November 1, 2008 — Neuropharmacologists ran clinical trials to find that a drug called topiramate is an effective therapeutic medication for decreasing heavy drinking and diminishing the physical and psychosocial harm caused by alcohol dependence. The drug works by blocking the right amount of the feel good effects of alcohol (brought on by increased levels of dopamine), making drinking less enjoyable and thus reducing cravings and helping to stop heavy drinking. Topiramate was also found to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels which may lead to a decrease in heart disease in alcohol dependent patients.
Susan Jane Blackmore (born 29 July 1951) is an English freelance writer, lecturer, and broadcaster on psychology and the paranormal , perhaps best known for her book The Meme Machine . [ edit ] Career In 1973, Susan Blackmore graduated from St Hilda's College, Oxford , with a BA (Hons) degree in psychology and physiology .
Transcranial magnetic stimulation ( TMS ) is a noninvasive method to cause depolarization or hyperpolarization in the neurons of the brain .
A man believed to be in a vegetative state managed to answer doctors’ questions—using only his thoughts.
Think you have clear standards of right and wrong written into your brain? Think again. In April neuroscientist Liane Young and her colleagues at MIT and Harvard University reported that they had altered people’s moral judgments using transcranial magnetic stimulation, a procedure that briefly disrupts neural processing with a magnetic field induced by electric current. Young asked each of 20 volunteers to judge 24 scenarios that involved morally questionable behavior.
Neuroscience is the scientific study of the nervous system . [ 1 ] Traditionally, neuroscience has been seen as a branch of biology . However, it is currently an interdisciplinary science that collaborates with other fields such as chemistry , computer science , engineering , linguistics , mathematics , medicine and allied disciplines , philosophy , physics , and psychology . The term neurobiology is usually used interchangeably with the term neuroscience, although the former refers specifically to the biology of the nervous system, whereas the latter refers to the entire science of the nervous system.