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Concussion (2015)

If I'm asked what my favorite movie is, I'll think hard about it for a few seconds and tell you "I'm unable to pick a favorite because they're just so many good movies out," but I just stumbled unto something amazing - The 2015 movie Concussion starring Will Smith. Yes, I'm late, we're four months into ...

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

According to The Dana Foundation, "It's Alcohol Awareness Month, National Autism Awareness month, and Sports Eye Safety Month." So let's take a cue from them and talk about some really important things. We've already done some Alcohol Awareness in a previous post, so you can always revisit that post if you haven't already checked it out, ...

The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind (NY Times)

Barbara K. Lipska, a neuroscientist, is the director of the Human Brain Collection Core at the National Institute of Mental Health and this is her story ... As the director of the human brain bank at the National Institute of Mental Health, I am surrounded by brains, some floating in jars of formalin and others ...

HIV & the Brain – HAND

  When you think 'Africa', what's the first disease that pops into your head? HIV? AIDS? Well, that's accurate! In Nigeria alone, there were approximately 3.4 million people living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and 170 thousand deaths due to Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) in 2014 (source: UNAIDS). You can only imagine how much ...

Brain Awareness Week (BAW)

  It's that exciting time of the year where we celebrate Brain Awareness Week (BAW) all around the world! BAW is a global campaign to increase awareness and understanding of brain research, its progress, benefits, and to advocate for research funding. It is always celebrated on the 3rd week of March; this year, it runs from March ...

Let’s have a drink & talk ’bout what it does your brain!

We're only serving alcohol, and if it isn't your preference, we apologise. You're welcome to sit with the party though, you might learn a thing or two! Ethanol a.k.a Alcohol, a substance found in wine, beer, cider, mead and liquor is produced by the fermentation of yeast, sugar and starches. Contrary to the popular saying 'I got ...

Who ends up in a psychiatric hospital in Nigeria?

'Mad people', right? Have you ever thought about what makes them 'mad'? Unfortunately most religious Nigerians would like to think there's something spiritual behind most 'mad' people, if not all of them. This notion is very wrong, so we're going to correct that misconception. A psychiatric hospital specialises in the treatment of mental disorders. [A modern psychiatric ...

Blood pressure on the brain

Fapohunda Foluso asked What is the relationship between blood pressure on the brain and intensive mental or cognitive activities? Blood pressure on the brain is just like blood pressure of the rest of the body. Blood vessels are present in the brain like they are in the rest of the body. The brain requires oxygen, ...

What do you know about your medication?

I recently volunteered to be part of the psychotherapy team at the psychiatry hospital I currently work in, and during the first group therapy session, I asked the patients if they knew the names of their medications, their effects and their side effects. Their response were quit disturbing. The only knew the number and colour of tablets ...

Welcome to NeuroGist!

For anyone interested in learning about that 'mushy-looking' thing reside in your skull, you just found a one-stop! This platform is for everything neuroscience and it's targeted at the general public. There's a pressing need for neuro-awareness, especially in Nigeria, and here's an attempt to spread the neuroscience word!  My name is Wendy Olamide Lasisi ...