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The Divided Brain

We appear to have a division of psychical labor in our brains.

One of the best divided brain lectures by Iain McGilchrist. The conception handed down to us by 20th-century science of “left-brain” vs “right-brain” is quite a narrow vantage no? 40 more words


Two brains in one head?: The story of the split-brain phenomenon

Are you left-brained or right-brained?  Are you the hard-working, problem-solving, number-loving, office dweller?  Or the creative, passionate, playful, day-dreaming artist?  These images often made me rather livid as a science-inclined child because obviously I wanted to identify with the half of the brain spewing swirls of bright colors rather than the one depicting darkened cubicles or esoteric math equations.   1,588 more words

I Have Half A Mind To Sleep In

For the past six weeks, our nights have been interrupted at least twice a night by our hungry newborn. This isn’t our first rodeo, so insomnia was a side effect of parenthood we new we would be facing. 730 more words


The Science Behind Fear and Anxiety

In a packed theater at the Rubin Museum last Wednesday, Joseph LeDoux, Ph.D., and Mark Epstein, M.D., shared the stage to untangle the mysteries behind two emotions that we are all too familiar with: anxiety and fear. 810 more words

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The split brain: A tale of two halves, by David Wolman

In the 1960s and 70s, a number of patients had their brains split surgically: the left and right hemispheres were separated by severing the corpus callosum. 141 more words


Book review: Tales from both sides of the brain, by Michael Gazzaniga

I’m introducing a new category of posts: short reviews of neuro-related books I recently read and liked (or didn’t!). I am starting this series with Michael Gazzaniga’s scientific autobiography, which was published earlier this year. 406 more words


A to Z: Rawra Chin

Rawra Chin hails from Hypothetical Lizard, a graphic novel from Avatar Press in 2007. It’s based on an earlier short story by the great Alan Moore, creator of… 456 more words

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