This week I decided to pursue the follow-up questions from last week, and address some more philosophical questions about what our neuroscience answers mean!
NeuroThursday is back, picking up a reader’s dare: can I actually write “Harry Potter and the Principles of Neural Science?” It turns out I can! It’s about surprise and novelty in the brain!
NeuroThursday is back from its summer break to talk about “muscle memory” – that is, skill/procedural memory – and how you can improve it!
List of all NeuroThursday episodes, in chronological order.
- 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)
If I’ve fallen behind on updating this list, click the NeuroThursday link under the “Categories” down on the right to see some recent episodes.
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?
NeuroThursday is back in full neuroscience swing, with the second in an N-part series on memory. This time, false memories: so very common, and so very humbling.
This week’s NeuroThursday is only partially about neuroscience: it focuses on an article that made the rounds this week, claiming that the Chinese had teleported an object to a satellite. (Spoiler alert: no, they hadn’t.) But I do use a neuroscience story to help me explain the issue!
Time for another NeuroThursday: this one on how memories get so fluid & unreliable!
Have you seen the TED talk on “power posing?” Then you’re going to want to read this week’s NeuroThursday!
Another NeuroThursday lined up for you: this one on marijuana safety! It’s less harmful than many drugs (including alcohol binge drinking), but I wouldn’t call it Mostly Harmless.