How researchers are changing the brain’s messaging system to tackle mental health disorders

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There’s a disturbingly long list of ways in which the brain can go wrong. I might name for you a sample of mental health conditions: schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, clinical depression, anxiety disorders of all kinds, obsessive compulsive disorder. Even just the list of movement disorders is miserably long: Parkinson’s disease…

The worm turns against genetic determinism

Not this kind of worm. (A Dune sandworm plushy. Credit: Reddit/Slime-Boss).

There’s a strangely persistent idea that your genes are the blueprint for your brain. Robert Plomin even called his book about the genetic influence on the mind “Blueprint”. But a blueprint is a detailed one-to-one schematic of what will be constructed. Genes are not that. Self-evidently not. For example, people…

It’s how your brain works, after all

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Neurons. Over the deep time of Earth’s history, these tiny bags of chemicals have joined forces, swarming together in gargantuan numbers, all to make a brain. In cahoots, these neurons do everything you do: sense, think, move; sleep, dream, and cogitate. Eat cake. Watch telly. …

Mark Humphries

Theorist & neuroscientist. Writing at the intersection of neurons, data science, and AI. Author of “The Spike: An Epic Journey Through the Brain in 2.1 Seconds”

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