What kinds of drugs (medical or recreational) might you take in order to ensure you are able to lucid dream when you fall asleep? Far-out theories are fine as this is for a story.
The more details the better, re: neurological elements involved with memory or self-awareness.
posted by egeanin
on Jul 24, 2013 -
So I have been working in an entirely different field for the last years and was never entirely sure about what I wanted to do with my life. I am certain at this point that I want to work in a field which involves, you know, nervous systems. Unsurprisingly, I am thinking of academia. [more inside]
posted by epibatidine
on May 26, 2013 -
You are a neurologist/know a neurologist/have seen a neurologist/have read really good books with neurologists in them.
I want to know everything you can tell me about what it's like a on day to day basis to be a neurologist. [more inside]
posted by Calicatt
on Dec 15, 2012 -
Neuropharmacologyfilter. Brief me on the practical basics (and the theoretical rudiments) of what it means to have a chemical in one's "system." [more inside]
posted by foursentences
on May 27, 2012 -
How and why do we become accustomed to smells? What makes some odours personally super-pungent one day and unnoticed 'background noise' later on, despite the smell remaining objectively unchanged? [more inside]
posted by peacay
on May 19, 2012 -
Looking for info, advice, doctor recommendations related to idiopathic intracranial hypertension and neurology in NYC. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Dec 18, 2011 -
What medical problem did I experience I few years ago? It baffled the doctors at the time - can you diagnose it now? [more inside]
posted by cincinnatus c
on Nov 3, 2011 -
Sometimes when I'm concentrating, I unconsciously and involuntarily clap / clench my muscles / make nonverbal noises. I've done this ever since I was a child. What am I doing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Aug 21, 2011 -
YANMD, YANAD. But, do you have any idea what might be going on with my hand/arm/fingers? General description: sharp, acute pain and lack of mobility, followed by growing tingling, burning, itching sensation. WAY more details inside. [more inside]
posted by strixus
on Jun 1, 2011 -
I know YANMD, and you're not giving medical advice. But help me understand some medical info while I wait for my followup. [more inside]
posted by Fire
on Jan 26, 2011 -
I recently read about a study that found the brain thinks in more security-oriented ways after the birth of one's first child. I can no longer find it. Folk wisdom seems to say that once you have a child, your values usually change and you are a different person. Is there research for or against chemical and neurological changes in parents?
posted by matt_arnold
on Sep 10, 2010 -
Has there been any research done on whether reading Proust changes your cognitive processes? [more inside]
posted by Omon Ra
on Aug 27, 2010 -
Looking for research on the human brain's susceptibility to suggestion/environmental cues? [more inside]
posted by Andrhia
on Mar 6, 2010 -
I'm starting a 3 month research project in a neuroscience lab as part of my Masters program. What should I know/do in order to make it go as smoothly as possible? [more inside]
posted by snoogles
on Dec 27, 2009 -
For the past year, caffeine has had a strange effect on me. I drink soda or coffee -- and within minutes, I feel groggy, fuzzy headed, and almost kind of drunk. I get absolutely no stimulating effects. The more I drink, the more fuzzy-drunk I feel. Caffeine used to make me feel wonderful -- awake, cheerful, on-point. I've never drank an excessive amount (2 coffees a day, max). Can anyone explain what might be going on in my brain chemicals?
posted by the jam
on Jun 24, 2009 -
I just had an MRI and MRA in response to these issues
, and the radiologist's report should be relayed to me in a day or two. I've already had one normal CT scan. I received a copy of all the images from this scan - should I look at them? [more inside]
posted by elektrotechnicus
on May 29, 2009 -
as a twenty-something, how do i address possible memory/cognitive issues with a doctor without both of us thinking i'm crazy? or am i crazy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on May 20, 2009 -
Since I last posted I've been feeling much better, but now have very new and strange symptoms. I've been seeing flashes in my vision, felt like I was misreading text or having difficulty expressing myself verbally (words came a bit more slowly than usual), and went to the ER when I saw (and a friend confirmed) my pupils were unevenly dilated
. I've also had a recurring, painless rash
of tiny red dots that is only ever present on my right hand, and comes and goes rather quickly. All symptoms started two or three weeks ago. I can't see a doctor for a week or two, but when I can, what kind should I see and what should I ask about? [more inside]
posted by elektrotechnicus
on Apr 28, 2009 -
I want to get pictures of my brain. What kind of pictures and how? Or is this ridiculous? [more inside]
posted by dame
on Feb 4, 2009 -
I am approaching 40. How do I stop my brain turning to mush?
posted by MrMerlot
on Dec 21, 2008 -
Would it be feasible to have a small electrode permanently implanted in my brain? [more inside]
posted by waxboy
on Oct 16, 2008 -
The thought or visuals of old people falling sends literal shivers down my spine. What's going on, psycho-bio-neuro-logically? What causes a physical reaction to an unpleasant idea? This seems deeply wired, is it "innate" in the brain?
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed
on Jul 30, 2008 -
Jill Bolte Taylor
uses a very clear cut dichotomy when explaining the respective roles of the left and right hemisphere: one is oriented towards parrallel processing of sense data, the other towards serial, conscious, target-oriented processing.
Is this reflective of the modern state of the art neurological schientific knowledge? It's an intuitively attractive explanation. But is it true? It sounds simplistic. [more inside]
posted by jouke
on Apr 22, 2008 -
Can Fibromyalgia mimic the symptoms of a serious neurological illness? Do any Fibromyalgia sufferers out there have symptoms like mine, or have I been misdiagnosed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Apr 11, 2008 -
I have Tourette Syndrome, and I can't stop jumping up and down. Help me rewire my defective brain to channel this activity into something less destructive. [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana
on Mar 31, 2008 -
Name-my-major, Hivemind. So I go to an unusual school in that we don't have clear-cut majors, and we basically pick an area of "focus". I'm actually currently (unofficially) studying my own brain, because it's strangely hampered in certain capacities (like the process of reading music, despite being very musical and understanding cognitively exactly what's going on), or performing basic math (despite endless repetition). It's also weirdly bolstered in other regards: I have an unbelievable propensity for forming the visual "distortions" one might associate with hallucinogens. [more inside]
posted by dmaterialized
on Mar 13, 2008 -
My mother remembers events incorrectly, but is convinced
this was how it happened.
Is there a term for this? What can it be a symptom of? Is it common?
Is it psychological, neurological, sth-else-ical? [more inside]
posted by ClarissaWAM
on Sep 17, 2007 -
Why do people tend to gravitate more strongly towards music that was popular in their teen years? [more inside]
posted by desjardins
on Jul 30, 2007 -
I have intense, constant muscle tension on the right side of my neck. I think Botox will help, but my neurologists think it won't. Either convince me they're right or convince me I'm wrong. Oh, and is the anticholinergic drug I took three days ago making this problem worse? If so, what do I do about it?
posted by Clay201
on Jul 1, 2007 -
I and some others I've spoken to have the ability to see a plethora of random images or movies (and sometimes sounds or other sense-imagery) in our imaginations at will. These manifest when we relax our minds a little and will the images to come -- they might be connected or not, bizarre or not -- a lot like dreams, really. What is the scientific name for this phenomenon and how common is it?
posted by Malad
on Jun 21, 2007 -
Can you please recommend a great neurologist in the New Haven County (Connecticut) area? [more inside]
posted by sneakin
on Jun 15, 2007 -
Hypotension/hypovolemia as a low-pass filter: I got cut, I went into shock, and then everything started sounding funny. I'd guess it was a 40 dB (±10) rolloff, which began near 200 Hz (±50) and left me with nothing above 1kHz. How in the world? Story, discussion of numeric estimates, off-the-cuff physiological speculations, etc... [more inside]
posted by eritain
on May 12, 2007 -
Out of curiosity: sometimes when I hear people talk, I get a strange feeling in the back of my head. [more inside]
posted by god particle
on Apr 30, 2007 -
I become dull and emotionless for stretches of 3-5 hours at a time. I don't feel depressed, I just feel absolutely nothing. I can play my favorite, rock-out song and it feels the same as listening to CSPAN. I can kiss my girlfriend and I might as well be kissing my hand. It happens regularly, usually in the afternoon, but not every day. Sometimes coffee or food can snap me out of it, sometimes not. The difference between being in or out this "mode" is very distinct. When I'm not in the "mode", I experience a pretty full, normal range of emotions and I'm not what you'd call depressed at all. Have other people experienced this? Any ideas of what causes it or how I can beat it? I hate missing out on experiences while stuck in this zombie-land.
posted by anonymous
on Dec 18, 2006 -
From the age of 17 until about 30, I was doing alot of 'partying', enough binge drinking and bong tokes to have surely killed a lot of brain cells. Currently I may go out hard like once every two months. I always partied like a rockstar, and have probably 'forgotten' more wild nights than my tamer aquaintances have probably ever experienced. I am not exactly proud of this. And now, after all these years of neurological irresponsibility, I seem to be walking around in a constant cognitive haze. Some days are better than others, but for the most part, I feel like I just woke up, feeling groggy, all day long. A kind of perma-fog. All of my cognitive functions seem to be a little numbed. My question for all the neurologists out there is what is causing this post-hangover fog on my brain, will it ever go away, and what can I do to lift it away. Do I need to get a B12 injection, eat lots of fish, lay off the sauce, or am I simply going to be in this purple haze forever.....
posted by jasondigitized
on Oct 3, 2006 -