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    Princess Ojiaku Princess Ojiaku is a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin - Madison in Neuroscience and Public Policy. She is also a student of life, exuberant nerd, and musician. She often tweets her daily links of interest and digital personal mutterings. Follow on Twitter @artfulaction.
  • NFL, NCAA give money to research concussions

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    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 [...]

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    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. 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 [...]

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    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. Science Genius is an initiative that encourages schoolkids in New York City [...]

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    Seamlessly moving between ballet and neuroscience

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    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. from Caltech who went from dancing in New York, to researching in California, to [...]

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    Möbius Music Box Score

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    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. The strangely calming video is embedded below.

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    The Neuroscience and Art of Film Scores

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    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. The discussion is a great look into [...]

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    Music and Athletic Performance

    Sweatin to the melodies

    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. I always find I [...]

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

    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, [...]

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    Spooky music is spookier with your eyes closed

    Looking at this spooky picture might cause your amygdala to be activated more.

    It’s Halloween. You’re listening to some creepy, scary music. Maybe it sounds like something like this* – SCARY! You are lying still, attending to the emotional qualities of the music. Next, you close your eyes and listen to the same scary track. Do you feel more frightened by the music when your eyes are closed? [...]

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    I’m going to SfN!

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    I’m thrilled to be going to the 2013 Society for Neuroscience conference in beautiful San Diego this year! If you would like me to stop by your poster or presentation in order to feature it on this blog, please do get in touch. I’ll be mostly looking for research featuring music and research applicable to [...]

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