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The Neuroscience Revolution Will Be Crowdsourced

The Neuroscience Revolution Will Be Crowdsourced

As Albert Einstein famously said, “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” The history of science is littered with so-called “intractable”  problems that researchers later cracked wide open using techniques their ancestors could hardly imagine...

September 11, 2013 — Ben Thomas
Perception and the Paranormal: The Tea Box Ghost

Perception and the Paranormal: The Tea Box Ghost

In July, 2013, a video entitled “Is this paranormal activity caught on CCTV in a Whitstable shop?” appeared on YouTube. This contains footage from a security camera in the Whitstable Nutrition Centre, a health food store in southeast England...

September 10, 2013 — Karen Stollznow
Floating Brains and Invasive Minds

Floating Brains and Invasive Minds

Recently, two studies surfaced almost simultaneously that led to exclamations of “Vulcan mind meld!”, “Zombie armies!” and “Brains in jars!”

September 9, 2013 — Athena Andreadis
Floating Brains and Invasive Minds

Floating Brains and Invasive Minds

Recently, two studies surfaced almost simultaneously that led to exclamations of “Vulcan mind meld!”, “Zombie armies!” and “Brains in jars!”

September 9, 2013 — Athena Andreadis
Mnemodystopia: A Little Context

Mnemodystopia: A Little Context

We’ve been here before. Two or three times a year, a team of neuroscientists comes along and tightropes over the chasm that is dystopian research.

August 26, 2013 — Clayton Aldern
The Psychology of Freedom

Wassup, Wikipedia? Oh … wow!

I’d like to examine the concept of freedom in a somewhat unusual way — from the viewpoint of motivational psychology. The starting point is to realize that there are basically four ways of influencing behavior: reward, punishment, restraint, and compulsion...

August 20, 2013 — William Skaggs

This Brain Discovery May Overturn a Century-Old Theory

Stacked layers have fascinated us humans for as long as we’ve sought to organize the universe around us. Authors and artists have developed primitive conceptions of heaven, earth and hell into elaborate hierarchies of celestial and infernal spheres...

August 8, 2013 — Ben Thomas

My Marvelous Journey with Incredible Savants: What Have I Learned?

So much of what happens to us in life is not by plan, but rather by coincidence or serendipity.  Thus it was with me and my career. After completing my residency in psychiatry I was assigned the responsibility of developing a Children’s Unit at Winnebago Mental Health Institute here in Wisconsin.  There were over 800 [...]..

July 31, 2013 — Darold Treffert

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