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Brains, Minds, and Institutions

Monday, January 27th, 2014

A fascinating look at the three parts of the brain: cells, mental states, and products of the brain.


Zombie Neuroscience

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Hilarious talk on Zombie Neuroscience by Shane O’Mara at TEDxDublin.


Three Actions that Help Overcome Suicidal Thoughts

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Consumer advocate Pat Risser speaks about his experiences with suicidal thoughts and feelings, and the three main actions that helped him cope.


NIMH’s Thomas Insel on a New Understanding of the Brain

Sunday, May 19th, 2013

NIMH Director Thomas Insel on working toward a new understanding of the brain.


Honesty about Dishonesty

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Popular behavioural economist Dan Ariely explains how people can be dishonest and honest at the same time.


‘To This Day’ Live at TED

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Spoken word artist Shane Koyczan gives a live performance of “To This Day” in a TED Talk.


Help for Anxiety in Teens

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Solome Tibebu, creator of the web site Anxiety In Teens, gives a presentation about her experiences with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and panic attacks.


The Benefits of Mindfulness

Monday, October 15th, 2012

A former Buddhist nun talks about mindfulness and its benefits.


Stimulants Used for Cognitive Enhancement

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Beginning with a definition of cognitive enhancement (using off-label drugs to improve normal brain abilities), this talk discusses amphetamines and executive function.


High School Football Not Linked to Later Brain Disease

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

High School Football and Risk of Neurodegeneration: A Community-Based Study

- A neurologist describes a new study on the risks of head injury from high school football. People who played football in the 1940s and 1950s were followed over time and found to have no increased incidence of dementia, ALS or Parkinson’s disease, compared to a control group of glee club members.

While this is good news for football players from that era, he says further studies are needed on later generations who played with different tactics and equipment, and talks about next steps.

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