Category Archives: Neuroscience

Phone “addiction” shows chemical changes in the brain

A new study looks at the ways in which regular phone use can affect brain chemistry.  In particular, after examining two groups (one addicted and one not addicted), it was shown that those who had that desire to reach for

Phone “addiction” shows chemical changes in the brain

A new study looks at the ways in which regular phone use can affect brain chemistry.  In particular, after examining two groups (one addicted and one not addicted), it was shown that those who had that desire to reach for

New study shows brain implants can affect mood

A new military-funded study is investigating the use of brain implants to regulate mood.  Specifically, the research shows that not only can stimulation affect things like concentration, but it can go one step further and provide relief from severe mood

New study shows brain implants can affect mood

A new military-funded study is investigating the use of brain implants to regulate mood.  Specifically, the research shows that not only can stimulation affect things like concentration, but it can go one step further and provide relief from severe mood

Tracking readiness to perform surgical operations via brain imaging

A new study is looking at the use of surgery simulation in training future practitioners.  It shows promise for tracking surgical readiness via brain imaging, specifically cortical activation.  Those who trained on the simulator had higher cortical activation than those

Tracking readiness to perform surgical operations via brain imaging

A new study is looking at the use of surgery simulation in training future practitioners.  It shows promise for tracking surgical readiness via brain imaging, specifically cortical activation.  Those who trained on the simulator had higher cortical activation than those

Using computer games to combat risk of developing dementia

A new study has shown that the use of speed-processing training can be effective in reducing the risk of developing dementia.  This brain exercise is in the form of a computer game called “Double Decision”–and its use has some very

Using computer games to combat risk of developing dementia

A new study has shown that the use of speed-processing training can be effective in reducing the risk of developing dementia.  This brain exercise is in the form of a computer game called “Double Decision”–and its use has some very

Tumors that Glow in the Dark

Dr. Liu from the Technical University of Michigan is developing a fluorescent probe that might help light up tumor cells. Some of the properties of this probe include: the ability to penetrate deep tissues, its infrared properties make the malignant

Tumors that Glow in the Dark

Dr. Liu from the Technical University of Michigan is developing a fluorescent probe that might help light up tumor cells. Some of the properties of this probe include: the ability to penetrate deep tissues, its infrared properties make the malignant

Loss of Empathy throughout Medical School

Even before starting medical school I had heard of the “third year burnout”. A phenomenon that occurs nationally during the third year of medical school—students began to lose sight of the importance of their work, become cynical and generally unfulfilled

Loss of Empathy throughout Medical School

Even before starting medical school I had heard of the “third year burnout”. A phenomenon that occurs nationally during the third year of medical school—students began to lose sight of the importance of their work, become cynical and generally unfulfilled

The Uncomfortable Feeling of Uncertainty

Medical school cannot prepare us for all the possible scenarios we are going to encounter in our medical career. In fact, I would argue that not only is this impossible, but unnecessary. We do hope that during medical school and

The Uncomfortable Feeling of Uncertainty

Medical school cannot prepare us for all the possible scenarios we are going to encounter in our medical career. In fact, I would argue that not only is this impossible, but unnecessary. We do hope that during medical school and