[Magazine] Scientific American Mind. Vol. 19. No 6

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Perhaps contributing to all the excitement about deep-brain stimulation is the fact that it is more than a promising therapy. It is a powerful tool neuroscientists can use to gain insights into the fundamental structure and function of the brain. ” With deep-brain stimulation, on the other hand, what you essentially have is an onoff switch located in a specific part of the brain. By observing what happens to the brain as a whole when that switch is activated, you can glean detailed information about how various brain structures interconnect.

The more an individual believes he can set his own rudder as he pleases, the more likely he is to run aground. That’s one reason why so many smokers who tell you that they can quit whenever they want are still smoking 20 years later. In 1999 psychologists Janet Polivy and C. Peter Herman of the University of Toronto Mississauga coined a term for this phenomenon: false hope syndrome. Over and over, they say, people undertake both small and large changes in their lives. Most of these attempts never get anywhere, thanks to overblown expectations [see “Picture Imperfect,” by David Dunning, Chip Heath and Jerry M.

Perhaps most important, we will be able to identify the brain areas where electrical stimulation will be most effective, further helping patients in dire need. M (Further Reading) u Reversal of Experimental Parkinsonism by Lesions of the Subthalamic u u u u u u u Nucleus. Hagai Bergman, Thomas Wichmann and Mahlon R. DeLong in Science, Vol. 249, pages 1436–1438; September 21, 1990. Lesion of the Subthalamic Nucleus for the Alleviation of 1-Methyl-4Phenyl-1,2,3,6-Tetrahydropyridine (MPTP)-Induced Parkinsonism in the Primate.

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