Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Dr. Wilder Penfield Digital Collection

Wilder Penfield Digital Collection
Wilder Penfield Digital Collection
McGill University Library and Archives

From the homepage:

"This digital collection consists of a sample of materials selected from McGill University's Osler Library of the History of Medicine's Wilder Penfield Fonds, P142. The images, letters, and other records found here were chosen by the former director of the MNI and close friend of Penfield, Dr. William Feindel, for their significance in documenting both Penfield's life and the history of the Institute. This digitized selection contains material concerning his early life, family, and medical training, the establishment of the MNI, and elements of Penfield's medical research, as well as important peacetime and wartime research and treatment projects carried out by the MNI up until the 1980s."

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Several Upcoming Academic Conferences

There are several relevant academic conferences on the near horizon.

American Neurological Association (ANA)
Baltimore, MD
16-18 October

National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN)
Seattle, WA
19-22 October

Society for Neuroscience (SfN)
San Diego, CA
16-16 November

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

ModPo: Modern and Contemporary American Poetry - Neuroscientists Welcome!

Content from a sharable broadcast message from Al Filreis, Penn professor:

Al Filreis

ModPo is a free, open, non-credit course on modern and contemporary U.S. poetry. It has been hosted since 2012 by the Kelly Writers House at the University of Pennsylvania. The new 10-week session opens on September 10. To enroll, simply go here:

For those who register, the site will be open all year, so if you cannot finish going through the week-by-week syllabus in the ten weeks between mid-September and mid-November, you can always go back and finish any time later.

ModPo hosts weekly live interactive webcasts, and there are meet-ups organized in cities around the world as well as virtual discussion groups arranged around a wide range of interests and affinities. Each of the ModPo TAs hosts weekly office hours.

ModPo is fully described—with an FAQ—here:

This is the fifth year of ModPo. Some 150,000 people from 191 countries have participated since 2012. It is not like other MOOCs (massive open online courses) because it is entirely interactive.

You can see more information about ModPo below.


ModPo is a fast-paced introduction to modern and contemporary U.S. poetry, with an emphasis on experimental verse, from Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman to the present. Participants (who need no prior experience with poetry) will learn how to read poems that are supposedly "difficult." We encounter and discuss the poems one at a time. It's much easier than it seems! Join us and try it!

The next live, interactive 10-week session of ModPo will begin on September 10, 2016, and will conclude on November 21, 2016. Al Filreis will be in touch with you by email before the September 10 start of the course with all the information you'll need to participate.

During the 10 weeks of the course, you will be guided through poems, video discussions of each poem, and community discussions of each poem. And (unique among open online courses) we offer weekly, interactive live webcasts. Our famed TAs also offer office hours throughout the week. We help arrange meet-ups and in-site study groups.

If you are curious about the ModPo team, type "ModPo YouTube introduction" into Google or your favorite search engine, and watch the 20-minute introductory video. You will get an overview of the course and will meet the brilliant TAs, who will be encountering the poems with you all the way to the end.

If you use Facebook, join the always-thriving ModPo group: from inside Facebook, search for "Modern & Contemporary American Poetry" and then request to be added as a member. If you have any questions about ModPo, you can post a question to the FB group and you'll receive an almost instant reply.

We tweet all year long at @ModPoPenn and you can also find ModPo colleagues using the hashtag #ModPoLive.

ModPo is hosted by—and is housed at—the Kelly Writers House at 3805 Locust Walk on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia USA. All ModPo'ers are welcome to visit the Writers House when they are in our area. Our discussions are filmed there. Our live webcasts take place in the famed "Arts Cafe" of the House. To find out what's going on at the Writers House any time, just dial 215-746-POEM.

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Patient H.M.: The Saga Continues

"The Brain That Couldn't Remember"
by Luke Dittrich
The New York Times Sunday Magazine
03 August 2016


This article is adapted from “Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness and Family Secrets” by Luke Dittrich, to be published by Random House on Aug. 9.

Here is the Annese et al. 2014 paper discussed in the feature story: Annese et al. (2014)

Friday, July 22, 2016

Alzheimer's Disease: AAIC16 Annual Meeting (Toronto)

Alzheimer's Association International Conference (July 22-28, Toronto, Canada) has opened!

Here is the homepage: AAIC16

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Happy Birthday, Dr. Milner!

Tomorrow, the 15th of July, is the birthday of Dr. Brenda Milner. Happy birthday!

Video interview: Video History of Medicine in Canada

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

June is Aphasia Awareness Month

June is Aphasia Awareness Month. For the past twenty years or so, this month in North America has been dedicated to promoting a greater knowledge base among the general public as well as the non-CNS professional community about what aphasia is and about the different medical conditions that might result in aphasia.

If you are a clinician or researcher engaged in aphasia-related work of one type or another, this might be a good month to consider a public community talk, an in-service presentation, or a media piece about aphasia.

Here is a media piece I wrote back in 2003 during Aphasia Awareness Month:

Saturday, May 28, 2016

OBIT: Dr. Suzanne Corkin

"Suzanne Corkin, Who Helped Pinpoint Nature of Memory, Dies at 79"
The New York Times
By Benedict Carey
27 May 2016


Friday, April 15, 2016

Torture Psychology and the American Psychological Association (APA): Dr. Arrigo Awarded by AAAS

Earlier this year, Dr. Jean Maria Arrigo was celebrated by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) as the recipient of its 2015 Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Award.

2015 AAAS Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Award Goes to Social Psychologist Jean Maria Arrigo
by Andrea Korte
08 February 2016

Read press release here

[Photo by Anthony Risser, 15 June 2008, Philadelphia]

Torture Psychology and the American Psychological Association (APA)

New developments in torture psychology and the APA, as reported by James Risen in the New York Times:

Critic of Psychologists’ Role in Interrogation Is Asked to Reconsider
By James Risen
The New York Times
15 April 2016


[Photo by Anthony Risser, 15 June 2008, Philadelphia]

American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting (Vancouver, BC)

The annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) has begun. The meeting is taking place in Vancouver. Tweets from the conference appear to be using two hashtags: #AAN16 and #AANAM

Friday, March 25, 2016

Saturday, February 20, 2016

AACN Annual Conference (June 2016, Chicago) Registration Material and Program

The American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology's Annual Conference (June 2016, Chicago) Registration Material and Program are now available, at:

AACN registration

Sunday, February 07, 2016

"My Beautiful Broken Brain" Coming to Netflix in Mid-March

"My Beautiful Broken Brain" is a documentary by filmmaker Lotje Sodderland about her life after experiencing an hemorrhagic stroke. It was a Kickstarter-funded project. It is co-directed by Lotje and Sophie Robinson. Both are joined by David Lynch as Executive Directors of the film.

Film website: My Beautiful Broken Brain

Available on Netflix in mid-March after its SXSW premiere.

(Here is an article by Lotje Sodderland written for The Guardian in late November, 2015: I felt as if I had become fear itself.)

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

INS Annual Meeting Begins Today in Boston

The 44th Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society (INS) begins today in Boston.

The homepage of of the meeting can be found here.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Torture Psychology and the American Psychological Association (APA)

Again and again and again ...

"Pentagon Wants Psychologists to End Ban on Interrogation Role"
by James Risen
The New York Times
24 January 2016

Read article here

[Photo by Anthony Risser, 15 June 2008, Philadelphia]

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Amnesia Fiction From Joyce Carol Oates

The new novel from Joyce Carol Oates is about a person with amnesia and his relationship with his clinical scientist. Place this work of fiction adjacent to the non-fiction work about Patient H.M and - voila! - the covers seem to create what could be another story!

I will be writing and posting a review of the Joyce Carol Oates novel here next week.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

MOOC: "The Many Faces of Dementia"

UCL (University College London) is presenting a four-week MOOC on the FutureLearn platform (no cost) titled "The Many Faces of Dementia".

The course begins on 14th March.

Course Description

Four domains are explored: Familial Alzheimer's Disease, bvFTD, Dementia with Lewy Bodies, and Posterior Cortical Atrophy.

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Lumosity Settles with US Federal Trade Commission

Lumosity to Pay $2 Million to Settle FTC Deceptive Advertising Charges for Its “Brain Training” Program
Company Claimed Program Would Sharpen Performance in Everyday Life and Protect Against Cognitive Decline
For Release
January 5, 2016

FTC Press Release

Case Timeline here