Author Archives: kkiritah

October 25

Who will you be this Halloween?

For children and adults alike, the most exciting thing about Halloween is putting on a costume and being someone—or something—else for a day.  What we wear can profoundly change our attitudes and behaviors, so in some ways, we actually can become someone completely different on Halloween, and it’s SO MUCH FUN! But imagine becoming someone […]

September 05

Writing Like Crazy — a graphite infographic about the graphias

The other day, I stumbled upon the infographic, “What Does Your Handwriting Say About You?”  According to the authors, “how you write can indicate more than 5,000 personality traits.”  I found this claim surprising, especially because I never knew more than 10 personality traits existed! Despite the infographic’s accurate description of me as “shy or […]

June 10

Impaired interval timing and Free Willy (not really)

This is really about:  The role of interval timing dysfunction in the formation of first-rank symptoms in patients with schizophrenia? Note 1: This is the first in a “series” of posts by the second- (or third-?) year students to tell you a little about our minor prop topics.  We all Some of us worked very hard on our […]

May 31

Professional Development Tips!

This week, I had the pleasure of joining several UCSD Biomedical Sciences grad students and a few other Neuro grad students in a BMS-run career development course.  Over the course of 4 afternoons, I practiced the art of note-taking to add to my skill set and to prepare a tip sheet for you! Note: Your […]

Carla Shatz: An Inspiration for Women in Neuroscience

Dr. Carla Shatz is a woman of many firsts. She began her career in neuroscience as the first undergraduate student of Drs. David Hubel and Torsten Wiesel of Harvard Medical School (yes, that Hubel and Wiesel who won the Nobel Prize for their work on the visual system in 1981).  After graduating from Radcliffe College […]

Joaquín Fuster: Working Memory, Cognits, and the Perception-Action Cycle

In the 1920s, Jakob von Uexküll (the theorist responsible for the notion of umwelt) described the sensory-motor cycle through which an animal modifies the environment, thereby modifying its own perception of the environment, which leads to further action upon the environment, and so forth, until a particular goal is achieved (Fig. 1a).   In the primitive animal, […]