The Brain in Discover magazine
“GB” is a 28 year old man with a curious condition: his optic nerves are in the wrong place. The Man With Uncrossed Eyes : Neuroskeptic
When tiredness sets in, poor decisions and clumsiness often follow. Napping Neurons Explain Sleep-Deprived Blunders | Memory, Emotions, & Decisions
Our Strange, Important, Subconscious Light Detectors Studies like Foster’s prompted a number of researchers to look for those missing cells. The first clue came in 2000, when neuroscientist Ignacio Provencio , now at the University of Virginia, found a light- capturing pigment called melanopsin in the ganglion layer of the retina.
The Brain: The Troublesome Bloom of Autism | Mental Health Eric Courchesne managed to find a positive thing about getting polio: It gave him a clear idea of what he would do when he grew up.
Science's Long—and Successful—Search for Where Memory Lives | Memory, Emotions, & Decisions During that visit, the three sat down to see if they could figure out the discrepancy in the data. The “problem,” Silva felt, might in fact be an opportunity: a hint of how they could use CREB as a tool not merely to enhance or suppress memories but to explore each new memory’s precise location—to locate the engram. Maybe after all these years, it would be possible to find true tracks of memory in the brain.
The Brain: The Connections May Be the Key | Mind & Brain There was just one problem: Nobody knew what the connectome looked like.
The left hemisphere specializes in speech, language, and intelligent behavior, and a split-brain patient’s left hemisphere and language center has no access to sensory information if it is fed only to the right brain. In the case of vision, the optic nerves leading from each eye meet inside the brain at what is called the optic chiasm . Here, each nerve splits in half; the medial half (the inside track) of each crosses the optic chiasm into the opposite side of the brain, and the lateral half (that on the outside) stays on the same side. The "Interpreter" in Your Head Spins Stories to Make Sense of the World | Mind & Brain
George Church: doing something new is a risk but so is doing nothing. Synthetic biology relies on risk assessment. #synberc Drew Endy: Biology is the ultimate distributed manufacturing plant.