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A Neuroscientist Reads Foucault 4: Discipline and Punish & Howard Dully's memoir, "My Lobotomy"

Having read now portions of Abnormal, History of Madness, and Discipline and Punish, I’ve been noticing important overlapping themes – imprisonment, exile, the relationship between the pathological and the criminal.   1,420 more words

A Brief History of the Vegetative State

1.0 Introduction
Vegetative state syndrome (VS) is a rare but extremely devastating neurological disorder resulting from severe brain damage. The increasing sophistication of critical neural care has made it possible for people to be kept alive with only the barest of brain function; machines can now take over the control and regulation of basic organic functions. 4,125 more words


The Life of Rita Levi-Montalcini

The death of neuroscientist Rita Levi-Montalcini is now somewhat old news, but I want to write about her because she was an inspirational badass. Here’s a summary of why she was a badass: 1,217 more words


The Most Important Brain in the History of Neuroscience

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In 1559, the two surgeons Ambroise Paré and Andreas Vesalius discussed trepanning the skull of King Henri II of… 1,075 more words


A Brief Biography of the Cortical Column

Introduction – The Cortical Column “Problem”

In a theoretical paper, H. L. Seldon (2005) puts forth an explanation for human cognitive abilities, which he calls the “balloon hypothesis”.  3,734 more words


Know Your Neurons

The Know Your Neurons series on the  Scientific American website features some great information on the discovery and naming of neurons, alongside some terrific historical images. 69 more words

Did the economists miss the cognitive revolution?

NB: I also posted this blog entry earlier today on http://historyofeconomics.wordpress.com/, with marginal modifications.

I am currently reading a fascinating book, “The Cognitive Revolution in Psychology… 407 more words