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Science with Moxie

Musical notes on neuroscience

And the Beat Goes On…

The Scientific American blogs network is undergoing a restructuring, which means that Science with Moxie will be coming to a close here. I’ve really enjoyed writing about neuroscience, music, policy, and culture for SciAm and plan to continue writing about those topics in the future.

December 15, 2014 — Princess Ojiaku

NFL, NCAA give money to research concussions

On Thursday morning, President Obama hosted a White House summit on concussions. In his address, Obama highlighted the benefits of sports and the need for additional research on the effects of traumatic brain injuries.

May 31, 2014 — Princess Ojiaku

Philosophical Neural Engineering

Researchers at the University of Washington have released an excellent video that nicely summarizes some of the ethical issues surrounding the development of neuroprosthetics and neuroengineering.

May 30, 2014 — Princess Ojiaku

GZA: Science, Rap, and Genius

GZA, a founding member of the hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan, has inspired teens to rap about science. GZA has been displaying his interest in science by visiting with scientists like Neil deGrasse Tyson and co-founding Science Genius with Christopher Emdin at Columbia University.

May 28, 2014 — Princess Ojiaku

Möbius Music Box Score

Keeping with the Oscars theme, if the previously-posted World Science Festival video was a bit too long for a Sunday evening, Vi Hart has a short and sweet video of a (one-sided) Möbius strip on which she has rigged to play a musical theme from Harry Potter.

March 2, 2014 — Princess Ojiaku

The Neuroscience and Art of Film Scores

If you’re looking around for something to watch this Sunday evening that complements the Oscars, the World Science Festival has a great video which features the Coen Brothers, film composer Carter Burwell, Alec Baldwin, and neuroscientist Aniruddh Patel discussing the emotional effects and role of music in film.

March 2, 2014 — Princess Ojiaku

Music and Athletic Performance

I recently started taking regular trips to the gym as a coping mechanism for the long, cold, oft-polar-vortexed Wisconsin winter. While I love being guided through workouts in a group exercise class, I’ve often lamented the fact that the music the instructors play isn’t always exactly what I want to hear.

February 27, 2014 — Princess Ojiaku

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