Podcast: Highlights from “Neuroplasticity and Healing” Summit …

Did you miss the “Neuroplasticity and Healing” Summit with the Dalai Lama, Dr. Michael Merzenich, Dr. Edward Taub, and Norman Doidge? Or did you find the video feed a bit lengthy and hard to understand? The wonderful Brain Science Podcast–long on the top of our “great neuroscience podcasts” lists–has created an excellent episode featuring highlights…

Controversial Facebook Research Shows …

Recently news of a controversial Facebook research study came out, and it upset many people. For the study, researchers had manipulated people’s Facebook feeds to show them either more happy stories or more sad stories, and then measured how that manipulation affected the types of posts and posting frequency of the affected individuals. In short,…

Kids Who Watch TV Have Bigger Brains – But Not in a Good Way

A recent study from Japan found that children who watch TV a lot have more gray matter than kids who don’t watch TV. But, the researchers warn, that is not necessarily a good thing. The study looked at brain scans of kids between the ages of 5 and 18 and found that the more TV…

Paralysis, Memory and Learning: Do Our Bodies Hold the Promise of Regeneration?

Every year, television advertising during the Super Bowl serves as a pointer to what Americans are thinking about. One of the more memorable ads from this year’s game featured a computer-generated version of actor Christopher Reeve rising unsteadily from his seat and walking across a stage, to the thunderous applause of the audience. The ad…

Cognitive and Motor Degeneration

All four of my grandparents had died before I was born. Seventy-five years later, I enjoy lucid physical interactions with my eighteen grandchildren, and hope to continue similarly at some point with great-grandchildren. Knock on wood. The Big Three medical problems have historically involved external invasions (infectious disease), internal insurrections (malignancies), and the inevitability of…