Tagged: behaviour

A Better World Through Video Games - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Jun 15, 2011

Over the last few years evidence has been mounting that violence in the media and especially interactive media such as video games contributes to aggression displayed by individuals.[1] This ability to influence our behaviour in such a way is concerning and may undermine attempts to build a peaceful society that nevertheless respects a person’s right [...] … Read More

Science lessons from 8 year old children - Building blogs of Science

Fabiana Kubke Dec 22, 2010

[Cross posted from Talking Teaching] Ed Yong in Not Exactly Rocket science alerted me to an article published in Biological Letters Biology Letters from the Royal Society. I will not discuss the content of the article, Ed Yong has (as usual) done a wonderful job. I would like instead to share the ‘concept’ of the article. [...] … Read More

Brain day, bigger, longer, uncut - Building blogs of Science

Fabiana Kubke Mar 20, 2010

If you have been paying attention, you might have been hearing a rise in stories related to brains in the media (I will be blogging about some of them soon). This is because this has been Brain Awareness Week. My first (ever) post on a blog (now defunct and reborn here) was indeed one describing [...] … Read More

Getting up to speed with sound localisation - Building blogs of Science

Fabiana Kubke Feb 25, 2010

Funny how we are really good, for the most part, at knowing where sounds are coming from. And it is funny since the ear provides the brain with no direct information about the actual relationship in space of different sound sources. Instead, the brain makes use of what happens to the sound as it reaches [...] … Read More

The ever-changing world of dendritic spines - Building blogs of Science

Fabiana Kubke Dec 18, 2009

Santiago Ramón y Cajal originally described spines in the dendrites of neurons in the cerebellum back in the late 19th century, but it wasn’t until the mid 1950’s with the development of the electron microscope that these structures were shown to be synaptic structures. Although it has been known that the number of dendritic spines [...] … Read More

Getting the timing right for song control - Building blogs of Science

Fabiana Kubke Dec 11, 2009

Songbirds have evolved special areas in the brain that are used for song learning and song production. Two types of output connections from a cortical area known as HVC (proper name) each go to two ‘separate’ pathways. Some HVC neurons connect directly with neurons in a brain area called RA (robust nucleus of the archopallium), [...] … Read More