mental health

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A Bitter Pill

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Book Commentary on Head Cases: Stories of Brain Injury and Its Aftermath

 “Without rebirth and resurrections, humanity loses its heroes and loses its capacity for transformation. In order to gain life, the monomythic lesson goes, we must first lose it” (146). ~Michael Paul Mason 

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The Implications of a Theory of Mind-Body Unity for Doctor-Patient Relations in Medicine

As the science of neurobiology progresses and our knowledge of the nervous system and its functions becomes more complete, it grows increasingly less justifiable to segregate a patient’s mind and body as two separate entities. Continually medical journals are publishing are a growing number of articles documenting a correlation between patients’ psychiatric, emotional wellness and the health of their physical persons. With such amassing evidence, it seems necessary for there to be a change in the way medicine is practiced. As science comes to more fully grasp the role that a person’s psyche plays in the healing process, medical professionals must adjust the way they practice medicine, as patients

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The Tale of a Writer's Overactive "I" Function

A Writer’s Tale of the Overactive “I” Function

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An Occidental Accident?

"When I was one-and-twenty"

When I was one-and-twenty
I heard a wise man say,
‘Give crowns and pounds and guineas
But not your heart away;

Give pearls away and rubies
But keep your fancy free.'
But I was one-and-twenty,
No use to talk to me.

When I was one-and-twenty
I heard him say again,
‘The heart out of the bosom
Was never given in vain;
'Tis paid with sighs a plenty
And sold for endless rue.'
And I am two-and-twenty,
And oh, 'tis true, 'tis true.
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Does our I-function sleepwalk?

There are countless stories of sleepwalkers suddenly waking up and finding themselves naked in their backyards. Between 1 and 15% of the population are prone to sleepwalking, which involves people getting up and walking around while asleep and often doing bizarre things (1). Frequent sleepwalking can lead to health problems since it interrupts normal patterns of sleep. But what causes sleepwalking and are there ways to control it? How does this relate to the structural mechanisms of neurobiology that we have learned over the semester?

Biology 202 2008 - Book Commentaries

Biology 202, Fall 2008, Bryn Mawr College

Book Commentaries


Students in Biology 202 write commentaries on books relevant to brain and behavior. These are made available to encourage continuing exploration by others with similar or related interests.


Allison ZLanguage and the human mind
Angel DesaiBrain and Culture: The Crossroads Between Humanity and Biology
Anna G.Book Commentary of Proust was a Neuroscientist
anonstudent01A Brief Tour of Human Consciousness
asavannahDo Neurological Differences between Women and Men Exist?
Caitlin JeschkeA Book Review--Synesthesia: A Union of the Senses by Richard E. Cytowic, M.D.
Caroline FeldmanBook Commentary: Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior
cheffernanThis is your Brain on Music Book Commentary
eambashComputing The Creative Mind: How Margaret Boden Sails, then Scales, the Psyche
EB Ver HoeveThe Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: Book Review
Emily AlspectorThe Diving Bell and the Butterfly
evanstiegelBook Commentary: Freud for Beginners
gflahertyOn Intelligence
heatherPrimates and Philosophers: How Morality Evolved – A Book Review
I.W.The Melding of Senses
Jackie MaranoBook Commentary: Levitin's 'This is Your Brain on Music'
jchung01@brynmawr.eduA Girl's Experience
Jen BensonThe Adaptive Unconscious: Commentary on Malcolm Gladwell's "Blink"
Jessica KruegerThe Tangled Wing and Bio 202: Cause for Wonder in Understanding
Jessica VarneyThe Synaptic Self: A Book Commentary
jriedersAn Anthropologist on Mars
jwongThe Geography of Thought: Asian and Western Minds at Work
KendraThe Accidental Mind
Lyndsey CKnocking on New Doors :A Review of Mind Wide Open
maggie_simonThe Developing Mind: How Relationships and the Brain Interact to Shape Who We Are
Mahvish QureshiEast vs. West: A book commentary on "The Geography of Thought"
Margaux KearneyBaboon Metaphysics
MarieSagerBauby's Story
mcrepeauThe Diving Bell and the Butterfly and the Oceans of the Mind: A Book Commentary of Jean-Dominique Bauby’s The Diving Bell and th
merry2eBook Commentary on Head Cases: Stories of Brain Injury and Its Aftermath
Mimi N.Little Things Make A Big Difference
mkhiljiThe Drama of the Gifted Child: The Search for the True Self
Molly PieriBook Report: "Blink" and the Role of the Unconscious in Thought
nasabereExplorations in Neuroscience, Pyschology, and Religion – A Commentary
Paul BManic Depression and Creativity – A Book Review
PS2007The Language Instinct
ptongPlugged In
Rica Dela CruzThe Geography of Thought- Book Commentary
Simone ShaneMean Genes Book Commentary
Skye HarmonyA Self-Help Guide to the Female Brain
Sophie FThe Cure Within: A Book Commentary
Zoe Fuller-YoungThe Tipping Point: telling us what we want to hear, or changing the way we see the world?


Biology 202 2008 - Web Paper 3

Biology 202, Fall 2008, Bryn Mawr College

Third Set of Web Papers


Students in Biology 202 write web papers on topics of interest to themselves. These are made available to encourage continuing exploration by others with similar or related interests.


Allison ZTelevision and the Brain
Angel DesaiThe reality of Reality
Anna G.Soaking the Brain in Different Chemical Baths; By Religious Experience
anonstudent01Beautiful People, Ghosts and Deceased Relatives: The Nervous System and Perception
asavannahPhobias: More then just a Fear
Caitlin JeschkeLiving With Fear
Caroline FeldmanTell Me if it Hurts: Investigating Whether Animals Feel Pain
cheffernanTwo Brains?
eambashBrain Fuzz: Can Brain Scans Provide a Space-Out Way Out?
EB Ver HoeveChange Becomes You
Emily AlspectorAutism: A New Look at Consciousness
evanstiegelHuman Specialness: Challenged by Our Own Intelligence
gflahertyThe Effects of Music on Athletic Performance
heatherExistence with the Volume Down
I.W.The Advantage of Forgetting
Jackie MaranoWhat Your Nose Knows: Smelling is Believing...or Deceiving?
jchung01@brynmawr.eduDiagnosis of Meanness
Jen BensonSmoking and The Neurobiology of Quitting
Jessica KruegerTrusting Vision: Language’s Influence on Perception
Jessica VarneyThe Neuroscience of Tasting Sweet
jriedersCultural Cognition Theory
jwongBecoming British Overnight: the Foreign Accent Syndrome
KendraResponses to Pain: What accounts for certain differences?
Lyndsey COur Brains Have Chemistry: What’s Love Got to Do, Got to Do With It?
Madina G.Facial Recognition: A Phenomenon of Our Emotions
maggie_simonA meditation on the brain’s duality: the influence of meditation on the brain and the mind
Mahvish QureshiHypnosis, more than just a magic trick
Margaux KearneyRSD: Unraveling the Puzzle of Pain
MarieSagerGive Me My Meds
mcrepeauCreatures in the Night and Miracles in Clouds: A Discourse on the Plausibility and Indistinct Nature of Group Hallucinations and
merry2eThe Tale of a Writer's Overactive "I" Function
Mimi N.Unnatural Causes
mkhiljiDoes our I-function sleepwalk?
Molly PieriThe Implications of a Theory of Mind-Body Unity for Doctor-Patient Relations in Medicine
nasabereMemory Distortion and its Connection to Reality
Nelly KhaselevRemarkably Human, isn’t it?
Paul BSeasonal Affective Disorder Treatment – A New Approach to Treating Psychiatric Disorders?
PS2007Your Mind on Music
ptongMotivated to Play
Rica Dela CruzPost Traumatic Stress Disorder Associated With War Veterans and Victims
Simone ShaneThe calming effect of music
Skye HarmonyTheory of Mind: Comparing Bird Brain, Monkey Brain and Human Brain
Sophie FA Bitter Pill
Zoe Fuller-YoungBreastfeeding Limitations: Are some women incapable of breastfeeding? Are formula mothers neglectful?


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A Book Review--Synesthesia: A Union of the Senses by Richard E. Cytowic, M.D.

        In the second edition of his book Synesthesia: A Union of the Senses, Dr. Cytowic draws on his intimate knowledge of the development and workings of the human brain, as well as his ample experience with synesthetic patients of various ages and backgrounds, to define the basic characteristics of the phenomenon, search for a probable location for the physiological integration of synesthetic percepts, and relate synesthesia to common neurological processes that allow each one of us to interpret our surroundings.  Along the way, Cytowic provides a current model of the architecture and connectivity of the brain and neural tissues, as well as some interesting examples of how synesthesia can inspire the creation of art and music.  

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