The Self-righteous psychology

We all know that person: the Mr.Always-right co-worker, who always thinks he’s got it down and everyone else is wrong. The self-victimizing acquaintance who thinks she treats everyone generously and kindly but who everyone else treats like dirt. The friend you grew up with who thinks he’s reflective and everyone else needs to learn that … Continue reading The Self-righteous psychology

Why clowns and dolls are so creepy: the uncanny valley

With their painted red cheeks, their black-lined eyes, and big red nose, clowns are some of the creepiest things in existence. And what of Chucky and his beloved bride, or Annabelle on her rocking chair. Also creepy. But what makes them so? What is it about clowns, or dolls, or even androids that make people … Continue reading Why clowns and dolls are so creepy: the uncanny valley

List o’ Books: Neuroscience and Neurological Illness

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On my post about preferring booklists to challenges last week, Laura answered my call for booklist requests. She said:

Your post asking about topics for booklists got me thinking…I work as an editor at a non-profit professional association that supports neurologists. We have a number of staff but no neurologists that actually work for the association. Much of the work that we do directly affects neurologists and the patients they care for, but many staff members don’t have direct experience with neurology or neurological illness. I have recently started a book club for staff members to become more familiar with these issues. […]We recently had our first meeting, where we discussed “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat” by Oliver Sacks. I am looking for other books (either fiction or nonfiction) that deal with neurological illness in some way. Some ideas that I’ve had so far:…

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Self-study Neuroscience

I'm all for self-studying, including going through an entire college curriculum on your own, in less time than a traditional four-year program. Based on several schools (Yale, Harvard, MIT, Johns Hopkins, University of Pennsylvania, and Oxford University) I have created a 1.5-year study curriculum in neuroscience, using open-courseware. A great online neuroscience teaser can be … Continue reading Self-study Neuroscience

1.5 year Undergraduate Neuroscience Education

Principles of neuroscience Neurobiology Neurobiology of behavior Animal behavior Structure and functional organization of the human nervous system Bioethics in neuroscience Brain development and plasticity Cell and molecular neuroscience Synaptic organization of the nervous system Molecular transport Neurobiology of learning and memory Hippocampus Circadian neurobiology Perception and decision Neuroeconomics Motor control Pain Research stats Experimental … Continue reading 1.5 year Undergraduate Neuroscience Education

Our brains are more than Turing Complete

I was listening to a lecture on computer functions and abstractions. A Turing complete computer is able to compute anything. That is, anything that is computable can be computer by a Turing complete computer. However, what even a Turing complete computer lacks is abstraction. Namely, you have to rebuild a file every time you want … Continue reading Our brains are more than Turing Complete