Findings Friday: Using your brain to become Arnold Schwarzenegger

Ok, so maybe you won't necessarily become a professional bodybuilder just by using your thoughts, but new research suggests that regular mental imagery can help muscles sustain strength when immobilized for several weeks. The article, entitled The power of the mind: the cortex as a critical determinant of muscle strength/weakness, was published in the Journal … Continue reading Findings Friday: Using your brain to become Arnold Schwarzenegger

Manic Monday: Harlow’s Pit of Despair, the Rape Rack and Iron Maidens

“One of six monkeys isolated for three months refused to eat after release and died five days later…the effects of six months of total social isolation were so devastating and debilitating that we had assumed initially that twelve months of isolation would not produce any additional decrement. This assumption proved to be false; twelve months of isolation almost obliterated the animals socially.”

Mirrored-Self Misidentification: Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Who I See is not Me at all

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who I see is not me at all. When you look into a mirror, who do you see? Yourself? Not if you have Mirrored-self misidentification, a delusional belief that your reflection in a mirror belongs to a stranger’s. The stranger just happens to look like you. The disorder might be … Continue reading Mirrored-Self Misidentification: Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Who I See is not Me at all

Somatophrenia

Look at the right side of your body. It’s yours, right? Or maybe it’s your neighbor’s… Somatoparaphrenia is caused by damage to the right parietal lobe. The similarity of this disorder to BIID, coupled with the childhood onset of these disorders, suggest both may be congenital disorders, that is, present from birth. The disorder is a … Continue reading Somatophrenia