David Anderson: Your brain is more than a bag of chemicals



Modern psychiatric drugs treat the chemistry of the whole brain, but neurobiologist David Anderson believes in a more nuanced view of how the brain functions. He illuminates new research that could lead to targeted psychiatric medications — that work better and avoid side effects. How’s he doing it? For a start, by making a bunch of fruit flies angry. (Filmed at TEDxCalTech.)

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21 thoughts on “David Anderson: Your brain is more than a bag of chemicals

  1. The truth is our creator Allah has created us the best of creations. And how arrogant scientists are even after being presented clear evidence about the creation of man amongst other things.and you have humans trying to tell you what you are and what you should do

  2. I think metal illness comes down to whatever kind of attitude you have. If your negative all the time your gonna be depressed and anxiety. If you focus on optimism you will have a good life. When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

  3. 1:33 Очень странная ошибка – содержимое синего и красного кружочка поменяны местами. Странная потому что эта картинка есть в "нормальном" варианте, а не просто опечатка

  4. Tell us something that we dont already know.

    His research only support what psychiatrists have known for tens of years. Psychiatric drugs has been more and more specific in their modes of action. It is true that these drugs 'bathe' the whole brain, but because targeted receptors only present in specific areas of the brains, only those areas are often targeted by the drugs. Most other areas are largely unaffected.

    If we truly want to target a specific area of the brain, we need to put tubes and wires directly onto the specific parts of the brain. This is already practiced in the treatment of severe Parkinson's disease, but is it applicable in schizophrenia?

    If there is no issue regarding bathing the brain in Parkinson's and epilepsy, please don't make too much issue in bathing the brain in schizophrenia and severe depression. The last thing a suicidal and psychotic patients who starves himself for days because his intestines are being eaten by maggots wants to hear is that his brain should not be bathed in medications.

    It's true that pharmacological treatment is imperfect, even problematic, but we are getting better and better in achieving specificity.

    *I should change my profile picture. It's awful.

  5. Also, most autists don't take psychiatric drugs as part of their treatment, discluding drugs for conditions allistic people also have (depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar, ADHD, etc.). Adding it in not only was irrelevant and added nothing to his talk, but is using covert hate speech in his talk. (I doubt this was intentional, since he seems well meaning. He has just been blindly influenced by others and never questioned their beliefs.)

  6. I am not watching the rest of this video because of his anti-autistic statement in the opening. If you're not autistic, you shouldn't be allowed to say "[autism] take[s] a terrible toll on human suffering." Let other people decide what they want to except accept about themselves. Being normal does not make you right, happier, or more useful.

  7. so the big question is?
    Can I still treat my stress induced tension headache by bathing the brain with the medicine, if I'm ready to accept the side effects related to taking those medicines. At the same time I'm ready to accept the side effects as long as it takes to cure this condition. currently I take oxat- paroxetine 20 mg every day and I see a big difference in the tension headache if I don't take it. That is if I don't take it tension headache increases suddenly.  Its like having a tight band around the scalp muscles. so can I still cure this tension headache by bathing the brain with this medicine.

  8. What an idiot.
    Why should anyone care what his bag of chemicals is producing?
    Bags of chemicals can never be rational or right or wrong. No more than trees or rocks or meat.

    Next new atheist idiocy…

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