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Friday virtual mixtape: I am a (mad) scientist

The first time I felt like a real scientist was when I started working in a neurobiology lab for the first time as an undergraduate. Running experiments, wearing a lab coat, and working with my hands to apply the things I’d learned about in my classes were all thrilling and novel experiences...

March 16, 2012 — Princess Ojiaku

Friday virtual mixtape: I am a (mad) scientist

The first time I felt like a real scientist was when I started working in a neurobiology lab for the first time as an undergraduate. Running experiments, wearing a lab coat, and working with my hands to apply the things I'd learned about in my classes were all thrilling and novel experiences...

March 16, 2012 — Princess Ojiaku

Friday musical performance: Bjork in NYC tonight

I think Tesla would be proud to see his eponymous coils being used to play the melodies of Thunderbolt. I’m just dropping a pointer toward this Bjork performance on Later with Jools Holland for a fun start to the weekend and for a heads up on her show in New York tonight...

March 2, 2012 — Princess Ojiaku

A Song like Adele’s

Adele’s song Someone Like You has won both a Grammy and lots of lively speculation as to why people feel moved to tears when they hear it.

March 1, 2012 — Princess Ojiaku

A Song like Adele's

Adele's song Someone Like You has won both a Grammy and lots of lively speculation as to why people feel moved to tears when they hear it.The Wall Street Journal recently ran an article that referenced a study by John Sloboda that found people experienced emotional reactions to music when it contained appoggiaturas, a musical device whose definition seems to be as hotly debated as the science and rationale behind the article itself...

March 1, 2012 — Princess Ojiaku

Singing Auld Lang Syne: SwM 2011 in review

We’re now two days into the year 2012. You’ve recovered from any New Year’s Eve indiscretions by now, your voice is back after belting out Auld Lang Syne, and you’re looking hopefully towards the future and contemplating the past...

January 2, 2012 — Princess Ojiaku

SwM meets SfN11 Day Two: Foot-tapping beats

Sometimes upon hearing a song, one feels an almost involuntary need to start to move to it. Is there something about a pulsing dance beat that transcends reason and makes you want to gyrate to the beat?...

December 29, 2011 — Princess Ojiaku

SwM meets #Sfn11 Day One: Words, Pitch, and Rhythm

Words, pitch, and rhythm. How do these three elements meld together in your brain when you listen to the sung lyrics of a song? Julia Groh of the Max Planck Institute Leipzig explored these questions during her poster session on the first day of the Society for Neuroscience conference...

November 21, 2011 — Princess Ojiaku

SwM meets #Sfn11 Day One: Words, Pitch, and Rhythm

Words, pitch, and rhythm. How do these three elements meld together in your brain when you listen to the sung lyrics of a song?Julia Groh of the Max Planck Institute Leipzig explored these questions during her poster session on the first day of the Society for Neuroscience conference...

November 21, 2011 — Princess Ojiaku

SwM meets #SfN11!

I’ve been running around Washington DC for the past couple of days, walking from poster to poster wrapping my brain around the latest research in neuroscience and music, then doing some of my own “field research” by checking out a couple of rock shows in DC...

November 14, 2011 — Princess Ojiaku

Neil deGrasse Tyson sings in autotune

It’s no secret that Neil deGrasse Tyson is one of my favorite astrophysicists. So when I saw this morning that he was featured in the latest Symphony of Science video (along with Brian Cox and Carolyn Porco), I was overjoyed...

November 10, 2011 — Princess Ojiaku

I’ll be at Society for Neuroscience 2011!

The time has finally come for the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting. Over 31,000 neuroscientists are going to descend on Washington DC starting this weekend, and your fearless blogger will be one of them!...

November 9, 2011 — Princess Ojiaku

Beatboxing on the brain

Carolyn McGettigan is a researcher at University College London who studies the neural mechanisms of speech and production. So it was only natural that she teamed up with UK Beatbox champion Reeps One to uncover the mysteries behind his skill at producing percussion sounds with his mouth...

October 28, 2011 — Princess Ojiaku

In Biophilia, Bjork realizes a synesthete’s dream

Go back to the past. You’re a teenager hovered over the liner notes of a cherished new album. Or perhaps your eyes are closed to better absorb all the auditory sensations and to make sure to take in every word and phase to aid later recitation in the dark...

October 20, 2011 — Princess Ojiaku

Honoring Dr. Gleason for Ada

Today is Ada Lovelace Day, on which people share how women have influenced them to become who they are today. I’m participating in this by highlighting my undergraduate research advisor, Dr...

October 7, 2011 — Princess Ojiaku

The newest Nobel Laureate is also a musician!

Saul Perlmutter is one of three scientists awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics this morning. This news is exciting enough, but Perlmutter is no ordinary Nobel Laureate.

October 4, 2011 — Princess Ojiaku

SciMuse: Eva Amsen counting beats and cells

A little over a year ago when I decided to start interviewing scientists who also played music on Science with Moxie, I stumbled across the blog Musicians and Scientists, written by Eva Amsen...

September 30, 2011 — Princess Ojiaku

Radiolab, full of genius compositions

Jad Abumrad is a genius. I always suspected as much, but it’s always nice to have your suspicions verified by outside sources. Last week, I felt a sort of vicarious and visceral sort of pure joy at hearing that he had been awarded a genius grant by the MacArthur Foundation for his work on the [...]..

September 28, 2011 — Princess Ojiaku

Radiolab, full of genius compositions

Jad Abumrad is a genius. I always suspected as much, but it's always nice to have your suspicions verified by outside sources. Last week, I felt a sort of vicarious and visceral sort of pure joy at hearing that he had been awarded a genius grant by the MacArthur Foundation for his work on the fantastic public radio show, Radiolab.Anyone who ever chances to ask me to recommend a podcast or even something to listen to on a long drive always gets to hear a long monologue on my love for Radiolab...

September 28, 2011 — Princess Ojiaku
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