A Model of Cotard’s Syndrome – A Secondary Consequence of Antiviral Treatment for Coldsores

I’ve made a brief mention of  Cotard’s here before – to be convinced that one’s self is dead (see also, toward the end). Via @robertmckenna, here’s an amazing piece which suggests that: Via New Scientist, the bizarre, unintended side effect of a cold sore medication suggests that it may be possible to engineer a drug that induces the living-dead mental state: Pharmacologists have… Read More

Doing a TEDx talk – some thoughts

So, I did a TEDx talk. Extraordinary enough to be asked, and humbling too (thanks Science Gallery folk!). Nerve-wracking also. There is a peculiar nakedness to a TEDx talk. You stand on the red spot – you shouldn’t move around much (at least the online instructions tell you not to). No rostrum to hide behind –… Read More

Zombie Neuroscience: Shane O’Mara at TEDxDublin – YouTube

Take-home messages: (1) Get a kit, make a plan, be prepared; (2) “It’s always a source of disappointment to the family of a zombie that the zombie doesn’t love them anymore”; (3) Kill the brain. via Zombie Neuroscience: Shane O’Mara at TEDxDublin – YouTube.

Perfectly Sane Delusions

Originally posted on The Dish:
Rebecca Schwarzlose says a surprising number of mentally healthy people experience them: Delusions are a common symptom of schizophrenia and were once thought to reflect the poor reasoning abilities of a broken brain. More recently, a growing number of physicians and scientists have opted for a different explanation. According to this model,…