Tagged neuroscience

What Happens Now?

You wake up on the ground with blurry vision and feeling nauseous. The last thing you remember is going up for a header – a routine play in a routine match. The trainer runs onto the field and asks some standard questions. “What’s the score? Which half is it now? Did the team win the…

Remembering Alzheimer’s Disease

Friends and family members of Alzheimer’s patients endure the heartbreak of watching a loved one lose their memory and independence. As the United States demographic becomes increasingly top heavy—with the portion of the population over 65 years estimated to more than double by 2060—the need for Alzheimer’s disease research is immediate. The suffering that Alzheimer’s…

Phantom Limbs: The Missing Link

Scientists, researchers, and physicians alike still have not been able to pinpoint the precise cause of phantom pain, a term coined by Silas Weir Mitchell in 1871. Phantom limb is used to reference a syndrome in which patients experience pain or other sensations originating from a nonexistent limb. There may also be discrepancies between the…

The Dynamic Brain

  In the film Lucy, a student asks his professor “… what would happen if … somebody unlocked one hundred percent of the cerebral capacity?”  While the professor replies “I don’t know,” the informed reader of this article might scoff and respond: “Dude, that myth is absurd.”  The myth in question is the so-called “ten…

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