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(Transneuronal) Attack of the Mutant Huntingtin!
Did You Know? / Movement / Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders

(Transneuronal) Attack of the Mutant Huntingtin!

Huntington’s disease (HD) is an incredibly debilitating neurodegenerative disorder. Currently, there is no treatment that effectively reverses the progression of the disease or delays its onset. Huntington’s is a particularly difficult diagnosis because it is an autosomal dominant degenerative disease, meaning that any child of an affected parent has a 50% chance of inheriting the … Continue reading

ALS: An Infographic and the Ice Bucket Challenge
Brain Basics / Did You Know? / Movement

ALS: An Infographic and the Ice Bucket Challenge

The Knowing Neurons team accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge! We nominate EyeWire, Kerri Smith of Neurpod, Dan Ariely, and Oliver Sacks!   ~ Infographic by Jooyeun Lee, Anita Ramanthan, Kate Fehlhaber, and Jillian Shaw. ~ References: Renton A.E. & Bryan J Traynor (2013). State of play in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis genetics, Nature Neuroscience, 17 … Continue reading

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