Category: Neuroscience/Mental Health

Facilitated Communication Is Still Pseudoscience

Facilitated communication is a harmful pseudoscientific technique that has managed to survive through rebranding and deception.

/ April 13, 2022

The World’s First Productivity Drink

Magic Mind claims to be the world's first productivity drink. There's no supporting evidence.

/ April 12, 2022

Fetal Signs of Autism

More evidence that ASD is a developmental disorder that begins in the womb.

/ April 6, 2022

Videos Said to be “Proof” that Nonverbal Autistics Can Communicate by Spelling

The father of nonverbal autistic child believes videos constitute proof that other children with autism can communicate by by pointing to letters on a board held by a facilitator to spell out words. He is wrong.

/ March 29, 2022
How the DMED works

Antivaxxers misuse the Defense Medical Epidemiology Database to demonize COVID-19 vaccines

Over the last couple of weeks, a claim that the Defense Medical Epidemiology Database (DMED) shows that COVID-19 vaccines have caused a massive increase in cancer, neurological, and cardiovascular diseases in military personnel has gone viral. A closer look shows that the increases are almost certainly spurious and due to underreporting in previous years.

/ February 7, 2022

Using AI Technology To Treat Mental Illness

AI will likely play a big role in treating mental illness in the future, but quack uses are also likely to proliferate.

/ February 2, 2022

Culture-Bound Psychosomatic Syndromes

In her book Sleeping Beauties, neurologist Suzanne O'Sullivan travels the world to investigate fascinating stories of mass psychogenic illness where social and cultural factors result in symptoms that give voiceless people a way to be heard.

/ January 18, 2022

Mini-Brains for Disease Research

New research on organoid "mini-brains" highlights the potential of this new kind of scientific research.

/ October 27, 2021

Neurological Manifestations of COVID

The more we study COVID, the more apparent it is that neurological symptoms are common and can be long lasting.

/ August 4, 2021

Genetic Testing for Selection of Psychotropic Medications

GeneSight is a blood test to determine which neuropsychiatric medications are indicated for an individual based on genetic analysis. The test is expensive and not likely to be helpful for most patients.

/ August 3, 2021