January Digest

Articles related to this month’s podcast:

digest_graphicResearchers find like between autism, schizophrenia: Simon Fraser University researchers have found that autism and schizophrenia are both caused by faults in the same set of genes, raising hopes that an effective test or treatment for one may be adapted for use on the other.

On the way to deciphering the brain’s dictionary: By combining brain imaging and machine learning techniques, neuroscientists Marcel Just and Vladimir Cherkassky and computer scientists Tom Mitchell and Sandesh Aryal determined a few basic rules about how the brain arranges noun representations.

Kandinsky symposium explores the artist’s synesthetic condition: On January 13th, the Guggenheim Museum presented an interdisciplinary examination of painting, synesthesia and abstraction from modern to contemporary times.

Other links from around the web:

The Charlie Rose Brain Series – Episode Three: Co-hosted by Eric Kandel, the series takes on “The Acting Brain,” with guests Daniel Wolpert (Univ. Cambridge), John Krakauer (Columbia), Tom Jessell (Columbia) and Robert Brown (U Mass).

Edge Interview with Alva Noe on Consciousness: The cognitive philosopher, following ideas presented in his book “Out of our Heads,” discusses his theories about consciousness, and makes interesting analogies to dance.

Robert Sapolsky gives a brilliant lecture at Stanford: The neurobiologist and primatologist discusses “The Uniqueness of Humans” in this video.

Scientists create working memory in isolated brain tissue: Researchers at Case Western Reserve University are the first to create stimulus-specific sustained activity patterns in brain circuits maintained in vitro.

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