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The Scicurious Brain

The Good, Bad, and Weird in Physiology and Neuroscience

When you run fast, your brain runs faster

Think about what happens when you walk. Really THINK about it. What does it take to walk? Well, your feet and legs have to move (far more complicated than they look), which means your muscles have to move, which means your nerves have to control your muscles, which means your brain has to send the signals in the first place...

July 16, 2012 — Scicurious

What is that beat when your headache throbs?

We've all had that throbbing kind of pain (or probably, most of us have). But what IS the throb? What is that feeling? Most of us (including scientists) think it's the throb of your heartbeat, felt through sensitized nerves in response to the pain...

July 11, 2012 — Scicurious

How does your brain hear distance?

Your cellphone rings. You don't remember where you left it, but you can hear the ring and you know it's in the next room. The question is, how did you know?Our eyes can tell distance by comparing the visual results from the left and right eyes (going blind in one eye will impair your ability to judge visual distance)...

July 9, 2012 — Scicurious

Friday Weird Science: stuff your bra for SCIENCE, ladies

Ladies, we all know that some people stuff their bras. But the question becomes, would you do it for SCIENCE?! Especially if you knew you had to stuff your bra and then sit quietly in a bar for an hour at 11pm and count how many guys walked up to you?...

July 6, 2012 — Scicurious

Who are you? The Anniversary Edition.

Happy Birthday to US!! SciAm Blogs is one year old today. Look at us, most of our little teeth in, waddling along and not potty trained. We’re ADORABLE.

July 5, 2012 — Scicurious

Stress and Depression and Neuritin?

When I saw all the headlines going around focused on this paper, I KNEW I had to check it out. Heck, sometimes Twitter is faster than my Pubmed alerts!

July 2, 2012 — Scicurious

Science: It's a PEOPLE thing

I'm sure by now most of you have seen the "Science: it's a GIRL THING" initiative. I was going to comment on it last week, but so many people voiced my same objections that I decided it wasn't worth the trouble...

June 27, 2012 — Scicurious

Parkinson's is much more than dopamine

...and much more than motor symptoms. A colleague handed me this paper, not just as an interesting aspect of Parkinson's, but as somewhat supportive paper for the role of serotonin in depression...

June 25, 2012 — Scicurious

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