Tagged: Neuroscience

How our modular brain pieces the world together - Guest Work

Guest Author May 24, 2016

By Bronson Harry, Western Sydney University Picture a close friend. Imagine their face, the sound of their voice, their height, what they normally wear. You might be surprised to learn you have just used a host of different brain regions to recall this information. Curiously, there is no single brain region that is involved in representing the people … Read More

Calling All to the Night of the Nerds - misc.ience

Aimee Whitcroft Sep 04, 2014

As some of you may know, for the last 4+ years I’ve been organising and hosting a wee event here in Wellington called Nerd Nite (you guessed it) Wellington. I’ve made mention of it occasionally here over the last few years, and today seemed as good a day as any to mention it again! For two reasons… 1. We gots mediaaaah … Read More

Brain zapping - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Mar 04, 2014

It could be that the Tin foil hat brigade are right after all. Howard Hughes Medical Institute scientists have played around with fly mating behaviour by shooting a laser at their brain. This follows on from work implanting false memories in mice using the same technique – optogenetics. source: wikimedia commons … Read More

The addictive choice - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Oct 08, 2013

Maybe the Becker-Murphy rational-addition model isn't so unrealistic after all. Becker and Murphy's model shows that even rational, forward-looking, fully informed individuals can choose to consume addictive substances, knowing and accepting that it will result in addiction. It isn't meant to describe each and every addict, but if we can show that addiction can be consistent with rational choice, we … Read More

This is your brain on implants (spoiler: it’s better) - misc.ience

Aimee Whitcroft Sep 14, 2012

Today, the Journal of Neural Engineering published rather an interesting paper. In it, they showed that they had been able to restore (and in some cases, improve) decision-making ability in primates through the use of an implanted prosthetic. Sounds like something out of science fiction, doesn’t it?     The region of the brain responsible [...] … Read More

This is your brain on hacks - misc.ience

Aimee Whitcroft Sep 05, 2012

No, not hacks in _that_ sense.  More, here are a number of ways to hack your very own grey cells or (I guess) someone else’s*. Remember that your brain is more like a computer than you might, at first, think. It takes a series of inputs (generally from your senses), does something with them (such [...] … Read More