Conscious spoons, really? Pushing back against panpsychism

Originally posted on NeuroBanter:
So today I’d been planning to write about a new paper from our lab, just out in Neuropsychologia, in which we show how people without synaesthesia can be trained, over a few weeks, to have synaesthesia-like experiences – and that this training induces noticeable changes in their brains. It’s interesting stuff,…

The real reason a third of antidepressants are prescribed for something else

From Quartz “It was when he became a father that Michael Briggs resolved to somehow bring his ulcerative colitis under control. He was determined to avoid what many people with the disease end up needing—having part or all of their large intestine removed. A trained scientist, manager of a physics lab at the University of… Read More

The whys and wherefores of the volitional control of breathing

Breathing above the brainstem: Volitional control and attentional modulation in humans.  Authors Jose Luis Herrero1, Simon Khuvis2, Erin Yeagle2, Moran Cerf3, and Ashesh D. Mehta4,* 1Feinstein Institute for Medical Research   2Laboratory of Human Brain Mapping,Feinstein Institute for Medical Research   3Northwestern University   4Hofstra North Shore LIJ School of Medicine and Feinstein Institute for… Read More

Brexit & “They need us more than we need them”

Originally posted on Nog's Musings:
The following is a fact and informed assumption based article.  It is not about patriotism, optimism, talking the country down or any other emotional aspects but simply a reasoned, logic based argument. Andrew Lilico has produced a report on “Seven key British perspectives on the Brexit negotiations“.  (See this…

Latest in Current Biology – Place Cells: Knowing Where You Are Depends on Knowing Where You’re Heading

Place Cells: Knowing Where You Are Depends on Knowing Where You’re Heading Shane M. O’Mara https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2017.06.081 This piece is on this cracking paper by Harland ea. (abstract at bottom): Lesions of the Head Direction Cell System Increase Hippocampal Place Field Repetition Current Biology, Available online 31 August 2017 Summary Knowing where you are and knowing where… Read More

Our latest paper: Antidepressant-like effects of 3-carboxamido seco-nalmefene (3CS-nalmefene), a novel opioid receptor modulator, in a rat IFN-α-induced depression model

Antidepressant-like effects of 3-carboxamido seco-nalmefene (3CS-nalmefene), a novel opioid receptor modulator, in a rat IFN-α-induced depression model is published in Brain, Behaviour and Immunity Charlotte K. Callaghan, Jennifer Rouine, Reginald L. Dean, Brian I Knapp, Jean M. Bidlack, Daniel R. Deaver & Shane M. O’Mara  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bbi.2017.08.016 Highlights IFN-α treatment induced depressive-like and cognitive deficits in the rat. IFN-α increased IL-6, IL-1β… Read More

Our latest: Exercise prevents IFN-α-induced mood and cognitive dysfunction and increases BDNF expression in the rat

Exercise prevents IFN-α-induced mood and cognitive dysfunction and increases BDNF expression in the rat Charlotte K. Callaghan , Jennifer Rouine, Shane M. O’Mara Highlights Treadmill running prevented IFN-α-induced anxiety- and depressive-like behavior in the open field test and forced swim test. Treadmill running prevented IFN-α-induced impairment in spatial memory in the object exploration task compared. Treadmill… Read More