On January 6, 1995, a large five-foot-six 270-pound middle-aged man robbed two Pittsburgh banks in broad daylight. He didn’t wear a mask or any sort of disguise. And he smiled at surveillance cameras before walking out of each bank. Later that night, police arrested a surprised McArthur Wheeler. When they showed him the surveillance tapes,
Knowing Neurons had an amazing year, and we are so thankful for all your support throughout our journey! Here are some highlights from 2016! In the last year, we have used just about every mode of communication to share exiting stories about the brain and mind. We wrote about the latest neuroscience discoveries and technological
When babies are born, they cannot see very well, but their vision vastly improves as they continue to develop. Sometimes, the eyes don’t communicate well with the brain, and vision disorders like amblyopia result. What are the neural mechanisms that allow normal visual development? What happens when things go amiss? And how can these disorders
What does eye-witness identification have to do with neuroscience? A lot, actually. Tom Albright is Professor and Director of the Vision Center Laboratory at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, CA. His research focuses on understanding how the brain interprets visual information so that we can thrive in our visually stimulating world.
We are excited to announce that we received the Society for Neuroscience 2016 Next Generation Award. This award recognizes SfN chapter members who have made outstanding contributions to public communication, outreach, and education about neuroscience. To celebrate the award reflecting our dedication to neuroscience education, we, the team members of Knowing Neurons, reminisce over some
It is no surprise that a child prefers its mother’s voice to those of strangers. Beginning in the womb, a fetus’s developing auditory pathways sense the sounds and vibrations of its mother. Soon after birth, a child can identify its mother’s voice and will work to hear her voice better over unfamiliar female voices. A
Our sense of sight is arguably our most important sense. Imagine how different your life would be if soon after birth, you lost the ability to see. For over 1.4 million children worldwide, that is their life. Being blind in developing countries like India has a costly impact: over 90% of blind children do not
Your brain is the most remarkable thing about you because it makes you you. So, when Dean Burnett, Ph.D. chose to describe all that the brain does to make you amazing, he did it in a uniquely humane and entertaining way. His popular science book Idiot Brain: What Your Head is Really Up To is
Our eyes contain millions of color-sensitive cells, called cones, which maximally respond to red, green, and blue light. With just these three types of color receptors, we can see the full rainbow of our world. Animals with fewer types of cones cannot see the full visual spectrum. For example, dogs only have green and blue
What if you could take a pill to enhance your cognitive abilities? What if this pill could help you ace a test, get more work done efficiently, and truly multitask? For entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley and executives on Wall Street, the answer to these questions is a resounding “Yes!” In these high stake environments, the
~ This infographic was made in collaboration with Frontiers for Young Minds. Check out the infographic we made for them here. ~ Written by Jillian Shaw. Graphics by Jooyeun Lee.
~ Which of these facts about your brain on music surprised you? 1. Music affects how we perceive things. 2. Listening to Mozart does not make you smarter. 3. Learning to play a musical instrument can improve other abilities. 4. Sometimes music can be really distracting! 5. Overall, music is probably good for our health. ~ “This is Your Brain on