From the Twitter feeds...

Think what you will of Twitter, but I firmly believe that in the right context, its a great way of sharing information. One prime example is in the growing numbers of neuroscientists who are taking advantage of the communal structure to share papers, news, and thoughts. Over the break, I expanded the list of those I follow to include some excellently prolific neuroscience tweeters. Below is a selection of links gleaned from some of my favorite postings from over the break. Why climate change does not equal less snow. (@bengoldacre)

If you make academic papers Open Access, more people will cite them. (@noahWG and @bengoldacre)

Ramachandran speaks about mirror neurons at TED, video at the link. He argues that mirror neurons built civilization. (@vaughanbell); a website exploring "the art and science of the human mind" (@mocost)

A twin study suggests that the specific cognitive ability of face perception is heritable , but which genes are involved is a complete mystery. (@mocost)

Baroness Greenfield, head of Britian's Royal Institution has just be let go. In response, she is suing for "sex discrimiation". If you have never heard of Baroness Greenfield, Ben Goldacre, who writes about "dodgy scientific claims" (his words) when he's not being a doctor, will explain her to you. (@mocost, @vaughanbell, @bengoldacre)


Astra Bryant

Astra Bryant is a graduate of the Stanford Neuroscience PhD program in the labs of Drs. Eric Knudsen and John Huguenard. She used in vitro slice electrophysiology to study the cellular and synaptic mechanisms linking cholinergic signaling and gamma oscillations – two processes critical for the control of gaze and attention, which are disrupted in many psychiatric disorders. She is a senior editor and the webmaster of the NeuWrite West Neuroblog