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  • GALLERY: Andrew Carnie

    GALLERY: Andrew Carnie

    British artist Andrew Carnie, the focus of this month’s Beautiful Brain Podcast, often creates work that is time-based in nature, involving 35mm slide projections onto complex screen configurations. Here we feature his work in an exclusive online gallery.

  • PODCAST: The Magic Forest

    PODCAST: The Magic Forest

    In this month’s podcast, Noah Hutton speaks with British artist Andrew Carnie, whose current installation at the GV Art Gallery in London uses slide projections to explore the evolving narrative of the brain.

  • Five Notes For All

    Five Notes For All

    The universality of the pentatonic scale in world music is not a new idea. However, the idea that it could be rooted in our biology is more controversial. Sam explores the debate surrounding the biological basis of music.

  • SciFoo 2010: a Conference from the Future

    SciFoo 2010: a Conference from the Future

    Noah Hutton reports on his recent trip to the SciFoo conference at the Googleplex in Mountain View, CA. The annual event, co-hosted by Nature, O’Reilly Media and Google, brings leading scientists and thinkers from around the world to spend a weekend taking risks.

  • Joseph LeDoux: Inside the Brain, Behind the Music, Part 5

    Joseph LeDoux: Inside the Brain, Behind the Music, Part 5

    What is the role of conscious versus unconscious thought in the act of committing a crime? Neuroscientist Joe LeDoux discusses the application of modern neuroscience to the justice system through his own science and music.

Dispatches


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SciFoo 2010: a Conference from the Future
[ 5 ] August 3, 2010

SciFoo 2010: a Conference from the Future

Noah Hutton reports on his recent trip to the SciFoo conference at the Googleplex in Mountain View, CA. The annual event, co-hosted by Nature, O’Reilly Media and Google, brings leading scientists and thinkers from around the world to spend a weekend taking risks.


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Joseph LeDoux: Inside the Brain, Behind the Music, Part 5
[ 0 ] July 23, 2010

Joseph LeDoux: Inside the Brain, Behind the Music, Part 5

What is the role of conscious versus unconscious thought in the act of committing a crime? Neuroscientist Joe LeDoux discusses the application of modern neuroscience to the justice system through his own science and music.


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Joseph LeDoux: Inside the Brain, Behind the Music, Part 4
[ 0 ] July 15, 2010

Joseph LeDoux: Inside the Brain, Behind the Music, Part 4

Are we free to choose? Is all behavior determined? Do you have to be conscious of a decision in order for it to be considered volitional? Neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux weaves music and brain science to take on the deepest questions of human existence.

Galleries


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GALLERY: Andrew Carnie
[ 2 ] August 22, 2010

GALLERY: Andrew Carnie

British artist Andrew Carnie, the focus of this month’s Beautiful Brain Podcast, often creates work that is time-based in nature, involving 35mm slide projections onto complex screen configurations. Here we feature his work in an exclusive online gallery.


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GALLERY + INTERVIEW: Elizabeth Jameson
[ 11 ] July 4, 2010

GALLERY + INTERVIEW: Elizabeth Jameson

Elizabeth Jameson found her art when her own brain lost one of its most basic functions. After being diagnosed with MS, Jameson took the medical images of her own brain and began to create the stunning pieces we present in this exclusive online gallery of her work.

GALLERY: The Cortical Garden of Pablo Garcia Lopez
[ 2 ] May 14, 2010

GALLERY: The Cortical Garden of Pablo Garcia Lopez

Pablo Garcia Lopez’s mixed media art is inspired by the words of the great Spanish neuroscientist Santiago Ramon y Cajal.

Essays


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Secret Pleasure
[ 0 ] July 21, 2010

Secret Pleasure

Ben reviews a recent lecture by Yale cognitive scientist Paul Bloom on the meaning of art and its role as a language of the emotions.


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A Portrait of the Scientist as a Young Artist
[ 1 ] July 1, 2010

A Portrait of the Scientist as a Young Artist

Santiago Ramón y Cajal won the Nobel Prize in 1906 for discovering that the nerve cell is distinctly individual. Ben Ehrlich examines the artistic ambitions that developed before maturity. The essay features unpublished drawings and paintings from this formative phase, long before Cajal became one of the most distinguished individuals in the history of science.

Can artists be called neuroscientists?
[ 19 ] March 23, 2010

Who is a Neuroscientist?

Can artists be said to have truly predicted scientific discoveries through their art? Proceed with caution.

Podcasts

[ 1 ] August 22, 2010

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PODCAST: The Magic Forest
[ 2 ] August 22, 2010

PODCAST: The Magic Forest

In this month’s podcast, Noah Hutton speaks with British artist Andrew Carnie, whose current installation at the GV Art Gallery in London uses slide projections to explore the evolving narrative of the brain.


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The Persistence of Illusion
[ 2 ] July 12, 2010

The Persistence of Illusion

Reality may be a persistent illusion; so is the way we think about it, says psychology researcher Daniel Simons, co-author of The Invisible Gorilla. In this edition of The Beautiful Brain Podcast, Simons discusses the research behind his new book, which grew out of a simple experiment about attention, or lack thereof.

re:COGNITION Blog

The Crack Rocky Road
[ 1 ] May 30, 2010

The Crack Rocky Road

Addiction is hard to define. Does it merely refer to any uninhibited behavior that is habitually repeated? Sam McDougle discusses the neuroscience of addiction.

Statusticians
[ 11 ] April 25, 2010

Statusticians

Humans, like many other primates, live in a social hierarchy. New research reveals a vast neurological divergence when we’re confronted with “superior” versus “inferior” individuals.

The “Haha” Moment
[ 3 ] April 5, 2010

The “Haha” Moment

Where did humor come from? Sam investigates the origin of what makes us laugh, and discusses recent work that suggests an evolutionary underpinning to why we find what we find funny.

Reviews


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The Gorilla You Might Miss
[ 0 ] July 13, 2010

The Gorilla You Might Miss

Ben Ehrlich, who had his own encounter with an invisible gorilla, reviews the new book “The Invisible Gorilla,” which argues for the presence of some common illusions when it comes to our own thinking.

Consciousness Squandered
[ 1 ] June 7, 2010

Consciousness Squandered

Alan Alda hosted a discussion at the World Science Festival on Saturday evening that featured Charlie Kaufman and consciousness researcher Giulio Tononi.

Exquisite Data: a Review of Cajal’s Butterflies of the Soul
[ 1 ] February 8, 2010

Exquisite Data: a Review of Cajal’s Butterflies of the Soul

Contributor Ben Ehrlich reviews Cajal’s Butterflies of the Soul (2010) by Javier DeFelipe, published by Oxford University Press.