Interview mit dem Neurologen und Psychiater Dr. med. Oliver Grimm (Uniklinik Frankfurt am Main)
Interview with the neurologist and psychiatrist, Dr. med. Oliver Grimm (University Clinic Frankfurt/Main)
»… the Amygdala* is as timid as a fawn. Each time it is activated, it’s only for a very brief moment, after that it’s not needed anymore.
And it’s quite a struggle, requiring some artificial, experimental approaches, to actually tease out the Amygdala. …«
»… the Amygdala* operates on a very direct path. … It’s all about a signal that’s being recognized. An acoustic stimulus, a visual stimulus, i.e. a snake… this is being LEARNED as something significant, as a marker with an acitvated Amygdala. That’s a very important mechanism of learning fear, acquiring fear.
This can be demonstrated marvellously based on such simple things as: vertigo, fear of certain situations, fear of certain animals… BUT considering rather abstract things… fear of a repressive political system… we cannot easily adapt this mechanism. …«
»… there are other regions of the brain which suffer from chronic stress… the Hippocampus**, which is in charge of a great deal of memory operations, rather seems to shrivel.
Chronic stress, which often manifests as frightful, depressive behaviour… we can observe some non-specific alterations in the brain. One rather typical pattern of alteration, connected to chronic stress, seems to be that the Hippocampus decreases in size. …«
»… we have conducted a study, dealing with resilience…. how well can a given person cope with strokes of fate, with difficulties in life, what are the personal traits that enable a person to withstand?
We had a significant number of students in this project, and we interviewed them about the Coronavirus pandemic situation earlier this year, in spring, when the universities switched to online and there were a lot of limitations and cutbacks in general. Surprisingly, a lot of these young people in their twenties said that they didn’t experience the situation as totally horrible. They had more time for other things and could organize their day freely… so it depends very much on the specific group whether isolation is experienced as something solely negative. As soon as the situation is perceived as meaningful, purposeful, and as a situation that can be individually controlled to a certain degree, humans can cope with it for a relatively long period of time. … and on the neurological side, spectacular alterations shouldn’t be expected here. …«
*Amygdala // corpus amygdaloideum; one of two almond-shaped clusters of nuclei located deep and medially within the temporal lobes of the brain in complex vertebrates, including humans. Shown to perform a primary role in the processing of memory, decision-making and emotional responses (including fear, anxiety, and aggression), the amygdalae are considered part of the limbic system.
**Hippocampus // a major component of the brain of humans and other vertebrates. Humans and other mammals have two hippocampi, one in each side of the brain. The hippocampus is part of the limbic system, and plays important roles in the consolidation of information from short-term memory to long-term memory, and in spatial memory that enables navigation.
Hausstaub besteht überwiegend aus Menschenhautabrieb.
Intakt gebliebene Körper umgeben sich auch immer selbst, gleichzeitig, Eigenpartikel vermischt mit Umweltpartikeln, Milben, Milbenkot, länglichen Katzenspeichelträgern, und können sich – irgendwie – wohl – meistens – ablenken von der Einsicht dass die Intaktheit nach und nach abnimmt.
// House dust consist mostly of human skin abrasion.
Bodies that remain intact … keep surrounding themselves by themselves, simultaneously, particles of self mixed with environmental particles, mites, mites’ excrements, oblong carriers of cats’ saliva, and then – somehow – possibly – most of the time – distracted from being aware that the intactness gradually declines.