The best neuroscience news this week from around the web: deep brain stimulation, World Mental Health Day, and movements restored to quadriplegics.
October 10, 2015
MIT Technology Review – A Shocking Way to Fix the Brain [MEDIUM SCIENCE / LONG READ]
PLEASANTLY SHOCKED: Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is an effective, last-resort treatment for Parkinson’s Disease that involves implanting stimulation electrodes in the brain. As explained in this excellent article, DBS is now being adapted and improved upon to treat other movement disorders and psychiatric illnesses. QBI Director Professor Pankaj Sah and UQCCR neurologist Professor Peter Silburn work together on DBS to treat Queenslanders with a range of these conditions.
Neuroscience News – Hand and Arm Movements Restored to Quadriplegic Patients [SIMPLE SCIENCE / SHORT READ]
MAKING A MOVE: A new surgical technique has restored some hand and arm movements to quadriplegic patients. The surgeons connected healthy nerves to injured ones, letting patients feed themselves or write with a pen.
Brain Decoder – What It’s Really Like to Have Schizophrenia [SIMPLE SCIENCE / MEDIUM READ]
MYTHBUSTING: October 10 is World Mental Health Day, a day for global mental health education and awareness. Schizophrenia is one of the most stigmatized mental illnesses. What does it feel like to experience a psychotic episode? Is there actually any basis for the assumed link between schizophrenia and violence? This interesting piece gives an insight into what some people have to battle with daily. In related news, QBI research has found that hallucinations and delusions are more common than previously thought.
Singularity Hub – Playing 20 Questions by ‘Telepathy’? Big Score for Brain-Brain Communication [SIMPLE SCIENCE / MEDIUM READ]
ON THE SAME WAVELENGTH: Using techniques to record and stimulate brain activity, researchers have demonstrated telepathic communication between two people located in completely separate rooms…sort of. It’s limited right now, but who knows where might this research lead in the future?
Brain Decoder – The Neuroscience of Magic [SIMPLE SCIENCE / SHORT READ]
MAGIC MIND: Could this video be any more entertaining? Maybe if there was a cat? Make sure you pay attention, and then check out Professor Jason Mattingley’s research!