LinKs to interesting web sites
How can we begin to understand the way the brain works? The same way we begin to understand a city: by making a map. In this visually stunning talk, Allan Jones shows how his team is mapping which genes are turned on in each tiny region, and how it all connects up.
Examples of change blindness from Ronald Rensink
Talking on your cell phone can cause inattentional blindness.
The part of the brain needed to make safe left-hand turns largely shuts off during a cellphone conversation — even if the phone is a hands-free device, a group of Toronto researchers have found.
The Last of the Split-Brain Patients
In this RSAnimate, renowned psychiatrist and writer Iain McGilchrist explains how our 'divided brain' has profoundly altered human behaviour, culture and society.
by the German artist Anton Raederscheidt, were painted after a stroke that
damaged the cortex of his right parietal lobe. As his brain recovered, his
attention to the left side of his world returned (Wurtz, Goldberg, &
read Wurtz RH, Goldberg ME, Robinson, Brain mechanisms of visual
attention. Sci Am 1982 Jun;246(6):124-35
Case of Phineas Gage. Gage's story was the historical
beginnings of the study of the biological basis of behavior (Antonio Damasio.)
Ben Goldacre: What doctors don't know about the drugs they prescribe. Why you should be skeptical about some findings in medical science.
A Brief History of Lobotomy. Read about this brutal procedure which became a relatively common clinical tool just 50 years ago. Are there current treatment that will be considered just as unacceptable in the next 50 years?
A very compelling account for why electroshock therapy was personally very beneficial.
Download and listen to a podcast from CBC's Best of Quirks & Quarks of August 5, 2006 about surgery in the brain to treat depression.
Researchers at the University of Gothenburg in Göteborg, Sweden, have created a computer program that can score 150 on standard non-verbal IQ test questions.
A good update on fMRI imaging.
March 26, 2015