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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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,…


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…


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,…


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…