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“An Artificial and Most Complicated World”: Reading and Writing the Brain

“From the very start, the brain’s capacity for making new connections shows itself… as regions originally designed for other functions – particularly vision, motor, and multiple aspects of language – learn to interact with increasing speed. By the time a child is seven or eight, the beginning decoding brain illustrates both how much the young brain accomplishes and how far we have evolved… These three major distribution regions will be the foundation across all phases of reading for basic decoding, even though an increasing fluency… adds an interesting caveat to the unfolding portrait of the reading brain.” (1)

-Maryanne Wolf


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Traumatic Stress: A Chemical Approach

 Eve Gleichman

Neurobiology 202

Web Paper 2

Paul Grobstein



Traumatic Stress: A Chemical Approach

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The Cause of Aggression

 There has been an enormous amount of violence committed by humans throughout our history, like the Nazis, serial killers, or simply the abusive husbands. The questions are: What causes all these atrocious behaviors? What is going on in the brain of these people as they cruelly push a knife into the flesh of another innocent human being who looks and thinks like themselves? Is it in all of us to commit such crimes? Finding out the answers to these questions is essential to the future prevention of violence.

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Sleep Paralysis


The Phenomenon of Sleep Paralysis

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The Bionic Arm

    Bionics: the study of mechanical systems that function like living organisms or parts of living organisms. This is the topic of recent and exciting scientific endeavors aimed at returning relatively normal functioning to patients recovering from amputations of limbs.  This research is finding ways to restore neural connections to, and thus neural control of, the prosthetic replacement for the amputated limb.  For Amanda Kitts, who was in an accident that left her with only the uppermost part of her left arm, a “stump” in the vernacular, bionics is providing a prosthetic arm that not too long ago would have existed only in science fiction.  Ordinarily Amanda would have been fitted with a prosthetic limb very limited in its ability to replace the

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Concussions in athletes: to play or not to play

     You’ve collided with someone, fallen, been struck by flying athletic equipment in a sports game. After an initial evaluation, involving an MRI or a head CT, the doctor tells you that it’s just a concussion, and it is not that bad. After all, your brain is not bleeding, you are not comatose, and with proper monitoring of your health over the next few weeks or months, full recovery is expected.

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To See Without Sight

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Time to Learn

Last weekend at the Ardmore Free Library book sale, I picked up a book called "Summerhill USA," by Richard E. Bull. Have you heard of Summerhill? It's a free school in Suffolk, England that was established in 1921 by Alexander Sutherland Neill. It's one of the foundational "free schools"—schools based on the idea that total freedom is the best environment in which a child can develop and learn. That means nothing is "required"—all classes and activities are optional, in the sense that students don't attend unless they want to. Furthermore, the school operates as a democratic community: decisions are made on a democratic basis, with students, faculty, and staff allowed an equal vote.

Neurobiology and Behavior Web Papers II

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.

aeraeberThe Clash of Logic and Emotion
AndyMittelmanThe Neurological Side of Firewalking
Caroline HFood, Physiology, and Psychology
ColetteMindwandering and Boredom
Congwen WangFat on the Belly: Whose Business?
cschoonoverThe Bionic Arm
dvergaraAltering Consciousness: The power of meditation and hypnosis
egleichmanTraumatic Stress: A Chemical Approach
emilyTo See Without Sight
ewippermannA Philosophy to Match the Science
gloudonDo Lobsters have I-Functions?
Hannah Silverblank“An Artificial and Most Complicated World”: Reading and Writing the Brain
hmarciaThe Personality and the Brain
Jeanette BatesThe Origin of Religion and Spirituality
JJLopezPostpartum Depression and Child Neglect
kdilliplanKeep Calm and Carry On: Now Panic and Freak Out Expected vs. Actual Inputs and the Perception of Pain
kgouldRifts in Time
KwarlizzleThe Collective I-Function
Lauren McDAcupuncture's Mysticism United With Science
lfrontinoCentral Pattern Generators and Athlete Training
mcchenYoga and the I-function
mcurrieChild Trauma and the Hippocampus
MELThe Relationship between Compulsive Hoarding Disorder and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
merobertsNeural Network Rewiring: You can achieve it if you believe it
molivaresPerfect Pitch: A Central Pattern Generator Leftover?
natmackowConcussions in athletes: to play or not to play
RavenDreams: Seeing without seeing
RikiWhat Happens When the Brain "Farts" and Why Does It Matter?
rkirloskarExploring the Avian Brain
Saba AshrafSleep Paralysis
SchmeltzThe Scientific Approach: A Spiritual Journey
skimWallowing in Winter SAD-ness
smkaplanTime to Learn
sophie b.Antidepressant use in adolescents
Vicky TuThe Cause of Aggression
xhanA Threat to One's Ego
ymlMemory and Lie: Brain Fingerprinting


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Yoga and the I-function

                                                                                          Yoga and the I-Function

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