August 31, 2011

Misdiagnosis, misinformation, and the psychology of acceptance

Dutch psychologists examined the case of a 58-year old woman misdiagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

The woman sought a neurologist during a particularly stressful time in her life, revealing that her mother suffered from the disease.

Her brain scan revealed hypofrontality (reduced activity) in her forebrain, and performance on a cognitive impairment exam was estimated as "poor," without having actually taken the exam.

The woman's condition deteriorated significantly, wherein she became permanently confused and, eventually, suicidal.

August 13, 2011

Welcome to "Gaines, on Brains"

Welcome to my new blog!

My name is Jordan, and I'm a 22-year old graduate student beginning the pursuit of my Ph.D. in Neuroscience at Penn State. I'm not entirely certain what I'd like to do with my degree yet. I just know that I want a Ph.D., something I've wanted since 8th grade before I even knew what "neuroscience" really was. That could be me wanting to seriously pursue the scientific endeavor with all of my heart and soul, or me wanting to prefix my name with "Dr." without the daunting responsibility of treating patients.