Neurophilosophy

Archives for January, 2008

Film footage of the ice pick lobotomy

A forthcoming PBS documentary called The Lobotomist examines the career of psychiatrist Walter J. Freeman, who performed nearly 3,000 “ice pick” lobotomies during the late 1930s and 1940s. The hour-long program, which is partly based on Jack El-Hai’s book of the same name, contains old footage of Freeman performing the procedure, and features an interview…

The brain’s Venetian bridge

I returned to UCL today, after spending the first week of the new term writing my second piece of coursework for the M.Sc., a 2,000-word essay about AMPA receptor recomposition in synaptic plasticity, which I’ll post on here soon. The third block began today with a lecture on nociception (pain), and a brain dissection. It…

1k+ subscribers!

Over the past few days, the number of subscribers to my RSS feed has increased to over 1,000, even though the blog hasn’t been updated since January 3rd. I can, therefore, only attribute this to the news that one of my posts is to be featured in the forthcoming OpenLab 2007. Whatever the reason, welcome…

Open Lab 2007

At A Blog Around the Clock, Bora has announced the posts that will be published in Open Lab 2007, the forthcoming second annual anthology of the best science blogging of last year. Of the 486 submitted entries, just 50 have made it into the book, and I’m pleased to say that one of them is…