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NEUROPSYCHOLOGY “WHERE MEDICINE AND CRIMINAL LAW IS GOING”

NEUROPSYCHOLOGY                                    “WHERE MEDICINE AND CRIMINAL LAW IS GOING”

OUR DAILY WISDOM WORD IS NEUROPSYCHOLOGY.  IF YOU ARE NOT FAMILIAR WITH NEUROPSYCHOLOGY AND NEUROPSYCHIATRY, I AN GLAD YOU ARE READING THIS.  IRONICALLY, I PUBLISHED A BLOG ON NEUROLAW/NEUROSCIENCE MANY YEARS AGO WHERE I SPECULATED ON SOMETHING THAT ENDED UP BECOMING TRUTH. I HAD PREDICTIONS BUT I DID EXACTLY THIS IN 2015 AROUND THE TIME MY SON WAS GRADUATING FROM LAW SCHOOL.  DOUBTS?  READ THIS:  https://dailywisdomwords.blogspot.com/2015/04/neuroscience-daily-wisdom-words.html?spref=pi

IT WAS SUMMERTIME WHEN MY SON GOT HOME FROM UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA HAVING GRADUATED.  HE BEGAN STUDYING IMMEDIATELY FOR THE BARR EXAM.  I ENJOYED HAVING HIM HOME AGAIN AND ENCOURAGED HIM TO DELAY GETTING A PLACE OF HIS OWN. I LOVED THAT SUMMER WITH HIM HOME, STUDYING FOR THE BARR EXAM.  I WANTED HIM TO RELAX.  HE WAS ONLY 22 YEARS OLD AND VERY FOCUSED ON PASSING THE BARR EXAM FIRST TIME AROUND.   STERLING STUDIED SO HARD, TAKING A TEN MINUTE BREAK EVERY HOUR JUST TO STRETCH HIS LEGS. 

HE HAD LANDED A JOB WITH A TOP LITIGATION FIRM HIS SECOND YEAR OF LAW SCHOOL WHEN SCOUTS CAME FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY LOOKING FOR NEW LEGAL INTERNS SHOWED UP TO  INTERVIEW NEW POTENTIALS AT UVA.  HE INTERVIEWED WITH A TOP LEGAL FIRM IN DENVER AND FORTUNATELY, THEY HIRED HIM. HE WAS DRIVEN AND MOTIVATED TO START WORK A YEAR AND A HALF LATER.

NEEDLESS TO SAY, HE TOOK THE BARR EXAM AND PASSED HIS FIRST TIME TAKING IT.  HE WAS AT THIS POINT VERY INDEPENDENT AND SAID, “MOM, SHOULD I GET AN APARTMENT?”  I ASKED HIM TO STAY UNTIL HE REALLY NEEDED SPACE, AS I LOVED HAVING HIM.  I KNEW THIS TIME WITH HIM WAS VERY PRECIOUS.  I ALSO KNEW INSIDE, IT WOULD BE THE LAST TIME WE WOULD SHARE THIS KIND OF QUALITY TIME TOGETHER. BECAUSE HE STUDIED THE WHOLE SUMMER AT HOME, I FOUND MYSELF TAKING AN INTEREST IN LAW.  I STARTED WONDERING ABOUT LAW IN GENERAL.  I HAD WATCHED MANY DOCUMENTARIES THAT SUMMER, ESPECIALLY ABOUT THE BRAIN.  IT HAS ALWAYS FASCINATED ME HOW ANTIDEPRESSANTS WORKED  IN THE BRAIN INCREASING SEROTONIN AND DOPAMINE LEVELS TO HELP BALANCE THE BRAIN, ALONG WITH ANYTHING MENTAL OR PSYCHOLOGICAL WE SEEMED TO HAVE AN ORGANIC RELATIONSHIP TO THE BRAIN.  I WONDERED HOW THIS WORKED IN RELATION TO DIFFERENT AREAS OF THE BRAIN.

THESE SHOWS TALKED ABOUT HOW WE COULD UTILIZE BRAIN SCANS DONE ON THE BRAIN SUCH AS THE SPECIALIZED MRI, CALLED AN Electroencephalography (EEG) TO DETECT ACTIVITY IN THE BRAIN OR LACK OF IT IN RELATION TO THE AREA AND MENTAL CONDITION OR ILLNESS. FOR EXAMPLE, SOCIOPATHS AND PSYCHOPATHS SHOW A LACK OF ACTIVITY IN THE FRONTAL LOBE AND PREFRONTAL CORTEX, AND SCIENCE THOUGHT THAT A BRAIN SCAN COULD PROVE THIS. PSYCHIATRISTS AND NEUROSURGEIONS FELT THAT THE BASIC MRI WOULD BECOME MORE SOPHISTICATED AND ALLOW US TO USE MRI’S (MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING) SOON BE ABLE TO BE SHOWN WITH COLOR BEING INDICATIVE OF SPECIFIC DISORDERS PERTAINING TO WHAT AREA OF THE BRAIN WHAT SPECIFIC AREA THE PROBLEM STEMMED FROM. I FOUND IT INTERESTING, TO SAY THE LEAST NOT ONLY FROM A MEDICAL PERSPECTIVE BUT A POTENTIAL LEGAL PERSPECTIVE.  I COULD SEE DEFENSE ATTORNEY’S USING THIS AS A LEGAL STRATEGY AS WELL. 

THE Electroencephalography (EEG) SHOWING EVEN MORE DETAIL AND IS BEING USED NOW BY A HANDFUL OF DEFENSE ATTORNEY’S DEFENDING MURDER.  OTHERS MUST HAVE THOUGHT THE SAME WAY BECAUSE THE WORD NEUROLAW ALREADY HAD A DEFINITION ATTACHED TO IT ON GOOGLE IN 2015. GOING FORWARD, I BELIEVE IT WILL BECOME THE CENTER FOR A CRIMINAL ATTORNEY’S LEGAL DEFENSE WITH MURDER AS PART OF THEIR  DEFENSE STRATEGY.  THIS WAS OVER A DECADE AGO.  IRONICALLY, I WROTE A POST ON THE DAILY WISDOM WORDS BLOG WHICH WAS AT THAT TIME PUBLISHED ON BLOGSPOT.  I  CALLED IT “NEUROLAW” WONDERING IF THIS WOULD EVER BE A REAL LEGAL STRATEGY.  WE ARE NOW IN 2018-TO PRESENT DAY. 

WE SEE CASES JUST STARTING TO HAPPEN WITH THE MORE COLORFUL MRI SHOWING SPECIFIC ACTIVITY IN CERTAIN AREAS OF THE BRAIN OR A LACK OF IT FOR VARIOUS MENTAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL DIAGNOSES AND EVEN THE YOUNG JUST GRADUATING FROM MEDICAL SCHOOL DOING RESEARCH STUDIES ON THIS THEORY.  NEUROSURGEONS ARE NOW USING THE LATEST MRI OR Electroencephalography (EEG) TO STUDY THE BRAIN. WE’RE ALSO USING THESE NEW COLORFUL MRI’S TO DO RESEARCH PAPERS ON AND USE AS A DIAGNOSTIC TOOL FOR VARIOUS MENTAL CONDITIONS.

I WROTE ABOUT THIS IS 2015, AND NOW IT IS COMING TO FRUITION.  I HEARD IN ALL FAIRNESS IN A FEW DOCUMENTARIES THIS COULD BE THE CASE WITH THE STUDY OF BRAIN IMAGING.  I HOPE NOW WE ALL SEE HOW IMPORTANT TO OUR PRESENT AND OUR FUTURE THIS WILL BE AND IS ALREADY BECOMING!  LAST BUT NOT LEAST, YOU MAY WONDER WHY THIS IS ULTIMATELY RELATED AS WELL TO CREATIVE WRITING AND POETRY!  IT TURNS OUT DUE TO DETAILED IMAGING WITH THIS SPECIALIZED MRI WE HAVE FOUND THAT POETRY AND CREATIVE WRITING ARE ONE OF THE FEW THINGS WE CAN DO UTILIZING BOTH THE RIGHT AND LEFT SIDES OF THE BRAIN.  THE FASCINATION NEVER ENDS.   THANKS SO MUCH FOR READING!  SAMANTHA

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