The editor of Blogs.com from Six Apart asked me to write a guest post with my picks for the 10 Best Brain Blogs which was published today.
10 Best Brain Blogs includes my favorites from some of the leading minds in neuroscience, neurotechnology, and brain fitness. These blogs cover topics ranging from neuroplasticity, anthropology, and neurobiology to brain training programs and so much more. The list offers a little something to engage anybody’s prefrontal cortex! I hope you like it.
To read 10 Best Brain Blogs visit http://bit.ly/LGaPi.
I’m eager to watch The Music Instinct: Science and Song, a two-hour documentary on the science of music, which premieres tonight at 9 p.m. (ET) on PBS. Check your local listings. One of my favorite neuroscientists Daniel Levitin author of This is Your Brain on Music and The World in Six Songs is co-host and will be doing a live Q & A on Twitter @danlevitin during the broadcast. Use hashtag #musicinstinct in Twitter search to follow or join the conversation.
Although I have not yet seen the program I know it will be outstanding. Why? In part because my friend Don Campbell, author of The Mozart Effect and nearly two dozen other books on the power of music was one of the first co-producers for two years. A decade in the making, The Music Instinct should prove to be a key resource for anyone interested in music and the brain.
Yo Yo Ma plays Bach, Bobby McFerrin creates an improvised melody with his son Tyler, and the acclaimed percussionist Evelyn Glennie, who happens to be deaf, shares how she hears music through the vibrations in her body (bone conduction). There is so much more; music and evolution, medicine, the brain, the physics of sounds, and interviews, need I say more?
I’ll be joining the conversation on Twitter @alexdoman. Hope to see you there! Please share your thoughts here after you watch.
1 in 20 children experiences symptoms of Sensory Processing Disorder that are significant enough to affect their ability to participate fully in everyday life. Symptoms of SPD, like those of most disorders, occur within a broad spectrum of severity. While most of us have occasional difficulties processing sensory information, for children and adults with SPD, these difficulties are chronic, and they disrupt everyday life. Source: SPD Foundation
What’s an Sensory Processing Disorder? When the brain receives sensory signals that don’t get organized into appropriate responses. This creates challenges in all areas of life. Through my work at Advanced Brain Technologies I interface with occupational therapists worldwide that treat children and adults with this condition on a daily basis. They generally have a good handle on how to provide effective treatment, often using The Listening Program® as part of a comprehensive treatment approach. Yet, there is no diagnostic recognition for SPD, so insurance generally does not reimburse for treatment, meaning many go without.
The SPD Foundation is advocating inclusion of Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) in the DSM-V (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual), which will be published in 2012. The DSM classifies all childhood and adult mental health and developmental disorders. Currently, SPD is not covered by the DSM categories, and its absence limits awareness of the disorder and contributes to the misdiagnosis and inappropriate therapeutic treatment of children.
The inclusion of SPD in the DSM will foster correct diagnoses and will open doors for further research about the underlying cause of and treatments for SPD. The addition of SPD in the DSM will also facilitate reimbursement for treatment.
If you support diagnositic recognition for SPD please sign the DSM petition by clicking here http://www.spdfoundation.net/petition.php
On June 1st I was interviewed by Dr. Rory Stern about the overlap of ADHD and Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) symptoms for the ADHD Family Summit. Based on the reponse to this interview I will be expanding on this topic and making more resources available at www.advancebrain.com in the future.
If you didn’t get a chance to listen here is a link to the interview and transcript. http://www.advancedbrain.com/abt-news/adhd-family-summit-interview.html