Sunday, October 26, 2014

Something every geeky neuropsychologist should have

With thanks to Les Posen who forwarded the link.

A New Zealand company Brainform offers 3D prints of your own brain from MRI scan files. $430 full scale, $140 half-size. Just the cortex, mind you, no subcortical structures included. No cerebellum either, which the website explains by saying:
"Partly because it looks like a scrotum, partly because the cortex is the most interesting to look at, and partly because sometimes the details of it don't segment out from scans that well."

If you don't have an MRI scan, you can always participate in research that requires an MRI - the site offers a free service linking clients with researchers that are looking for participants (this is also worth knowing if you are looking for subjects). If you don't feel like getting a scan, you can get a stock brain for $360 full scale or $100 half size.

I'm so tempted,

Izabela

A video of a symposium on brain plasticity and healing - with ridiculous number of celebrities

Two days ago University of Alabama had a very interesting symposium. They invited Dalai Lama to discuss brain plasticity with Michael Merzenich  -  who can well be called a father of the whole discipline. To top it up, the symposium was moderated by Dr Norman Doige, the author of the book The Brain that Changes Itself. This is celebrity cast on steroids. I'm looking forward to watching it tonight.

The video of the symposium can be found on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJlmRISL-QA&list=UUOMZCCUBnjdhjhtNAUfkGqg

A warning - the video appears to be almost 3 hours long, although the comment on the front suggests that the event starts at the 26 minute mark.

cheers,

Izabela

Thursday, October 23, 2014

iPad testing in Multiple Sclerosis

There is an interesting test for Multiple Sclerosis progression that uses the iPad in a very different way - attaching it to the back to assess walking and balance, clipping an apparatus to the screen to assess manual dexterity in a pegboard-like task, and a test very similar to coding, but done entirely on the iPad. Check here for a video summary and the full text of the article by Rudick, R. A., Miller, D., Bethoux, F., Rao, S. M., Lee, J. C., Stough, D., et al. The Multiple Sclerosis Performance Test (MSPT): An iPad-Based Disability Assessment Tool. J. Vis. Exp. (88), e51318, doi:10.3791/51318 (2014) for the full info.

Worth seeing to realize how much the iPad can actually do to facilitate testing.

cheers,

Izabela

A new bunch of gadgets for the elderly

I found a new site with a multitude of cool medical gadgets. The ones for the elderly are on http://www.medgadget.com/geriatrics

I am not sure whether I am impressed or truly spooked. How would you like a chair that measures vital signs through your butt? Just being released by EarlySense from Waltham, Massachusets. Or maybe an airbag for the elderly that opens up when they are falling to protect the hips? A true non-fashion statement, considering that you have to wear it outside your clothes. How about sensors that dob you in to your children if you did not make coffee in the morning? The gizmo in question monitors the use of small appliances to detect if something has happened to an elderly person living alone.

And this is only the first page of the gadgets. Go and have a look.

cheers,

Izabela

Saturday, August 23, 2014

A Technology talk next week and the best IT resource of today

I'm giving a talk about technology in private practice for Pearson in Melbourne this coming Friday, 29.8.2014. I'm organizing nice, juicy lists of useful tricks and gadgets, and having a lovely time researching all sorts of stuff.

If anybody is interested in coming, there should still be spots. Check http://learn.pearsonacademy.com.au/au/courses/176-using-technology-in-psychology-practice-tricks-and-gadgets if interested. Please note, spelling is not mine.

Among all the lovely goodies, the juiciest resource I worked with today was unquestioningly the APS guide to practice management software. Beautifully compiled, with web information, contact details, cost and detailed comparison of features. Lovely.

The address is: http://www.psychology.org.au/Assets/Files/Software-for-Psychologists.pdf

It is from April 2013, so somewhat out of date, but still worthwhile.

cheers,
Izabela

Friday, June 27, 2014

Neuro Pope

The links between John Paul II, miracles and neurological disorders explored in Mind Hacks blog:

http://mindhacks.com/2013/07/09/life-of-a-neuro-pope/

enjoy,
Izabela

Everything Oliver Sacks

I've recently found out that Oliver Sacks has a blog
http://www.oliversacks.com/blog/
He doesn't update it personally, but it is still worth reading

His official website is here:
http://www.oliversacks.com/blog/

and it includes a whole bunch of videos
http://www.oliversacks.com/videos/assorted-videos/

He has also a dedicated YouTube channel
https://www.youtube.com/user/OliverSacksMD
with lots of excellent stuff.

You can even sign up for a newsletter
http://www.oliversacks.com/contact/oliver-sacks-newsletter/

He's also got a Facebook and a Twitter page - just search on Oliver Sacks.

Fun,
Izabela