Neuroscience Archive

Here’s a great recent piece from Salon on the debate over whether Autism is actually linked to childhood vaccinations. A taste: Offit also uses the vaccine-autism debate as a case study in how easily society misconstrues science. We are all too eager, he believes, to hold up a single, unverified scientific study as fact. Instead, [...]

The latest issue of the always-excellent Wired Magazine is chock-full of ways to improve your cognition and memory. It also debunks some some commonly-held memory myths: ginkgo, speed-reading and music are on the list. They also include this handy disclaimer: All increased intelligence becomes the property of WIRED magazine (hereafter referred to as “The Magazine”) [...]

It was forty years ago today…that The Beatles released Sgt. Pepper’s. In today’s Washington Post, Daniel J. Levitin, a music producer turned neuroscientist, has a look at the timelessness of The Beatles music with an emphasis, of course, on Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Read the article, put on the album and sit back [...]

Over at Reason, Ron Bailey notes that evolutionary neuroscience has confirmed Adam Smith’s critical observation in The Theory of Moral Sentiments that we are hardwired to commiserate more with those in closest proximity to us, e.g., in our family or community, than with those who suffer equal or greater calamities in faraway lands. Happily, as [...]

is the title of an excellent article by Paul Rubin from Monday’s Washington Post. In the piece, Rubin mentions the struggle to overcome our ingrained biases, which often hamper our thinking in many areas. If you haven’t seen it already, check out Overcoming Bias, a blog that features a whole cadre of thinkers dedicated to [...]

Rethinking the senses

Wired has an amazing article on researchers who are training themselves and others to “see with their tongues” and doing other crazy stuff, like augmenting our natural sixth sense, proprioception. Yes, this sort of thing is my bag, baby.