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Science with Moxie

Science with Moxie

Musical notes on neuroscience

  • And the Beat Goes On…

    By Princess Ojiaku | December 15, 2014 |

    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. […]

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  • Video Interview with Nina Kraus on Music and the Brain

    By Princess Ojiaku | December 15, 2014 |

    In case you like to stay up late listening to smart people discussing their work, there is a video below featuring Nina Kraus of Northwestern University in Chicago. I've been a fan of Kraus' work studying neuroscience and music for quite awhile now. […]

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  • NFL, NCAA give money to research concussions

    By Princess Ojiaku | May 31, 2014 |

    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. One of the bigger announcements of Obama's speech was that the NFL is donating money in search of strategies to reduce concussions, including funding NIH studies and clinical trials on the effects of repeated concussions. […]

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  • Philosophical Neural Engineering

    By Princess Ojiaku | May 30, 2014 |

    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. I think it's very innovative that scientists and philosophers are working together at the UW Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering in order to anticipate ethical issues related to advances in neuroscience. […]

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  • GZA: Science, Rap, and Genius

    By Princess Ojiaku | May 28, 2014 |

    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. […]

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  • Seamlessly moving between ballet and neuroscience

    By Princess Ojiaku | April 10, 2014 |

    I love NOVA's series on the Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers because it often features scientists who do amazing things in addition to their research. Today, the program features a short video on Crystal Dilworth, a recent Molecular Neuroscience Ph.D. […]

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  • Möbius Music Box Score

    By Princess Ojiaku | March 2, 2014 |

    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. […]

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  • The Neuroscience and Art of Film Scores

    By Princess Ojiaku | March 2, 2014 |

    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. […]

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  • Music and Athletic Performance

    By Princess Ojiaku | February 27, 2014 |

    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. […]

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  • Tyrone Hayes and the struggle for scientific truth in the New Yorker

    By Princess Ojiaku | February 19, 2014 |

    The New Yorker has a great long read up now on Tyrone Hayes , a researcher who has lead a decades-long scientific and political fight against the use of atrazine, a herbicide that his research strongly suggests causes birth defects. The piece is a great tour through Hayes' education and career, his research findings on atrazine, and his struggle against the campaign that the Syngenta corporation, the makers of atrazine, have levied against him. […]

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