Technique Thursday: Microiontophoresis

...current is passed through a micropipette tip and a solute is delivered to a desired location...

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Monty Python’s influence in Neuroscience

Ever heard of the computer programming language called Python? Where do you think Python got its name from? Monty Python! Python programming has had an increasing effect on neuroscientific developments. In fact, with the growing field of computational neuroscience, Python programming has taken a role in how neuroscience research occurs. Python itself is a high-level … Continue reading Monty Python’s influence in Neuroscience

Technique Thursday: Computational Modeling

With neuroscience and computer science bleeding into one another, there are a number of ways that computer programming can help in understanding the brain. This can be achieved via computational modeling. Computational modeling is the intersection of math, physics, and computer science that is used to study the behavior of complex systems via computer models. … Continue reading Technique Thursday: Computational Modeling

Technique Thursday: Deep Brain Stimulation: Electrocuting the brain

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) involves inserting and implanting electrodes within the brain. The electrodes produce electrical impulses that serve to regulate the brain's abnormal impulses. These electrode impulses can also serve to modulate neurochemistry. A pacemaker-like device controls the electrode impulses, ensuring that the right frequency is delivered. The device is connected to the electrodes … Continue reading Technique Thursday: Deep Brain Stimulation: Electrocuting the brain

Technique Thursday: Cognitive Subtraction

In imaging, there are certain methodologies, like the cognitive subtraction methodology. In this method, activity in a control task in subtracted from activity in an experimental task. So for example, take a word task. A simple model of written word recognition is used. In a famous experiment, the Peterson et al. (1988) experiment, they wanted … Continue reading Technique Thursday: Cognitive Subtraction