29 April 2010

Study finds that the brain surges with activity just before death

[via:Roger Ebert]

28 October 2009

Brain scanners can tell what you’re thinking about

“Yet despite – or perhaps because of – the recent progress in the field, most researchers are wary of calling their work mind-reading. Emphasising its limitations, they call it neural decoding.”


21 September 2009

“Brain Activity” in Dead Salmon warns fMRI Researchers about false positives


27 August 2009

Researchers erase long-term memories with chemicals

[via:No Agenda]

1 December 2008

Creating false memories: exposure to misinformation induces memory distortion

From Scientific American September 1997, vol 277 #3, pages 70-75.

“The Author: Elizabeth F. Loftus is professor of psychology and adjunct professor of law at the University of Washington. She received her Ph.D. in psychology from Stanford University in 1970. Her research has focused on human memory, eyewitness testimony and courtroom procedure.”

[via:Give Me Something To Read]

15 September 2008

Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School

“Brain Rules by [developmental molecular biologist] John J. Medina is a multimedia project explaining how the brain works. It includes a book, a feature-length documentary film, and a series of interactive tutorials.”

Non-suck Xmas gift or back to school demotivator. The book has a very polite and constructive way of saying that our society is insane and should be considered harmful.

[via:Brain Science Podcast]

13 August 2008

Rat-Brained Robots could be useful in study of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy

See also: Youtube link, brief news item and video by BBC.


New science-changing research linking dopamine to complex social phenomena


30 July 2008

Undermining certainty and conviction as products of reason

“On Being Certain: Believing You Are Right Even When You’re Not” by Robert A. Burton seems to provide an interesting scientific summary on why you as soon as possible should forget the traditional concepts of objective thought and free will.

The book’s concepts are summarized in an easy to understand way on a recent episode of Brain Science Podcast.

24 July 2008

Patient HM: real life “Memento”

“When twenty-seven year old Henry M. entered the hospital in 1953 for radical brain surgery that was supposed to cure his epilepsy, he was hopeful that the procedure would change his life for the better. Instead, it trapped him in a mental time warp where TV is always a new invention and Truman is forever president. The removal of large sections of his temporal lobes left Henry unable to form any new personal memories”

Reading about HM’s anterograde amnesia is like seeing Memento again.

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