AMYGDALA [uh-MIG-duh-luh]: two almond-shaped groups of neurons located deep within the center of the brain


I know that my banner says that this blog will focus upon words used in common language.  And today is an exception.   I doubt very much if many of you (or any of you, for that part) use the word amygdala in regular conversations.   Unless, of course, you may happen to be a psychiatrist or […]

CREASE=MEMORY: a new way of looking at the nature of memory


One of my Starbucks friends is a professor of architecture at Roger Williams University in nearby Bristol, Rhode Island. Eleftherios Pavlides is known to me as “Leftherios” and has become someone with whom I have the most fascinating conversations over coffee.  It is not hard to discover that Professor Pavlides is a native of Greece.  […]

SERATONIN [ser-uh-TOH-nin] : a chemical in the body that is involved in sleep, depression, memory, and other neurological processes.

I’m not big into chemistry and technical elements of science.   I found my way through high school biology, cutting up frogs and things like that, but anything beyond that was sketchy. So, when I began to hear about serotonin in medical conversations, articles, and books, I discounted it and just assumed that the medical profession […]

ROSH HASHANAH: a new year for humans, animals and contracts

The ram’s horn is sounded and the annual observance of the beginning of a new year is announced by Jews throughout the world.  The shofar is an ancient instrument removed from the head of a ram and sounded after some practicing to gain the skill of breath-creating sound. Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year has […]

DEMENTIA: severe impairment or loss of intellectual capacity and personality integration, due to the loss of or damage to neurons in the brain.*

The use of the word dementia is often wrong, based upon lack of good education about the dreaded disease. I have heard people refer to patients (often loved ones) suffering from dementia as “crazy, out of their minds, or berserk.” These inappropriate and unfortunate words are simply products of ignorance and are demeaning to many […]