The Growing Spectrum: Why Is Autism On The Rise?

  Considering the personal relationships I have with members of the educational community, I often hear teachers refer to children that are “on the spectrum”, the autism spectrum that is.  However, the descriptions of difficulties teachers experience with these kids- social ineptitude, tantrums, breakdowns, and sometimes harmless quirks lead me to believe that the autism…
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I’m Not Thinking My Thoughts!

I want to discuss something that does not directly deal with neuroscience, at least not immediately.  It’s something that has been on my mind lately and I ask myself, “Why not blog about it?”  What I’ve been thinking about is the idea of thought insertion.  In psychiatry, thought insertion is a symptom where the patient…
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How Far Is Too Far?

Throughout the course of the semester in neurochemistry we have learned how to dissect, interpret, and form opinions on research articles dealing the neurological problems. Taking this knowledge and expanding it to broader “big picture” ideas has put both scientific and social issues into context. A common theme present in the papers we have read…
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The Balance Of Autism

Autism is a neurodevelopmental which presents in early in childhood. While the symptoms vary, it is characterized by a general in ability to effectively communicate and interact with other people. The causes of autism are currently unknown. Autism is diagnosed off of behavioral, communicative, and social observation. Genetics have been suggested to play a role…
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Expanding Alcohol To Addiction

Understanding the biology and chemistry of addiction is pertinent for not only health, but also social reasons. On a personal, level few people do not have friends or family who are addicted to some type of drug, even if it be nicotine.  The costs of addiction are spread throughout society via crime and taxes helping…
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