Featured Blog: Brain Stimulant

The featured blog is ‘Brain Stimulant’ which is quite different from a number of the blogs that have been reviewed previously. This blog has been running since May 2008 and contains many interesting articles focusing on innovative neuroscience technology (with a subtle subtext of enhancement through technology). Some of the posts focus on technology even when it crosses into ethically dubious territory. I’m thinking specifically of some articles on developments in warfare technologies, technologies which I would have to disagree with.

However there are also other very interesting articles, a number of which are relevant to psychiatry. A discussion of gene therapy in psychiatry is followed by further insights in a comment by a reader. There is discussion of a high resolution model of the brain. The experiences of a person with Asperger Syndrome following repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation were described although i’m sure there will need to be more research in this area before any firm conclusions are drawn. Blue Brain, an attempt to simulate a brain in a supercomputer raises age-old questions about the nature of consciousness which have also been considered in the realms of science fiction. Curiously the blog starts off with posts about lawyers dealing in brain injury in different parts of the United States.

In summary, Brain Stimulant is a colourful blog dealing with neuroscience technology, sometimes crossing into controversial areas, but also containing very interesting and informative articles.


The comments made here represent the opinions of the author and do not represent the profession or any body/organisation. The comments made here are not meant as a source of medical advice and those seeking medical advice are advised to consult with their own doctor. The author is not responsible for the contents of any external sites that are linked to in this blog.


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