Tag: Brain

Analyzing the effects of mask-wearing and social distancing on brain development in children

Soham Govande , July 27th, 2020


Throughout Homo sapiens’ rich history, our species has evolved to become deeply social animals. For instance, the first hunter-gatherers lived in bands, allowing their members to depend on…


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homunculus Revolts: Re-Figuring the Neurological Subject by Zoë Wool

Zoë Wool , August 21st, 2019


Figuring a Grotesque Norm 1954 Homunculus: Penfield Archives, Osler Library of the History of Medicine This hand drawn illustration rendered in black ink shows two mirror image outlines…


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Art, neuroscience and ethnography

elliott , October 2nd, 2018


Neuroscience The brain is a wild and wonderful thing. Even in a damaged, broken, or diseased state, it performs wonders. Oliver Sacks, neurologist and prolific writer, knew this…


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Opening up shrinking life-worlds by Maarten van Westen

Maarten van Westen , October 1st, 2018


Lives change dramatically as dementia progresses. Using observations of people suffering from obsessions and compulsions, I will analyse this change along three dimensions. Obsessive-Compulsive Disord…


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Peripheral participants: Thinking through distortion, displacement, nullification by Henrik Vigh

Henrik Vigh , October 1st, 2018


Warm haze As I spoke, people looked at me worriedly. The kindness in their eyes was mixed with curiosity and concern. Rather than answering me, they turned to…


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Web Roundup: Death, Life, and the Immortal Brain by Kathleen Lynch

Kathleen Lynch , April 23rd, 2018


Among the many tech-focused booths at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) early this year, one stood out in particular: an exhibition of manufactured bodies, or “sleeves,” into which…


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Book Forum––Fernando Vidal and Francisco Ortega’s Being Brains: Making the Cerebral Subject by Todd Meyers

Todd Meyers , February 21st, 2018


  Fernando Vidal and Francisco Ortega’s Being Brains: Making the Cerebral Subject is a fine-grained account of the “neuro-” in a range of disciplines, and, importantly––crucial…


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Book Forum––Des Fitzgerald’s Tracing Autism: Uncertainty, Ambiguity, and the Affective Labor of Neuroscience by Todd Meyers

Todd Meyers , February 6th, 2018


  Des Fitzgerald writes of his book, Tracing Autism, “This is a book about scientists talking about their own practice, in tones that are beset by ambiguity, uncertainty, complexity,…


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Book Forum–Elizabeth A. Wilson’s Gut Feminism by Alexandra Sarkozy

Alexandra Sarkozy , June 12th, 2017


Elizabeth Wilson’s Gut Feminism revisits feminism’s traditionally antagonistic engagement with biology with a call to reposition the body in feminist thought. As Wilson critically explores relationsh…


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Tobias Rees’s Plastic Reason: An Anthropology of Brain Science in Embryogenetic Terms by Nima Bassiri

Nima Bassiri , July 22nd, 2016


Plastic Reason: An Anthropology of Brain Science in Embryogenetic Terms by Tobias Rees University of California Press, 2016, 352 pages   In the prefatory pages of Plastic Reason,…


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Common Brain Mechanisms in Mental Illness

daniel.lende , February 7th, 2015


An important new meta-analysis of brain imaging research came out this week in JAMA Psychiatry, “Identification of a Common Neurobiological Substrate for Mental Illness” which highlights t…


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