Neuroscience

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Category archives for Neuroscience

High in the Sky

It’s Friday, time to kick back and let ScienceBlogs do your homework for you. On Cognitive Daily, Dave Munger wonders how outfielders are so good at running to the right spot to catch a fly ball—are they calculating trajectories in their heads, or making optical deductions? To answer this question, researchers put virtual reality helmets…

Assessing Avatar

ScienceBloggers liked Avatar, but that hasn’t stopped them from picking the science apart from the science fiction. On The Scientific Indian, Selva wonders how communication between the humans and their avatars could take place inside the “vortex,” when all other kinds of transmission are disrupted. PZ Myers on Pharyngula lauds the detailed flora and fauna…

Looking Inside the Brain

Photo Credit: Herederos de Santiago Ramón y Cajal Recently, ScienceBlogger Mo Costandi of Neurophilosophy penned a photo essay for MIT’s Technology Review magazine, taking readers on a visual tour of the history of brain imaging, from the first Purkinje cells viewed through a light microscope to fluorescently tagged neurons in “Brainbow” mice showing the connections…

Dendritic Input Make It Hot

Dope A. Mean and the Glut-Tang Clan may not be a household name yet, but if the debut video of their smash hit Synaptic Cleft is any indication, they’re poised to be the breakout group of the summer. S to the YNAPSE!

The Buzz: The Truth About Lying

Why do some people lie much more frequently than others? A new study in PNAS indicates that consistently honest people don’t have to struggle to overcome temptation—they simply don’t feel it. Psychologists at Harvard scanned the brains of 35 volunteers while they predicted the outcome of a computerized coin toss game for money. In one…