Neuroscience and Society

Neuroscience and Society

Are you interested in the role that neuroscience and psychology play in our society? How presidents, CEOs, and leaders are influenced by their brains? If so, this is the perfect section for you!

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To Forget or Not Forget? Why and How Memories are Lost

To Forget or Not Forget? Why and How Memories are Lost


Abstract     Forgetting a piece of information now and then is a very ordinary part of life; in fact, it is part of what makes us human. But why do we forget some things and remember others? Information is forgotten when our brain fails to retrieve a memory or an interference occurs. Failure to retrieve a memory is usually caused by th...

Stigmas and Stereotypes: The Societal Pressures of Memory Loss and Learning Disorders

Stigmas and Stereotypes: The Societal Pressures of Memory Loss and Learning Disorders


   After over two months of relaxing summer break, kids from all around the country start to stumble into school hallways, energized and anxious for the new year. But some are different. Among the crowds of smiling faces are the gloomy ones portraying sheer misery. This particular group of students may love to learn, but nonetheless, they...

Classifications of Addictions

Classifications of Addictions


Introduction Addiction is a pain that many people know all too well. It is the immense, never ending struggle of battling monstrous, undefeatable impulses. Addictions can create such a feeling of desire that even the most strong-willed person cannot resist. In fact, many people unaffected by addiction assume that those addicted to a substance or...

Rehabilitation: The Uphill Battle

Rehabilitation: The Uphill Battle


Introduction As a crisp apple-scented breeze swayed the auburn leaves on maple trees, one could feel the autumn season starting to set in. For a particular teenage boy, this meant the start of high school football season. But this excitement only lasted for a few days, after which he was met with a terrible head collision on the field. Post-surg...

The Right to Restfulness

The Right to Restfulness


Abstract How people get their rest at night and stay awake in the morning is constantly changing. Good sleep has always been a necessity; however its true purpose has largely been misunderstood. In recent years, the number of people who have reported difficulty in sleeping and being alert has increased rapidly. This has caused medications allevi...

How Does Media Use Influence Brain Development In Adolescence?

How Does Media Use Influence Brain Development In Adolescence?


Abstract For the current generation of adolescents, technology has been integrated into every aspect of their lives, including school work, entertainment, and communication among peers. With an increasing number of teenagers owning mobile devices, such as smartphones, the number of accounts on social media platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram,...

A Cycle of Stress: A Study of Increased COVID-19 Exposure Through Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors

A Cycle of Stress: A Study of Increased COVID-19 Exposure Through Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors


Abstract Body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs), impacting up to 5% of the American national population, are behaviors in which a person uncontrollably fidgets with his or her body in ways that cause physical damage. They can often be dismissed as bad habits; however, BFRBs are actual disorders and much harder to treat due to changes in brain...

Time Perception and Neuropsychological Considerations in Human Dance

Time Perception and Neuropsychological Considerations in Human Dance


Introduction Dancing emphasizes a precise system of geometric poses known as “positions of the body” [1]. Specifically, ballet dancers practice these positions and the motion between them, forming  fundamental “movements” of dancing [2]. Traditional ballet performance evaluation has always been personal due to its em...

Long-Term Synaptic Plasticity: How We Learn, Fear, and Remember

Long-Term Synaptic Plasticity: How We Learn, Fear, and Remember


Abstract How does a person learn, fear, and remember? The discovery of long-term potentiation (LTP) and long-term depression (LTD) in neuroscience has enhanced understanding of these processes. The facilitation between two neurons involving an activity-dependent increase in synaptic strength can induce not only pre- and postsynaptic neuronal mod...

The Necessity of Sleep

The Necessity of Sleep


Introduction     The average human adult sleeps for 8 hours a night. This amounts to one third of your lifetime. Now at first glance, one might wonder: why must we spend so much time doing nothing? While it seems as if sleep is just a waste of time, a worthless period that we must spend doing absolutely nothing, those 8 hours of rest s...

Particulate Matter: Its Detrimental Effects on the Brain

Particulate Matter: Its Detrimental Effects on the Brain


Abstract 80% of the population is living in areas where the air quality levels are unsafe. Breathing in polluted air can be severely detrimental to one’s health, making it a significant problem that needs to be addressed. The following research describes the adverse impacts of particulate matter pollution on the brain in order to spread aw...

How Listening to Music Affects the Human Brain

How Listening to Music Affects the Human Brain


Abstract Music is a fundamental attribute of humankind. It has existed in our cultures throughout history. The human brain and nervous system are hard-wired to recognize and distinguish music from other kinds of noises. Music affects brain function and human behavior in various ways, including reducing stress, pain, and symptoms of depression wh...

Therapeutic Forgetting: An Ethical Analysis of Using Memory Dampening Drugs to Treat Trauma-Related Mental Disorders

Therapeutic Forgetting: An Ethical Analysis of Using Memory Dampening Drugs to Treat Trauma-Related Mental Disorders


Abstract Therapeutic forgetting, through memory-dampening drugs such as Propranolol, has been shown to provide significant psychological relief for patients suffering from trauma-related mental conditions. However, bioethicists are concerned that the extended use of therapeutic forgetting could damage one’s sense of overall identity. The f...