Welcome to the 5th edition of The Synapse, ScienceBlog’s home-grown carnival on all things Neuro! Glad to see this carnival, much like a precocious child or bad hair day, is growing up and gaining a life of its own. Thanks to all that submitted, we’ve got a smorgasbord of neural delights for your reading pleasure. Come on people, engage in long term potentiation in the brain, for the brain, about (you guessed it) the brain!
Mind Hacks presents an interview with journalist Liz Spikol who has experienced psychiatric hospitals firsthand, and uses this inside knowledge to give a different perspective on both mental states and reporting.
Think you might have a sleep disorder? Aleksandr Kavokin, MD, PhD describes different types of sleep disorders and their symptoms.
The neurophilosopher informs on a rapidly changing gene that might be involved in the evolution of the human brain, and multipotent progenitor cells which have been isolated during surgery on epileptics.
Also, does the use of transcendental meditation to reduce the brain’s response to pain?
Light cycles dictate out biological clocks, find out more about chronobiology!. Coturnix at Blog Around the Clock, who has had “all clocks all the time” this past week, contributes two excellent articles: one is a review on circadian rhythms in his namesake (the quail!), and one on phase response curves and t-cycles.
And finally, I’ll pimp you two topics from Retrospectacle:
Find out about the similarities of language acquisition and bird song, in a recent Friday Grey Matters series: the neuroscience of birdsong. London cabbies have superior spatial skills, along with an enlarged hippocampus.