Retrospectacle: A Neuroscience Blog

Retrospectacle has been a wonderful hobby and outlet for my writing for almost three years. I started writing at Blogspot for a few reasons- to critically report science news, to convert the tomes of science to layperson-speak, to attempt to educate and entertain myself as well as my audience (hopefully). I think that it has…

Parrots Need Valentine Love Too!

A Valentine to all Scienceblogs readers, from Pepper! (Thanks to Aaron for the picture!)

Get Your New Neurons Here! (In Plush)

Ok, ok, I know I’m supposed to be on hiatus here. But how could I resist posting this adorable plush neuron? Waaaaay better than a teddy bear, in my opinion. I must resist the urge to make cuddly neural nets out of dozens of them… via ModCloth (and Giant Microbes)

Blog Hiatus Until March 1st

As you all know, Steve and I are merging blogs into the aptly-named ‘Of Two Minds’ blog. We’re going live on March 1st, and since we have a lot of work to do to get it ready and pretty (new banners in the works!) I decided to go on blogging hiatus here a few weeks…

Now, Take Your Drugs Aurally

Sound can have very powerful effects on people, but can it really get you high? Thats what makers of the application I-Doser would have you believe—or specifically, that different ‘biaural beats’ can mimic the effects of alcohol, cocaine, heroin and other drugs (although, legally and harmlessly.) Obviously, I had to test this. The makers of…

And the Winner is……

As you all know by now, Steve and I are merging blogs (starting March 1) and asked all of your to come up with some most excellent ideas for names. Well, after much gnashing of teeth we finally settled on “Of Two Minds” as our final answer. A close second was “Viva Las Vagus” but…

Along with Shelley, I am a graduate student in the Neuroscience Program at UM. The last three years my friends and I have made a trilogy of satirical neuroscience posters (see the first one here) poking mild fun at the mystical art of brain science. Also in any spare time remaining I have punished myself…

Oh. my. goodness. This ode to the PCR (“When you need to find out who’s your daddy”) is just about the most hilarious thing I’ve ever seen. Ever. Kudos BioRad, I salute you! (Hat tip John PIBS) Who ever said that conducting public psychology experiments required pants? Thats right. None. (Hat tip Lisa) Alvaro at…

‘Name That Blog’ Contest Closed

The contest to name that blog is closed, and Steve and I are perusing the many entries now. Stay tuned for the big announcement!

Just a quick reminder that Friday (tomorrow) is the last day to submit the potentially prize-winning entry to name the brand new blog that Steve and I are starting quite soon. Read more about the prizes here, and leave your ideas in the comments here or in the other post. Don’t you want to receive…