Posts Tagged ‘fMRI’

The Excitement (and Often the Claims) about the New “Brain Stuff” Is Still Running Ahead of Its Utility

You don’t have to spend much time googling or digging—or doing that old-fashioned thing: reading a book—these days to realize that the brain is often up to its usual tricks when the subject is neuroscientific research.
That is, the brain is simply going about its business. Sometimes, it lights up like a Christmas tree on the [...]

There Is No Brain on Earth Quite Like the Chinese Brain, And Given the Coming Importance of That Brain, We Need to Understand Everything We Can About It

I have come not to bury the Chinese brain but to praise it. And to warn neuroscientists, particularly in the West, that they need to devote substantial resources to studying it, and do so urgently. There are bigger issues afoot than simply what we can learn by turning our fMRI beams on the brain tissue [...]

This Family Is Learning as They Go What It’s Like to Have a Child In Their Midst Whose Behavior Resembles a Pint-Sized Henry Kissinger’s—That Is, A Big Picture Thinker

Today’s commentary was prompted by listening to one mother’s frustration with a precocious, hyperactive six-year-old. Among other things, she says, “He never quits asking questions.” He also seems to be an extremely healthy demonstration of what chaos scientists call “self-organized criticality,” about which I’ll say more in detail later.
In general terms, this kid’s brain cycles [...]