Category Archives: NeuroThursday

Harry Potter Neuroscience #2 (Philosophy of Neuroscience)

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!

Harry Potter Neuroscience (Novelty in the Brain)

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!


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NeuroThursday Master Episode List

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.

  1. Neolithic Trephination
  2. Brain Energy Consumption
  3. The 10% Myth
  4. The Discoverer of Neurons
  5. Handedness Across History
  6. Left/Right Brained
  7. Mirror Neurons
  8. Brain Variability
  9. Hand Dominance
  10. Maps in the Brain
  11. The Arm’s Complexity
  12. Precognition and Evidence
  13. Sleep and its Deprivation
  14. Déjà Vu and memory
  15. Placebos and their Efficacy
  16. Artificial Neural Networks
  17. Marijuana Safety
  18. Power Poses
  19. Fluidity of Memory
  20. No Teleportation
  21. False Memories
  22. Phantom Limb Pain
  23. Muscle Memory in the Brain
  24. Harry Potter and the Principles of Neural Science (aka Novelty in the Brain)
  25. Harry Potter and the Theory of Neural Science (aka Philosophy of Neuroscience)
  26. Myths and Methods of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
  27. Power and Costs of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS)
  28. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  29. Saturday Night Palsy
  30. Learning Styles
  31. Solstice Detection (Slow Vision)
  1. The Choke: Skill, Action, and Attention
  2. Peripheral and Color Vision
  3. Filling in the Gaps: Optical Illusions
  4. Filling in the Gaps: Time Itself

You can always find recent episodes by clicking the NeuroThursday link under “Categories” down on the right.

No Teleportation

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!