Circadian Rythm

Hello Everyone,
I started a research recently about the Circadian Rhythm and how people who work in night shifts
and those in morning shifts have different sleeping patterns, behave and eat, also evaluated physical differences and their neurological function using math quizzes, brain teasers and also balance tests for the cerebellar function,

I would like to take this research to the next level and have someone do the same to 8 or more people who have different sleep patterns (work in the morning/night only) and tell me what they can find out by doing the same test the I mentioned.

My first 2 subjects were a Dj and a morning shift engineer, they were smokers and both were terminal disease free, I obtained the following results:
The Dj had low adaptability, he was fat (not obese), he ate randomly (lack of balance in the orexin/ghrelin secretion), his answers to the questionnaires were slower and less accurate, he was
constantly asking questions for clarification.

The worker was sharp, he was organized, he was always stressed with work, he had freckles(constant work in the sun), he solved the questionnaires a lot faster than the Dj.

If someone can further help me with my research, they would certainly do great good, if you are willing to help contact me on my email : Majed.Light@yahoo.com,
the more people assisting with this the greater the result and the better the conclusion as I barely have the time to conduct a survey myself alone and it's too expensive to hire people, I hope that I may reach a solid conclusion about the effect of sleep pattern and Circadian Rhythm

PS: I study in UMF Carol Davilla university and I also work in the research group but the lab projects are all taken by other students so I have to do my own research.
scully

Mitochondrial disease

I'm making a student presentation on mitoochondrial disease (15 minute lecture).

As I'm sitting here reading my articles, it seems to me that a lot of the dieases are "more prevalent in Northern Europe" (be it nuclear or mitochondrial mutations affecting mitochondrial function).

Coincidentally, I am in Norway, so maybe that's why this popped out. I haven't actually sat down and mapped the prevalences of the mutations. ;)

I was wondering if any of you guys know why this might be the case? Does it suggest that a specific group of people spread into the Scandinavias? Does it have anything to do with the Sami population (I know that some native american populations have a high incidende of specific mutations).

Examples are Leber's and Kjell's optic neurpathies, also PolG mutations leading to Alper's syndrome.

(x-posted to biology)
Plage

Article request

Dear colleagues!

I will be very happy to read the following article, but I have no subscription for it. Can anybody help me?

Cell Communication and Adhesion,
August 2011, Vol. 18, No. 4
Norepinephrine inhibits intercellular coupling in rat cardiomyocytes by ubiquitination of connexin43 gap junctions
Sarah Mollerup, Johannes P. Hofgaard, Thomas H. Braunstein, Ane Kjenseth, Edward Leithe, Edgar Rivedal, Niels-Henrik Holstein-Rathlou, and Morten Schak Nielsen

Thank you in advance,
olga239 (at) gmail.com

wind

(no subject)

I'm an undergraduate who just became interested in neuroscience this month, so please excuse any errors in my "explanation" and I welcome any corrections. I'm reading a book about brain plasticity - previously thought to be impossible, but fairly recently proven as, to some extent, a reality of the nature of the brain. In short and over-simplistic summary, phantom libs have been explained as such: because the brain map interprets sensory information of your arms, or example, in close proximity to where it interprets sensory information from the face, your brain can actually experience physical feelings of the amputated limb when the skin of the face is stimulated. Pain of the phantom limb can also be neurologically explained with similar methods, though is more complicated (even in the simplest of terms) and I will not go into it here ("frozen" neural circuits and the like).

I personally find this to be really fascinating - it's like neuroscience that meets quantum mechanics and philosophy as they pertain to what we consider to be "real."

I'm looking for articles, books, etc on similar findings. Any help? Thanks a bunch.
Mmmm... brains

Master's of Neurocognitive Psychology

Hi all! A little while ago, I posted here about the new Master's of Neurocognitive Psychology here at the University of Oldenburg, Germany. We've finally gotten our new posters printed up, so I thought I would pop back in and share one.




Because we run on a winter/summer semester schedule, applications are due much later than in the UK or the States (deadline July 15th for the winter term which begins October 1st). Tuition and fees per semester are 769.50 Euros. You do not need to speak German in order to study this course. It's taught completely in English. Most students and faculty outside of the program speak English as well. Both the psych department and the International Student Office have experience working with students from all over the world, so there are plenty of resources available to foreign students.

X posted to psych_students and psychology
Mmmm... brains

Hunting for a master's program?

Hi! My name is Jen and I'm a hybrid German/American. Recently the head of my department (I finished my degree in Cognitive Neuroscience not two weeks ago!) asked me if I'd be interested in doing some international advertising for our MSc. Neurocognitive Psychology program. I said, "Sure!" and then promptly realized that I have no idea how to go about doing this. So I turn to you, fellow LJers, for your ideas as far as platforms go.

What did you look for in a Master's?
Where did you look for Master's?
Did you consider studying outside of your home country? Why or why not?

We're an average sized Uni in the north of Germany, about an hour south of the North Sea and an hour East of Holland. Some of our pros are that tuition and fees add up to under 800 Euros per semester and that we are a small enough department that even lowly Bachelor students get practical experience using fMRI, EEG and TMS. That is the short version of it, just for now.

I'm working to get our website updated and a bit... um... smoother looking. If you're interested, here's the link:

http://www.psychologie.uni-oldenburg.de/46632.html

Possibly Irrelevant Question

I'm not really sure if neuroscience encompasses neuropsychology, but it's the latter that I'm interested in. So please excuse me if I'm posting in the wrong community. My question is, what would I, as a high school student, have to do in order to become a neuropsychologist? I understand that the sciences and higher level mathematics classes are recommended during my time in high-school, but what would I major in when I go to college? I've read that one can either major in Biology or Psychology for their baccalaureate, but what after that?

Community Regarding Frontal or Temporal Lobe Brain Injury

Hello all,

There wasn't a community geared toward being supportive of those affected by frontal or temporal lobe brain injury, so I recently created one.

Here is a synopsis of the community:
WHO is this community for? People affected by frontal or temporal lobe traumatic brain injury (tbi) in one or more of the following ways: has a frontal or temporal tbi, interact with someone who has that, relevant medical professionals, students, and those simply interested in making a positive difference in the lives of those affected by that.
WHAT are this community's goals? Bringing individuals together to communicate with each other, discuss relevant topics, and share resources, support, and inspiration.

The community is located at http://community.livejournal.com/front_tmprl_tbi . I look forward to seeing you there. If you have any questions, please feel free to drop me a note.

Kind regards,
trustpects