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The Feeling Brain Breakthrough Behavioral Healthcare Education. Director of Neuroscience Communication: Natalie Geld, Chief Science Officer: David Edelman, PhD
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A Breakthrough Behavioral Healthcare & Neuroscience Education Enterprise advancing medicine + public understanding of the neurobiology of emotion. World’s first education strategy on the interdependence of brain function, emotions, and behavior for clinician's and their patients. The Feeling Brain is the first Visual CME showing the direct relationship between brain circuitry and treatable medical

A Breakthrough Behavioral Healthcare & Neuroscience Education Enterprise advancing medicine + public understanding of the neurobiology of emotion. World’s first education strategy on the interdependence of brain function, emotions, and behavior for clinician's and their patients. The Feeling Brain is the first Visual CME showing the direct relationship between brain circuitry and treatable medical

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"Mounting research suggests that controlled treatment with psychedelics like psilocybin mushrooms, L*D, and M**A - bette...
03/13/2021
Psychedelic Study Links Brain Activity and Behavior

"Mounting research suggests that controlled treatment with psychedelics like psilocybin mushrooms, L*D, and M**A - better known as ecstasy - may be effective options for people suffering from PTSD, anxiety disorders, and depression. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration recently granted "breakthrough therapy" status to study the medical benefits of psychedelics. And two years ago this month, the FDA approved a psychedelic drug - esketamine - to treat depression.

An increasing number of states and municipalities are also grappling with calls to decriminalize psychedelic drugs, a move that UNLV neuroscientist Dustin Hines says could further the recent renaissance in psychedelic science.

"The resurgence in interest in psychedelic medicine is likely related to multiple factors, including decreasing societal stigma regarding drugs like hallucinogens and cannabis, increasing awareness of the potential therapeutic compounds found naturally occurring in plants and fungi, and the growing mental health crisis our nation faces," says Hines. "Because of the intersection between the great need for innovation and wider social acceptance, researchers have started to explore psychedelics as novel treatments for depressive disorders, including work with compounds that have been used for millennia."

In the Hines lab at UNLV, husband and wife researchers Dustin and Rochelle Hines are uncovering how psychedelics affect brain activity. Their work, published recently in Nature: Scientific Reports, shows a strong connection in rodent models between brain activity and behaviors resulting from psychedelic treatment, a step forward in the quest to better understand their potential therapeutic effects."

Reference:

Contreras, A., Khumnark, M., Hines, R. M., & Hines, D. J. (2021). Behavioral arrest and a characteristic slow waveform are hallmark responses to selective 5-HT 2A receptor activation. Scientific Reports, 11(1), 1925. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-81552-6

New research shows a strong connection in rodent models between brain activity and behaviors resulting from psychedelic treatment, a step forward in the quest to better understand their potential therapeutic effects.

02/01/2021
Dr. Heather Berlin on the effectiveness of Deep Brain Stimulation | The Podcast On Consciousness with Bernard Baars

It is amazing how low level electrical stimulation by microscopic electrodes can profoundly change human mood disorders, like severe depression. The brain areas stimulated include the nucleus accumbens and ventral striatum of the basal ganglia, and local areas in the prefrontal cortex.

“Medical science is often an art as well as a science, but Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) really can have significant effect and impact on people with difficult-to-treat conditions, like OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), but also people with intractable or untreatable depression,” says Dr. Heather Berlin.

DBS can be surprisingly effective. As Dr. Berlin points out, “DBS is a huge success story. 40 to 50% of patients with severe untreatable depression, and about 60 to 70% of patients with severe OCD all have significant improvement in people who’ve tried every first line treatment and nothing has worked. In many cases you can see an immediate effect, as in chronic depression -- suddenly you turn on the electrodes -- you don't tell them when it's on or off, right? And their whole face lights up. And you ask "What do you feel like?" And they say "Oh, it feels wonderful. It feels like I won the lottery! It's so great!" And as they're talking, you turn off the electrodes and you just see their whole affect drop right back down.

#BrainStimulation #Cortex #science #onconsciousness #breakthroughs #mentalhealth #consciousness #mentalhealth #OCD #ocdtreatment #depression #treatments #mind #podcast

Thanks to a global collaboration between the Center for Brain and Cognition, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain,...
01/27/2021
What kind of brain activity could carry out a global workspace (GW) function?

Thanks to a global collaboration between the Center for Brain and Cognition, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain, the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK and the Center for Music in the Brain, University of Aarhus, Professors Deco, Vidaurre and Kringelbach chose to look at the strength of connectivity between neurons in the cortex, and then focus on the most heavily traveled parts of the cortex, called the “functional rich club” of cells and links. #connectivity #globalworkspace #neurons #brain #GWT

Important new article by Deco, Vidaurre & Kringelbach advances debate about consciousness as a ‘theater’ or ‘global workspace.’

What kind of #brain activity could carry out a #globalworkspace (GW) function? An important new article by Deco, Vidaurr...
01/23/2021
Revisiting the Global Workspace orchestrating the hierarchical organisation of the human brain

What kind of #brain activity could carry out a #globalworkspace (GW) function? An important new article by Deco, Vidaurre & Kringelbach has advanced that debate. Now, easily we may think that the thalamus, that rests in the center of each hemisphere like an egg in a bird’s nest, would be the center of everything. But #evolution decided otherwise.
Deco, Vidaurre & Kringelbach chose to look at the strength of #connectivity between #neurons in the #cortex, and then focus on the most heavily traveled parts of the cortex, called the “rich club” of cells and links.

The celebrations in the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven would not be the same without Herbert von Karajan's brilliant performances conducting Beethoven's memorable symphonies. The ex*****on of any musical symphony is a hugely difficult task, demanding very significant skills o...

How does the use of #psilocybin change the brain? Can #psychedelics help with treatments for depression and suicidality?...
01/22/2021
Heather Berlin - Altered States: Psychedelic Medicine and the Brain

How does the use of #psilocybin change the brain? Can #psychedelics help with treatments for depression and suicidality? Here is a little preview of my upcoming conversation with Dr. Heather Berlin on the topic of #hallucinogens.

BrainMind Summit - Consciousness Day hosted at StanfordHeather Berlin, PhD, MPHAssistant Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Icahn School of Medicine a...

“If not in the womb, at what point in life do we first have the sensation of being us? In terms of knowing that we’re an...
12/31/2020
Bernard J Baars

“If not in the womb, at what point in life do we first have the sensation of being us? In terms of knowing that we’re an individual person… And where that line is crossed, including octopus or other animals, at what point in terms of our brain development are the brains capable of this sensation of being self aware?”

— Dr. Jay Giedd, Director of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Rady Children’s Hospital & Professor of Psychiatry at UCSD School of Medicine

Have you ever wondered at what point in life do we first have the sensation of being ourselves? I had the pleasure of discussing such matters with Dr. Jay Giedd, professor at UC San Diego, during the first season of 'On Consciousness' #neuroscience #brain #TBT

💡 Our Chief Science Officer, neuroscientist David Edelman, and #GWT originator Bernard J Baars were interviewed by Dr. G...
12/18/2020
Bernard J Baars

💡 Our Chief Science Officer, neuroscientist David Edelman, and #GWT originator Bernard J Baars were interviewed by Dr. Ginger Campbell for her acclaimed #Brain #science #Podcast! 🧠

The discussion covered a variety of #neuroscience topics but focused primarily on the origins of Global Workspace Theory (GWT) and #consciousness. #podcastlife

#TBT In case you missed it, our conversation with Dr. Ginger Campbell and David Edelman has been uploaded to Medium. The discussion covered a variety of #neuroscience topics but focused primarily on the origins of Global Workspace Theory (GWT) and #consciousness.

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11/18/2020
Bernard J Baars

Bernard J Baars

New #blog post! For reasons that drive scientists close to despair, #media writers get science stories wrong. However, for the first time in history anybody can read the primary sources of #science! There’s only one barrier, and it’s in your own #mind.

Many scientific studies use experimental comparisons between similar cs and uncs events. This “contrastive analysis” app...
10/25/2020
Bernard J Baars

Many scientific studies use experimental comparisons between similar cs and uncs events. This “contrastive analysis” approach has been very fruitful. Dozens of techniques now permit conscious — unconscious comparisons. Any method that permits such comparisons can enlarge our understanding. The resulting empirical harvest has been very large.
Ambiguities

“Consciousness” has several meanings.

It is used in biomedical science to refer to the state of waking consciousness, as assessed by responsiveness to questions, commands, and mild pain, by the classical scalp EEG of waking, and by the ability to describe oneself and current events. We will use terms like “conscious state” or “waking state” for this specific meaning. However, in scientific work “consciousness” is also used to refer to the “dimension of conscious vs. unconscious brain events” — that is, as an experimental variable that allows us to study brain differences attributable to consciousness.

This usage is profoundly different from the first, since it involves a measurable dimension of variation.

Yet “consciousness as an empirical variable” is still commonly confused with the waking state or with subjectivity. They are linked, but not the same.

#onconsciousness #mindbrain #blog #brainfood

New blog post! How do we define #consciousness? In scientific usage the topic of consciousness today refers to the “conscious-unconscious dimension,” which includes subjective experiences, but always compared to close #brain analogues that aren't conscious. #neuroscience #subjectivity

#podcast #onconsciousness 🧠🎙💡
10/22/2020
Bernard J Baars

#podcast #onconsciousness 🧠🎙💡

#TBT In episode 10 of 'On Consciousness' we discussed some of the evidence that supports Global Workspace Theory and the brain areas involved in #conscious experiences. Stay tuned for the upcoming premiere episode of season 2! #brain #science #biology #GWT

Deep #sleep is the most unconscious natural state. Physiologically, it is needed for consolidation of experiential #memo...
10/09/2020
Bernard J Baars

Deep #sleep is the most unconscious natural state. Physiologically, it is needed for consolidation of experiential #memory traces via hippocampal-neocortical theta-gamma signaling. We do not know the full set of functions of deep sleep, but more than 200 types of gene expression are known to correlate with the sleep-waking cycle. Deep sleep therefore does not mean the absence of active, biologically important brain activities. More on the subject of #unconscious states in my recent #blog post.

Deep #sleep is the most unconscious natural state. Physiologically, it is needed for consolidation of experiential #memory traces via hippocampal-neocortical theta-gamma signaling. We do not know the full set of functions of deep sleep, but more than 200 types of gene expression are known to correlate with the sleep-waking cycle. Deep sleep therefore does not mean the absence of active, biologically important brain activities. More on the subject of #unconscious states in my recent #blog post.

10/09/2020
Bernard J Baars

#TBT In episode 6 of 'On Consciousness' neuroscientist David Edelman, neuroroboticist Jeffrey Krichmar from UC Irvine, and myself, discussed the potential timeline and bumps in the road in the quest to build #conscious machines. #neuroscience #machinelearning #AI

#TBT In episode 6 of 'On Consciousness' neuroscientist David Edelman, neuroroboticist Jeffrey Krichmar from UC Irvine, and myself, discussed the potential timeline and bumps in the road in the quest to build #conscious machines. #neuroscience #machinelearning #AI

10/03/2020
Bernard J Baars

"One neuron reaching out and connecting to another. That’s where the magic is. One neuron is not conscious, I would say, but a collection of them are. That’s the magic. This is how it works. This is how the brain becomes the brain." - Dr. Jay Giedd, professor at UC San Diego School of Medicine. #neuroscience #consciousness #neuron #brain

"One neuron reaching out and connecting to another. That’s where the magic is. One neuron is not conscious, I would say, but a collection of them are. That’s the magic. This is how it works. This is how the brain becomes the brain." - Dr. Jay Giedd, professor at UC San Diego School of Medicine. #neuroscience #consciousness #neuron #brain

09/27/2020
Bernard J Baars

Bernard J Baars

"As the brain matures, it doesn't mature by getting larger and larger, it matures by becoming more interconnected. And I think that the key to #consciousness will be an understanding of these connections" - Dr. Jay Giedd, professor at UC San Diego School of Medicine #neuroscience #psychology #brain

09/27/2020
Bernard J Baars

Bernard J Baars

#TBT Last year together with some brilliant minds we got to discuss the biology of #subjectivity. The event was hosted by the Athenaeum Library in La Jolla,CA and marked the initiation of our podcast 'On Consciousness.' The final episode of season 1 comes out tomorrow! Stay tuned! #neuroscience #consciousness #psychology #AI

08/22/2020
The Potential of Biologically Inspired Neural Modeling with Neurorobotics Expert, Jeffrey Krichmar

#Throwback Having professor Krichmar on the podcast presented us with a wonderful opportunity to discuss the future of self-aware machines and potential bumps in the road ahead to building intelligent and #consciousartifacts #MachineLearning #datascience #brain #onconsciousness #memory #neuroscience #podcast #podcasting #podcastshow

In this episode of "On Consciousness," neuroscientists Bernie Baars, Jeff Krichmar, and David Edelman engage in a freewheeling conversation that begins with ...

08/17/2020
On Consciousness & The Brain: An Uplifting Talk with Bernie Baars & David Edelman at DG Wills Books

#Throwback to a wonderful event hosted by Dennis Wills of DG Wills Books in La Jolla, CA, when @David Edelman and I discussed the nature of #subjectivity, the link between #memory and #awareness, and #conscious experiences in non-human #animals.

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#mind #brain #neuroscience #onconsciousness

In this engaging and lively episode recorded at La Jolla, California landmark D.G. Wills Books, neuroscientists Bernie Baars and David Edelman unpack the nat...

"There are no simple animals. The reason is that you get 'Neural Darwinism' at all levels of organization, from genes to...
08/15/2020
Bernard J. Baars | On Consciousness: Science & Subjectivity

"There are no simple animals. The reason is that you get 'Neural Darwinism' at all levels of organization, from genes to epigenetics to momentary cortical organization, which we experience subjectively as conscious."
Read more on animal and machine consciousness in Bernard Baars' latest blog post. #neuroscience #AI #brain #consciousness #mind #animals #onconsciousness

Theoretical Neurobiologist and originator of Global Workspace Theory, a theory of human cognitive architecture and consciousness.

08/10/2020
Part 2 - What is the Biology of Subjectivity? On Consciousness with Bernard Baars - Podcast

#Consciousness is a core question of life. Making progress in understanding therefore has an endless number of benefits – philosophical, scientific, medical, and practical. #Subjectivity was the main topic of discussion in an event at The Athenaeum in La Jolla, CA. Like and subscribe below. #mind #brain #neuroscience #onconsciousness #psychology #podcast

NATURALIZING CONSCIOUSNESS: Conversations on the Biology of Subjectivity with Neuroscientists Bernard J. Baars, David Edelman, Jay Giedd, and Jeffrey Krichma...

08/10/2020
Ep 12: The Brain is Embodied and the Body is Embedded with Magician Mark Mitton | On Consciousness

How do antibodies interact with antigens? Is #consciousness a biological process?

In #episode 12 of #OnConsciousness, professional magician @Mark Mitton joins us to unpack the mysteries of human #perception. Like and subscribe below. #neuroscience #psychology #mind #brain #podcasting #podcastshow #podcast #podcaster #onconsciousness

Our 12th episode of ‘On Consciousness’ joins Bernard Baars & David Edelman with renowned master of misdirection and sleight of hand - professional magician M...

08/03/2020
Ep 11 Brain Regions & Neural Functions Critical to Conscious States w/ Dr Jay Giedd On Consciousness

What are some of the #brain variations between #mammals and other animals? Is #memory fundamental to #consciousness? Together with David Edelman and Dr. Jay Giedd, professor at UC San Diego School of Medicine, we touched on these topics in episode 11 of #OnConsciousness. Like and subscribe below. #neuroscience #sleep #thalamus #brain #mind #podcast #podcaster #podcastshow #podcasting

In the final episode of their roundtable talks, Bernard Baars, David Edelman, and special guest Dr. Jay Giedd conclude their discussion by analyzing the brai...

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