The best neuroscience news this week from around the web: predicting intelligence and the current state of neuroscience.
October 17, 2015
Gizmodo – A Beautiful 10-Minute Film on the Current State of Neuroscience [SHORT READ / SIMPLE SCIENCE]
NEUROCANDY: Awe-inspiring, inspirational and thought-provoking, this is a fantastic video on what neuroscience is, what it’s capable of, and what’s at stake for human-kind. In the future, we will be able to augment ourselves by manipulating the brain. Should we?
Futurity – ‘Fossil’ Neurons Still Try To Wiggle Human Ears [SHORT READ / SIMPLE SCIENCE]
EARWIGGING OUT: Ever noticed your cat or dog orienting its ears towards a particular sound? While our own ears don’t move in the same way, new research shows that the ancient circuits of neurons responsible for moving ears may still respond to sounds that attract our attention.
Wired – Scientists Can Now Predict Intelligence From Brain Activity [MEDIUM READ / SIMPLE SCIENCE]
COMING TO A JOB INTERVIEW NEAR YOU…: By mapping the connections within people’s brains, scientists have been able to accurately predict ‘fluid intelligence’—how well individuals perform on abstract reasoning tasks. Using people’s connectomes, or ‘brain fingerprints’, could give researchers better insight into treating psychiatric diseases. For more on connectomes and brain networks, check out Professor Tianzi Jiang's research.
New York Times – Will You Ever Be Able to Upload Your Brain? [MEDIUM READ / MEDIUM SCIENCE]
DIGITAL MIND: It sounds very much like science fiction, and right now it is – the ability to re-animate your brain and self. But other science fiction concepts have more or less come true, so could the same be true for a digital brain? Read on to find one expert’s opinion, as he emphasises just how complex the human brain is and how massive the task would be.
Neuroscience News - What Happens When Your Brain Can’t Tell Which Way is Up? [SHORT READ / SIMPLE SCIENCE]
TOPSY TURVY: Astronauts on the International Space Station are taking part in an investigation to see what happens to the brain in space, where there is no ‘up’ or ‘down’.