Mirror Neurons

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?

Left/Right Brained

NeuroThursday rides again with the most pervasive myth of brain lateralization: can you be a “left brained” or “right brained” person?

Handedness Across History

#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?

(One upon a time there was a Storify link here, but they are long gone.)
EDIT 2021: Looks like I messed up the threading back in 2017. If you want to follow the thread more clearly, start here and scroll up/down:

The Discoverer of Neurons

#NeuroThursday week 4: Stories about Santiago Ramón y Cajal, discoverer of neurons, draftsman, and – no joke – science fiction author.

The 10% Myth

#NeuroThursday continues with some stories behind the myth that “you only use 10% of your brain!”

Brain Energy Consumption

Today I present the second installment of #NeuroThursday: why your brain uses twice as much energy as your heart!


I have begun a semi-regular Twitter feature: #NeuroThursday, where I discuss some cool neuroscience-related or -inspired topic for a public audience. The inaugural topic is Neolithic trephination!

(Yes, I know today is Friday. Shhh.)

Please let me know, here or elsewhere, if you have any topics you’d like me to think about. The more ideas/requests I get, the more often I’ll be able to do this. I want to go broadly here: if you have any topic you’d like to hear a neuroscientist’s take on (from brain to behavior to ???), let me know and I’ll consider it!

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