GPS et sens de l’orientation

Chronique science du 11 août sur CIBL. À force de trop souvent se laisser guider par eux, les GPS ont un effet néfaste sur notre cerveau. Des chercheurs ont comparé le fonctionnement de l’hippocampe et du cortex préfrontal, deux structures responsables du sens de l’orientation, lorsqu’on se dirige nous-mêmes dans un quartier labyrinthique ou lorsqu’on […]

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Humans Are the Product of Dynamic Processes on Multiple Time Scales

Today I want to talk about dynamic processes that occur on some very different time scales in the human nervous system. To do so, I will describe four examples very briefly, referring to the two graphics in this post. The first of these processes, represented at the bottom of each graphic, is the evolution of the human nervous system, which occurs on the longest of these time scales, measured in millions of years. Over these…

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Neuracademia : vulgariser les neurosciences avec les moyens d’aujourd’hui

De retour de la pause estivale, j’aimerais repartir cette semaine en vous parlant du projet Neuracademia, initiative de jeunes chercheurs et chercheuses suisses qui a pour objectif de « Mettre les neurosciences au service de tous! ». Tiens, tiens, ça me rappelle quelque chose ça… Ce n’est d’ailleurs pas le seul point commun avec le Cerveau à tous les niveaux. D’abord, le projet de la plateforme est ambitieux puisque huit grandes thématiques qui couvrent de…

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The Lonesome Postdoc – Part VI: Is working remotely really that great?

As a postdoc/grad student/ECR, have you ever wished that you could work from home on a regular basis? You have probably done this a few times, or perhaps you do it a couple of days a week. Do you find you get more done? It seems great, right? Many non-academic businesses are openly embracing the work-from-home or work-remotely ideology because with today’s technology it is often pretty easy to do so. There’s teleconferencing, VPN connections,…

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Water Is…

“An unforgettable, mesmerizing journey with water that will alter the reader’s perception of the universe forever … I took Nina Munteanu’s “Water Is …” on a journey, an unexpectedly exciting and unusual one. The more I read the book, the more I began to take note of the very presence of water and its impact on the environment around me. Munteanu explains the meaning of water, both in scientific and spiritual terms, in this fun,…

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Using the Solar Eclipse as a Learning Opportunity

A lot of excitement has been generated over the upcoming solar eclipse. I don’t think that a single news outlet, print or video, has neglected this opportunity to weigh in on the topic. What more could I add to the mix? Not much beyond some personal experiences with students. If you want to learn more details about this eclipse or others go to NASA as your first source. Perhaps the giddiness over this 2017 solar…

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