For this week’s NeuroThursday, I tackle the recent scientific evidence for psychic powers – and why it’s unconvincing despite getting published in a major peer-reviewed scientific journal.
For the tenth NeuroThursday, I explain why our arms are so much more complex than the movements they have to perform. With bonus Soviet Science Photos!
Time for another week of #NeuroThursday! Maps in the brain, and how they lead us to the conclusion “the brain is enslaved to the body.”
I’m thrilled to announce that I’m going to have a speaking slot at the SFWA Nebula Conference in June! My talk “Understanding Neuroscience: The Evolved Brain” will take place on Sunday at 10am for anyone with enough fortitude to shake off their hangover and come here me talk about neuroscience, and how we can improve our understanding and portrayal of the human brain in fiction.
I haven’t yet developed the talk, so if you have any questions or issues too complex for #NeuroThursday, let me know! Or ask me over a beer1 afterward.
I hope to see some of you there! I’ll only be at the Nebula conference Sat-Sun (arriving late Friday night) due to the travails of work, but so it goes.
This week’s NeuroThursday neuroscience explainer: Hand Dominance! Just how dominant is it, anyways? (Less than you think.)
For NeuroThursday this week I fulfilled a promise from last time: explaining the variability of the brain, and what it means for a single neuron to have countless functions!
This week’s NeuroThursday goes into one of my personal favorite (hated?) hobgoblins of well-popularized neuroscience: mirror neurons. What are they, what’s the myth, and what’s the controversy?
NeuroThursday rides again with the most pervasive myth of brain lateralization: can you be a “left brained” or “right brained” person?
#NeuroThursday returns with the first in a sporadic-but-ongoing discussion of the curiosities of handedness. We begin by asking: is handedness genetic or learned?
I have another neuroscience essay up online: this one, Tools and Problems of Human Neuroscience, on the beloved File 770! Click on through to learn about some cutting-edge tools of modern human neuroscience, and how they might (or might not) still be used in a science fictional future.
Bonus: you get to see some pictures of me with electrical equipment strapped to my head!