hippocamp

Disorders & Their Respective Brain Scans

  • Schizophrenia: patients usually have less brain tissue

  • Major Depression: scans show less brain activity in depressed brain

  • Alzheimer’s: brain tissue significantly shrinks, hippocampus is usually the first region to go

  • ADHD: less brain activity in the frontal cortex (area associated with decision making) 

  • OCD: high brain activity 

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): hippocampal volume reduction (area involved in memory) and increased activation of the amygdala (area involved in emotional responses) 

This splendid pendant made of enamelled gold, emeralds and pearls, takes the form of a hippocamp, a mythological sea-horse. It was probably made in Paris in the early 19th century, but it is modelled on jewels made in the 16th century. The name hippocamp comes from the Greek ἵππος (horse) and κάμπος (monster) and it’s commonly shown with a horse’s front and fish-like hindquarters. The hippocampus in the brain takes its name from this mythical creature, due to its similar shape.

*aqua theme playing*

Percy certainly spends a lot of time in the ozean (when he’s not to busy sassing monsters and gods) where he meets all kinds of creatures, in this case a baby-Hippocamp :D

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Greek Gold Ring with a Siren, Sphinx and Hippocamp, 6th Century BC

In Greek mythology Sirens were dangerous yet beautiful creatures, portrayed as femmes fatales who lured nearby sailors with their enchanting music and voices to shipwreck on the rocky coast of their island.

A sphinx was a female monster with the body of a lion, the breast and head of a woman, eagle’s wings and sometimes a serpent-headed tail. She was sent by the gods to plague the town of Thebes as punishment for some ancient crime. There she preyed on the youths of the land, devouring all those who failed to solve her riddle.

Hippocampoi were the horses of the sea. They were depicted with the head and fore-parts of a horse and the serpentine tail of a fish. The ancients believed they were the adult-form of the fish we call the seahorse. Hippocampoi were the steeds of Nereid nymphs and sea-gods. Poseidon drove a chariot drawn by two or four of the creatures.

Greek Silver Shekel from Tyre, Phoenicia c. 425-394 BC

This coin, struck under an uncertain king, shows Melkart holding a bow and reigns while riding a hippocamp with a dolphin swimming in the waves below. The reverse shows an owl in front of a crook and flail.

Melkart or Melqart was the tutelary god of Tyre. Melqart was often titled Ba‘l Sūr  meaning “Lord of Tyre”, and considered to be the ancestor of the Tyrian royal family. In Greek, by interpretatio graeca, he was identified with Heracles and referred to as the Tyrian Herakles. As Tyrian trade and colonization expanded, Melqart became venerated in Phoenician and Punic cultures from Syria to Spain.

The hippocamp or hippocampus (plural: hippocamps or hippocampi; Greek: ἱππόκαμπος, from ἵππος, “horse” and κάμπος, “monster”[1]), often called a sea-horse[2] in English, is a mythological creature shared by Phoenician[3] and Greek mythology, though the name by which it is recognised is purely Greek; it became part of Etruscan mythology. It has typically been depicted as a horse in its forepart with a coiling, scaly, fishlike hindquarter.

{http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hippocamp}

I added a bunch of new fics to my fic recs page and here are some that I really liked:

Project Conventus by @gentledirkly

Despite Dirk’s fondness for physical affection, Todd finds that intimacy is a very confusing matter in the early days of their relationship.

This is part of an AU series where Dirk stays w/ the CIA until he’s 32, but it works as a standalone. It features copious amounts of kissing, awkward conversations, some sexy times and is just really good to read.

Firearms Proficiency 101 by @nekosmuse​ 

I can’t believe you took me to your private shooting range on our first date. That is so punk.

Pretty much what it says on the tin.

Farah and Amanda go on a date. Farah thinks Amanda is adorable and Amanda thinks Farah is hot. There’s anxiety, the smell of gunpowder and flowers, and awkward flirting. I love it.

Electric Ghost Rhino by @lavellington​  

Dirk and Todd are not co-dependent, exactly. They’ve just had a rough couple of weeks.

This is like pure fluff. Seriously, it has everything I love: sharing a bed, long hugs, surprise birthday parties, risotto, rice cookers. Read it, you won’t regret it. 

you will soothe my worried looks by @hippocampers

Amanda is leaning against the wall, grin unfitting for the parking lot of a mental health clinic. “Pizza?”

“So I’m just here to pay for your food?”

Amanda grins, nudging their shoulders together. “Basically.”

Farah rolls her eyes, but smiles nonetheless.

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Farah sees a therapist. It’s a strange journey, but not one she needs to take alone.

Very nice, accurate depiction of anxiety and therapy. Also A+ characterization. Has a wonderfully supportive Amanda. Short and sweet.

When’s your birthday? by @everythingremainsconnected

In which Todd realises he doesn’t know when Dirk’s birthday is, and unsurprisingly some angst ensues.

Fluff, angst and fluff again. Dirk gets a sunburn. There are neck kisses and supportive boyfriends.

where the falling angels meet the rising apes by cosmicocean 

The thing sweeps its scythe and straightens. It must sense eyes on it, because it turns it’s head and looks right at Svlad. It is a skull’s face, grinning and bleached. Svlad stares. It tilts it’s head, like it’s watching a particularly fascinating documentary, or a cat attempting to catch a laser pointer created dot.


AH, it says. It’s mouth doesn’t move, but Svlad hears it’s voice all the same, resonating deep and forever. INTERESTING.

A story of Death and the boy who could see him, through the years.

This is a sort of crossover with Discworld and Good Omens. I’ve never read any of the Discworld books (I want to tho) and I followed along just fine so don’t let that scare you off. This is over 20k of nice backstory, character development, a fair bit of plot and just general great writing. I think it’s the longest fic in the DGHDA AO3 tag right now, and it’s well worth the read. 

Anyways, these are only a few of the great fics out there, but I hope you enjoy them!

Neuroscientists identify brain circuit necessary for memory formation

When we visit a friend or go to the beach, our brain stores a short-term memory of the experience in a part of the brain called the hippocampus. Those memories are later “consolidated” – that is, transferred to another part of the brain for longer-term storage.

A new MIT study of the neural circuits that underlie this process reveals, for the first time, that memories are actually formed simultaneously in the hippocampus and the long-term storage location in the brain’s cortex. However, the long-term memories remain “silent” for about two weeks before reaching a mature state.

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Altar Ideas

Poseidon
- Sea salt
- Horses
- Sea Shells
- Trident
- Coral or sea plants (fake)
- Pine tree (branch, needles or scented candle)
- Pictures of sea life or
- Aquarium (if you’re good at taking care of fish)
- Bulls
- Hippocamp (half-horse/half fish)
- Dolphins
- Celery
- Ash wood
- Beach Sand
- Rams
- Sea Glass or Drift Wood
- Salt Water (Ocean water)
- Candles (blue, green, teal, white, black)

Altar Ideas
Amphitrite - Aphrodite - Apollo - Ares - Artemis - Asteria - Demeter - Dionysus - Hades - Hebe - Hekate - Hemera - Hephaestus - Hera - Hermes - Khione - Persephone - Poseidon - Selene - Zeus