Our Year in Neuroscience
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Our Year in Neuroscience

2015 was a great year for neuroscience and an incredible year for Knowing Neurons.  With the launch of our 52 Brain Facts, Brain Books, YouTube channel, and Instagram account, we now have over 5,800 subscribers, 11,800+ likes on Facebook, and 3,600+ followers on Twitter!  We are excited to bring you even more neuroscience research, technologies, interviews, book reviews, brain facts, … Continue reading

Forever Young: The Story of Patient H.M.
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Forever Young: The Story of Patient H.M.

“Do you know what you did yesterday?” asks the doctor. “No, I don’t,” responds the patient. “How about this morning?” “I don’t even remember that.” “Could you tell me what you had for lunch today?” “I don’t know, to tell you the truth.” “What do you think you’ll do tomorrow?” asks the doctor. “Whatever is … Continue reading

The Turing Test: Is that Human or Machine?
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The Turing Test: Is that Human or Machine?

I propose to consider the following question, ‘Can machines think?’ Thus begins Alan Turing’s paper “Computing machinery and intelligence.”  It’s 1950 England, and the world’s first computer is being used to calculate the next known largest prime number, a feat meant to show off the power of the computer.  For Turing, the implications of this … Continue reading

Keeping Memories Fresh by Keeping Glutamate In Check
Aging / Learning and Memory / Neuro News

Keeping Memories Fresh by Keeping Glutamate In Check

We are another year older, perhaps a little wiser, and probably more forgetful.  Indeed, making memories is quite a process in the brain: specific synaptic connections are strengthened and new proteins are synthesized.  But as we age, the synapses that make up our memories, such as those in the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex, start to … Continue reading