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The Challenge of Determining Consciousness

Consciousness is a state of awareness of self and the environment and is determined by the level and content of this awareness, also referred to as arousal and awareness respectively (1). Consciousness itself takes many forms, as can be seen in the many combinations of level and content of awareness. When describing comas and vegetative states, people often use the terms interchangeably and freely without regard for the differences in consciousness of patients in these states. This however does not account for the differences in consciousness of patients in these states. In a coma, a patient is described as having “disordered arousal,” as opposed to an impairment of the content of consciousness (as is found in patients in minimally conscious states).

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Why do we dream?

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Conversion Disorder: An Analysis of the Hysterical

Historically termed “hysteria” and thought to be a physical manifestation of disordered emotions, little is known about the mystery that is conversion disorder (5). In the seventeenth century, some individuals with unexplained paralysis, blindness or “fits” (seizures) were thought to have been involved with witchcraft and were burned at the stake (2). Nowadays, these symptoms are considered relatively common and oftentimes debilitating. Although not much is known about conversion disorder, it seems possible that the neurological processes responsible for its development are related to those involved in anxiety and depression disorders.

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Pain: Dickinson versus Descartes

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Language’s Relationship to the Brain

            As someone who is studying in Japanese at Haverford College, I have always found language and its relationship with the brain interesting. I have always wondered what gives humans the ability to comprehend language and I have always wondered how this ability is different from any other animal’s ability to interpret sound. I have additionally wondered how the ability to hear could affect language comprehension. In other words, is having that “input mechanism” really necessary for understanding and creating spoken language?

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Scents Sense: Olfaction, Memory and the Capabilities of the Brain

 The human nervous system is made up of three overall types of neuronal connections. These connections link sensory neurons to the rest of the nervous system, the nervous system to motor neurons, or neurons within the nervous system to other neurons in the nervous system. Inter-neuronal connections are by far the most numerous of all connections in the nervous system, while sensory neuron connections are relatively sparse. Because of this disproportionate number of connection types, it is essential that the human brain be able to derive complex reactions from very few sensory inputs. The link between olfaction and memory provides a truly remarkable example of this ability. Olfa

Neurobiology and Behavior Web Papers I

Students in Biology 202 at Bryn Mawr College write web papers on topics of interest to themselves. These are made available via links from the index below to encourage further exploration by others having similar or related interests. All papers have associated on-line forums for continuing conversation.

aeraeberDisease or Madness: Society's Perception of Bipolar Disorder
AndyMittelmanCold Could Save Your Life: Therapeutic Hypothermia
Caroline HSerotonin Syndrome: A brief introduction
ColetteThe effects of Music on Language Disabilities
Congwen WangDiscovering Awareness in Vegetative State Patients: What to Do Next?
cschoonoverThe Challenge of Determining Consciousness
dvergaraThe Animal Mind
egleichmanPsilocybin, Hallucinations, and the Spiritual Enlightenment
emilyA Revision of Vision
ewippermannA Ubiquitous Universal Grammar
gloudonCell Phones and the Brain - a Two-Sided Dilemma
Hannah Silverblank“A Tissue of Signs”: Deproblematizing Synesthesia and Metaphor
hmarciaForeign Accent Syndrome and Identity
Jeanette BatesLanguage’s Relationship to the Brain
JJLopezWhy do we dream?
kdilliplanScents Sense: Olfaction, Memory and the Capabilities of the Brain
kgouldA First Look at Depersonalization and Derealization
KwarlizzlePain: Dickinson versus Descartes
Lauren McDHypnotizability
lfrontinoWho am I? An Examination of Memory and Identity
mcchenEmotions: Their Origins and Definitions
mcurrieThe Brain and Religion
MELBehavior without Memory
merobertsNeurological Correlates of Transsexuality
mleung01How Tough is Too Tough
molivaresWestern Culture of Science and its Synthesis of Mental Health and Illness
natmackowConversion Disorder: An Analysis of the Hysterical
RavenThinking Outside the Brain: Gut feelings and following the heart
RikiThe Eyes Have It: A look at EMDR
rkirloskarAlzheimer's Disease
Saba AshrafBody Dysmorphic Disorder
SchmeltzEmily Dickinson: A Spiritual Materialist
skimThe Physical World, Time Travel, and Embodied Cognition
smkaplanGender Identity and the Brain
sophie b.hysteria
Vicky TuThe Shyness of Brain
ymlWhat am I? to Who am I? : Cultural Identity


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Emotions: Their Origins and Definitions

             Emotions are a vital part of our lives.  They increase human interaction and allow us to express our feelings to those around us.  But where do emotions come from? How do we interpret a situation which makes us happy or sad? If the definition of emotion varies, then how does this affect the treatment of patients with emotional disorders such as depression?

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We Are The Robots

A page from Transmetropolitan, by Warren Ellis

A page from Transmetropolitan, by Warren Ellis

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