Last night, thanks to Call in the Night
, I had a fascinating conversation with a neuroscience student who studies steroids in Seattle. We talked for an hour and a half, but got cut off while they were mid-story. Help me find out the end of their story! [more inside]
posted by nímwunnan
on Jun 30, 2014 -
How does the brain's circuitry actually create conciousness? What is actually going on at the terminus of all the chemical reactions and processes that creates sensory experience? What about feelings such as pain, happiness, sadness or anger?
Yep, I know these are the million dollar questions and there are not definitive answers (yet!), so I'm interested in hearing your ideas or any research/theories you find particularly interesting on the topic. Cheers!
posted by turnips
on Jun 2, 2014 -
I am an undergraduate student frustrated with my lack of "critical thinking" towards research. [more inside]
posted by raintree
on May 4, 2014 -
I did my Bachelors (in Computer Science) in India and Masters in Computer Science in USA. I now intend to migrate to medical field and aspire to do a PhD or an MD in psychiatry or any other branch of study in medicine. Can anyone tell me if there are any premier institutes in India or abroad that might have my credentials as an eligibility criterion for an admission?
Thanks in advance! [more inside]
posted by godugu
on Apr 21, 2014 -
Hello, I'm a recent Ph.D. in cognitive psychology, and it appears I'm not massively employable. I live in San Francisco and am not able to relocate. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Oct 15, 2013 -
That I've posed this question more than once before in various forms doesn't say very many good things, but the circumstances being what they are, I have to hope the answer is yet to be found. That's all I've got really- hope.I'm a 23 year old recent college grad ( in May, with a BA in psychology from Stony Brook University in NY), looking for love, a job, a journey and a purpose. I'm also in a wheelchair, unable to speak fluently in an increasing percentage of life situations, grossly overweight, unmotivated and uninspired. Help me build a life away from my couch and outside of daytime TV, Facebook and lies. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77
on Oct 10, 2013 -
This one might be a doozy. So, I'm a 23 year old recent college grad ( this May) with a B.A. in psychology and no idea what to do with my life. ( Original, I know, but bear with me, it gets better.) Everyone around me seems to have what are at least well-outlined 5 year plans, oriented around either grad school or a great entry level job. Certain circumstances in my life though seem to leave me with a vision of the future that doesn't extend far beyond the living room couch and daytime TV for the next 10 years and that frightens me to no end. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77
on Jul 6, 2013 -
Is there a problem with having constant vivid visions happening when one closes their eyes? Have you heard of this before? What's it about? [more inside]
posted by namesarehard
on Jun 13, 2013 -
So I have been working in an entirely different field for the last years and was never entirely sure about what I wanted to do with my life. I am certain at this point that I want to work in a field which involves, you know, nervous systems. Unsurprisingly, I am thinking of academia. [more inside]
posted by epibatidine
on May 26, 2013 -
When my son was 2.5 years old he could solve jigsaw puzzle really really fast using some kind of mental math but when he was 3.5 years old he took longer. My friends with children also report similar trend.
Does the brain develop in a way to explain this?
posted by london302
on May 14, 2013 -
I would like to get some book recommendations on the following topic: the connection between brain arousal states (am I using that term correctly?) (e.g. sleepy, alert, hyperalert/anxious), EEG states (e.g. theta, alpha, beta), and various neurotransmitters and perhaps even psychotropic medications. [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster
on Apr 30, 2013 -
What are some non-institution-specific scholarships or grants for someone who wants to do primate research this summer? [more inside]
posted by lemoncakeisalie
on Feb 6, 2013 -
I know I want to study genetics but I don't know where to go from there. What kind of things in genetics did Professor X and the Drs. Suresh on Heroes
study? I want to study that. [more inside]
posted by acthelight
on Dec 14, 2012 -
The brain is really good at keeping track of body position, limbs, etc., even when it's not looking at them.
Is there a term that describes the equivalent ability as it relates to objects? E.g., I'm sitting at my desk right now and I know there's a plant behind me. I want a term for that ability!
So far all I've got is "object propriception"
posted by gribbly
on Dec 5, 2012 -
Lobster neuroscience: What new findings about pain and nociception in crustaceans have been made since 2004? [more inside]
posted by ecmendenhall
on Oct 13, 2012 -
Does the fact that with a person with Tourette's Syndrome will both physically jerk and in some cases yell profanity mean that profanity is hard wired into the brain? (Written in response to seeing this
posted by scunning
on Dec 24, 2011 -
Seeking anecdata about the Howard Florey Institute in Melbourne! I might have a lead on an interesting project there, but nobody in my network has any experience of the place - does anyone on Mefi? Or could anyone introduce me to someone there who wouldn't mind answering a few questions via email? Thanks enormously!
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot
on Nov 3, 2011 -
Hospice and palliative-care providers often tell patients' families and friends that as people die, hearing is the last sense to go. Is there any science behind the claim? [more inside]
posted by evidenceofabsence
on Sep 23, 2011 -
I am a neuroscience student and I'd like to get my mentor a print of one of Santiago Ramon y Cajal's famous drawings of a neuron as a going away gift. Unfortunately, I can't find anywhere that sells prints or photos of these drawings online, but I was able to find a book at my university's library that has larger (12" x 24") high quality images of these drawings.
My question: what is the best way to go from book to print? Are there particular scan qualities or types? Particular types of paper/material to print onto? Places (FedEx, architecture firms) to go to? Any advice would be really helpful.
posted by quickasfoxes
on May 4, 2011 -
What are some limits of the human brain? I think everyone knows that people can't keep more than 7 items in short term memory, and I was just reading an article here
that mentions limits to the theory of mind (A knows that B thinks that C thinks.. etc). What are some other things that it is just impossible to think about or remember or to visualize? I'd prefer actual studies and hard data to anecdotes and folk wisdom, but I'll take either.
posted by empath
on Mar 27, 2011 -
When you read or think a lot or otherwise concentrate, and you get fatigued or sleepy, what exactly is happening biologically? Is it a matter of blood sugar depletion? Something else?
posted by shivohum
on Oct 31, 2010 -
What part of the brain keeps someone from speaking the words they think?
posted by airguitar
on Oct 30, 2010 -
What do you think are the most interesting / surprising / perspective-changing findings in social/cognitive psychology? I'm preparing a talk for a German hacker conference (27c3), mainly
about cogsci & socpsych.
Bonus points if it's something that has some element of
demonstrating bias / illusion / manipulability, or if it can have a
quick actual demonstration, since I try to make my talks as
audience-interactive as possible. [more inside]
posted by saizai
on Oct 28, 2010 -
What's the best book to provide an up-to-date view on our current understanding of the human mind (and brain)? [more inside]
posted by justkevin
on Aug 20, 2010 -
Anyone know of any good blogs that focus on books about mental health, addictions, neuroscience, psychology? NOT looking for blogs about those subjects in general, but seek only blogs about new and interesting books that cover these topics. Blogs about health books in general are also of interest. Thank you, Hive Mind!!!
posted by Maias
on Aug 16, 2010 -
Does anyone have any recommendations for textbooks on systems, and to a lesser extent cognitive, neuroscience?
posted by SollosQ
on Jun 15, 2010 -
I have telescopic dreams
once in a while - dreaming something only to realise that I'm dreaming, "wake up" in another dream, then sometimes switching back to the first dream or "waking up" to another dream entirely. They freak me out quite a bit as I'm never quite sure if or when I'm really awake. Why do these dreams happen? Is anything the matter? [more inside]
posted by divabat
on Apr 12, 2010 -
Nearing the end of grad school (one hopes) and am trying to figure out what I can actually DO with this degree. Need interesting job suggestions outside of academia for Cognitive Psychology/Neuroscience PhD. [more inside]
posted by katers890
on Nov 3, 2009 -
I want to research somatic disorders (specifically factitious disorder) or, at the very least, work as a psychologist within a medical context, what undergraduate major should I get? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Aug 11, 2009 -
Get a PhD by 50, or go to pastry school? I'm having a midlife crisis and am considering returning to school instead of launching another business. (Launching another business is already in the planning stages, but no hard commitments have been made.) I've been accepted to a graduate program for neuroscience that will let me do masters work and doctorate work at the same time. On the other hand...culinary school is calling to me...daring me to become a pastry chef. [more inside]
posted by dejah420
on Aug 8, 2009 -
The book "The Answer" by John Assaraf and Murray Smith has a lot of neuroscience in it... but is it brilliant or rubbish? [more inside]
posted by monster max
on Jun 10, 2009 -
I just had an MRI and MRA in response to these issues
, and the radiologist's report should be relayed to me in a day or two. I've already had one normal CT scan. I received a copy of all the images from this scan - should I look at them? [more inside]
posted by elektrotechnicus
on May 29, 2009 -
Today, I have an MS in sociology from a state school. Four years from now, I'd like to be starting at a high-quality social science PhD program. How do I get there? [more inside]
posted by McBearclaw
on Oct 12, 2008 -
Neurosciencefilter: Why does coordinated, oscillatory behavior spontaneously arise in networks of sparsely connected inhibitory neurons? (e.g. theta oscillations in the hippocampus) I know that complex, organized phenomena can arise from simple interactions (e.g. whirlpools down the bathtub drain), but I'm looking for deeper insight. Is there math that "explains" this? Chaos theory? [more inside]
posted by zeek321
on Aug 29, 2008 -
When it's really quiet as I try to fall asleep, I'll sometimes hear faint sounds that seem to have been things I'd heard earlier in the day, with what's almost like a residual effect. It mostly seems comprised of co-workers talking, TV/radio broadcasts, and the vocal parts of songs (which doesn't include "Helter Skelter"). It's almost like hearing one's own "inner voice" (at least, I'm assuming), but more faint and on auto pilot. Is this a fairly common occurrence, and what's the cause of it?
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing
on Aug 15, 2008 -