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Functional Connectivity Between Surgically Disconnected Brain Regions?

A new article posted on preprint site bioRxiv has generated a lot of interest among neuroscientists on Twitter. The article reports the existence of 'functional connectivity' between surgically disconnected distant brain regions using...Show More Summary

New Developments in Treating Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disease that affects more than 10 million people worldwide. The disease primarily results from selective degeneration of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta part of the brain. Show More Summary

Some Brain Science Hype

Two recent neuroscience news items in The Independent represent exactly the problem with bad science journalism today and the tendency to overhype incremental studies. Brain-Machine Interface Here’s the first: Device that can literally...Show More Summary

Retreat of the Cryosphere

Patrick Burkhart and his colleagues recently published a review of their research on the cryosphere, which is a collective term for all the ice on the surface of the Earth. In addition to their review of the science, the new information they add is a photographic project documenting the retreat of glaciers around the globe. […]

Connection Between Brain, Depression and Effectiveness of Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is a type of therapy that uses various, rather aggressive, medicines to eliminate cancer cells from the body or slow down the growth of tumors. Cancer cells are different from normal cells as they reproduce a lot faster. Chemotherapy specifically targets the fast dividing cells and thus affects cancer cells the most. However, chemotherapy […]

The Big Ideas in Cognitive Neuroscience, Explained

Are emergent properties really for losers? Why are architectures important? What are “mirror neuron ensembles” anyway? My last post presented an idiosyncratic distillation of the Big Ideas in Cognitive Neuroscience symposium, presented by six speakers at the 2017 CNS meeting. Show More Summary

Is Alex Jones Faking?

Alex Jones is famous for his Infowars program in which he, often red-faced and ranting, promotes all kinds of absurd conspiracy theories. He claims the Sandy Hook massacre was a “false flag” operation (and pretty much every similar event – all staged by the government. He claimed that Obama and Hillary Clinton were literally demons. […]

Alzheimer’s Disease – Now You See It

The exact mechanisms underlying the devastation that is Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) are not entirely understood, but researchers do know that inflammation in the brain is related to the onset of the disease. Now, through a basic eye exam, clinicians may be able to spot AD warning signs, including inflammation, long before symptoms appear Normally, the […]

What are "Neural Correlates" Correlates Of?

In a thought-provoking new paper called What are neural correlates neural correlates of?, NYU sociologist Gabriel Abend argues that neuroscientists need to pay more attention to philosophy, social science, and the humanities. Abend's...Show More Summary

Structural MRI of the Hippocampus

This Open Access article is an informative read - Marshall A. Dalton, Peter Zeidman, Daniel N. Barry, Elaine Williams, Eleanor A. Maguire Segmenting subregions of the human hippocampus on structural magnetic resonance image scans: An...Show More Summary

Dr. Gerald Goldstein

Gerald Goldstein, Ph.D., died last week at the age of 85 years. He was an influential presence in the practice of neuropsychology as a clinical domain and as a science. His career spanned over sixty years. Here is a link to a 2015 celebratory article from the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System about him: Neuropsychology Researcher Celebrates 60 Years.

Were any interventions to prevent teen suicide effective in the SEYLE trial?

Disclaimer: I’ve worked closely with some of the SEYLE investigators on other projects. I have great respect for their work. Saving and Empowering Young Lives in Europe was a complex, multisite suicide prevention project of

The Landscape of Neuroscience 2006 - 2015

How has neuroscience changed over the past decade? In a new paper, Hong Kong researchers Andy Wai Kan Yeung and colleagues take a look at brain science using the tools of citation analysis. Yeung et al. extracted data from 2006-2015 from Web of Science and Journal Citation Reports (JCR), which track publications and citations. Show More Summary

Science and Politics

The March for Science is coming up on April 22, which has prompted another round of – should sc ience stay out of politics? I think this is a persistent debate because the answer is yes and no, depending on what you mean. Staying Out of Politics There are several arguments for why scientists and science […]

New Study on Long Term Memory

There is something I never fully understood about memory, and now a new study might clarify my confusion. The current model of how short and long term memory work is this. Short term memory is formed in the hippocampus and related structures. The hippocampus is highly plastic, it can change rapidly in order to form […]

A Call for Science and Common-Sense, Rather than Marketing and Drama, about Concussion and CTE

A fine Editorial Commentary: Carson, A. (2017). Concussion, dementia and CTE: are we getting it very wrong? Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry. Published Online First: 10 April 2017. doi: 10.1136/jnnp-2016-315510

Upcoming Event: AAN Annual Meeting (22-28 April, Boston)

The Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology takes place later this month. Conference Homepage

Perceptions of Parkinson's Disease

'People think I'm drunk but I have Parkinson's' By Lindsay Brown BBC Newsbeat reporter 10 April 2017 Read report here [snip] "Jordan was diagnosed with Parkinson's when he was 17 and says people often think he's had too much to drink." [snip]

Dogs Don't Process Language With Their Left Brains, After All

A case of left-right confusion misled researchers about how dogs process language. Last August, Hungarian neuroscientists Atilla Andics and colleagues reported that the left hemisphere of the dog brain is selectively activated in response to the lexical properties (i.e. Show More Summary

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