Advances in Predicting Dementia
Alexander Bernstein / Alzheimer's Disease / Neuroscience

Advances in Predicting Dementia

By: Alexander Bernstein Defined by the Alzheimer’s Association as “decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life,” dementia is a crippling condition that affects more than 35 million people worldwide. One of the most common causes of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease has been, up until very recently, quite difficult to diagnose, typically requiring … Continue reading

A Quantum Explanation for Consciousness?
Neuroscience / physics / Quantum Mechanics / stream of consciousness

A Quantum Explanation for Consciousness?

By: Aditya Nair One of the most baffling problems in science is that of consciousness. How exactly does our brain create consciousness? What brain mechanisms allow for the development of thoughts? Is consciousness a physical phenomenon? Probing the boundaries of our very existence itself, scientists have been pushing at this question for hundreds of years, … Continue reading

Secrets of the Brain Becoming Clear with New CLARITY
Neuroscience

Secrets of the Brain Becoming Clear with New CLARITY

Ever since the Obama Administration announced its backing of a new $100 million initiative to map the connections of the brain’s 85 to 100 billion neurons, skeptics have questioned whether neuroscientists have the tools available to achieve the massive feat. Now, researchers at Stanford University are reporting in the journal Nature a new technology that … Continue reading

How Does Adderall Work?: A PSA
Neuroscience

How Does Adderall Work?: A PSA

Why the sudden media spotlight on adderall? Seriously, it seems like it’s been all over the news lately. In the past six months, the New York Times has published a slew of occasionally terrifying articles about adderall, ritalin, and other attention-enhancing drugs. People condemn it and praise it, scoff at it and crave it, but I’m mostly just left wondering, “Isn’t adderall made … Continue reading

Monet on the Brain
Biology / Neuroscience

Monet on the Brain

By Emma Meyers Lately, I’ve been making my way through Columbia alum Jonah Lehrer’s science-meets-art book Proust Was a Neuroscientist. In it, Lehrer lauds the many artists, writers, and composers who, through their art, tapped into the human brain in ways modern neuroscientists are only recently discovering. Despite whatever controversy now surrounds Lehrer’s name, the … Continue reading

brains / Emma Meyers / mirror / Neurons / Neuroscience / Science / This is Your Brain

This is Your Brain…

A look inside your mind. …In the Mirror By Emma Meyers There is a magical mirror on the third floor of Schermerhorn. It stands alone, full length, against the wall in the ladies’ room, reflecting back images that are more beautiful than real life. I swear, this mirror has the uncanny ability to make your … Continue reading