A fascinating article about the degree to which our memories can be affected by external input over time has appeared on the CNN Health Section, written by Jacque Wilson. Thanks to Kathy Elliott for letting us know this was out there. Here’s the link:
Thanks to Kathy Elliott for drawing this article to our attention. It appeared in Psychology Today and was written by Marilyn Wedge. The article explains how the French have a very different view of ADHD than we have in the US.
Thanks to Karin Comer for sending in this great brain study published in Popsci by Clay Dillow about the University of Oregon team that used ERPs (evoked response potentials using an EEG) to show that the brain responds to grammatical errors even when we’re distracted enough not to notice them consciously. We love good ERP research and this adds to our knowledge about grammatical processing. Read the whole story at:
A fascinating article by Adrian Raine in the Wall Street Journal examines the notion of criminality in relation to brain disorders. This in turn leads to the examination of personal responsibility or lack of it when crimes are committed by people having brains that are in some way different from the norm. What does it mean to say “My brain made me do it”?
“Autism risk tied to creases in placenta” is an article out today on the NBC news website and originated in the New York Times. A study carried out at UC Davis showed that placentas of children born to families with a high risk for autism are different from placentas of children at normal risk. It will take time, however, to follow the children and see how many develop autism. Follow the story at:
Elizabeth Landau reports on CNN about a new TV show called “Brain Games” that starts on Monday, May 6, on the National Geographic Channel. It’s a game show where the viewers themselves are the contestants and each episode focuses on a different aspect of how our brains work. Scientists will join the show to explain what is going on. Sounds interesting!
An interesting article by Rose Pastore has recently appeared on Popsci, describing how a Harvard neuroscientist, Gabriel Kreiman, is already able to predict people’s decisions before the people themselves are aware of the decision. Now he is attempting to go one step further, and a big step at that. Instead of merely predicting people’s decisions, he is working on controlling people’s decisions. Read the article at:
A recent article my Suzi Gage in The Guardian explains that a large number of studies have low statistical power, meaning that results from a single study may not be replicable by others. Click on the link below to read “Unreliable neuroscience? Why power matters”.
An article by James Gorman in the NY Times tells of advances made by a team of scientists at Stanford University that allows researchers to see the inner workings of the brain. So far they have accomplished this with a mouse brain and part of a human brain. This technique called Clarity makes it more possible for scientists to see what happens in the brain.
President Obama recently announced funding for a major initiative to map the brain. Much of this will be spent on developing new techniques allowing scientists to better map precisely how groups of neurons behave in humans and other animals. Read about some of the details in the following NY Times article by John Markoff from February 17, 2013.