The Thoughtful Animal

The Thoughtful Animal

Exploring the evolution and architecture of the mind

ScienceSeeker Editor's Selections: Neuronal Migration, Saying "I Love You", Worm VR, and Light-up Sharks


Here are my Science Seeker Editor's Selections for the past week:

At BishopBlog, Dorothy Bishop discusses a popular theory in the development of language and reading disorders: that there are genes implicated in such learning impairments that affect a process in the developing brain called "neuronal migration."

Who Says ‘I Love You’ First? At the PsychCentral blog "Healing Together," Suzanne Phillips discusses some unexpected findings.

"Using a little optogenetic trickery," writes the blogger at The Cellular Scale, "you can directly activate specific worm neurons with light." It's a whole 'nother kind of virtual reality (for worms).

Who invented autism? A nice, brief history from Neuroskeptic.

Sharks have lighter undersides than top sides. This provides camouflage against the light shining down from the ocean's surface. But at different points in the water column, are varying amounts of light. Wouldn't it be useful for sharks to alter the color of their skin depending on how deep they are? Doctor Zen describes a shark that does just that.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.

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