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Science Tourism: Philadelphia

So I thought I’d start off this series with Philadelphia… a spot near and dear to me as resident.  This statues, the Rocky Statue, can be found at the foot … Continue reading

December 17, 2012 · 1 Comment

Science Tourism

I’m an avid traveler.  Every year I try to go on at least 1 big trip.  I’ve traveled most of the globe, but never made it to South America… someday. … Continue reading

December 17, 2012 · Leave a comment

Top Neuroscience Discoveries in 2012

Top Neuroscience Discoveries in 2012 I’m not a big fan of making lists of top things for a given year.  I really feel there are just too many things, especially … Continue reading

December 16, 2012 · Leave a comment

‘Tis the Season: For Science!

It’s December… the time for giving… giving Christmas (or whatever holiday you choose) gifts but don’t forget to give back at this time of year.  It’s the end of the … Continue reading

December 12, 2012 · 1 Comment

Antidepressants and Sexual Dysfunction

So last night I attended Science On Tap in Philadelphia at National Mechanics. First, I love that place!  It’s super cool and comfortable with great drinks and food (ps… brunch … Continue reading

December 11, 2012 · 2 Comments

Bobby McFerrin plays… the audience!

3-min performance from the World Science Festival, musician Bobby McFerrin uses the pentatonic scale to reveal one surprising result of the way our brains are wired. – sent to me … Continue reading

December 8, 2012 · Leave a comment

Chocolate tastes better when you’re dieting

Chocolate tastes better when you’re dieting I came across this article after it was posted on LinkedIn in a consumer research group forum. That makes for a great story! Food … Continue reading

December 7, 2012 · Leave a comment

Placebo Effect: More than just a spoonful of sugar

You have probably heard of the placebo effect before.  And now you are probably thinking of some unwitting patient being given a sugar pill and told it will cure their … Continue reading

December 5, 2012 · Leave a comment

Today in Video: Patterns – Science & Art

A friend posted this on facebook (thanks Kun!) and I agree, lovely. “The more we can measure, the more we can visualize”

December 4, 2012 · 1 Comment

Recommended reading: Does Neuroscience need a Newton?

Recommended reading: Does Neuroscience need a Newton? Neuroscience: it’s complicated. I personally think such a concept is impossible. Physics, math, these are simple, elegant fields. When it comes down to … Continue reading

December 3, 2012 · 3 Comments

Emotions Aren’t All In The Face

Emotions Aren’t All In The Face Victory Or Defeat? Emotions Aren’t All In The Face I’m glad this study and news came out. Recently it has become popular in industry … Continue reading

November 30, 2012 · 2 Comments

Symphony of Science

An oldie, but a goody. I love this series of videos.

November 30, 2012 · Leave a comment

The Problem with Pseudoscience: a word on Sensa and the like

Back in grad school I was a TA for an Intro to Psychology course for a pretty awesome professor.  He really stressed that he wanted the students to learn how … Continue reading

November 27, 2012 · 5 Comments

Neuro in the News: Neuroscience Under Attack

In this past Sunday’s New York Times, Alissa Quart wrote Neuroscience: Under Attack, an article discussing the backlash of recent interesting headlines making some pretty large neuroscience claims. You may … Continue reading

November 26, 2012 · Leave a comment

On Turkey Coma…

It’s that time of year again… of family, friends, endless Christmas music and overeating. And this week is Thanksgiving.  A special time when we get together to gorge on foods … Continue reading

November 21, 2012 · 2 Comments

Why We’re Happy Being Sad: Pop music, James Bond and Batman

Last night I saw the new James Bond movie: Skyfall. Recently the older Bond films have been playing as well, marking the 50th anniversary of Bond. Seeing the older Bond … Continue reading

November 18, 2012 · 3 Comments

Einstein’s Brain Might Explain His Remarkable Cognitive Abilities

Einstein’s Brain Might Explain His Remarkable Cognitive Abilities Scientist at Florida State University (my alma mater, yay!) have been examining Einstein’s brain for clues as neuroanatomy may play a role … Continue reading

November 17, 2012 · Leave a comment

How brainless slime molds redefine intelligence (video link)

How brainless slime molds redefine intelligence (video link) Slime mold that can figure out a maze! “… behaved like a team of human engineers, growing the most efficient networks possible. … Continue reading

November 13, 2012 · Leave a comment

Is “fear” contagious? Chemosignals Communicate Human Emotions

Is “fear” contagious? Chemosignals Communicate Human Emotions I new article just came out of Psychological Science: Chemosignals Communicate Human Emotions Can humans communicate emotional states via chemical signals? In the … Continue reading

November 9, 2012 · 2 Comments

Birth Control Pills May Improve Women’s Cognitive Abilities Later In Life

Birth Control Pills May Improve Women’s Cognitive Abilities Later In Life “A new study shows that taking hormonal birth control before menopause may improve women’s cognitive function later in life, … Continue reading

November 8, 2012 · 3 Comments

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