Neurophilosophy

Archives for September, 2008

Unidentified flowery object

I took this photograph yesterday at a park in central London. My knowledge of botany is scant, so I have no idea what species it is.

The Seed Media Group is offering a big prize to celebrate the millionth comment on the ScienceBlogs network. One lucky reader, selected at random from those who comment over the next few days, will win a four day trip to New York City, which includes four nights in a 4-star hotel and dinner with their…

Neurobiology of a hallucination

Hallucinations are often associated with psychiatric conditions such as schizophrenia or with LSD and related drugs. Hearing voices is a characteristic symptom which is reported by about 70% of schizophrenic patients, as well as by some 15% of patients with mood disorders such as depression; and those under the influence of LSD often experience extreme…

Memory lessons from Homer Simpson

In this clip from The Simpsons, Homer explains why he wouldn’t benefit from an adult education course: “How is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain.” As you watched the clip, multiple brain regions were engaged and acted in parallel…

NeuroPod

In the Nature Neuroscience podcast NeuroPod, presenter Kerri Smith talks to authors of new papers from that journal about their research. The August 2008 episode (which is embedded below) includes discussions about the development of the concept of fairness in children and the effects of how imprinting of maternal and paternal genes affects development of…

2,000+ subscribers

Last week, the number of subscribers to this blog’s RSS feed passed the 2,000 mark, after teetering just below that number for a couple of months. It’s very gratifying to know that so many people enjoy my writing, and although this increase in subscriptions is tiny compared to the total number of subscribers, it somehow…

Encephalon 53 & Hourglass

The 53rd edition of Encephalon is online now at Ionian Enchantment and includes entries about grid cells, cochlear implants and how culture affects the perception of faces. The carnival comes back to it’s original home for the next edition – I’ll be hosting it here on 15th September. If you’d like to contribute, send permalinks…

Nature editors, pygmys’ brains, etc.

The past few days have been rather hectic, hence the lack of updates. On Saturday, I attended and took part in Europe’s first science blogging conference, and there were also several other events which had been organized for those who came to the event from abroad. Last Thursday evening, I was forced to go on…