Tag: Neuroscience

Genetics, neuroscience and the narrative on eating disorders: Where science and storytelling meet by Emma Louise Pudge

Emma Louise Pudge , January 30th, 2019


The narrative around eating disorders is shifting. Researchers and activists have advanced a more complex understanding of eating disorders by presenting cutting-edge scientific and clinical research …


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The Mercurial Life of Drugs: Psychedelics as models, risk factors, and treatments for mental disorders by Johanna Pokorny

Johanna Pokorny , October 30th, 2018


A Workshop Report by the Neuroscience and Society Network   Introduction The Neuroscience and Society Network organised a workshop on 11-12 July 2018 at the Institute of Psychology, Psychiatry…


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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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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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Web Roundup: In the clouds by Lily Shapiro

Lily Shapiro , March 1st, 2018


As I’m sure many of you saw, this month started with the successful launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy, giving a boost (sorry) to privatized space travel, and providing…


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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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On Plastic Reason by Tobias Rees by Setrag Manoukian

Setrag Manoukian , August 28th, 2017


Plastic Reason: An Anthropology of Brain Science in Embryogenetic Terms by Tobias Rees University of California Press, 2016, 352 pages   Plastic Reason is an excellent occasion to…


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Web Roundup: Moral enhancement by Jane Roberts

Jane Roberts , March 31st, 2017


This month’s web round up focuses on notions of treatment as enhancement…or vice versa? I’ve recently come off a stretch of spending quite a lot of time reading…


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Don’t Panic! The Neuroscience behind falling into Balance w/ Vivek Pandey Vimal

Nina Oria-Loureiro , November 23rd, 2016


Are balance and movement something that can be culturally shaped? Why aren’t female rats being used in drug studies? In this episode of This Anthropological Life we team…


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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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Mara Buchbinder’s “All In Your Head: Making Sense of Pediatric Pain” by Joanna Kempner

Joanna Kempner , July 11th, 2016


All In Your Head: Making Sense of Pediatric Pain by Mara Buchbinder University of California Press, 2015, 256 pages   Pain has a famously intangible quality. To paraphrase…


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Web Roundup: The Electronic Over-Soul and our Worst Selves (and Other Mishaps) by Sara M Bergstresser

Sara M Bergstresser , May 2nd, 2016


The web roundup for this month is a sequel to last month’s roundup on Mind, Consciousness, and Artificial Intelligence. I will address another interface between machines and minds,…


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Mind, Consciousness, and Artificial Intelligence by Maria Cecilia Dedios

Maria Cecilia Dedios , April 7th, 2016


This month’s web roundup comes through a bit late – paradoxically- due to technical difficulties (my computer died!). Although I will be able to recover most of my…


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Sex/Gender: Part I: Why Now? by Constance Cummings

Constance Cummings , March 10th, 2016


A Critical Moment: Sex/Gender Research at the Intersections of Culture, Brain, and Behavior FPR-UCLA 2016 Conference Summary Emerging theories in neuroscience – fueled by new technologies in brain im…


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Felicity Callard and Des Fitzgerald’s “Rethinking Interdisciplinarity Across the Social and Neurosciences” by Jörg Niewöhner

Jörg Niewöhner , February 4th, 2016


Rethinking Interdisciplinarity Across the Social and Neurosciences by Felicity Callard and Des Fitzgerald Palgrave (Pivot series), 2015, 160 pages The first thing you notice when picking up a…


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Cassandra Crawford’s Phantom Limb: Amputation, Embodiment, and Prosthetic Technology by Seth Messinger

Seth Messinger , January 11th, 2016


Phantom Limb: Amputation, Embodiment, and Prosthetic Technology by Cassandra S. Crawford NYU Press, 2014, 314 pages The title of this important book gives only the slightest hint of…


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Web Roundup: Public, Intimate Spaces (Bathrooms & Brains) by Sara M Bergstresser

Sara M Bergstresser , December 1st, 2015


Bounded categories and category-bounded spaces are always of interest. This month, there were salient discussions of two such spaces: the (gendered) public bathroom and the brain. Bathrooms Public…


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A stubborn conundrum

Paul Mason , August 3rd, 2015


Professor Margaret Lock has published an exhaustive ethnography of Alzheimer disease research in her latest book, The Alzheimer Conundrum. I recently reviewed this book for The Australian Journal of…


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Context Matters When It Comes to Travel Time

Scientific American Blog: Anthropology in Practice , June 12th, 2015


People will often feel that the return trip covering the same geographical distance requires less time to complete. It doesn’t. When all factors are equalized–same distance, traveling… —…


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Towards Neuro-Social Science: The Politics and Pragmatics of Collaboration by Tara Mahfoud

Tara Mahfoud , June 10th, 2015


Workshop Report: King’s College London, 11 December 2014 Introduction Different forms of exchange between neuroscientists, social scientists, and humanities scholars have been emerging, and these have…


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