Stimulants: How can something so popular be so damaging?

In recent years drugs like Adderall, used in the treatment of ADHD, have become familiar to university students across the US and UK. Many students have abused prescription stimulants like Adderall in the belief that it will enhance their ability to focus. The term ‘cognitive enhancement’ has been popularised by the media, with frequent debates […]

Dogs in Dementia Research

In 1907, Dr Alois Alzheimer scientifically recorded dementia for the first time when he noticed rapid memory loss accompanied by a disillusioned thoughts and hallucinations in his patient. [1] Since then, a significant amount of research has been performed, but dementia today is still defined in more or less the same way: as a deterioration […]

Synesthesia: Ballet of the Senses

Synesthesia (from the Greek words syn, meaning together, and aesthesis, meaning sensation) is a neurological condition that causes perceptual mixing of the senses. People affected – called synesthetes – receive a signal from a particular sensory or cognitive pathway (e.g. hearing) and simultaneously experience involuntary stimulation of another modality (e.g. vision) [1]. Synesthesia is both involuntary and elicited, […]

Your Brain on LSD

The whole concept behind recreational drugs is the search of an altered but pleasant reality, but LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) or ‘acid’, takes this one step further as it creates very powerful hallucinations, producing a distortion of one’s reality, including images and sounds that do not really exist. It is traditionally classed as a hallucinogen along […]

Breakthrough for Communicating with Dementia Patients

New dementia research from the School of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of St Andrews has given new insights into communicating with patients suffering from this pathology.[1] The research suggests that non-verbal communication methods may aid both patients and carers in forming and maintaining emotional connections. The research team, led by Dr Maggie Ellis […]

A Road to Recovery from Paralysis?

According to a study by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, approximately 1 in 50 people in the USA are living with paralysis. That’s around 6 million people in the US alone. [1] ‘Paralysis’ is the term given when muscular function is completely lost. This loss can either affect a small, localized area of the […]

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