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And the Beat Goes On…

The Scientific American blogs network is undergoing a restructuring, which means that Science with Moxie will be coming to a close here. I’ve really enjoyed writing about neuroscience, music, policy, and culture for SciAm and plan to continue writing about those topics in the future...

December 15, 2014 — Princess Ojiaku

NFL, NCAA give money to research concussions

On Thursday morning, President Obama hosted a White House summit on concussions. In his address, Obama highlighted the benefits of sports and the need for additional research on the effects of traumatic brain injuries...

May 31, 2014 — Princess Ojiaku

Philosophical Neural Engineering

Researchers at the University of Washington have released an excellent video that nicely summarizes some of the ethical issues surrounding the development of neuroprosthetics and neuroengineering...

May 30, 2014 — Princess Ojiaku

GZA: Science, Rap, and Genius

GZA, a founding member of the hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan, has inspired teens to rap about science. GZA has been displaying his interest in science by visiting with scientists like Neil deGrasse Tyson and co-founding Science Genius with Christopher Emdin at Columbia University...

May 28, 2014 — Princess Ojiaku

Möbius Music Box Score

Keeping with the Oscars theme, if the previously-posted World Science Festival video was a bit too long for a Sunday evening, Vi Hart has a short and sweet video of a (one-sided) Möbius strip on which she has rigged to play a musical theme from Harry Potter...

March 2, 2014 — Princess Ojiaku

The Neuroscience and Art of Film Scores

If you’re looking around for something to watch this Sunday evening that complements the Oscars, the World Science Festival has a great video which features the Coen Brothers, film composer Carter Burwell, Alec Baldwin, and neuroscientist Aniruddh Patel discussing the emotional effects and role of music in film...

March 2, 2014 — Princess Ojiaku

Music and Athletic Performance

I recently started taking regular trips to the gym as a coping mechanism for the long, cold, oft-polar-vortexed Wisconsin winter. While I love being guided through workouts in a group exercise class, I’ve often lamented the fact that the music the instructors play isn’t always exactly what I want to hear...

February 27, 2014 — Princess Ojiaku

Spooky music is spookier with your eyes closed

It’s Halloween. You’re listening to some creepy, scary music. Maybe it sounds like something like this* – SCARY! You are lying still, attending to the emotional qualities of the music...

October 31, 2013 — Princess Ojiaku

I’m going to SfN!

I’m thrilled to be going to the 2013 Society for Neuroscience conference in beautiful San Diego this year! If you would like me to stop by your poster or presentation in order to feature it on this blog, please do get in touch...

October 30, 2013 — Princess Ojiaku

A few words on diversity

I just wanted to write a quick post on the events of the past month here at SciAm blogs. When my friend and fellow SciAm Blogger Dr. Danielle Lee posted about her experiences with a now notorious (and now fired) employee at Biology-Online, I cheered her on...

October 28, 2013 — Princess Ojiaku

Three days left to crowdfund memories from music!

Amongst a government shutdown and decreased funding for research in general, many scientists are turning to crowdfunding sites to provide the funds needed to power their research questions...

October 14, 2013 — Princess Ojiaku

Video: The Scientific Power of Music

ASAP Science has a ton of fun, interesting, and well done shorts on Youtube that tackle different scientific questions. Here’s their simple, quick, and fun take on the science of music...

October 2, 2013 — Princess Ojiaku

What makes music pleasurable?

If you’d like to see a quick video of a few experts discussing the pleasurable aspects of music, check out the video below from the New York Academy of Science’s presentation of “Music & the Mind: The Magical Power of Sound.” You’ll get a quick bite of people such as neuroscientist Jamshed Bharucha and jazz [...]..

September 29, 2013 — Princess Ojiaku

Tonight is the premiere of PBS’ Brains on Trial

If you are interested in the intersection of neuroscience and the law, tune into your local PBS station tonight at 10 pm (Eastern time, check local listings) to see the first episode in a new two-part series, Brains on Trial...

September 11, 2013 — Princess Ojiaku
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