“how the brain works”

Are you a devilish Leftie?

Left handed people have, throughout history, been regarded at best as rather odd and at worst as evil and in league with the devil! In fact, the word “sinister” is derived from the Latin word for ‘left’. But are left handed people using their brains differently to right handed people?

By Joanna | Medical Education
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17

The ABC’s of Aphasia

Whether from a stroke, brain injury or tumours, if certain parts of the brain are damaged your ability to communicate will be impaired.  Aphasia is a neurological disorder that reduces the ability to speak, read and/or write.  The damage to these areas in your brain also affects your language processing skills, so that your ability […]

By Joanna | Medical Education . Therapy
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Phantom Limb Pain & The Man Whose Leg Was Attached to His Arm

Limbs are amazing and complex things, especially in terms of the way our brain communicates with them. Unlike some animals, we humans can’t simply regrow a limb if we lose it. What’s more, our body’s control systems can become seriously confused. Take the phenomenon of phantom limb pain, which is often experienced by amputees. People who have lost […]

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Phantom Limb Pain & The Man Whose Leg Was Attached to His Arm

Limbs are amazing and complex things, especially in terms of the way our brain communicates with them. Unlike some animals, we humans can’t simply regrow a limb if we lose it. What’s more, our body’s control systems can become seriously confused. Take the phenomenon of phantom limb pain, which is often experienced by amputees.

By Joanna | Biology . Medical Education
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Do You Believe in Ghosts?

Science itself can be spooky enough, yet millions of people believe in ghosts: a 2005 Gallup poll found that over a third of Americans reckon houses can be haunted, while some 32 per cent believed specifically in ghosts. More recently, a 2013 HuffPost/YouGov poll indicated that 45 per cent thought ghosts exist. According to some, a […]

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What is Proprioception and why does it matter?

The term Proprioception refers to our sense of ourselves.  That probably sounds a bit vague but try this little test and you’ll see what we mean.  Try this experiment: First close your eyes. Raise both hands above your head and keep them still.. no finger wiggling! Keeping your eyes closed, now touch the end of […]

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