Very Bad Wizards Cite Neuroskeptic

By Neuroskeptic | May 23, 2018 7:06 am

I was honored yesterday to learn that I’ve been featured on popular philosophy and psychology podcast Very Bad Wizards. You can listen to the episode here.

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Slug Life: About That Injectable Memory Study

By Neuroskeptic | May 18, 2018 1:15 pm

A study claiming that a “memory” could be transferred from one animal to another in form of an injection has caused a lot of excitement. The Futurist said that Scientists Transferred Memories From One Snail to Another. Someday, They Could Do The Same in Humans. But I have to say I’m not convinced.

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: animals, genes, papers, select, Top Posts

Is “Dendritic Learning” How The Brain Works?

By Neuroskeptic | May 11, 2018 11:12 am

A new paper in ACS Chemical Neuroscience pulls no punches in claiming that most of what we know about the neuroscience of learning is wrong: Dendritic Learning as a Paradigm Shift in Brain Learning

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: papers, select, Top Posts, Uncategorized

Sternberg-er And Fries

By Neuroskeptic | May 7, 2018 5:03 am

A new scandal hit the world of psychology last week when it emerged that Robert J. Sternberg, an eminent experimental psychologist and former President of the American Psychological Association (APA), has been engaging in text recycling aka self-plagiarism.

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: ethics, science, select, Top Posts

Why I Became a Neuroscientist

By Neuroskeptic | April 29, 2018 8:23 am

I’ve been thinking lately about the question of what leads scientists to choose a discipline. Why does someone end up as a chemist rather than a biologist? A geneticist as opposed to a cognitive neuroscientist?

We might hope that people choose their discipline based on an understanding of what doing research in each discipline involves, but I don’t think this often happens. I know it didn’t happen in my case. Here, then, is how I became a neuroscientist.

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: blogging, fMRI, science, select, Top Posts, you

We’re Good At Recognizing Distorted Faces

By Neuroskeptic | April 22, 2018 10:06 am

A new paper from MIT neuroscientists Sharon Gilad-Gutnick and colleagues reveals that we are remarkably good at recognizing faces even if they are highly distorted. Not only is this scientifically interesting, the deformed images used in this study are rather hilarious.

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: funny, papers, select, Top Posts

Hans Asperger and the Nazis

By Neuroskeptic | April 20, 2018 9:04 am

Big news this week as Hans Asperger, autism pioneer and namesake of Asperger’s syndrome, is accused of having collaborated in the murder of children during the Nazi rule in Austria. The accusations come in the form of a long paper by historian Herwig Czech in the journal Molecular Autism.

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: autism, ethics, history, papers, select, Top Posts

100 Years Later: The Lessons of Encephalitis Lethargica

By Neuroskeptic | April 15, 2018 11:50 am

In 1917, at the height of the Great War, a new and mysterious disease emerged into the world, before vanishing a few years later. Although it was to prove less destructive than the 1918 influenza pandemic which occured at around the same time, the new outbreak had a persistent legacy: some of the victims of the disease remained disabled decades later.

The new syndrome was first reported by Constantin von Economo, a neurologist in Vienna. He dubbed the disease ‘encephalitis lethargica’, after its most dramatic acute symptom – lethargy, or sleepiness.

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: history, papers, select, Top Posts

Bad Science of the Havana Embassy “Sonic Attack”

By Neuroskeptic | April 7, 2018 7:12 am

In late 2016, staff at the US embassy in Havana, Cuba, began to report hearing unusual sounds. Over the coming months, some staff were struck down by hearing loss and concussion-like symptoms. The strange sounds were interpreted as the cause, perhaps even reflecting a sonic weapon of an unknown nature.

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The story of the ‘Havana embassy attack‘ has been told in detail but, until recently, there were no scientific studies of the event or its aftermath.

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: papers, politics, select, selfreport, Top Posts

What Does It All Ketamine?

By Neuroskeptic | April 3, 2018 2:41 pm

Regular readers will know of my interest in the theory that ketamine is a rapid-acting antidepressant. I’ve blogged about developments in ketamine-depression research for several years now, my interest being spurred partly by my own struggles with depression.

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As I’ve said previously, the research on ketamine as an antidepressant is promising, but I do not think it is possible to say yet how ketamine works in depression. I think it is possible that ketamine’s apparently powerful effects are a kind of psychological response, related to (but not limited to) the placebo effect, and driven by the striking subjective ‘dissociative’ effects of the drug.

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: drugs, ketamine, papers, placebo, select, Top Posts
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