Neurophilosophy

Archives for April, 2008

Connectivity

My exams begin on Friday, so things are going to be pretty quite around here until around mid-May. I will post various bits and pieces over the next couple of weeks, but in the meantime, here are some interesting links that I’ve found recently: In the New York Times Magazine, Gary Marcus discusses the possibility…

An interview with Eric Kandel

Our German counterparts at ScienceBlogs.de have produced this 21-minute video of an interview they did with neuroscientist Eric Kandel, who won the 2000 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for his work on the cellular and molecular mechanisms of learning and memory in the sea slug Aplysia californica. Kandel is one of the authors of…

Wellcome/ New Scientist essay competition

Here’s something that I’ll almost certainly be entering in two years’ time (when, if all goes according to plan, I’ll be a Ph.D. student again): Wellcome Trust and New Scientist essay competition The Wellcome Trust is inviting postgraduates in science, engineering or technology to tell the world about their research, through an annual essay competition…

Currents carried by sodium and potassium ions through the membrane of the giant axon of Loligo. Get more documents Docstoc is a useful tool for sharing PDFs, PowerPoint presentations and Word and Excel documents. It can also be used to embed files of these formats into a blog post in a customizable document viewer. I’ve…

LSD discovered on this day 65 years ago

On this day in 1943, Albert Hofmann (right), a chemist working for the Swiss pharmaceutical company Sandoz, discovered the psychedelic properties of LSD. Hofmann had actually first synthesized the drug 5 years earlier, as part of a research program in which the therapeutic effects of derivatives of ergot alkaloids – chemicals produced by a fungus…

Clearly a distinction level essay

I’ve just got the feedback on my final piece of coursework, and it’s better than I expected: A well written description of TrpM8 function in cold sensation. It is written clearly and in the context of experimental evidence. Some additional figures to summarise the results discussed would have been helpful. The choice of papers demonstrates…

70 million amazing rare things

One of the events organized for Bora’s visit to London was a fantastic behind-the-scenes tour of the Darwin Centre, a newly built section of the Natural History Museum which houses the museum’s researchers and contains a vast collection of around 70 million bottled animal specimens. The Darwin Centre’s tank room is a most remarkable place.…

I don’t endorse this crap

Please be aware that I do not endorse any of the products being advertised by Proximic at the bottom of the side bar on the right. I am responsible for the content of the side bar on the left and, of course, for all of the written material on this blog, but I have no…

A 58-year-old man from Cumbria has had electrodes implanted his brain in order to treat his compulsive gambling. Raymond Mandale (right), who suffers from Parkinson’s, claims that his gambling habit was caused by a prescribed drug he had been taking to alleviate the symptoms of his condition, and is now seeking compensation from the manufacturers…

What with the current debate about the use of “smart” drugs by academics, I thought it pertinent to republish this old piece from January of last year, about a bacterial toxin which has been shown to enhance fear conditioning and spatial memory in mice.