Posts tagged the brain

Australian Science Investigates déjà vu

Tricks of The Mind – an article by Amy Reichelt for Australian Science
Have you ever experienced a sudden feeling of familiarity while in a completely new place? Or the feeling you’ve had the exact same conversation with someone before?


Researchers develop more sophisticated ways to control the brain with light.

From the MIT Review’s  Jennifer Chu on this new field of brain research

“Just five years ago, scientists at Stanford University discovered that neurons injected with a photo-sensitive gene from algae could be turned on or off with the flip of a light switch. This discovery has since turned hundreds of labs onto the young field of optogenetics. Today researchers around the world are using these genetic light switches to control specific neurons in live animals, observing their roles in a growing array of brain functions and diseases, including memory, addiction, depression, Parkinson’s disease, and spinal cord injury.”

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The Brain as explained by John Cleese