Sunday, February 07, 2016

"My Beautiful Broken Brain" Coming to Netflix in Mid-March

"My Beautiful Broken Brain" is a documentary by filmmaker Lotje Sodderland about her life after experiencing an hemorrhagic stroke. It was a Kickstarter-funded project. It is co-directed by Lotje and Sophie Robinson. Both are joined by David Lynch as Executive Directors of the film.

Film website: My Beautiful Broken Brain

Available on Netflix in mid-March after its SXSW premiere.

(Here is an article by Lotje Sodderland written for The Guardian in late November, 2015: I felt as if I had become fear itself.)

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

INS Annual Meeting Begins Today in Boston

The 44th Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society (INS) begins today in Boston.

The homepage of of the meeting can be found here.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Torture Psychology and the American Psychological Association (APA)

Again and again and again ...

"Pentagon Wants Psychologists to End Ban on Interrogation Role"
by James Risen
The New York Times
24 January 2016

Read article here

[Photo by Anthony Risser, 15 June 2008, Philadelphia]

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Amnesia Fiction From Joyce Carol Oates

The new novel from Joyce Carol Oates is about a person with amnesia and his relationship with his clinical scientist. Place this work of fiction adjacent to the non-fiction work about Patient H.M and - voila! - the covers seem to create what could be another story!

I will be writing and posting a review of the Joyce Carol Oates novel here next week.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

MOOC: "The Many Faces of Dementia"

UCL (University College London) is presenting a four-week MOOC on the FutureLearn platform (no cost) titled "The Many Faces of Dementia".

The course begins on 14th March.

Course Description

Four domains are explored: Familial Alzheimer's Disease, bvFTD, Dementia with Lewy Bodies, and Posterior Cortical Atrophy.

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Lumosity Settles with US Federal Trade Commission

Lumosity to Pay $2 Million to Settle FTC Deceptive Advertising Charges for Its “Brain Training” Program
Company Claimed Program Would Sharpen Performance in Everyday Life and Protect Against Cognitive Decline
For Release
January 5, 2016

FTC Press Release

Case Timeline here

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Zika Virus Infection: Basic Online Resources

Pan-American Health Organisation

PubMed Search Results for "Zika Virus"
Search Results


WHO 21 October 2015

Microcephaly -

NINDS Microcephaly Information Page
Basic Information Webpage

ECDC "Rapid Risk Assessment" on risk of microcephaly in Zika virus infection (24 Nov 2015)
pdf Paper

Monday, December 21, 2015

""Concussion' Lies" - From Slate

A good read from Slate about the movie, "Concussion":

Concussion Lies
by Daniel Engber
21 December 2015

Concussion Lies (link)

Don't mistake drama for truth, fiction for fact, excellent acting for documentary accuracy.

And, in the bigger picture, the loudness of an argument for the sound scientific basis of that argument.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

OBIT: Dr. Otfried Spreen (Victoria Times-Colonist)

Saturday, December 12, 2015

FDA Public Meeting on Computerized Cognitive Assessment

Public Workshop - Neurodiagnostics and Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation Medical Devices Workshop, November 19-20, 2015

Meeting homepage with links to agenda, background papers, and webcast streams from the meeting.


"The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing the following two-day public workshop entitled, “Neurodiagnostics and Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation Medical Devices Workshop.” The focus of the first day of the workshop will be cognitive assessment medical devices, which are intended to provide healthcare professionals with an evaluation of cognitive function through non-invasive measurements. The focus of the second day of the workshop will be non-invasive brain stimulation medical devices, which are medical devices that are intended to improve, affect, or otherwise modify the cognitive function of a normal individual (i.e., without a treatment objective) by means of non-invasive electrical or electromagnetic stimulation to the head. The purpose of this workshop is to obtain public input and feedback on scientific, clinical, and regulatory considerations associated with medical devices for assessing and influencing cognitive function."


Friday, December 04, 2015

Dr. Otfried Spreen

Dr. Otfried Spreen died, aged 89, on the 29th of November.

A colleague, a mentor, a professor for so many of us in neuropsychology.

A true gentleman.

A true academic.

Our profession will miss him and his contributions.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Kerry deS. Hamsher, Ph.D., ABPP

Dr. Kerry Hamsher died on 23rd October, 2015.

Dr. Hamsher's commitment to neuropsychology as a science and as a profession was an ever-present one. His was an encyclopedic and sharp mind that could wrap itself around any clinical topic related to the central nervous system and behavior.

He was indefatiguable in his pursuit of best practices for the education and post-graduate training of neuropsychologists. He was an essential participant in the work of the Houston Conference and within the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology (ABCN). His two-year fellowship program at the Neurology Department of the University of Wisconsin Medical School – Milwaukee Clinical Campus during the decade of the 1980s was to become a model of post-graduate training in neuropsychology.

A student of Dr. Arthur L. Benton, he was instrumental in the development of the Multilingual Aphasia Examination (MAE), the Facial Recognition Test (FRT), the Judgment of Line Orientation test (JLO), and the Presidents Test (PT). He was a co-author of the influential “Contributions to Neuropsychological Assessment: A Clinical Manual” with Dr. Benton and with several other neuropsychologists with whom he was colleagues during his time at the University of Iowa and afterwards.

Among the recognitions and awards he received over the years, he was the recipient of the Distinguished Career Award from International Neuropsychological Society (INS) in 2012. The announcement text for this award opened with this memorable introduction, “Convenimus ut homo liberalis et litterato summo cum ordine!" (We come to pay tribute to a gentleman and scholar of the highest caliber!)


Friday, October 23, 2015

Kerry deS. Hamsher, Ph.D., ABPP

Sunday, September 27, 2015

fMRI Course Coming to Coursera in October

The first part of a two-part course on the topic, Principles of fMRI, opens at Coursera in October.

Addendum: Opening day is Monday, the 12th of October.