Brain Type Determines your Trance State

Hypnosis is a valuable tool for helping us cope with pain, anxiety, addiction, and undesirable behaviours. But not everyone benefits. Some people are simply very difficult to hynotise, and this trait seems to be unconnected to personality or physical attributes. David Speigel and his team at the Cen­ter for In­te­gra­tive Med­i­cine, Stan­ford Uni­vers­ity, wondered why. So they scanned the brains of 12 easily hypnotised people and 12 people who showed little response to hynotitists’ efforts. The team found that people who had very little interaction between the decision-making and attention-paying areas of the brain were also least sensitive to hypnosis, with … Continue reading Brain Type Determines your Trance State

Healing the Brain

The devastating effects of diseases like Alzheimers and Parkinsons are caused by the damage inflicted on neurons within the brain. We can only slow the progress and alleviate symptoms of these neurodegenerative diseases. Repairing or replacing brain cells is impossible. Until now. Scientists at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz have found a way to convert a group of cells called pericytes into neurons. Pericytes function to keep the blood brain barrier intact and in other parts of the body play a role in healing wounds. They have also demonstrated that these new neurons can reach out to other neurons and produce electrical … Continue reading Healing the Brain

Memories are Made of This

“We are such stuff as dreams are made on…” If there was ever an indication that the human conscience exists within the structure of our brains, it has come recently in research at the University of Cleveland, Ohio. Slices of brain tissue have been induced to produce memory-like patterns, despite the fact that they are, to all intents and purposes, ‘dead’. Electrical stimulation of neurons produced different outputs according to how, and how many, neurons were stimulated. This effect is similar to that produced in monkeys working on memory tasks. Image courtesy of koratmember at Continue reading Memories are Made of This