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The Split Brain: Making Two Hemispheres Whole
Brain Basics / Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders / Sensation and Perception

The Split Brain: Making Two Hemispheres Whole

Admit it!  You’ve taken one of those online quizzes to see if you’re more “right-brained” or “left-brained.”  Too bad it’s all bunk!    Popular culture would have you believe that creative and artistic people are right-brain dominated, while logical, methodical, and analytical people are left-brain dominated.    The fact of the matter is that you … 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