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Hello and Welcome to the Scicurious Brain!!

Hi Everyone! Scicurious here, and thrilled to be blogging with the fine folks you will see introduced over the next few days. I am a post-doc in neuroscience at a fancy R1 university, and I have a PhD in physiology from another fancy place...

July 5, 2011 — Scicurious

Why Julianne Moore and Taylor Swift See That Dress Differently

I don't think that the reason people see the dress differently from each other is an interesting brain process. Rather, it is a mundane differences in how people have viewed the image on their electronic display screens (phones, tablets, laptops, etc)...

February 27, 2015 — Stephen L. Macknik

Do Dogs Fall for Magic Tricks?

Animals can be deceived, but do animals feel wonderment, awe, or sense that they have experienced the impossible?

September 11, 2014 — Susana Martinez-Conde

New Clues to Just How Much the Adult Brain Can Change

Popular neuroscience books have made much in recent years of the possibility that the adult brain is capable of restoring lost function or even enhancing cognition through sustained mental or physical activities...

July 14, 2014 — Gary Stix
On Genes and Eating Disorders

On Genes and Eating Disorders

At Neurotic Physiology today, I’m talking about eating disorders. We’ve long suspected a genetic basis, but it’s been hard to pinpoint which genes might be involved.

October 9, 2013 — Scicurious
Brain Stimulation Can Control Compliance with Social Norms

Brain Stimulation Can Control Compliance with Social Norms

Human beings are utterly dependent on a complex social structure for their survival.  Since all behavior is controlled by the brain, human beings may have evolved specialized neural circuits that are responsible for compliance with society’s rules.  A new study has identified such a region in the human brain, and researchers can increase or decrease [...]..

October 3, 2013 — R. Douglas Fields

Why Romantic Illusions Are a Good Thing

Scientists believe that idealizing one's partner can work as a self-fulfilling prophecy, where illusion eventually becomes reality. That is to say, people can help to create the partners they wish they had, by exaggerating their virtues and minimizing their faults in their own minds...

February 12, 2015 — Susana Martinez-Conde

A New Reverspective

One of the very strange effects of reverse perspective is that the images seem to follow you as you pass by them. As if, while you are observing them, the pictures are watching you back...

January 25, 2015 — Stephen L. Macknik
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