Episode 3 – Mind, Brain, Computations and Ion channels.

In this episode, we talk about neural simulation, the relation between the mind and the brain, ion channels that make neurons excitable and neuroscience research in fly larvae. Participants are Erin McKiernan, Jean-François Gariépy, John Kubie, Leanne Boucher and Steven Miller. View it on YouTube!

“1:56” What brought Erin to do neuroscience research?
“3:02” The effect of light exposure on stress in animals.
“4:39” Why model the brain with computers?
“7:08” Modelling decisions with perceptrons.
“9:50” Are the mind and the brain the same thing?
“17:00” The publishing system, how scientists publish their discoveries and open-access journals.
“28:25” Erin’s works on Drosophila larvae.
“29:32” The elevated plus maze, a test used for measuring stress in animals.
“37:30” Recording neurons involved in vision.
“42:04” Why are neurons excitable?
“46:58” Why record single neurons?
“54:40” The BK channel and its relation to how larvae move.
“1:13:53” Amazing posts on Erin’s and John’s blogs and Eagleman’s manifesto on science dissemination.
“1:19:42” Women in neuroscience.

For those who want snippets of the discussion:

Modelling the brain & perceptrons – Episode 3
Are the brain and the mind different things? – Episode 3
Ion channels and neuronal excitability – Episode 3

Many thanks to our guests! Here are some of the papers mentioned:

Erin C. McKiernan (2013) Effects of manipulating slowpoke calcium-dependent potassium channel expression on rhythmic locomotor activity in Drosophila larvae. PeerJ 1:e57.

Richard Van Noorden (2013) Open access: The true cost of science publishing. Nature.

Hubel & Wiesel video:

Some Wikipedia reading:

Ion Channels

Erin’s blog
John’s blog
Steven’s blog

Credits to Outslider for the thumbnail image of an ion channel.

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