So it seems like my Cat Lady hypothesis linking toxoplasmosis and crazy cattitude that I blogged about in August of 2006 seems to have taken root elsewhere in the scientific community. The New York Times is reporting that the crazy idea may not be so crazy. ‚ÄúThat idea doesn‚Äôt seem completely crazy,‚Äù Sapolsky says. ‚ÄúBut there‚Äôs no data supporting it.‚Äù […]
The next time I read anyone saying that “autism is not a disorder but simply a different way of being,” and using the stupid label neurodiversity (or worse, the reverse term neurotypical), I’m pointing them to this study: Autism Costs Society An Estimated $3 Million Per Patient, According To Report Each individual with autism accrues about $3.2 million in costs […]
New issue (episode, showing, sequestering, parade?) of Encephalon is out hosted this time on Peripersonal Space: Encephalon 19: Emotion and Reason Match Postponed Due to Flares on the Pitch, Hooliganism! Didn’t have time to read all the articles, but I recommend A neural substrate for moral decisions. Hopefully I’ll have time to get back to real reading and posting soon. […]
The tour presentation went exceedingly well with rave reviews—though frankly it’s hard for it not to with Dr. Harrison, the “Father of Fetal Surgery” giving the talk. It was filmed too which is excellent, and I’ll endeavor to link to it once it’s edited and online. The main point of Dr. Harrison’s talk was how intrinsic fetal diagnosis and therapy […]
The latest edition of the psychology and neuroscience writing carnival Encephalon is being hosted by Pure Pedantry. I’m glad to see that Chris Chatham’s excellent Dopamine for Dummies post made it in this edition.
Dropping da neuroscience seems to have even gotten some street cred lately: a google search of “dopamine rap” pops up the hip hop artist Dopamine. His myspace profile boasts, “Dopamine is a neurochemical occuring naturally in the brain. It is responsible for movement and emotion, much like the music this artist creates.” Not exactly right, but I guess close enough […]