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Fishes on Facebook; or Social Science Media

Facebook, scourge or savior? Love it or hate it, Facebook is pervasive and arguably pretty useful. Most recently though, the social network has made its way into the world of scientific research. Science mag recently published a story about a … Continue reading

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Cells in your ears beat to it.

Following up on my previous post about inner hair cells in the ear, I wanted to share this video. It’s of an outter hair cell, and the particulars are in the link, but the long and short is that these … Continue reading

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How the Coming Data Deluge Will Reshape Neuroscience

And connectomics said, “Apres moi, le deluge.” Neuroscience is on the brink of a revolution. A brain, fully reconstructed on the cellular scale, is the end goal of a newborn field called connectomics and although we are a long way … Continue reading

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In Depth: Altered Neural Connectivity in Alzheimer’s

As I mentioned in my summary of the meat and potatoes of Perez-Cruz and friends’ paper, this group largely reproduced previous findings, but they also added a new dimension of depth to those findings. Another attractive aspect of the paper … Continue reading

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Altered Neural Connectivity in Alzheimer’s

What you see in the header image of The Naive Observer is part of a dendrite. Dendrites are the information collecting arms of neurons. Neurons also put out another long, snaking and highly branched arm called an axon, which carries … Continue reading

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In Depth: Neurons that Change Shape! Implications for Treatment of Depression?

After reading about the meat and potatoes of Chen and friends’ paper, you may or may not agree that Layer 2/3 “dynamic zone” interneurons seem to control ocular dominance plasticity. Below, I have dissected the paper in more depth to … Continue reading

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Neurons that Change Shape! Implications for Treatment of Depression?

For a long time, neuroscientific dogma dictated that the brain is hardwired. This was cemented by the venerable father of cellular neuroscience, Ramon y Cajal, when he said: “Nerve paths are something fixed, ended, immutable. Everything may die; nothing may … Continue reading

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In Depth: A Weird Synapse In Our Ears Gets Weirder

As I said in my description of the meat and potatoes of Nouvian and friends’ paper, they showed that the inner hair cell’s (IHC) ribbon synapses don’t play by rules. In truth it was established quite early on that these synapses … Continue reading

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A Weird Synapse In Our Ears Gets Weirder

So far on The Naive Observer I’ve written mostly about large scale mapping of connections in the brain. While, as you have hopefully read, I think that neuroscience is going to be hugely advanced by untangling the brain on the … Continue reading

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Canadian National Research Council Shifting for the Worse

This article from Nature News reports that the NRC is moving even further away from basic research. The Research Council, which was already leaning more toward the industry side of things, announced that it will be taking an additional 20% … Continue reading

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