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This Week is Brain Awareness Week
Brain Basics / Neuro News

This Week is Brain Awareness Week

Every year, people all over the world get together to celebrate the brain!  During Brain Awareness Week, scientists, families, schools, and communities work to raise public awareness about the progress and benefits of brain research.  They do this through all sorts of activities, including tours through neuroscience laboratories, exhibitions about the brain, and lectures about … Continue reading

Turning On A “Photoswitch” Helps Blind Mice See The Light
Neuro News / Neuroscience Technologies / Sensation and Perception

Turning On A “Photoswitch” Helps Blind Mice See The Light

Our senses connect us to the world.  Your visual system lets you know that there is a yellow car ahead of you, and your auditory system lets you know that it is honking its horn.  As unique as each sensory system seems, they actually share basic characteristics and similarities of structure and function.  Beginning with … Continue reading

Heightened Senses: Cross-Modal Neuroplasticity
Learning and Memory / Neuro News / Sensation and Perception

Heightened Senses: Cross-Modal Neuroplasticity

Envision this scenario.  It’s the end of a grueling hike and you’re racing back to civilization along a trail in the mountains as darkness falls.  You’ve become separated from your fellow hikers when all of a sudden the last beams of sunlight fade and the moonless night descends.  You reach into your backpack for your … Continue reading

Is Self-Awareness Humanity’s Greatest Trait?
Did You Know? / Learning and Memory

Is Self-Awareness Humanity’s Greatest Trait?

The adult human brain is comprised of approximately 86 billion neurons on average, with at least as many nonneuronal cells, networked together to create the substance and memories of a human being.  Every skill that you’ve acquired, every memory that you’ve formed, and every experience you’ve ever had is contained and represented by these neural … Continue reading

Reverse Inference: Neuroscience’s Greatest Fallacy?
Neuro News / Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders / Neuroscience Technologies

Reverse Inference: Neuroscience’s Greatest Fallacy?

The recent unveiling of the BRAIN Initiative promised a greater understanding of cognition through improved imaging techniques.  However, the biggest problem in neuroscience is not the limits of technology, but the way inferences are being drawn from that technology. The usual inference drawn from functional neuroimaging studies is that when a certain cognitive process occurs, … Continue reading

The Sum of All Fears… Includes Safety?
Neuro News / Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders

The Sum of All Fears… Includes Safety?

Identifying safe or dangerous situations are essential for survival.  A child may be fearful of crossing a road alone, but he will be completely relaxed while crossing the same road with his mom.  The inability to discriminate between dangerous and safe situations produces responses that may lead to anxiety disorders or post-traumatic stress disorder (Pitman … Continue reading