Category Archives: Neuroscience

Who am I?

That might be the question Jean Valjean is asking, but hopefully we’re all taking some time in the new year for self-reflection. Yet how do we define ourselves? Pause a moment before diving into 2013 to read Daniel Levitin’s probing piece … Continue reading

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Rebuilding the brain

Jane Rosett, former activist and current artist, discusses her slow recovery from traumatic brain injury. I am often amazed to find that people recognize me when I have no recollection of them. People who love me grieve what they claim … Continue reading

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Filed under Chronic illness, Neuroscience

Gotta catch ‘em all

Works of Oliver Sacks, with glorious new covers. image via fastcodesign

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Filed under Arts, Literature, Neuroscience, Physician authors

Down, but not Out

Remember watching Lorenzo’s Oil in 5th grade? Well Lorenzo’s father (who discovered a treatment for his son’s degenerative condition), it turns out, has a kindred spirit. Enter, Alberto Costa. When Costa’s daughter Tyche was born with Down Syndrome, he launched himself … Continue reading

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Mind, consciousness and possibility revisited

Conjoined toddlers who seemingly share aspects of consciousness. The girls surely have a complicated conception of what they mean by “me.” If one girl sees an object with her eyes and the other sees it via that thalamic link, are … Continue reading

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Shadows Bright as Glass

Once again this week we’re addressing the mind-body problem, this time through art. Writer Amy Nutt’s new book, Shadows Bright as Glass displays the artwork of Jon Sarkin, a chiropractor who suffered a severe stroke and found an new identity … Continue reading

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Mind, consciousness and possibility

David Eagleman is a neuroscientist at Baylor College of Medicine who studies perception of time, circadian rhythms, time-traveling minds, and the essence of consciousness. Here’s the engrossing New Yorker report on his research. Eagleman had to wait a few weeks to be granted … Continue reading

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“This is Your Brain on Art”

The Smart Set of Drexel University (why didn’t we know about this site before?!) has a fascinating piece about the research version of Oliver Sacks – V. S. Ramachandran, Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition at UCSD – … Continue reading

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“Beauty of the Brain”

The Smithsonian is featuring some breathtaking new images of the brain from neuroscientist Carl Schoonover’s book, Portraits of the Mind. Above, an MRI tracking water flow into cells. The brain remains mysterious, but the patterns in these images—rich whorls of neural … Continue reading

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