February 22, 2005

The Unconscious Mind

A story on the unconscious mind in US News and World report this week touches upon schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, stating that research into the unconscious mind :

"has revealed fascinating activity out of conscious awareness that may eventually provide clues to more effective treatments."

The story goes further to suggest that in barely conscious patients that have been studied, language centers of the brain show high amounts of activity when they hear personal stories recounted by a family member. Similarly, research on schizophrenia reveals that most who are afflicted have an impaired ability to smell, which researchers think may provide some clue to understanding why they have such difficulty perceiving social cues.

Source: US News and World Report, story "Mysteries of the Mind"


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