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Via 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 […]

September 04

NeuWrite Reads: “Lock In” by John Scalzi

Editor’s Note: This is the first in an occasional series where NeuWriters review fiction and nonfiction books about the brain. A few weeks ago I wrote a post about locked-in syndrome, a rare and dramatic disorder in which a stroke or other traumatic event affects the brain stem and leaves the patient completely paralyzed but […]

June 19

Locked In Syndrome: Facing My Nightmare

You always hear about “medical student syndrome,” where first year med students start diagnosing themselves with all of the diseases they learn about, becoming temporary hypochondriacs.  They don’t tell you that the same fear can set in during graduate school.  Ever since I started my Ph.D, I’ve diagnosed myself with more than a few of […]

June 05


We’re coming up on finals week here at UCSD, so we thought we’d take this week off to get our studying done.  In the meantime, please enjoy this video made by the first year Neuroscience graduate students.  Fans of our “Get Data” video should make sure to fast forward to 4:29 to enjoy more of […]

from May 01

Humor Me

Is your Facebook timeline as cluttered with Buzzfeed quizzes as mine is?  I have to admit a certain weakness for them- I just can’t resist the temptation to know which 90’s Heroine or Broad City character I am (answers: Ty from “Clueless” and Abbi).  These quizzes are just another iteration of the very human desire […]

February 12

Please Please Me

I don’t want to make anyone uncomfortable, but let’s face it- Valentine’s Day is all about pleasure.  Whether it comes from a special meal, a box of chocolates, a sappy card or a night with a significant other, millions of people devote time on their Valentine’s Day to things that please them.  So before you […]

January 30

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Here’s a confession- I had absolutely no idea what I was going to write about when I signed up for today’s post.  I assumed that, as in the past, inspiration would come to me with time to spare. I was wrong. I wracked my brain.  I read weeks’ worth of Science and Nature emails searching […]

November 28

Tuckered Out By Turkey’s Tryptophan?

The carcass lies half eaten in the middle of the room.  Its devourers are scattered about, full stomachs groaning as they sleep off their heavy meal.  A sense of quiet calm settles around their tired forms.  Yes, it has been a successful feast, one that is taking place across a joyful nation.  I’m talking, of […]

November 01

A Furry Little Problem

You may know them best as hunky Derek Hale, shy and brilliant Remus Lupin or Jacob Black, one third of pop culture’s most (in)famous love triangle.  They may be called shifters, or weres, or lycans.  I’m talking about America’s second favorite mythical hunk: the werewolf.     Stories of men turning into wolves go back as […]

October 17

Who Do You Think You Are?

    The young woman lies in a hospital bed, her head wrapped in bandages, a handsome man asleep at her bedside.  She opens her eyes and we can immediately see her eyes move wildly around the room, taking in the surroundings with a panicked look on her face.  The man jerks awake and tries to […]