Category: NEURO

Ramachandran on your mind

Vilayanur Ramachandran tells us what brain damage can reveal about the connection between celebral tissue and the mind, using three startling delusions as examples.

“Understanding Biological Psychology is really biology for psychology rather than a watered-down biology text. Its great strength is bridge building across the many areas of psychology. As a geneticist, I especially appreciated the way the book integrates the latest genetic advances, something seldom seen in biological psychology textbooks” Robert Plomin, Institute of Psychiatry, London.

“Here is a textbook writer who encourages students to reflect on wider implications of research findings.” The Psychologist

Neurologist and author Oliver Sacks brings our attention to Charles Bonnett syndrome — when visually impaired people experience lucid hallucinations. He describes the experiences of his patients in heartwarming detail and walks us through the biology of this under-reported phenomenon.

or view on with subtitles

with subtitles/ s titulkami

Methamphetamine is one of the hardest drugs to quit. Its abuse is ravaging rural communities and cities alike. NGC correspondent Lisa Ling goes inside this global epidemic to find out what makes meth so addictive and destructive.

National Geographic: World’s Most Dangerous Drug (Meth) 01/06

Experiments in animals idetified areas of the brain thet seemd to induce a pleasurable state.
If an animal was trained to press a lever to recieve brain stimulation in these areas, they would choose to bar press over the food, water, or sex.

Such animals will self-stimulate till exhaustion! (this experiment has relevance to human addiction)

What is rewarding brain stimulation?

Pleasure Systems in the Brain
(Michael A. Bozarth)

… Olds and Milner (1954) first identified brain sites where direct electrical stimulation is reinforcing. Laboratory animals will lever press at high rates (> 6,000 times per hour) to obtain brief stimulation pulses to certain brain regions. The reinforcement from direct electrical activation of this reward substrate is more potent than other rewards, such as food or water. The potency of this electrical stimulation is most dramatically illustrated in a classic experiment where the subjects suffered self-imposed starvation when forced to make a choice between obtaining food and water or electrical brain stimulation (Routtenberg & Lindy, 1965). A second distinguishing feature of reward from electrical brain stimulation is the lack of satiation; animals generally respond continuously, taking only brief breaks from lever pressing to obtain the electrical stimulation. These two features (i.e., super-potent reward and lack of satiation) are important characteristics of direct activation of brain reward mechanisms… (full article)

TTC Understanding the Brain – Lecture 24: The Reward System Anatomy (from guidebook) here

TTC Understanding the Brain – Lecture 25: The Reward System – Drugs (from guidebook)
here and here

More about TTC Understanding the Brain (36 lectures video course)

Full pdf
Brain Facts is a 74-page primer on the brain and nervous system, published by SfN. Designed for a lay audience as an introduction to neuroscience.

(from Society for Neuroscience page)

Understanding the Brain
Taught By Professor Jeanette Norden, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Vanderbilt University

This series of lectures is ONE OF THE BEST WAYS TO START of learning about the ever-so-amazing brain!
Understanding the Brain provides you with an in-depth view of the inner workings of your brain. Your tour starts with the organization of the central nervous system at the gross, cellular, and molecular levels, then investigates in detail how the brain accomplishes a host of tasks—from seeing and sleeping to performing music and constructing a personal identity.

torrent download
more info about the course

Course Lecture Titles
36 Lectures
30 minutes / lecture

1. Historical Underpinnings of Neuroscience
2. Central Nervous System—Gross Organization
3. Central Nervous System—Internal Organization
4. Central Nervous System—Subdivisions
5. Cortex—Lobes and Areas
6. Cortex—Sensory, Motor, and Association Areas
7. Central Nervous System—Development
8. Central Nervous System—Cellular Organization
9. Pathways and Synapses
10. Neurotransmitters
11. Stroke
12. The Visual System—The Eye
13. The Visual System—The Cortex
14. The Auditory System
15. The Somatosensory System
16. Agnosias
17. The Motor System—Voluntary Movement
18. The Motor System—Coordinated Movement
19. Parkinson’s Disease
20. Language
21. The Limbic System—Anatomy
22. The Limbic System—Biochemistry
23. Depression
24. The Reward System—Anatomy
25. The Reward System—Drugs
26. Brain Plasticity
27. Emotion and Executive Function
28. Processing of Negative Emotions—Fear
29. Music and the Brain
30. Sexual Dimorphism of the Brain
31. Sleep and Dreaming
32. Consciousness and the Self
33. Alzheimer’s Disease
34. Risk Factors for Alzheimer’s Disease
35. Wellness and the Brain—Effects of Stress
36. Neuroscience—Looking Back and Looking Ahead


Obsedantno-kompulzívna porucha
Úzkostné poruchy
Posttraumatická stresová porucha
Depresívna porucha

Počet strán: 74

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