All posts tagged with brain function

Brain plasticity in adults and cognition

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I ran across a study from a couple of years ago by Rachel Brans and colleagues, which has an interesting result showing a genetic correlation between plastic...

Brains in a haystack

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An essay by Gary Marcus, in the new online science magazine, Nautilus: “Where uniqueness lies”.

Thinking simply

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Vaughan Bell has a nice piece in the Guardian on folk psychology – how ordinary people tend to think about their own thinking: “Our brains, and how they’re n...

Micro-RNA 941

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John Timmer covers the story of miR-941, a micro-RNA that may influence the expression of genes in human brains, and which appears to have taken on a novel r...

Einstein and Taung: two brains collide

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Dean Falk has a new article in the journal Brain, in which she and collaborators uncover the details within historical photographs of Albert Einstein’s brain...

Building bigger dolphin brains

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Ed Yong reports on a new study demonstrating a history of positive selection on the gene ASPM in cetaceans. Bruce Lahn’s group previously showed that this ge...

Mouse brain mapping

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This merits some attention: “Neuroscientists reach major milestone in whole-brain circuit mapping project”.

Neuron theory

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Ferris Jabr has begun a series called “Know your neurons”, which will be a tour of the types of neurons. The first installment (“Know Your Neurons: The Disco...

Culture in the brain

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The Guardian has a dialogue between David Eagleman and Raymond Tallis in which the two authors debate the importance of culture as a constraint on behavior. ...

The thrifty brainotype

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Andy Clark, a philosopher of the mind, has entered a useful essay in the NY Times online commentary section: “Do thrifty brains make better minds?”