NeuroThursday is back from its summer break to talk about “muscle memory” – that is, skill/procedural memory – and how you can improve it!
Looks like I forgot to announce this in the Worldcon whirl: my short story “The Hammer’s Prayer” will be appearing in Diabolical Plots, the magazine that brings us all the almighty Submission Grinder!
I’m delighted to sell this story to one of the best new pro markets on the internet. I struggled long and hard with this tale: I had to set it aside for 4 months at one point so my subconscious could figure out how to produce an effective tale out of the theme and imagery rattling around in my head. But produce I did (with a lot of beta readers and revisions), and soon you all can read my tale of secret golems, contagious with the gift of animation.
Well, not soon. More like December 2018!
List of all NeuroThursday episodes, in chronological order (oldest first). Apologies for any inconsistent formatting, but Storify is dead and Threadreader is unreliable, so sometimes a Twitter link/embed is all I can provide.
- Neolithic Trephination
- Brain Energy Consumption
- The 10% Myth
- The Discoverer of Neurons
- Handedness Across History
- Left/Right Brained
- Mirror Neurons
- Brain Variability
- Hand Dominance
- Maps in the Brain
- The Arm’s Complexity
- Precognition and Evidence
- Sleep and its Deprivation
- Déjà Vu and memory
- Placebos and their Efficacy
- Artificial Neural Networks
- Marijuana Safety
- Power Poses
- Fluidity of Memory
- No Teleportation
- False Memories
- Phantom Limb Pain
- Muscle Memory in the Brain
- Harry Potter and the Principles of Neural Science (aka Novelty in the Brain)
- Harry Potter and the Theory of Neural Science (aka Philosophy of Neuroscience)
- Myths and Methods of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
- Power and Costs of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS)
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
- Saturday Night Palsy
- Learning Styles
- Solstice Detection (Slow Vision)
- The Choke: Skill, Action, and Attention
- Peripheral and Color Vision
- Filling in the Gaps: Optical Illusions
- Filling in the Gaps: Time Itself
- The Secret Badassery of your Balance System
- Balance 2: Body Position Sense (Proprioception)
- Two-Space Typing and Scientific Analysis
- Yanni, Laurel, and McGurk: Auditory Illusions
- Synesthesia and Evolutionary Psychology
- Motion Aftereffects and Adaptation
- Dopamine and Meaningful Knowledge
- Bonus neuroscience: “What Authors Need to Know about Cybernetics” chapter in Putting the Science in Fiction
You can always find recent episodes by clicking the NeuroThursday link under “Categories” down on the right.
This week’s NeuroThursday is on a topic from my postdoctoral research in amputees: phantom limb pain. What is it, what causes it, and why is it so awful?
Story release day is upon us! I’m pleased to offer you all The Setting of the Sun, a short tale about the passage of time, in all its swiftness and languor.
It came out today in Compelling Science Fiction, a wonderful new pro magazine showcasing “plausible science fiction” – defined as SF that doesn’t break suspension of disbelief for scientists and engineers. (A term I find superior to the traditional “hard SF,” which is notoriously subjective and hard to define.)
This story is in competition for the Guinness record on “longest timeline-to-wordcount ratio,” as a 1300-word story that covers nine hundred million years of time.
A few additional notes below…