Stories about evolution are compelling because they fit with our very human need for a linear narrative, but evolution possesses distinctive non-linearities driven by its agent, natural selection. Continue reading
Somewhere between single-celled organisms and human beings, brains evolved. Just why and how is still shrouded in mystery. Continue reading
Beginning on October 1, researchers seeking NIH grants must balance male and female cells and animals in their NIH funded research. Under the banner of ending sex bias, this new mandate appears to be a significant advance in the way research is done, but many scientists fear the well-intentioned directive is misguided. Continue reading
The phrase “hard wired for …” is increasingly popular. “Hard wired” is science fiction and should be abandoned. A quick google search of “hard wired for” results in a confusing list of “hard wired” behaviors: Continue reading
When you look at the image of the apple on your computer monitor, an apple exists in two places: as a picture on your monitor and as an activation pattern in your brain. If you close your eyes and imagine an apple, an apple exists, but only in one place — in your brain. Continue reading
What were the biggest neuroscience stories of 2013? It may be years before we gain the perspective to know for sure. But here’s a list of top contenders, and one of dubious value.
Guys who need it have Viagra; Ladies with the similar needs have nothing now that the FDA has denied approval of a new drug, flibanserin, which would treat sexual dysfunction in women. What’s interesting from a neuroscience perspective is how the drug works. What’s interesting from a social perspective is how difficult it is to address this medical concern in women pharmacologically. Continue reading