background preloader

Neuroscience: The mind reader

Neuroscience: The mind reader
Adrian Owen still gets animated when he talks about patient 23. The patient was only 24 years old when his life was devastated by a car accident. Alive but unresponsive, he had been languishing in what neurologists refer to as a vegetative state for five years, when Owen, a neuro-scientist then at the University of Cambridge, UK, and his colleagues at the University of Liège in Belgium, put him into a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) machine and started asking him questions. Incredibly, he provided answers. A change in blood flow to certain parts of the man's injured brain convinced Owen that patient 23 was conscious and able to communicate. It was the first time that anyone had exchanged information with someone in a vegetative state. Patients in these states have emerged from a coma and seem awake. Owen's discovery1, reported in 2010, caused a media furore. Nature Podcast Communicating with vegetative patients. Lost and found Owen wanted to find one. Anyone for tennis?

http://www.nature.com/news/neuroscience-the-mind-reader-1.10816

Related:  Cognitive Augmentation

Reading Visual Braille with a Retinal Prosthesis 1Second Sight Medical Products, Sylmar, CA, USA 2Brigham Young University – Idaho, Rexburg, ID, USA 3UMR-S 968, Institut de la Vision, Paris, France 4CIC INSERM DHOS 503, National Ophthalmology Hospital, Paris, France Retinal prostheses, which restore partial vision to patients blinded by outer retinal degeneration, are currently in clinical trial. The Argus II retinal prosthesis system was recently awarded CE approval for commercial use in Europe. Can Your Friends Bribe You to Get Healthy? Neuroscience Says Yes Wade Roush6/15/12 HealthRally is a company that Paul McCartney would understand well. It’s all about getting a little help from your friends. A little help making health-related changes, that is—like quitting smoking, losing weight, or adhering to an exercise program. There’s plenty of science to suggest that these goals are easier to achieve when a person has close friends and family supporting them—and even easier when there’s money on the line. HealthRally lets a group of friends or family members organize around someone who’s trying to achieve a goal, such as “run a 5K” or “lose 15 pounds before the wedding,” by contributing to a financial reward that’s only handed out if and when the goal is met.

10 Tips on How to Explore and Study Intention Edit Article Edited by George AP, Teresa, Flickety, Daniel and 10 others Intention is a surprisingly important, but rarely explored part of the mind, as its significance is only important after the fact. Only once you've spent time observing it can you find just how it fits in to day-to-day living. This is your brain on no self-control This image shows brain activity when people exert self-control. New pictures from the University of Iowa show what it looks like when a person runs out of patience and loses self-control. A study by University of Iowa neuroscientist and neuro-marketing expert William Hedgcock confirms previous studies that show self-control is a finite commodity that is depleted by use. Once the pool has dried up, we're less likely to keep our cool the next time we're faced with a situation that requires self-control.

The revolutionary 'contact lens' loaded with stem cells that restores sight - by helping the eye heal itself naturally Biodegradable implant is loaded with stem cells These then multiply in the eye, allow the body to heal the eye naturallyIt's hoped the implant will help millions of people across the world retain or even regain - their sight By Anna Hodgekiss Published: 12:39 GMT, 6 December 2012 | Updated: 18:25 GMT, 6 December 2012 A ‘contact lens’ loaded with stem cells could be a way to naturally repair or retain sight. Scientists hope the biodegradable implant loaded with stem cells that then multiply will allow the body to heal the eye naturally. Stem cells are the building blocks of tissue growth.

How brain performs 'motor chunking' tasks You pick up your cell phone and dial the new number of a friend. Ten numbers. One. Number. Dr. Dan Siegel - Resources - Wheel Of Awareness Wheel of Awareness - Consolidated October 14, 2013 This is a practice that should only be done after mastering the basic and expanded practices. This is offered by popular request for those familiar with the wheel to have a more expedited experience available for their busy lives! At least it is comprehensive and over the minimum dozen minutes some suggest is necessary for daily practice! In this 15 minute wheel of awareness practice, the breath becomes a pacer for the movement of the spoke of attention around the rim.

How we die (in one chart) The New England Journal of Medicine looks through 200 years of back issues to understand how we die differently: The first thing to notice here is how much our mortality rate has dropped over the course of a century, largely due to big reductions in infectious diseases like tuberculosis and influenza. The way we talk about medical conditions has changed, too. Technology - Will we ever… have cyborg brains? After recent triumphs showing that implants could repair lost brain function, Martin W. Angler explores how soon we can use this technology for creating enhanced humans. For the first time in over 15 years, Cathy Hutchinson brought a coffee to her lips and smiled.

Treatment should be more available: Doctor KINGSTON - Advocates of a new way of treating post traumatic stress disorder are calling for it to be made available to veterans across Canada. Called neurofeedback, the treatment has proven successful with a small group of patients at the Kingston Institute of Psychotherapy and Neurofeedback. In the past three years, Dr. Janet McCulloch, a psychiatrist at the institute, has treated close to 50 people. Meditation Is For You  Let’s Get Started Welcome! You are about to start your very first meditation lesson. You are taking the first step towards a blissful life!

Journals that converted from TA to OA From OAD This list is part of the Open Access Directory. This is a list of toll access (TA) journals that converted to OA, and TA journals that launched OA editions even while retaining their TA editions. When possible, include the publisher and the date of conversion, and indicate whether the journal converted to full or hybrid OA.

" “In the end if they say they have no reason to believe the patient is conscious, I say 'fine, but I have no reason to believe you are either',” he says." by grok2 Jun 15

Related: