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THE FUNERAL…ODYSSEUS…AND THE BEGGAR…AN APOCRYPHAL TALE BY BANKOLE JOHNSON

Posted by Bankole Johnson

Sometimes, things are not as they should be but as they seem.  The early morning sun glistened on the bonnet of Bertie’s car, reflected by snowflakes, into a seeming hegemony of crystals. It was as if small cracks were appearing on his windscreen, bursting like rain drops, and smearing the view in front of him.

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Bankole Johnson Talks BRAIN CONNECTIVITY: Will Our Brains One Day Talk to Each Other?

Posted by Bankole Johnson

Two experienced neuroscientists, Bertie and Arnold, decide to go for a lunch picnic but this time they bring along a doctoral student, Christina.  Christina works in both labs of the neuroscientists, who are her joint mentors supervising her doctoral thesis. She is an unusually perceptive student, and has always seen her role in both labs

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PRECISION MEDICINE TREATMENT FOR ALCOHOL DEPENDENCE

Posted by Bankole Johnson

Delighted to announce that my new USA patent – Molecular Genetic Approach to the treatment of Alcohol and Drug Dependence, Patent # US 9,539,242 B2, has been issued. The importance of this work is that it relates to functional effects in specific gene sequences as a tool for the precision medicine treatment of alcohol dependence.

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WHY WE HAVE TO DIE AND THE RISE OF THE MUTANTS

Posted by Bankole Johnson

Two neuroscientists, Bertie and Arnold walk into a bar and before they order their drinks, Arnold says to Bertie – “I bet I could ask you a question that would leave you really stumped”.  Bertie answered: “if it is a legitimate question, I could give it a go, but as you know, even a fool

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The Frightened Brain – A Bankole Johnson Perspective Based On Some Recent Research

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What is old becomes new again, and that interaction can become most intriguing.  We have all heard the term that “stress can kill you” but much of that adage relates to the direct effects of stress on the heart.  Now, we learn from an article by Dr. Ahmed Tawakol and colleagues published in the Lancet http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(16)31714-7/fulltext that

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How do we think? Some Musings…

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One of the great puzzles of neuroscience is to determine how we think.  This seemingly easy question is far more complex than could have been envisaged in close inspection, and is not simply an algorithmic amalgamation of neuronal firing patterns.  There has, obviously, been considerable research as to how memories are formed and encoded by

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Stop bullying…

Posted by Bankole Johnson

Over the years, I have spent time advising counselors, psychologists, and schools about the deleterious effects of bullying.  Whilst some children become resilient to adverse emotional experiences, perhaps the majority endure longer-term issues that can culminate in depression and even suicide. Indeed, at some schools, the pattern seems to be to “let the children be

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Neuroscience of Aggression….can science provide answers?

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There has been much interest in whether there is a scientific basis to aggression or antisocial behaviors.  Prevailing knowledge has promoted the concept of hypo-frontality, which means that there is reduced brain activity in the decision-making part of the brain.  A recent paper that that appeared in JAMA Psychiatry by Drs. Jack Rogers and Stephane

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Gun Violence and Mental Illness

Posted by Bankole Johnson

First of all, what a horrible event in Fort Lauderdale today.  Must have been terrifying for all those who were there and witnessed the event.  My deep condolences go to those who lost someone or knew anyone who got hurt.  God Bless you, and help with your healing. You all shall be in my families’

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Brain Complexity

Posted by Bankole Johnson

Many scientists have opined on the vast complexity of the human brain.  Indeed, the neuronal connections in our brains are far more vast than the number of stars in the Milky Way. We actually know little about whole brain function, even in health, but we do know that the brain is highly adaptable. In humans,

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