memory

Locating the Brain’s Strike Zone

January 18, 2012

In baseball, much is made of the half-second or less a batter is given to swing or not swing at each 100-mph fastball. But another important snap decision is made by the home plate umpire, who must pinpoint the position of the ball as it crosses the [Read more]

The Long Memory of the First Cigarette

May 9, 2011

Every new experience leaves a mark on our brain, from a fleeting burst of electricity and neurotransmitters to a longer-lasting architectural shift. When we meet a new person, learn a new fact, or visit a new place, connections in our brains [Read more]

Where Categories Meet Decisions

February 9, 2011

One of the most important functions of the brain is to make decisions. Even the simplest animals need to make choices based on sensory information: is that thing over there food or a predator, and should I eat it, or run from it? Making the right [Read more]

Better Sleep, Better Learning?

February 15, 2010

Imagine a child who gets good grades in school, listens well to his teacher, and is commended for his good behavior in the classroom. Then slowly, his grades start to decline, he grows moodier, and his teacher reports that his attention often drifts [Read more]

Slicing Up A Most Famous Brain

December 2, 2009

In show business and sports, the most popular figures eventually become known only by their initials: MJ, JFK, AI. Rarely, a scientific superstar can also become known by their initials – such as HM, the most famous amnesiac in modern history. [Read more]

Neuroscience Wednesday

October 21, 2009

And so Neuroscience 2009 comes to an end, and it’s time to put away my badge, rest my weary feet and note-taking hand and think about biology below the neck again. Here’s the final installment of our live coverage, but come back tomorrow [Read more]