Archive for neuroscience

REVIEW: Robert Sapolsky’s “Behave” Suffers From “Flotationism”

I thoroughly enjoyed neurologist and primatologist Robert Sapolsky’s 2017 book entitled Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst. I’m not new to Sapolsky’s work. A number of years ago (when VHS tapes ruled the world) I watched a class of his through Great Courses entitled Biology and Human Behavior. To say that […]

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“The Neuroscience of Human Relationships: Attachment and the Developing Social Brain (Second Edition)”—Your Brain on Bad Relationships

If you lived in the US back in the 1980s, you’re probably familiar with this tagline: “This is your brain on drugs … any questions?” This tagline came from a series of TV PSAs (public service ads) sponsored by Partnership for a Drug-Free America. The ad I remember featured a guy who looked like a […]

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COMMENT: Brave new era in technology needs new ethics –

Back in March of 2012 I wrote a post entitled Is There An Objectification Double Standard? In this post I suggested that we as a society tend to condemn athletes who use performance enhancing drugs (i.e., steroids) on the field while at the same time encourage our kids to use performance enhancing drugs (i.e., Ritalin) […]

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COMMENT: Mystery of How Social Isolation Messes with Brain Solved | LiveScience

Mystery of How Social Isolation Messes with Brain Solved | LiveScience. by Stephanie Pappas – LiveScience Senior Writer – September 13, 2012 Just a few comments and observations on the above LiveScience article by Stephanie Pappas. I found this article interesting because in many ways it describes research that is, in effect, replicating the controversial […]

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Summarizing Neurologist Elkhonon Goldberg’s Book Entitled “The New Executive Brain: Frontal Lobes in a Complex World” (Part III)

When I was a boy back in the 1960s I enjoyed watching country singer Mel Tillis on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. (How a young boy was able to stay up past his bedtime to watch late night TV without his parents knowing is a story for another day.) I remember feeling bad for […]

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