I think I’ve been a little too serious lately. And, before I switch to a more business like topic, I thought I’d share some really useful research with you today…
UK Scientists [lead researchers Drs. Christine Ecker and Declan Murphy] from Kingâ€™s College (London), have developed a new computer coupled brain scan procedure that can detect Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in adults.Â Â There is no known single cause for ASD, which affects just under 1% of all newborns in the US, 50% more boys than girls. Â This complex brain disorder is associated with impaired social interactions and communications, which manifests itself during the first three years of life.Â While unknown at present, ASD is considered to be genetic in origin- either the result of mutations or combinations of various genetic variants.
John Trojanowski, of the University of Pennsylvania lead a research study that has isolated attest that seems to be 100% accurate in predicting who will develop Alzheimer’s. The results will be presented in Archives of Neurology.
The Inner Life of Your Brain
We now see that our personalities become fixed at a rather early age; some of us can, indeed, change our types (previous post), but itâ€™s somewhat hard.Â â€¦Â Most of us attributed these things to how Â neurotransmitters and hormones affect our brain centers.Â Yet, we also know that certain parts of the brain are associated with different behaviors.Â The medial orbitofrontal cortex is involved with rewards (as is the neurotransmitter dopamine); other regions are associated with threat response; still others with negative effects and punishment; lateral prefrontal cortex deals with planning and voluntary behavior; and, thereâ€™s a region associated with Â examining the mental states of others.
An upcoming publication in the Journal of Social, Psychological, and Personality Science (lead author Christopher Nave) indicates that our personality traits seem to be set at very early ages. This does not mean that people can’t change; it’s a more difficult process, but it can occur.
The ability to grow brain and spinal cord nerve cells is present at birth- and starts to disappear just like that as we age. So, when we incur an injury to the spine or the brain- the axons (as discussed earlier) can’t regenerate. It is thought that since these areas are replete with nerves and nerve fibers, they send signals to stop new connections from forming. By stopping new pathways from forming, our brain can’t be confused with by incorrect signals that could result from the new pathways.