ATCG November 26

PCR (Pilgrims and Cranberry Relish)

A Thanksgiving tale about DNA amplification There are many things for which I am thankful, and I’m sure for many of us these reasons for gratitude are similar—family, friends, good health all come to mind.  But there are so many other things that make our daily lives easier and more manageable. Just to name a […]

siblings November 19

Learning Language by Eavesdropping

Though kids seem to learn language without effort, scientists continue to puzzle over how children go from scream-y, pre-linguistic squooshballs to slightly-less-scream-y toddlers who can string a few words together (including “no!”) to older children who speak more or less like adults do. Researchers have learned a lot about how kids learn to talk—they know […]

blog-wrinkled-selected November 12

I built an interactive, dynamic poster for SfN 2015. Here’s why and how.

Editor’s note: a fully interactive version of this post is posted at the nipy plog on tumblr. This couldn’t be done here due to WordPress restrictions. There are two parts to science, and both need verification. There are two parts to science. First, science is the process of verifiable data collection. Second, science is the process […]

Society for Claustrum Research Logo November 05

In the beginning: the founding of the Society for Claustrum Research

As the legend goes, in the 1960s a group of researchers across a multitude of disciplines recognized the emergence of a new field of science. New advances and techniques were allowing investigators to at long last peer inside the black box of the mind: the brain. Disgruntled at being labeled as no different from psychologists […]

Dr. Bradley Voytek profile photo October 31

Interview with a Zombie: Dr. Bradley Voytek and the Neuroscience of Everyone’s Favorite Monster

‘Tis the season to be spooky – here’s a bonus NeuWrite post in the spirit of the holiday! At last spring’s UCSD Neuroscience Program Retreat, we had the pleasure of hearing new faculty member, Dr. Bradley Voytek, give a talk about Consciousness Deficit Hypoactivity Disorder (CDHD). If the medical term sounds unfamiliar, maybe you know […] October 29

What can your tongue see?

Picture this: you’re riding your bike on a cool fall afternoon. You’re blind but have no difficulty navigating through the streets without the aid of your eyes. Rather, the world comes into view through waves of sound bouncing off nearby objects in response to the bursts of clicking noises you create with your tongue. Since […]

Ventral visual stream October 22

Deep neural networks help us read your mind.

If you let us, we can read your mind. For the last fifteen years or so, scientists have been able to use measurements of brain activity* to predict what image you’re seeing, what part of your body you’re moving, or whether you’ll remember something you were studying (See Norman et al. 2006 for a review). […]

I love SfN October 17

Why I love SfN

Editor’s note: this article first appeared on the PLOS Neuroscience blog. Thanks to Ms. Amazing, it’s now cliche to say, but damn… I effing love SfN. For the uninitiated SfN is a thirty thousand person international conference for neuroscience–a conference so large, only a few cities in the US can handle it. For many, SfN evokes fear and […]

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SfN 2015: NeuWriters’ Picks!

This weekend, over 30 thousand scientists from all over the world will gather at the annual Society for Neuroscience (SfN) meeting in Chicago. Going to this conference can be quite overwhelming, so some of our NeuWriters would like to highlight the presentations (including their own) that they look forward to seeing among the sea of […]

Toolbox_(7263382550) October 08

The Rise and Fall of Tools in Neuroscience, With a Case Study in Dyslexia

Human beings have only ever been as good as their tools. With inventions such as fire, agriculture, written language, modern medicine and computing, human civilizations have “advanced” in leaps and bounds. Each tool engenders changes – and challenges – that could barely be conceived of prior to the tool’s invention. Our understanding of the brain, […]


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