Humans Computers And Everything in Between: Towards Synthetic Telepathy

by Linda Xu When you imagine telepathy, your mind probably jumps immediately to science fiction: the Vulcans of Star Trek, Legilimency in Harry Potter, or the huge variety of superheroes and super-villains who possess powers of telekinesis or mind control. Twenty years ago, these concepts would have been mere fictional speculation, but today, in neuroscienceContinue reading “Humans Computers And Everything in Between: Towards Synthetic Telepathy”

Brain and Language on the Fly

The Neuroscience of Linguistic Improvisation by Elizabeth Beam   It’s like when I’m on the mic I can squish a  Sucka like a vice grip, my pen put ya In the slaughterhouse cause your style’s been butchered I’ll spin chainsaw, take off like the blades on, my brain’s on Hyperdrive, someone put the brakes onContinue reading “Brain and Language on the Fly”

A Commentary on Medical Education

by Lauren Claus The practice of medicine is filled with intimate and delicate moments; physicians are entrusted with tasks such as delivering a painful diagnosis, encouraging a patient to embark on a weight loss program, or calming the anxieties of new parents-to-be. These situations all require strong interpersonal skills, a comforting demeanor, and a deepContinue reading “A Commentary on Medical Education”

The 3D Bioprinting Revolution

by Suraj Kannan Perhaps no technology has grown as rapidly and promised so much in the last decade as 3D printing. Although the first industrial 3D printer was built in the 1980s, improvements in design and function over the last five years have seen a dramatic rise in production and usage; indeed, forecasts predict thatContinue reading “The 3D Bioprinting Revolution”

Exploring the Avian Mind

by Caitlin Andrews In June 1977, in a small laboratory at Purdue University, Irene Pepperberg stood with her arm outstretched toward a large bird cage, trying to coax a quivering Grey Parrot out of the cage and onto her hand. Just one year earlier, Pepperberg had received her doctorate in theoretical chemistry, having devoted yearsContinue reading “Exploring the Avian Mind”

Overstepping your Passion? The Science of Obsession

by Carrie Sha The famous late nineteenth-century writer Franz Kafka once counseled, “Follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.” Although his advice seems to be a simple call for following our passions, it can easily lead us astray. After all, Shakespeare’s Hamlet was haunted by “what dreams may come after we have shuffled off this mortalContinue reading “Overstepping your Passion? The Science of Obsession”

Optogenetics: A New Frontier

by Jen Guidera Neuroscientists often try to correlate observable behavior with activity in the brain. This is a grand undertaking, with the human brain containing an estimated 86 billion neurons and 100 trillion synapses (9)(10). Given the size and complexity of the brain, you may be surprised to learn that one of the most fruitfulContinue reading “Optogenetics: A New Frontier”

Psychoactive Fungi: The World Before and After Psilocybin

by Tristan Wang In 1960, on a summer day in Cuernavaca, Mexico, Harvard psychology professor Timothy Leary and several friends ingested a bowlful of psilocybin mushrooms, an experience that Leary later described as “the deepest religious experience of my life.” Upon returning to Harvard, Leary and his associate, Richard Alpert, immediately formed the “Harvard PsilocybinContinue reading “Psychoactive Fungi: The World Before and After Psilocybin”

Politics of HIV/AIDS and the Singing Brain

by Quang Nguyen Globally, over 35 million people were living with HIV in 2012 (1). In addition to severe physical and immunological deterioration associated with the progression of the illness, HIV/AIDS also creates a significant neuropsychological burden on those infected and their social networks. This additional suffering contributes to the decreases in medical adherence, increasesContinue reading “Politics of HIV/AIDS and the Singing Brain”