E")); aka MJD, spinocerebellar ataxia type 3features adult onset, autosomal dominantUMN and LMN signs resembling ALS may include tongue fasciculations, dystonia, rigidity, progressive external opthalmoplegia, and peripheral neuropathy.Due to CAG triplicate repeat on chromosome 14q32.1Cramping is far more common than in PN or SMA but not ALS and is relieved almost c...
Source: neurologyminutiae - October 9, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Cocaine related hallunications
var pageTracker = _gat._getTracker("UA-3639768-12"); pageTracker._initData(); pageTracker._trackPageview(); Classically is the sensation of animal, bugs or insects moving under the skin (cocaine bugs or parasitosis). Other purely visual hallucinations that can occur include "snow lights" or the sensation of sunlight reflecting off snow crystals. Vibrating and pulsating geometric shapes, polyopia, and dysmorphia occur and resemble visual aura. Olfactory, tactile and gustatory hallucinations may occur. Photophobia, halos around lights, and gtrouble focusing may be due instead to pupillary mydriasis due to...
Source: neurologyminutiae - October 9, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Vienna conference return to play recommendations
1.   Remove from game if any signs of concussion- any items missed on sideline exam2.   No return to play in current game3.   Medical evaluation after injury   a. rule out serious focal injury     b. neuropsychologic evaluation4.   Stepwise return to play    a.  rest till asymptomatic      b.   light aerobic      c.  sport specific training     d.  noncontact practice      e. full contact practice     f. return to play1 var gaJsHos...
Source: neurologyminutiae - October 9, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Shingles pearls
var pageTracker = _gat._getTracker("UA-3639768-12"); pageTracker._initData(); pageTracker._trackPageview(); 1. 1 in 3 people will develop HZ during their lifetimes.2. The preeruption pain may be confused with MI , pleurisy, appendicitis, dental pain and many others.3. Shell vial viral culture is most common test, but PCR is rapid, more sensitive and specific4. (Source: neurologyminutiae)
Source: neurologyminutiae - October 9, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Parkinsonism in cirrhotics
var gaJsHost = (("https:" == document.location.protocol) ? "https://ssl." : "http://www."); document.write(unescape("%3Cscript src='" + gaJsHost + "google-analytics.com/ga.js' type='text/javascript'%3E%3C/script%3E")); Burkhard PR et al. Arch Neurol 2003;60:521-528 Authors studied cirrhotics prospectively and found a unique Parkinsonian syndrome in 20 %.  Among 51 consecutive patients evaluated for liver transplant, 11 had Parkinsonism esp. stereotypical onset with generalized bradykinesia, dysarthira, postural instability, and prominent ACTION tremor.  Six h...
Source: neurologyminutiae - October 9, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Postdoctoral Fellowship: The Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at Purdue University
invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institutes of Health beginning July 1, 2015. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or have permanent resident status. This will be a two-year appointment. Individuals may seek training in any of the following inter-related areas: (1) speech and voice production, development, and disorders; (2) language structure, development, and disorders; (3) auditory perception, neural plasticity, and sensory aids; (4) cognitive neuroscience approaches to hearing, language processing, and communication disor...
Source: Talking Brains - October 9, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: Greg Hickok Source Type: blogs

We’re All to Blame When the Punishment is Worse Than the Crime
I would guess that a lot of citizens were pretty angry when they read the tragic story of Kalief Browder in The New Yorker this month. I certainly was. If you haven’t read it, allow me to summarize: a young man near the end of his sophomore year in high school is accused of robbery and assault under […]The post We’re All to Blame When the Punishment is Worse Than the Crime appeared first on "On the Brain" with Dr. Michael Merzenich. (Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D.)
Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D. - October 6, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: Dr. Merzenich Tags: Brain Fitness Brain Plasticity Brain Science Brain Trauma, Injury BrainHQ Childhood Learning Cognitive Impairment in Children Cognitive impairments Neuroscience Posit Science Soft-Wired adolescence adolescent crime incarceratio Source Type: blogs

We ’ re All to Blame When the Punishment is Worse Than the Crime
I would guess that a lot of citizens were pretty angry when they read the tragic story of Kalief Browder in The New Yorker this month. I certainly was. If you haven’t read it, allow me to summarize: a young man near the end of his sophomore year in high school is accused of robbery and assault under […]The post We’re All to Blame When the Punishment is Worse Than the Crime appeared first on "On the Brain" with Dr. Michael Merzenich. (Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D.)
Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D. - October 6, 2014 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. Merzenich Tags: Brain Fitness Brain Plasticity Brain Science Brain Trauma, Injury BrainHQ Childhood Learning Cognitive Impairment in Children Cognitive impairments Neuroscience Posit Science Soft-Wired adolescence adolescent crime incarceratio Source Type: blogs

Brain Research Wins Nobel Prize
Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine awarded for locating brain’s GPSJohn O’Keefe, May-Britt and Edvard Moser found how the brain creates a map to enable us to navigate our environmentThe Guardian06 October 2014 Read article here (Source: BrainBlog)
Source: BrainBlog - October 6, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Dear crowd: please crowd-solve the question "What can be or should be the relation between linguistics and neuroscience?"
Dave Embick and I just wrote a paper (for LCN) in which we speculate further about the possible relations between linguistics and neuroscience (as in Poeppel, D. and Embick, D. (2005). The relation between linguistics and neuroscience. In A. Cutler (ed.), Twenty-First Century Psycholinguistics: Four Cornerstones. Lawrence Erlbaum; and Poeppel, D. (2012). The maps problem and the mapping problem: Two challenges for a cognitive neuroscience of speech and language. Cogn Neuropsychol, 29(1-2):34-55. PDFs available on my site.) In particular, we discuss what we might aspire to, i.e. what the endgame might look like - or should ...
Source: Talking Brains - October 5, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: David Poeppel Source Type: blogs

Broca’s area doesn’t care what you do (syntactically): it cares how you do it (actively)
Guest post by William Matchin:There are a few topics on this blog on the polemical spectrum that don’t happen to involve mirror neurons; one of them is the topic of Broca’s area and its putative role in syntax (see previous posts hereand here). Our recent paper published in Brain and Language – (Matchin, Sprouse & Hickok, 2014) - addresses this issue.http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0093934X14001278The hypotheses regarding syntax and Broca’s area were never ludicrous - the neuropsychological data suggesting a close link between Broca’s area and the grammar are quite striki...
Source: Talking Brains - October 2, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: Greg Hickok Source Type: blogs

Easy Anxiety Relief in a Mindfulness Meditation Video
A mindfulness guided meditation video to help you overcome anxiety and fear. In this simple 15 minute video, a calm male voice leads you through a breathing exercise, and repeating a series of mantras that focus on creating a sense of inner peace.   (Source: Channel N)
Source: Channel N - September 29, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: sandra at psychcentral.com (Sandra Kiume) Tags: All Meditation anxiety brain guided meditation mindfulness video Source Type: blogs

Podcast: Parkinson’s Disease Overview and Management
In this episode of the Sarasota Neurology Podcast, Dr. Kassicieh, a recognized Parkinson’s disease expert, provides an overview of the disease and current techniques for managing it. Share url : embed : × ...
Source: Sarasota Neurology - September 28, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: Dan Kassicieh, D.O. Tags: Parkinson's disease Podcast Alzheimer's Alzheimer's disease Dr. Kassicieh memory movement disorder neurodegenerative neurology Quality of Life Sarasota Sarasota Neurology tremor Source Type: blogs

Podcast: Parkinson ’ s Disease Overview and Management
In this episode of the Sarasota Neurology Podcast, Dr. Kassicieh, a recognized Parkinson’s disease expert, provides an overview of the disease and current techniques for managing it. Share url : embed : × ...
Source: Sarasota Neurology - September 28, 2014 Category: Neurology Authors: Dan Kassicieh, D.O. Tags: Parkinson's disease Podcast Alzheimer's Alzheimer's disease Dr. Kassicieh memory movement disorder neurodegenerative neurology Quality of Life Sarasota Sarasota Neurology tremor Source Type: blogs

Two post docs in Philly
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Noninvasive Brain Stimulation in Neurorehabilitation and Aphasia Laboratory for Cognition and Neural Stimulation (LCNS), University of PennsylvaniaA postdoctoral fellowship is available in the Laboratory for Cognition and Neural Stimulation (LCNS) under the direction of Roy Hamilton, MD, MS, a behavioral neurologist at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn). The central thrust of work in the LCNS is to use electrical and magnetic noninvasive brain stimulation to explore the characteristics and limits of functional plasticity in the intact and injured adult human brain. The principle NIH-grant...
Source: Talking Brains - September 26, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: Greg Hickok Source Type: blogs

Professor or Reader in Human Neuroscience Royal Holloway, University of London - Department of Psychology
Location:EghamSalary:£49,462 to £112,365 includes London AllowanceHours:Full TimeContract:PermanentPlaced on:15th September 2014Closes:29th October 2014Job Ref:0914-186Full Time - permanent roleProfessorial salary is in the range £60,791 to £112,365 per annum inclusive of London Allowance,dependent on assessment through the College Professorial Pay Banding Scheme.Reader salary is in the range £49,462 to £56,975 per annum inclusive of London AllowanceApplications are invited for a permanent post at Professorial or Reader level in the Department of Psychology, Royal Hol...
Source: Talking Brains - September 26, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: Greg Hickok Source Type: blogs

Mirror neurons do not resonate with actions: two pieces of single-unit evidence
Gergley Csibra (2007) noticed a fundamental flaw in the logic of the mirror neuron theory of action understanding:[there is] a tension between two conflicting claims about action mirroring implied by the direct-matching hypothesis: the claim that action mirroring reflects low-level resonance mechanisms, and the claim that it reflects high-level action understanding. The tension arises from the fact that the more it seems that mirroring is nothing else but faithful duplication of observed actions, the less evidence it provides for action understanding; and the more mirroring represents high-level interpretation of the obser...
Source: Talking Brains - September 24, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: Greg Hickok Source Type: blogs

Pyside or PyQt for beginners?
(Source: Neurochannels)
Source: Neurochannels - September 21, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

How to Overcome Stage Fright
A funny and very endearing TED Talk by folk singer Joe Kowan about experiencing and overcoming severe stage fright. Kowan describes his discomfort as well as his unique and creative strategy for coping with it – performing a song that confronts it head on. I’m reminded of Brene Brown’s advice on coping with shame; by admitting to our vulnerabilities, others see us as authentic, and appreciate our humanity more than if we try to mask our fears. Bravo, Joe! (Source: Channel N)
Source: Channel N - September 17, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: sandra at psychcentral.com (Sandra Kiume) Tags: All Funny Lecture anxiety brain Joe Kowan psychology stage fright ted talk video vulnerability Source Type: blogs

"World Alzheimer Report 2014"
Released today from Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI):World Alzheimer Report 2014Access the report here (Source: BrainBlog)
Source: BrainBlog - September 17, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Aphasia and the brain: from syndromes to symptoms to computations
For the first 100 years of modern aphasia research (~since the 1860s) the focus was mainly on syndromes: motor (Broca's) aphasia, sensory (Wernicke's) aphasia, conduction aphasia, and so on.  Things changed after the Cognitive... er, make that the Information Processing Revolution (see discussion here or here) when symptoms came more into focus.  The symptom approach was an important advance and is still dominant, as the popular method, voxel-based lesion-symptom mapping (VLSM), highlights. But mapping symptoms isn't the goal.  What we are really after are the computations that underlie the sy...
Source: Talking Brains - September 16, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: Greg Hickok Source Type: blogs

The right theory of mirror neuron function. Guess who said it.
A quote on mirror neuron function.  I think it is spot on, as discussed in The Myth of Mirror Neurons.  Who said it? (It wasn't me.)One of the fundamental functions of the premotor cortex is that of retrieving appropriate motor acts in response to sensory stimuli. Evidence has been provided that action retrieval can occur in response to two-dimensional patterns, color, and size and shape of three-dimensional objects. The present data indicate that in addition to these physical factors, retrieval can also occur in response to the meaning of the gestures made by other individuals. If one considers the rich social i...
Source: Talking Brains - September 16, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: Greg Hickok Source Type: blogs

The Story of “Hack My Brain,” Todd Sampson, BrainHQ, and Me
On September 19, 2014, at 8:00 p.m., the Science Channel will air a 3-part documentary called “Hack My Brain.” As the chief scientific consultant for the show, I helped the host, Todd Sampson, improve his memory, attention, and processing speed using BrainHQ. (If you want to try the same assessments and training Todd used, go […]The post The Story of “Hack My Brain,” Todd Sampson, BrainHQ, and Me appeared first on "On the Brain" with Dr. Michael Merzenich. (Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D.)
Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D. - September 15, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: Dr. Merzenich Tags: Brain Plasticity BrainHQ Driving safety Featured Neuroscience hack my brain merzenich mike merzenich redesign my brain science channel todd sampson Source Type: blogs

From PyQt to PySide
(Source: Neurochannels)
Source: Neurochannels - September 12, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Alzheimer Disease: "Perhaps the Nose Knows: UPSIT and Alzheimer Disease"
My new column for NeurologyTimes.com: Perhaps the Nose Knows: UPSIT and Alzheimer DiseaseAnthony H. Risser, Ph.D.12 September 2014 Perhaps the Nose Knows (Source: BrainBlog)
Source: BrainBlog - September 12, 2014 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Finding Hope from an Attempt Survivor on World Suicide Prevention Day
In Finding Hope, a short and inspiring video, a child sexual abuse survivor talks about his suicide attempt and recovery. No matter how close to the brink you may be or have been, there is hope. Read this first, then reach out for help. Find a telephone helpline near you with this global directory, or if you prefer not to use a phone, find international crisis chat and other online services through Online Suicide Help. Learn more about World Suicide Prevention Day September 10,2014, and the many activities happening around the world.   (Source: Channel N)
Source: Channel N - September 10, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: sandra at psychcentral.com (Sandra Kiume) Tags: General Interview abuse attempt survivor brain hope mental_health psychology suicide suicide attempt video wspd Source Type: blogs