2/24: Aaron, Kristen F., Kimberly
3/10: Kristen G., Dahlia
4/7: Gordon, Emily M.
4/21: Eleanor, Aidan, Nicole, Rebecca
5/5: Emma, Natalie, Viviana
I'm a little confused about the implications of the experiment. I understand that the lack of activity in the anterior insula in people with BPD when receiving money can be used to identify the disorder... but what does it actually say about people with BPD?
While an interesting study, it is unclear to me how this is in any way new or revolutionary to the field. Overall, it seems, this article is stating that the brain of people with BPD has a different kind of activity than those without the disorder. This seems fairly obvious, and I am curious to how this particular study has illuminated further understanding of BPD. How will this change the way BPD is viewed in the scientific community?
Why were the researchers surprised about the absence of activity in the anterior insula upon receiving money in the game? They know that BPD deals heavily with social interaction -- wouldn't an inability to perceive social norms be an expected result? Did they actually think they were going to find lesions or something actually wrong or broken?
It is interesting that rather than damage to the brain, or even anatomical differences, there is a difference in activity or inactivity in those with BPD. Is it possible to identify the causality of this? Can you stimulate this area as a form of treatment?
I found this article confusing and had trouble understanding both the experiment and the findings. Despite this factor, I do think the idea of a neurological basis for borderline personality disorder is fascinating. The idea that borderline personality disorder arises from a difference in perceiving information that comes from an interaction reminds me of mirror neuron studies, especially in relation to understanding autism. I would be curious to know if any studies of mirror neurons have been done in relation to this particular disorder.
I am curious about what causes this malfunction. Is it something that someone is born with? Could this kind of study be used to determine how, why and when this disorder develops?
I'm interested in the fact that several different factors interacting in different ways for each individual can give rise to the same disorder. In other words, the brain has reacted in a specific way, but there appear to be several paths to get it there. Is this true of other neurological/psychological conditions?Also, I noticed in the flowchart you included that "pathological splitting" and "identity disturbance" can be a part of this problem. Does this mean that BPD is somehow related to multiple personality disorder?