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So far Publisher Mishaelia Bushman has created 15 blog entries.

Computers and the Human Brain

By |2020-03-30T18:29:25+00:00March 30th, 2020|

The human brain is commonly described in terms of computing. One might think computers outperform humans due to the speed and ease with which they handle large quantities of data. However, examples such as Shakuntala Devi and Gary Kasparov illustrate that even incredibly optimized artificial intelligence can still be outperformed by the human [...]

Phineas Gage

By |2020-03-19T00:54:08+00:00March 19th, 2020|

The wonders of day to day brain functions are not to be taken lightly. Amongst other functions, daily brain function includes prioritizing information from the five senses, managing autonomic systems, and maintaining working memory. While this is already impressive, the brain is also capable of healing itself and undergoing significant functional and [...]


By |2020-03-13T16:54:59+00:00March 13th, 2020|

One of the brain’s many superpowers is to change itself over time. Brain plasticity, or neural plasticity, refers to the concept of the brain’s ability to change both structurally and functionally (Kolb & Whishaw, 1998). Although some research showed evidence for plasticity, it was largely believed until the nineteen seventies that the [...]

The Power of the Brain

By |2020-03-06T18:15:34+00:00March 6th, 2020|

The human brain is an unparalleled organ, but we have only recently begun to learn its mysteries and function. The brain is the core of who we are as both a species and an individual. It is “the seat of intelligence, interpreter of the senses, initiator of bodily movement, and controller of [...]

Neuroimaging and Pain

By |2020-02-20T00:50:41+00:00February 20th, 2020|

While self-reported pain scales are low cost and non-invasive, they lack the reproducibility and objectivity of neuroimaging. Objective measures of pain are useful for both clinicians and patients as “chronic pain patients are defined as ‘difficult patients’”(Borsook, Moulton, Schmidt, Becerra, 2007). Pain is difficult to consistently communicate due to neuropsychological factors, and [...]

What is Pain?

By |2020-02-12T19:08:30+00:00February 12th, 2020|

For the month of February, the Brain Blog we will be covering the topic of pain. One in five adults suffer from pain globally, and approximately 1 and 5 American adults suffered from pain in 2016 (Goldberg and McGee, 2011; Dahlhamer et al., 2018). As of 2019, this translated to at least [...]

TBI and Emotional Recognition

By |2020-02-03T00:36:09+00:00January 31st, 2020|

As we come to a close on our month dedicated to TBI, we will be discussing novel measures of assessing emotion perception following a TBI, The Complex Audio Visual Emotion Assessment Task (CAVEAT), developed by Rosenberg, McDonald, Rosernberg, & Westbrook (2017). Rosenberg et al. (2017), explain the importance of their research as [...]

Advances in the Treatment of Neuroinflammation

By |2020-02-03T00:36:47+00:00January 23rd, 2020|

As we have previously discussed this month, Traumatic Brain Injuries are complex injuries, driven by interacting mechanisms (Corps, Roth, & McGavern, 2015). Due to the rising rate of TBI diagnosis, it is increasingly important to understand its components and potential methods of treatment (Simon, McGeachy, Bayır, Clark, Loane, & Kochanek, 2017; James,Theadom, [...]