The Neurointerests Blog (available here) is a blog with a neuroscience focus. The blog has a central white pane for the articles with background grey. The articles are titled with author details and are also comment enabled. Two articles are shown in full on the home page and there are several other articles shown in summary below this giving the reader a flexible approach to accessing recent articles. The first post dates back to May 2006. The articles tend to be a few paragraphs long and describe interesting research in the neuroscience field. Articles cover topics including links to a number of other neuroscience related blogs here, the Ventral Pallidum, friends and the Medial Prefrontal Cortex, variation in the size of the Visual Cortex , hyperalgesia and the Anterior Cingulate Cortex (ACC), ACC and sadness/crying, ACC and planning for the future, predicting language learning using Herschel’s Gyrus volume and deep brain stimulation of the Habenula in depression. The author has an interest in the Anterior Cingulate Cortex judging from the large number of interesting articles on this area in the blog. The material is examined briefly and the source material is cited and the blog helps to draw attention to research which addresses interesting questions about the brain.
Appendix – Here is a list of the blogs reviewed to date by subject area
Psychiatry: Ars Psychiatrica. Psychiatrist Dr Neil Scheurich looks at the intersection between the arts and psychiatry. There are lots of interesting articles. Buckeye Psychiatry LLC. Blog by psychiatrist Dr Adam Brandemihl covers a variety of topics including tips on lifestyle and news updates. Biological Therapies in Psychiatry. Dr Alan Gelenberg writes about biological therapies in psychiatry. Carlat Psychiatry Blog. Blog by psychiatrist Dr Dan Carlat examining the relationship between pharmaceutical companies and medical education. CorePsych Blog. Psychiatrist Dr Charles Parker focuses on the science of psychiatry with interesting insights into inestigations and management. Corpus Callosum. Blog by Psychiatrist who writes on a variety of topics with interesting posts on medication. Dr Dymphna’s Diliberations. Blog by psychiatrist Dr Elizabeth Courdes with a focus on pscyhotherapy and pharmacotherapy. Dr Shock. Blog by Assistant Professor of Psychiatry Dr Walter Van Der Broek covering a variety of psychiatry related topics including the intersection of psychiatry and the internet and developments in psychiatric treatment. In Practice Blog. Blog by Dr Peter Kramer with a focus on depression. Dr Jeff and Dr Tanya’s Blog. Psychiatrists Dr Jeffrey Speller and Dr Tanya Korkosz write about psychiatry and also provide useful information on common conditions and treatments. Mark’s Psychiatry. Blog by psychiatrists Dr Tracey Marks on a variety of psychiatry related topics. Minds on Film. Blog by psychiatrist Dr Almeida on the intersection between psychiatry and film. Movies and Mental Illness. Blog by a team of a psychiatrist, psychologist and nurse examining mental illness in the movies in preparation for a book on the subject. Practice What I Preach. A child psychiatrist becomes a mother and describes her experiences. Princeton Psychiatry Blog. Blog about psychiatry by Dr Yitzhak Shnaps. PsychBabel. Blog on psychiatry by Dr S Cho. Psychiatry Fun Blog. Blog where the author advocates a more relaxed approach to writing about psychiatry. Psychiatry in the Mainstream. Blog by Dr Lawrence Choy on psychiatry in popular culture. Shrink Rap Blog. Engaging psychiatry blog by three psychiatrists with lots of interesting articles. The Psychiatrist Blog. Blog by Dr Michelle Tempest looking at the intersection between psychiatry and politics. The Sports Psychiatrist. Blog by Dr Zaakir Yoonas about the intersection between sports and psychiatry.
Psychotherapy: Beck Institute Blog. Blog about CBT from the Beck Institute. EMDR International Association Blog. Blog about EMDR with frequent updates. Jung Currents. Blog about Jung by psychologist Sparky. Jung at Heart. Blog by psychotherapist on Jungian psychoanalysis. Cheryl Fuller. Modern Psychoanalysis. Blog about psychoanalysis although last article is dated 2008. Sara Roizen. Fine art muralist. A creative blog by artist Sara Roizen who is training to become an art therapist. Spread the Word. Blog about EMDR.
Psychology: Advances in the History of Psychology. Clinical Psychology and Pscyhiatry. A closer look. Blog providing a critique of psychiatry and psychology research. CogSci Librarian Review. This is a blog by a librarian with an interest in cognitive neuroscience. Lots of useful insights into the resources librarians offer as well as cognitive neuroscience links. Dr Deb. A psychology blog with articles covering many different areas and which are accessible for a general audience. Exploring Psychology. Blog by psychologist David Webb exploring psychology. F.A.B.L.E – Fictional Aut0biography of Life Experience. Blog about the intersection of literature, neurobiology and psychology by Cole Bitting. Mind Hacks. Popular long-running blog looking at psychology and neuroscience issues. Positive Psychology News Daily. Blog about positive psychology news. PsychCentral. Heavyweight longstanding psychology blog by Dr John Grohal who also runs a forum at his website. Psychotherapy Brown Bag Blog. Blog with insightful analysis of psychological research by Michael and Joye Anstis. We’re Only Human. Blog by Wray Herbert on psychological research appearing in the journal ‘Psychological Science’.
Anthropology: Linguistic Anthropology. Interesting blog about linguistic anthropology relevant to a wide variety of subjects including human evolution. Somatosphere. Science, medicine and Anthropology. Looking at medicine and science from an anthropological perspective.
Blogs about Life with an Illness: Aethelread the Unread. Insightful blog by Aethelread who has recurrent depression and writes engagingly about a number of issues. A Survivor’s Guide to Huntington’s Disease. Blog by Angela F who has been diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease and whose mother also has Huntington’s Disease. Bipolar Mo. Blog by a nurse with Bipolar Illness who is also a musician writing about aspects of his life. Lawyers with Depression. Blog by lawyer Daniel Lukasic about his experience of depression and related subjects.
Blogs about Older Adults: GeriPal: Geriatrics and Palliative Care Blog. Blog about older adult medical topics. Geriatric Pharmacotherapy Blog. Blog about medication treatment in older adults. Global Ageing Network Blog. Blog about ageing with an international slant. The Good Old Age Blog. Blog about healthy aging. The Intentional Aging Collective. Blog about ageing. The New Old Age Blog. Blog about ageing in the New York Times. The 70 Something Blog. Account of life as a septagenerian.
Evolution: Evolutionary Psychiatry. Blog by Dr Emily Deans about Evolutionary Psychiatry. John Hawks Weblog. Blog by Professor John Hawks, anthropologist who specialises in population genetics of human evolution. Laboratory for Evolutionary Endocrinology. Blog about evolutionary aspects of endocrinology. Origins – A History of Beginnings. Blog featuring discussion of and essays about Charles Darwin. Why Evolution is True. Blog by Dr Jerry Coynes and colleagues looking at evolution.
Genetics: The Genetic Genealogist. Blog by a geneticist covering genealogy and related topics in genetics.
Medical Ethics: Medical Ethics Blog. Interesting blog about medical ethics issues by Canadian Journalist Stuart Laidlaw.
Informatics: Allan’s Library. Blog about informatics. Bio Data Blog. Blogging about research software. Health Informatics blog. Blog on health informatics by Dr Chris Paton. Mobile Healthcare Blog. Blog about mobile healthcare technology. New Media Medicine Blog. Blog with useful links to health informatics resources. Open Medicine. Blog about health informatics. Open MRS. Blog about the development of an open health database. Science in the Open. Blog about open science Cameron Neylon. Significant Science. Blog by Hope Leman about the open science movement. The O’Really Blog. Blog by Duncan Hull on bioinformatics written in an accessible style. Wolfram Alpha Blog. Blog about Wolfram Alpha search engine.
Miscellaneous: Beaker – A Medical Research Blog. A blog relating to medical research at the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute. Brains on Purpose. Blog with a focus on conflict resolution and related areas in neuroscience. Dream Journal. Blog about submitted dream content with analysis. Seth Godin’s Blog. Blog by popular author about many subjects. Singularity Hub. Blog with a focus on emerging health technologies. Stu’s News and Views. Frequent news and information updates about Multiple Sclerosis.
Neurology: Brain Disease’s Weblog. Blog by Assistant Professor of Neurology Dr Nitin Sethi looks at the neurological literature. Neurology Minutiae Blog. Blog featuring details of neurological cases and insights.
Neuropathology: Neuropathology Blog. Interesting blog on neuropathology by Dr Brian Moore.
Neuroradiology: AJNR. Blog of the American Journal of Neuroradiology.
Neuroscience: All in the Mind. Blog by science journalist Natasha Mitchell who also features in the radio show of the same name. Brain Posts. Dr Bill Yates writes about clinical neuroscience. Brain Stimulant. Blog looking at many interesting neuroscience articles including neural prosthetics and computational neuroscience. Citation Needed. Blog by neuroscientist Tal Yarkoni. Dharmendra S Modha’s Cognitive Computing Blog. Blog looking at IBM’s Blue Brain project and other developments in cognitive computing. The Frontal Cortex Blog. Blog by Jonas Lehrer about a variety of neuroscience subjects. The Mouse Trap. Blog by polymath Sandeep Gautam on neuroscience topics as well as interesting theories that he is developing. Neurocritic. Nice blog with critiques of neuroimaging studies and insights into neuroscience. Neuroskeptic. A neuroscientist who takes a ‘sceptical look at his own field’. Nou Stuff. Blog by neuroscientist Maria Page covering lots of interesting research in neuroscience. On The Brain. Blog by neuroscientist Professor Michael Merzenich who focuses in particular on neural plasticity. Small Gray Matters. Insights into fMRI by a neuroscientist.
Nursing: Mental Nurse. Enjoyable blog by a group of mental health nurses with a range of perspectives on mental health issues. Sadly the blog has disappeared when the domain name lapsed. However ‘This Week in Mentalists’ a feature of the blog has found a home on another site here.
Occupational Therapy: ABC Therapeutics Weblog. Fascinating and at times poignant blog about occupational therapy with heavyweight analysis.
Palaeontology: Palaeoblog. Interesting blog by Dr Michael Ryan covering a wide array of material relevant to palaeontology.
Pharmacology: Furious Seasons. Blog by journalist Philip Dawdy who has Bipolar Illness and writes about a number of issues relating to psychiatry and pharma. Pharma Blog. Blog looking at pharmaceutical news giving a broad overview of developments in the field. Pharmacology Corner. Blog by Dr Flavio Guzman about pharmacology.
Sociology: Everyday Sociology. A blog on sociology by a group of sociologists giving insights into contemporary events. The New Social Worker’s Blog. Insights into social work by a social worker student.
Statistics: Social Science Statistics Blog. Engaging articles on social science statistics of particular relevance to those involved in social science research.
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