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Itching to Understand Dynorphin
Neuro News / Sensation and Perception

Itching to Understand Dynorphin

Bzzzzzz!  Splat!  Ugh!  Anyone who has ever been around a campfire during the summer months is familiar with this progression of noises.  Mosquito bites and the resulting welts provide unwelcome souvenirs of time spent outdoors.  We all know we shouldn’t scratch.  Itch like pain is an aversive stimulus that alerts us to threats to the … Continue reading

Now Available in Trichromatic Color!
Brain Basics / Did You Know? / Neuroscience Art / Sensation and Perception

Now Available in Trichromatic Color!

“What is color?” What a good question! The answer is a bit tricky, but it starts with light. Color is the visual perception of different wavelengths of light reflecting off objects, which is the subjective experience of something much more omnipresent: the electromagnetic spectrum. Dun, dun, dun! “RAZ! This is supposed to be about neuroscience! … Continue reading

Visual Pinwheels
Brain Basics / Did You Know? / Neuroscience Art / Sensation and Perception

Visual Pinwheels

When you look at an object, like the picture above, there are many features your brain has the task of processing.  Color, texture, and position in space to name a few.  Lines and angles are some of the first features to be encoded.  The primary visual cortex (aliases- striated cortex and V1), has the task of deciphering these stimuli to create and … Continue reading

Reconciling the Past with Pills: A New Approach to PTSD Treatment
Learning and Memory / Neuro News / Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders

Reconciling the Past with Pills: A New Approach to PTSD Treatment

Over a lifetime, the human brain stores countless memories.  Some are mundane and practical, others are subjective, and some influence our thinking and behaviour.  Not all of them are good. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) encompasses intrusive traumatic memories, which dictate behavior.  Currently, PTSD is treated with antidepressants and cognitive therapy, but it is often treatment … Continue reading

How To Do The Moonwalk
Movement / Neuro News

How To Do The Moonwalk

Walking around in the real world, as opposed to the uncluttered hallways of your school, requires flexible and adaptive fine-tuning of the basic alternating stepping pattern of our two legs. For animals to walk, central pattern generators (CPGs) must be modulated to allow different stride lengths in each leg or different swing heights to step … Continue reading