The Effects of Music Therapy on Neurological Disorders
Society is quite familiar with the concept of therapy, as it has been utilized for several years now. However, as neuroscience continues to develop, a new form of therapy known as music therapy has emerged. While music therapy is generally new, neurologists believe that music can enhance or form neural networks in the motor cortex,…
The Minds of Serial Killers
Serial killers (individuals who murder multiple others and tend to have break or a “cool-off” period within their murders), and their stories constantly spur fascination among the public. But what do contemporary psychology and neuroscience have to say regarding what might be going on in these people’s heads?
Brain Organoids: A Narrative Review of Potential, Limitations and Future
The rapid development of stem cell technology has opened up unprecedented avenues for studying human neurodevelopment, and one of such avenue is the study of brain organoids, or “mini-brains”. How do they work, what can these be used to study and how viable are the models they provide? This article seeks to answer some of…
The Neuroscience Behind Emotions: Exploring The Science Behind Emotions
Emotions are what makes us human. They are what motivate our actions and aid us to communicate with others. Without emotions, nothing would have any sort of meaning. And so, what even are emotions? How do they work? What is their purpose? This article covers the science behind emotions, how they function, and how it…
The Science Behind Déjà Vu
Have you ever looked at something and have had an eerie thought of familiarity? “Wait, I feel like I have already been here before..”, “This is so weird, I swear I met you somewhere..”, or even something as simple as, “I felt like I already bought the groceries for this week.” So, what is this…
Anxiety Disorder: Exploring The Reality Behind Having Anxiety
Anxiety. A term that is used so frequently that it lost its meaning. This article covers the biology of the illness, how it is processed in the brain, its influences on individuals and the various diagnosis and treatment.
The Neurobiology and Superficial Traits of Psychopathy
This article examines the neurobiology and traits of psychopathy, through case studies and the discussion of diagnosis.
ADHD: Over Diagnosed or Loosely Defined?
Accusations of ADHD’s overdiagnosis have been on a rise in recent years, as have diagnosed cases of ADHD. In 1997, the parent-reported percent of children with an ADHD diagnosis in a National Health Institute survey was just under 6%. Ten years later, this figure had risen to 10% .
The Brain: How does it actually work?
The brain, arguably it’s the human body’s most unexplored organ. That’s because it’s a very complicated organ that controls every possible aspect of our life. The way we think, how we feel, touch, see, and even something as simple as breathing, letting us stay alive every second. The brain is made of about 60% fat…
When is the Next Pandemic after COVID coming? Sorry, it’s already here.
Five years ago, Bill Gates warned the world about an impending global pandemic during a TED Talk titled “The next outbreak? We’re not ready”. So, if Gates was right the first time, when can we expect the next pandemic? This article will address the implications of a mental health crisis already upon us and address…
Magic Mushrooms: A Revolutionary Clinical Treatment
Introduction Psychedelics, additionally known as hallucinogens, are a class of drugs that are hallucinogenic, and can cause changes in perception, mood, and cognitive processes when they are taken by individuals (1). The most well-known psychedelic is psilocybin – the key compound in magic mushrooms, which are prominent for the hallucinogenic effects they induce when ingested…
Dementia and Music Therapy: An Overview of the Most Underutilized Tool in Dementia Care and a Personal Encounter
Recently, I volunteered at a dementia care home for a month, and although I was trying to interact with the patients as much as possible, I felt like there was still a barrier whilst talking to them. A couple of weeks in, I played the piano to a very traditional and quite simple but memorable…
Schizophrenia and Highly Educated Guesses: Exploring Common Practices in Treating this Psychotic Disorder
This paper aims to review the history of schizophrenia and the development of past and current treatments, both in the United States and worldwide.
Dissociative Identity Disorder: Exploring the Reality Behind Having Multiple Personalities
Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) is a frequently misunderstood condition, and some do not even believe that it exists. This article discusses the biology of the condition itself, as well as how it impacts individuals and the tragic circumstances that lead to it.
Neurodegenerative Diseases: A Study of the Diagnostics, Risk Factors and Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease
Abstract Progressive neuronal degeneration is a classic hallmark of many neurodegenerative diseases. The degenerative process is characterized by misfolded proteins, calcium deregulation and inflammation . Even though such pathologies have been identified, they are often overlapping with other neurodegenerative diseases, making it difficult to pinpoint diagnosis . In addition, there are several factors that can…
Brain architecture is comprised of billions of connections between individual neurons across different areas of the brain. And this neural network is constructed from the bottom up–the first few years comprise of the simple and basic architectural design of the brain begins before birth and bleeds into adulthood.
A game-changing phenomenon establishing concepts in cognitive psychology and neuroscience with empirical changes in neural mechanisms.
The Brains Behind Social Conformity and Change
This article tackles the idea of conformity and how it applies to how we as human conforms due to different types of social influences. Additionally, this article how psychology and neuroscience play a factor in the social factors that influence conformity.
Schizophrenia and highly educated guesses: Exploring common practices in treating this psychotic disorder
The article contains a review into the history of schizophrenia along with the treatment. This is done in order to understand exactly where schizophrenia is now as a disorder today. We then take a look at the neurobiology to understand a little about neurobiology on a chemical level ending with comparative treatments of schizophrenia worldwide.
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome : effects and reality.
CRPS is a neurological disorder characterised by intense pain and has significant biological and psychological effects on individuals with the condition.
The Neurological Effect of Illegal Substances and Alcohol on the Brain
This article explores the neurological effect of substance and alcohol abuse and explores the treatment options available from the British healthcare system, the NHS.
Psychoanalysis of the total personality
This article explains the Sigmund Freud’s theory or model of the human mind. We come across the ID, Ego and Superego, their behaviours and the role they play in functioning of our minds.
The Intimate Gut-Brain Connection
This article provides advanced insights into the gut-brain connection and the influence of gut microbiota on the brain’s cognitive, psychological and behavioral functions in the human brain.
An Evolutionary Explanation of Loneliness
Despite loneliness being a fairly common occurrence in daily life, not many may know about the way in which loneliness could aid humans in survival. This article thus explores the ironically beneficial mechanism of loneliness and addresses the problem of chronic loneliness on our health in modern times.
‘Patient H.M’ – An unsung hero: The forgotten man who forgot everything
In this article I share a very important story of a man who revolutionised neuroscience by losing his own memory. While patient H.M may have forgotten many things in his lifetime, he is an identity that we cannot allow ourselves to forget as he gifted us his own memory.
Subliminal Stimuli and its Neurological Affects
Subliminal messages have been used since time immemorial, but researchers are yet to give a very concise explanation of, both, whether it works and if it does, how?
Your Brain Is Built To Forget
Recent studies contradict decades-old assumptions by proving that the brain was, in fact, built to forget. That, in order to remember, forgetting is a crucial step.
Your Brain On LSD
LSD is known to trigger hallucinations and unhinge one’s state of consciousness through mild and rapid changes in mood and perception. Ironically enough, this potent drug may also be a potential game-changer in treating mental disorders, specifically depression.
Neuroinfectious diseases are infections of the nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord, and nerves. There are many different types of neuroinfectious diseases. Some of the neuroinfectious diseases are Neurosarcoidois, Transverse Myelitis, Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy, and more.
An Overview of Memory and Amnesia
Often described as simply the partial or total loss of memory, amnesia is one of those conditions we’ve all heard of, have seen in media and can somewhat grasp a hold of what it is. But aside from just waking up with no recall like in movie scenes, in reality, amnesia works in a much…
The Link Between Schizophrenia and Neuroplasticity
This paper reviews the connection between schizophrenia and neuroplasticity with a focus on the role drug use plays. In order to further understand this relationship, previous research and experiments were utilized that backed up the claim that a decrease in neuroplasticity leads to an increase in schizophrenic symptoms.
The Neuroscience Behind Hiccups
The quick gaps of air, amid a barrage of hiccups, is something that almost all of us can relate to. And while in evolution, hiccups haven’t been found to hold any significant value to survival, little is actually known about its pathophysiology, and what is its purpose. Learn more about the background, causes, and treatments…
Sleep Restriction Relating to Anger
Do emotions directly correlate with sleep? Through multiple scientific studies, this article dives deeper into the science of why sleep and anger are related.
The Inferior Temporal Cortex “Recycled” to Aid Reading
Recent studies from neuroscientists at MIT have unveiled that instead of our brains evolving to perform linguistic functions, the inferior temporal cortex (IT cortex) has been “recycled”.
An Outlook Into Society and Medicine Through A Neurological Disease
Anti-NMDAR encephalitis is an illness that has had an immense bearing on women throughout history. It conveys the role of women in mental health and medicine, a group that has been marginalized and ignored.
Mental Health: What is Good Life?
Using research from the Mental Health Organization, an article by a professor of philosophy at University Dublin, Hallie Smith with the education of a Master’s degree, and a health and lifestyle writer, Markham Heid, this essay will showcase the key factors to life. These include relaxation, exercising, and use of idle time.
Does Personality Affect Genetics?
Creativity, temperament, curiosity, and compassion; these are just some of the pillars of what makes a person who they are. We must ask the question of whether personality is entirely up to us. Are we the ones driving the car to the path of identity, or is there a map? Does genetics play a role…
Insight into Human Intelligence
Intelligence is defined, in common psychology, as an intangible object and rather an ability to adapt to new situations , solve problems by learning, mentally assimilating into challenging environments , and overcoming obstacles. Intelligence can take a variety of forms, ranging from spatial, linguistic, intrapersonal, interpersonal, social, to emotional intelligence.
Glioblastoma: The Deadliest Brain Tumor
Glioblastomas (also known as GBM) are the most prevalent form of adult brain tumors, accounting for approximately 78% of all malignant tumors. They are usually very aggressive, which means they grow rapidly and spread quickly. The following article offers a brief overview of the symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, as well as different types of glioblastomas.