My baseball coach always told me to pay attention to the crack of the bat because it would make it easier to find the ball from the outfield. He was right! This combined processing of visual and auditory information is called multisensory integration and has been shown to enhance perception.Read More
Ah, for the love of brain waves. Yes, these flowing electrical fields have been of great interest to physicians and scientists since their discovery in animals in 1875 and humans in 1929 (Haas 2003). Instead of merely listing off a few resources on brain waves, Jordan Sorokin introduces a selection of resources for understanding brain waves, complete with historical and scientific context.
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We sit down with Dr. Emmanuel Mignot, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and the director of Stanford’s Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine. He is best known for discovering the cause of narcolepsy.Read More
Doing your taxes as a graduate student or a postdoc often feels like wading through a murky pond with a blindfold on. You might make it to the other side, but only after stepping into holes and getting yourself tangled in vines and covered in mud. And then you're left wondering how long it's going to take that tadpole in your boot to grow into a frog.Read More
Our guest is Indira Raman, Professor of Neurobiology and Physiology at Northwestern University . We speak with her about AMPAR kinetics in auditory neurons, sodium channels in cerebellar neurons, and how Shakespeare and Science maybe aren’t all that different.
Today, our guest is Professor Ege Kavalali, the Effie Marie Cain Scholar in Medical Research in the Departments of Neuroscience and Physiology at UT Southwestern Medical Center. In this episode, we will talk about the complexity of the synapse, how basic science can lead to clinical understanding, and the importance of being intellectually well-rounded.
Today, our guest is Prof. Paola Arlotta, Professor of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology at Harvard University, and principal Faculty Member at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute. In this episode, we will talk about the wonderful diversity of neurons in the cortex, reprogramming neurons to help treat disease, and the joys of living in both Boston and Italy.
Addiction involves changes in the brain that make it extremely difficult to fight the impulse for just one more drink or one more hit. Recent research sheds some more light on just what kinds of changes cocaine can cause in the synapses of brain areas associated with reward.Read More
During this election season, balance the talking heads with scientific minds. The web is about to get a brand new blog to fill your cortex with enough science to carry you through to the next presidency. The Dish on Science launches today, in fact, and they're having a Reddit AMA starting at 6 p.m. PST.Read More
Hands. As a species, we humans take pride in our opposable thumbs and our penchant for maneuvering our digits to perform complicated tasks. Coordination of limbs is an evolutionarily ancient skill, shared by both vertebrates and invertebrates alike. What is happening in the brain during complicated bimanual performances such as piano playing? And does practice make "perfect" in the brain?Read More