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The thalamus coordinates your attention

Someone that has ever ignored the gorilla in the classic video in which basketball players are passing balls knows how visual attention plays a key role in our perception of the world. 985 more words

Journal Club

Hallucinating without drugs, the profundity of silence, and the thalamocortical circuit

I’m lying on my bed, with waves of pulsating light coming in and out, changing color, with shapes occasionally manifesting themselves, turning sometimes into people, sometimes into objects, and, more often than not, strange bunnymen, a… 1,744 more words

Neuroscience

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Hallucinating without drugs, the profundity of silence, and the thalamocortical circuit

I’m lying on my bed, with waves of pulsating light coming in and out, changing color, with shapes occasionally manifesting themselves, turning sometimes into people, sometimes into objects, and, more often than not, strange bunnymen, a… 1,744 more words

Neuroscience

Spending more time in the dark could boost hearing in old age

Your brain can do amazing things, not least of which is change. Specifically, neurons can adapt and grow new connections to help compensate for a loss in function in other areas.  160 more words

Health

Vision Loss Boosts Auditory Perception

Many people with vision loss—including such gifted musicians as the late Doc Watson (my favorite guitar picker), Stevie Wonder, Andrea Bocelli, and the Blind Boys of Alabama—are thought to have supersensitive hearing. 760 more words

Science

Sidney Schulman, Neurologist Who Once Examined Einstein's Brain, 1923-2014

Albert Einstein’s brain, famous as it was while it was still in use, also had a curious afterlife. Princeton Hospital pathologist Thomas Harvey performed the autopsy on Einstein after his death in 1955, and kept his brain in two Mason jars for more than 20 years until it was… 956 more words

Neuroscience