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No cerebellum? No problem!

What happens when you are born missing 80% of your neurons? Well, pretty much nothing, as it turns out, at least when it comes to those missing a cerebellum. Comprising 70 billion of the brain’s 85 billion neurons (Herculano-Houzel 2009), this hindbrain structure is “the primary center of motor coordination in the central nervous system” […]

December 12

A (Not So) Brief History of Psychedelic Science

Psychedelics* (i.e. chemicals that reliably produce altered states of consciousness characterized by sensory distortion and changes in cognition) have been subject to human ritualistic, therapeutic, and recreational use for millennia.  Their profound perceptual effects have the potential to elucidate countless mysteries of human neurobiology, illuminating the sensitivity of our conscious experience to stereotyped, chemically-induced changes. […]

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Hearing voices: Social context influences psychosis

“People are always selling the idea that people with mental illness are suffering. I think madness can be an escape. If things are not so good, you maybe want to imagine something better.” These are the words of John Nash, Jr., the Nobel Laureate who inspired the book and the movie A Beautiful Mind and […]

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NeuWrite Thanksgiving Reads

Need some post-turkey relaxing reading? Here’s some of our Thanksgiving related articles! More Breast Please: Melissa explores the impact of domestication on turkeys. Why We Buy: An Infographic: A fantastic graphic description by Rachel of the conscious and unconscious forces that make us go nuts on Black Friday. Tuckered Out by Turkey’s Tryptophan? Maya delves into […]

Courtesy of sfn.org November 13

NeuWriteSD’s picks for SfN 2014!!!

The annual Society for Neuroscience meeting begins this Saturday, November 15th and you can bet that NeuWriteSD will be there!  Many of us will be presenting our own work at the meeting as well as tweeting and blogging about it.  Below you can find out what we’re excited about for this year’s meeting as well […]

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Young Blood

The modus operandi of a vampire is pretty straightforward: drink blood, live forever. Vampires consume more blood and live longer than everyone else, so surely, these two things are related. But how exactly does blood allow vampires to live forever? In an effort to find the root cause of immortality in vampirism (okay, kidding, they’re […]

Zombie Walk October 30

Analyze your zombie walk

Imagine a zombie costume.   You probably see – pale, bloody makeup, ripped clothes, dead-eyed stare. All of that preparation, however, would not be convincing if the zombie were to just move around normally. In fact “Walking Dead” special effects artist/director Greg Nicotero teaches a school on how to lumber around like a zombie for […]

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The Dark Art of Computer Learning

It is a well-established fact that computers will one day rise up to kill us all. But what is rapidly becoming clear is that they first intend to humiliate us before their xenocidal rampage. A recent report found that roughly half of current U.S. jobs currently filled by humans are likely to be taken by […]

October 28

The Threatening Mask

Oh!—fruit loved of boyhood!—the old days recalling, When wood-grapes were purpling and brown nuts were falling! When wild, ugly faces we carved in its skin, Glaring out through the dark with a candle within! —John Greenleaf Whittier, The Pumpkin (1850) The stanza above captures both the joyful abundance of the fall and the terrible artistic […]

Via press.princeton.edu October 27

NeuWrite Reads: Do Zombies Dream of Undead Sheep? by Timothy Verstynen and Bradley Voytek

If you’ve come to our website via Google, there’s a good chance it’s because you wanted to know about zombies.  The search term that brings the most people to our site by far is “are zombies real?”.  Ashley’s post is an awesome primer on real-life zombies, but for those of you who want to go […]

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