About Scicurious



Scicurious is the pen name of Bethany Brookshire. Bethany has a PhD in Physiology from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the College of William and Mary. She is now at science blogger at Science News, and a science education writer at Eureka! Lab with Science News for Students and Society for Science and the Public. All views expressed here are her own and do not represent those of her employer. In her free time, she likes to run. A lot.

Why "Neurotic Physiology"?

Because people always ask.

In the olden days, people like Freud called psychiatric diseases "neuroses".  Now, however, we have discovered that all "neuroses" and psychiatric disorders have a physiological basis.  Neuroscientists can now bring physiology to neuroses in an attempt to understand how the brain works and what happens when things go wrong.  That's some neurotic physiology.

8 responses so far

  • Sam says:

    Can I follow you on Facebook?

  • neurobloggess says:


    Am grad student - extremely interested in neurogenesis; currently utilizing prozac; but fascinated with recent studies involving other medications - am also interested in slowing the progression (if not eliminating) Alzheimer's through genetic "tagging".


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  • Genie says:

    psychiatric affected by physiology...and what of the spirit and soul? do they play with you too or is that unable to be contained in a scilabology?

  • Michael says:

    Love the title, very funny.

    Only read one section (vestibular system), but I have to thank you for your entertaining and clear explanations.

  • Allison says:

    Hello, I am a High School Student and for my senior project we picked any topic to research that interests us. So my topic is how the brain is stimulated my music. We have to create a product that relates to real life and was wondering if you could give me any ideas and or some additional info from your study.

    Thank you so much.

  • Ben says:

    HELP -
    I am 67, disabled, was an avid reader until about 6 mos ago.
    I cannot read silently without a 'lisp',
    no difficulty reading aloud.
    about 12 years ago, I was prescribed a med [don't remember what]
    for a sleeping problem - I tool 1 dose, did not like the side-effects and
    stopped taking it Subsequently I started hearing 'head music ' when I am tired -
    I use hearing aids for both ears.
    I have friends in the medical community, they have been of no help trying to
    diagnose the silent reading nor 'head music '

    at this point I don't know whether to laugh or cry - but I really miss the joys
    of reading.
    Once again any help is appreciated.

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