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

The emotional mechanics of the robot-human interaction
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The emotional mechanics of the robot-human interaction

First impressions are pivotal.  While reading another person’s cues, an abridged version of them forms as we draw on complex social inferences in merely seconds of interaction.  That is, if they are human.  What if they only resemble a human, but are incapable of inner experience or independent thought?  Is it possible to truly form … Continue reading

Scale Invariance: A Cautionary Tale Against Reductionism
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Scale Invariance: A Cautionary Tale Against Reductionism

How long is the coast of Britain?  It doesn’t matter how good your geography is — the answer depends on the size of your measuring stick.  The coast of Britain has twists and turns at all spatial scales, from kilometers to millimeters.  And the smaller the measuring stick used, the longer the measured length of … Continue reading

Seeing Invisible Colors
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Seeing Invisible Colors

What would the world be like without color?  Imagine you are a neurophysiologist, who studies color perception.  You know that light is a wave and that humans perceive color according to differential activation of color receptors, known as cones, in the retina.  You know that red cones are sensitive to long wavelengths, green cones are … Continue reading

Ghost in the Machine: The Neuroscience of Consciousness
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Ghost in the Machine: The Neuroscience of Consciousness

Some questions cannot be addressed by science.  Like parallel universes, the consciousness of others is not something that can be directly observed, measured, or experienced.  Rene Descartes famously said, “I think, therefore I am.“ a declaration that only knowledge of one’s own consciousness is absolute.  You assume that friends and neighbors have subjective, internal experiences … Continue reading

Inhibitory Neurons: Keeping the Brain’s Traffic in Check
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Inhibitory Neurons: Keeping the Brain’s Traffic in Check

Imagine that you’re driving down a road undeterred, no red lights or stop signs to slow you down. While that may seem like a very exciting idea, it is obviously very dangerous, since our roads are not all parallel, but interconnected in a number of different ways. For traffic to go smoothly in all directions, … Continue reading

The Split Brain: Making Two Hemispheres Whole
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The Split Brain: Making Two Hemispheres Whole

Admit it!  You’ve taken one of those online quizzes to see if you’re more “right-brained” or “left-brained.”  Too bad it’s all bunk!    Popular culture would have you believe that creative and artistic people are right-brain dominated, while logical, methodical, and analytical people are left-brain dominated.    The fact of the matter is that you … Continue reading