NEURO.tv Episode 10 – Parkinson’s disease and the basal ganglia.

What are the brain changes that cause Parkinson’s disease? In this special episode, Steven Miller traveled to Japan to discuss the current research on this subject with Professor Gordon Arbuthnott from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology. Continue reading

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How Neurons May Program Changes of Direction During Locomotion

Before I started doing research on social interactions, I worked on the control of locomotor movements and respiration in an aquatic animal, the lamprey. One of the questions that always intrigued me is how the nervous system of this animal controls steering movements, how it makes lampreys turn left or right. It may appear like a trivial problem: to go left, they just have to orient the body slightly to the left and continue performing the propulsive movements. But it is not as simple. The problem comes when you realize that the muscles involved in steering are the very muscles involved in straightforward locomotion – and some of them might be busy when the animal decides to turn. Continue reading

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NEURO.tv Episode 5 – Grid cells and navigation

In this episode, we talk about grid cells and place cells. These fascinating neurons process information that relate to where an animal is located in space. They are believed to play important roles in navigating the environment. Our guests are May-Britt and Edvard Moser from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Continue reading

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From Mind to Movement.

Ted Chiang, one of science fiction’s preeminent writers, once imagined an interesting fictional device in his short story, “What’s expected of us”. Without fail, a device called a Predictor flashes a light one second before the user presses the button. Continue reading

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NEURO.tv Episode 4 – The Evolution of the Synapse.

In this episode, we look at the extraordinary evolutionary history of the genes related to the synapse which were present even before the evolution of neurons. Our guest is Kenneth S. Kosik from UCSB. Continue reading

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NEURO.tv 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. Continue reading

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