On Boylston Street

The last time I was on Boylston Street it was to give a lecture in November at a scientific meeting in the Weston Hotel.  Today, Sunday, I’m looking out onto an empty street, barricaded.  An eerie modern-day ghost town festooned with yellow police tape rippling in the cold Boston wind.  Continue reading

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Semantics, categories and the brain.

How the brain stores and manipulates categories of objects is a quite interesting scientific question – but a difficult one. Every noun in a language represents some sort of category. Oak trees, for instance, is a category that regroups every individual oak tree. Continue reading

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The science behind Obama’s BRAIN project.

On April 2nd, 2013 President Obama announced the BRAIN initiative, a project aimed at understanding brain activities at a level of detail that is unprecedented. A lot has been said and written about the initiative but some people feel in the dark as to what are its precise aims. Continue reading

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Understanding beauty.

Can the perception that people have of works of art be explained by neuroscience? A perspective piece published in PLoS Biology last month by Bevil R. Conway and Alexander Rehding tackles this interesting question1. Continue reading

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Representation of the different types of memory

A live google hangout to answer your questions about memory and the brain.

I got a message from science writer Bruce Lieberman announcing that he will be hosting a live webcast on Thursday April 11, 11:30AM with Bradford Dickerson, Associate Professor of Neurology at the Harvard Medical School and Mayank Mehta, Professor of Neurophysics at the Brain Research Institute at the University of California. This looks like a good occasion for those of you who want to learn about how memory works and ask questions to renowned experts in the field! Continue reading

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Barack Obama, Neuroscientist-in-Chief?

On April 2nd 2013 President Obama formally unveiled the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative  Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) initiative, which was previously known as the Brain Activity Map project Continue reading

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