A substantial amount of research demonstrates that an early-life trauma can profoundly compromise the way in which emotional information is processed, and can predict neuropsychiatric illness, in adulthood. In a recent fMRI study published in the Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, Marusak et al (2015) hypothesized that children who experienced trauma would have a more difficult time […]
About Steven Barnes
Steven J. Barnes is an Instructor in the Department of Psychology at UBC. His neuroscientific expertise lies in the areas of psychiatric disorders, epilepsy, learning and memory, and neuroplasticity. Steven currently has a keen interest in the translation and visualization of knowledge from each of these research areas, but especially from current research on bipolar disorder. Steven also helps direct a peer-run support group for individuals experiencing mental health issues: The Kaleidoscope.
Steven’s current art practice involves the production of new media pieces that aim to inspire dialogue on the ways we think about and use modern technologies (see DPrime), as well as traditional paintings and drawings. He is also a collective member in a Vancouver-based artist-run collective, Gallery Gachet, where he sometimes shows his artwork.
Entries by Steven Barnes
A considerable amount of research suggests that bipolar disorder (BD) is linked to creativity. However, not much is known yet about the underlying mechanisms that may facilitate heightened creativity among those with BD or those at risk for developing it. Many have speculated that creative abilities associated with BD may be influenced by cognitive advantages […]
For nearly 6000 years, people have experimented with psychedelic drugs (e.g., LSD, psilocybin, peyote) as a means of enhancing mental and spiritual experiences, and to achieve greater self insight and growth. More than 30 million adults in the United States have reported trying a psychedelic drug at least once in their life time. Psychedelics […]
For most people, voluntary action, critical thinking, and an awareness of the minds present state are either very limited or completely absent while dreaming. Interestingly, however, those engaged in a lucid dream are able to access these metacognitive skills which can then be used to influence the content of their dreams. In a recent […]
Daniel Fishkin’s Tinnitus installation was just featured in the scientific journal Nature. Read about it here (you need a subscription to read the entire article). To view an installation comparable to the one featured in Nature, you can visit this page. If you want to listen to an audio snippet, you can do so below. I […]
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As you read in Chapter 4 of , neurons can send messages to each other at chemical synapses, via neurotransmitters, and at electrical synapses through gap junctions. But can neurons communicate in other ways? Recent research suggests that neurons transmit electronic signals through the extracellular space, and that such signals can affect the functioning […]