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The Neurobiology of Voodoo Death

By |December 6th, 2016|Brain Scene Investigation|

We have probably all said at some point in our lives that some­thing nearly scared us to death. A roller coaster, a haunted house, a near-missed traffic accident, a sensitive text that was sent to […]

709, 2016
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Brain Scene Investigation: Runaway Motivation

By |September 7th, 2016|Brain Scene Investigation|

As a graduate student, I ran across a motivational mystery involving some odd rat behavior: a series of articles by William Pare at the Maryland Veterans Hospital on the topic of activity-stress (Pare, 1975, 1976, […]

2704, 2016
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Brain Scene Investigation: Traumatic Brain Injury and an Unlikely Neurochemical Intervention

By |April 27th, 2016|Brain Scene Investigation|

The car crash that sent Marc Baskett by helicopter to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia left no trace in his memory. The hospital staff listed him in critical condition due to blunt force trauma […]

1304, 2016
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Brain Scene Investigation: Methamphetamine “Tweaks” the Brain

By |April 13th, 2016|Brain Scene Investigation|

After more than a decade of drug abuse, including a run with methamphetamine, 20-year-old college dropout Nic Sheff wrote in his journal:

How the hell did I get here? It doesn’t seem that long ago that […]

3003, 2016
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Brain Scene Investigation: Intuition, Hunches, and Self-Awareness: Potential Role of von Economo Neurons?

By |March 30th, 2016|Brain Scene Investigation|

We have all been in situations in which we decided to do something and then had trouble explaining our decision to someone else. A business owner may feel confident about her hiring decision for the […]

1603, 2016
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Brain Scene Investigation: David Blaine’s Breath-Defying Act

By |March 16th, 2016|Brain Scene Investigation|

David Blaine, a self-declared endurance artist, has pushed his physiological limits to unprecedented extremes. He was buried alive for a week and frozen in a block of ice for three days. As a child, he […]

203, 2016
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Brain Scene Investigation: Clive Wearing’s Fleeting Memory

By |March 2nd, 2016|Brain Scene Investigation|

As Deborah Wearing entered the room, her husband Clive ran to her, passionately calling her name and kissing her as soon as they embraced. To a casual onlooker it would have seemed obvious that the […]