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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Discovery News: The Brain: Now in Ultra High-Res 3D


The Brain: Now in Ultra High-Res 3D : Discovery News:

"A three-dimensional image is important because the function of brain cells can depend on where they are in relation to each other." (2013)



While I am sure this kind of technology can produce useful information, I'm also a bit skeptical about HOW useful it will actually be, because the structure of each brain is highly individual: the result of how the brain constantly rewires itself to accommodate new paradigms, and trauma.
"Today, researchers have unveiled the most detailed 3-D image of the human brain ever taken. The image reveals structures as tiny as 20 microns, 50 times smaller than those created using the best MRI technology.

The image, made as part of a project called the BigBrain, is part of a larger effort to create a high-resolution computer model of the human brain that can serve as a reference point for future studies. Data from other studies can be combined with this model to allow scientists to link brain function to specific groups of nerve cells." (2013)


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Reference:

EMSPAK, J. (JUN 20, 2013). The brain: Now in ultra-high-res 3d [Web]. In DiscoveryNews.
          Retrieved from
          http://news.discovery.com/tech/biotechnology/brain-ultra-high-res-3d-130620.htm


Thursday, June 27, 2013

Transitions | Beyond Injury™

Transitions | Beyond Injury™:
Scott J. Friedman of BeyondInjury.com



Planning Your Future "Some survivors of brain injury would like to start working again, but worry that nobody will hire them. I cannot change the economy or dictate the hiring practices of an organization, but I can point you in the right direction regardless of whether you are interested in working, volunteering, or attending school. Several years ago, I attended a lecture by John Hall, during which he stated, “Anybody will hire you if the value you offer is greater than the cost of employing you.”

If you are not sure what your “value” is, or you want to enhance your value, you might consider working with a career coach (such as Heather Wieshlow or Greg Johnson), a job search strategist (such a Tim Tyrell-Smith), or you might consider one of the other options listed below:"

Click here to read more from Scott Friedman.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Embarrassment: Unpleasant, but welcome

 There is nothing unusual about feeling embarrassed. We all feel that way from time to time. As a parent, I have always gone out of my way to protect my children from embarrassment because it damages self-confidence and drives a wedge between people, damaging relationships. Parents cannot always avoid embarrassing our children, but we should never embarrass our children on purpose, and we should do whatever we can to reduce the embarrassment that cannot be avoided.

On the other hand, embarrassment can be a good thing if it helps to increase self-awareness.

Today I felt embarrassed, and I realized, I have not felt that way in a long time. Obviously I have had plenty of opportunities to feel embarrassed: far more opportunities recently than I ever encountered before my accident. I'm sure I'll continue ruminating over why I felt embarrassed today, but one reason is obvious to me: it takes a certain level of self-awareness to feel embarrassed. I think it also takes failing to live up to one's own self-expectations. We expect certain standards of ourselves, and when we fall short of those expectations, we feel embarrassed.

Today I am celebrating my embarrassment as a sign of hope for the future. I am curious about what others think of this experience. Please feel free to comment.




Saturday, June 1, 2013

Charles Linden | PostTraumaticStressDisorders.org

I personally do not struggle with anxiety, but many people with TBI do:

Charles Linden | PostTraumaticStressDisorders.org

A voice to reckon with, Charles Linden is making waves of hope and change, giving most anxiety stricken and chronically depressed individuals a second chance at life! Formerly diagnosed with acute anxiety, panic attacks and agoraphobia among other anxiety disorders, Charles Linden understands first-hand how crippling anxiety and depression can be. After 27 years of struggling with mental disorders, going through countless therapy sessions and tons of anti-depressants coupled with massive unpleasant side-effects, Linden managed to break free of fear, anxiety and depression.