Monthly Archives: April 2007

Testing the Sex of Your Brain….

You may think I have far too much time on my hands (definitely not true as we enter the “midterm” phase of the quarter), but I took some time out to enjoy a feature on the BBC, one of my […]

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More Insight Into Human Vision….From Machines

I love computers. My students are blissfully unaware of the challenges of typing a dissertation on a Smith-Corona portable electric typewriter or using a slide rule in a graduate statistics course. Still, I’d like to continue to think that the […]

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Boosting mood with…..dirt?

Whenever I’ve felt blue, I know that one sure cure is to tackle my garden. Of course, living in California makes this a year-round option. No matter what type of problem had been bothering me, I always felt better after […]

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A new look at fear….

Kevin Corcoran and Gregory Quirk have demonstrated an interesting difference in the way learned and innate fears are managed by the brains of rats [1]. Learned fear is typically demonstrated using classically conditioned emotional responses. While a rat barpresses for […]

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Morality and the Brain….

Once again, Antonio Damasio and his colleagues have found a creative way to illustrate the effects of specific brain damage, in this case the ventromedial prefrontal cortex or VMPC. Participants with damage to the VMPC due to aneurysm or tumor […]

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