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BrainSource presents information about the development and functionality of the human brain, and how such knowledge might be applied in education, mental and physical health, and social and political policy. Original content explores the theory and applications of neuroscience, aspiring to improve the human condition.

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I am a neurobehavioral event reconstructionist—commonly stated: a criminal forensic neuropsychologist. I study people who have been charged with criminal behaviors, examining their life histories and their cognitive and emotional functions. This helps understand some of the factors that likely produced those behaviors. I am an interdisciplinarian—first neuropsychologist (studies brain-behavior relationships), then neurogeneticist, neurodevelopmental constructionist, social psychologist, neuropsychopharmacologist, systems neuroanatomist, and neuroethicist.

I am also a knowledge steward of all things brain: how it develops, how it works, how it produces the most mundane behaviors and the most sophisticated thoughts, how it ages, and how and why its functions sometimes go awry. Learning about brain neuroanatomy, neurodevelopment, neurogenetics, neurochemistry, neuropathology, neurocognition, neurorehabilitation, and dynamical systems contributes to discovering the secrets of this most complex and fascinating biological machine.

Dennis P. Swiercinsky, Ph.D.
Portland Oregon