The latest in neuroscience from around the web:
The Conversation - Does Pixar’s Inside Out show how memory actually works? [SIMPLE SCIENCE / MEDIUM READ]
INSIDE OUT: Disney/Pixar’s latest film has gained a lot of attention for its representation of emotion and memory. In Hollywood, most science-related films are at best liberal with the truth; just how accurate is Inside Out at depicting the process of remembering?
Google Research Blog – Inceptionism: Going Deeper Into Neural Networks [MEDIUM SCIENCE / MEDIUM READ]
GOOGLE MEETS ART MEETS DREAMS: You might’ve already seen these images on your Facebook feed…here’s how they were produced! Artificial neural networks are networks loosely inspired by real neurons, and allow computers to learn autonomously – voice recognition and predictive text are two examples. This post breaks down how neural networks operate, in the process showing off some fantastic images. For a different take on neural networks, check out this post.
Neuroscience News – Are the Roles of Adult Neural Stem Cells Determined Before Birth? [MEDIUM SCIENCE / MEDIUM READ]
DATE WITH DESTINY: Stem cells that haven’t become specialised are able to self-renew and develop into different cell types to grow and repair tissues. Up until now, scientists thought this was the case for adult stem cells found in the brain. However, they might actually be pre-programmed before birth to turn into specific types of neurons. To read about the recent discovery of two distinct types of stem cells in the brain, check out this article.
Neuroscience News – Long Term Musical Memory Spared in Alzheimer’s Patients [EASY SCIENCE / MEDIUM READ]
MELODIES FOR MEMORIES: Familiar music has a way of re-animating patients with Alzheimer’s Disease. Researchers have now found a potential reason for this – the neurodegeneration doesn’t strongly affect the brain regions that store musical memories.
Neuroscience News – Synapses Last as Long as the Memories They Hold [SIMPLE SCIENCE / MEDIUM READ]
COMMIT IT TO MEMORY: Synapses are where memories are thought to be stored, but we still lack definitive evidence. Using impressive technology, researchers have found that mouse hippocampal synapses only last about 30 days before they disappear – about the same amount of time that hippocampal memories last before they’re moved to neocortex.