Category Archives: Videos

Spotlight Study: SITran Identifies Promising New Parkinson’s Drug

As I will be starting my second year at the University of Sheffield this year I very proud to present this article to you! I hope you enjoy:

A new drug has been identified by the Sheffield Institute for Translation Neuroscience (SITraN), which shows potential of being able to “stop faulty brain cells dying and slow down the progression of Parkinson’s” disease (University of Sheffield, 2013). This synthetic drug called ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) was one of the 2,000 tested by the researchers, which could make faulty mitochondria healthy again. These faulty mitochondria are one the “main reasons why brain cells die” in Parkinson’s disease (University of Sheffield, 2013). One of the most promising aspects of UDCA is that it has already been in used to treat forms of liver disease, meaning clinical trails to test the drug as a Parkinson’s treatment can begin right away.

UCDA offers new hope for the millions of people affected with Parkinson’s disease, a basal ganglia disorder affecting basic movement leading to depression, anxiety and basic dysfunction. This new drug, unlike those before, will be able to treat the disease itself rather than the symptoms.

According to ScienceDaily, Parkinson’s UK believes this drug brings us closer to a cure for Parkinson’s.


University of Sheffield. “Ground breaking research identifies promising drugs for treating Parkinson’s.” ScienceDaily, 3 Sep. 2013. Web. 20 Sep. 2013.

TED Talk – Jim Fallon: Exploring the mind of a killer

The other day I was listening to SciFri’s online podcasts and I stumbled upon an interview with Dr. Jim Fallon. Jim Fallon is a neuroscientist and professor emeritus at the University of California Irvine. In the interview with NPR’s Ira Flatow, Dr. Fallon tells the tale of how he discovered he has the brain of a psychopath. In this TED talk Fallon does not speak about how he found this out, but he does talk about his family history which does include many murders and in particular, one very famous one. Both video and audio podcast delve into how genetics play into the making of a criminal but also how our environment can to a large extent prevent many from ever veering into criminality.

Profile of a Psychologist: Adelbert Ames, Jr.

Adelbert Ames

The Ames Room was named after the American ophthalmologist Adelbert Ames Jr.. It was first constructed in 1946 based on a concept contrived from Herman Helmholtz. The Ames room functions on the back of two different illusions. The room appears cubic when view from the right angel when in actuality it is trapezoidal and people and objects appear to grow or shrink when they move from one side of the room to the other.

Ames Room