NEURO.tv starts the season with an amazing discussion with Katherine L. Bryant about the visual cortex in primates and the anatomical differences found between the brains of different primates. 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
David H. Hubel, whose work unveiled fascinating brain processes that underlie our sense of vision, died last month at the age of 87.
Hubel’s parents were Americans, living in Detroit, Michigan. His father had a job in Windsor, Ontario. Tired of commuting across the Detroit River, he moved to Canada, where David Hubel was born. During his childhood David spent considerable effort learning to play the piano, and later the flute. In 1929, the family moved to Montreal where David Hubel grew up. Continue reading
Carl Zimmer has written a brief and engaging essay on The Science of Moby Dick. Zimmer considers Melville a 19th century naturalist. It’s fascinating to read literature from this perspective. In the 19th century there was not a great divide between science and literature; each enriched the other.
Taking cues from Carl, let’s examine the Neuroscience from the great whaling novel, written in 1851, about 50 years age before the dawn of modern Neuroscience. From simple observations of sperm whale anatomy Melville ponders the visual and mental process in men and whales. A long quote from chapter 74, the Sperm Whale’s Head, reveals Melville’s insights and mode of thinking: Continue reading
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
Following a car accident, a heart attack, or any other life-threatening event, there have been many instances documented where people that were near death, experienced something vivid, something that to them was real. Something that not only felt real, but for some, maybe even changed their lives. This might have been an interaction with deceased family members, a god they believe in, or something else. Continue reading
Ever had the experience of smelling something and then being automatically transported back in time? It’s as though your olfactory sense is the “on” switch to your memories. Continue reading