Tagged: Neuroscience

Truth or lie? Can MRI help scientists read our minds? - Guest Work

Guest Author Mar 09, 2012

By Dr Donna Rose Addis, Centre for Brain Research, University of Auckland It’s the slogan of a new game show on TV3, but can science help us tell the two apart? Mind Reading has always been thought of as a superhuman skill, but fMRI technology is bringing us ever closer to this goal. So-called ‘functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging’ tracks blood … Read More

Pat Churchland on the science of morality - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jul 28, 2011

A few months ago there was a flurry of attention around Sam Harris’s book The Moral Landscape and lectures he gave around the time of its publication. A lot of it critical – but not all. I thought the value … Continue reading → … Read More

Make it a brainy week - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Mar 13, 2011

NEW ZEALAND EVENTS: Introducing the ‘Brain Week’ and ‘Brain Day’ events being held throughout New Zealand this coming week. These are for everyone: come along. Events are being held in Queenstown, Gisborne, New Plymouth, Whangarei, Napier Hamilton, Palmerston North, Pukekohe, Tauranga, Invercargill, Wellington, Dunedin and various locations in Auckland (East, West, North … Read More

On learning the sounds of a new (spoken) language - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Feb 17, 2011

Infants learn languages so easily. In particular, they are able to distinguish the important sounds in a language. Below are two videos of lectures given by Professor Patricia Kuhl (University of Washington) exploring how infants learn language. The first first, the shorter of the two, is a TEDx presentation; the latter is a longer … Read More

fMRI Foundations Get a Little More Secure - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Nov 26, 2010

“it’s all about getting to the truth” – Karl Deisseroth. May 20th Nature Podcast fMRI, it’s everywhere. From studies looking at how we separate fantasy from reality to identifying psychopaths. The technique offers a very powerful way analyse that most elusive of domains, the contents of another person’s brain. Even so the technology is not [...] … Read More

Thoughts towards a human brain neural connection map - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Oct 03, 2010

I like to follow what computational neurologists are working on. Large-scale studies in neurology using genetics and other approaches use techniques related to my own skills (I’m a computational biologist) and neurology is fascinating. Here Sebastian Seung from MIT presents a TED lecture about work towards what he calls the human ‘connectome’, a map of … Read More