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Findings Friday: Lucid Dreamers

Who wouldn’t want to lucid dream,–be aware of oneself when dreaming, and able to control the dream? I sure would. I experienced it once, and needless to say, the experience left me craving more. 219 more words


Techniques Thursday: Memory Sleuth: How to tell a memory is false

In light of an earlier article I wrote on the vulnerability of memories, and how false memories can be planted in our minds, I decided to write an article on how to tell a memory is false. 320 more words


Predicting the Future: Optimizing Teaching and Learning for Students

A recent review article in the journal Neuron  by John D.E. Gabrieli and colleagues (M.I.T. neuroscientists) reviews the science behind predicting future human educational behavior (e.g., in language, reading and math abilities) as well as providing recommendations for individualizing student learning to optimize student outcomes. 340 more words


Paying Attention: Why You Want to Have a Filter

By: Daniel Hass, 2nd year PhD candidate in the Neuroscience Graduate Program

At any given moment, we are constantly bombarded by signals from at least four of the five senses. 893 more words


Manic Monday: Loftus lost in the Mall

We’ve heard about how false memories can be “planted” in someone’s mind. For example, people can be convinced they committed a crime they never did commit–in just a few hours! 534 more words


Seance Sunday: The Snark was a Boojum

This article certainly starts off fun. The article, written by Frank A. Beach, begins with a reference to Lewis Carroll’s poem, “The Hunting of the Snark… 365 more words


Forget your idea of how a synapse looks like...

A few months ago, a group of german scientists (B.G. Wilhelm et al. Science 2014, 344, 1023-1028. DOI: 10.1126/science.125288) recreated this hypnotizing 3D model of an average… 79 more words