Who we are?

Yesterday I had the chance to watch the new documentary by Anthony Chene titlted Who we are? which touches the concepts of consciousness, neuroscience, near-death experiences, in/conscious mind, biology, and more. I reveived this documentary as a fresh air that complemented my own concerns about the mind-brain problem, what’s is missing in the scientific comunity,…

Toward explaining the universe from dots and lines?

If you haven’t heart about Stephen Wolfram, he is a very well-known programmer and mathematician who created Wolfram Alpha (a website that gives a spectrum of answers to questions by using algorithms and a huge database of information) and Mathematica (a computation system used by scientists the world over). I would strongly suggest you watch…

Does objective reality exist or do we create reality?

I’ve been recently reading a lot about quantum physics and I actually started a new category about it in my blog. I find it quite a fascinating field to explore and the more I know about it the more I feel I know less and the more I read about it. A topic that I would…

The fallacy of placing confidence in confidence intervals

Today we’ve discussed the following paper about the reliability of confidence intervals: The fallacy of placing confidence in confidence intervals Richard D. Morey, Rink Hoekstra, Jeffrey N. Rouder, Michael D. Lee & Eric-Jan Wagenmakers Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. Volume 23, pages 103–123 (2016). Theoretical Review. Open Access. Published: 08 October 2015 Morey and colleagues define interval estimates and confidence intervals as follows:…

The impact of mass media on our brains

In a recent post I wrote about “What happens in our brain when we are talking to someone?” and I used a TED post and TED talk from Uri Hasson as reference. This time, I would like to re-use it and put under the spotlight not only the communication between our brains but also the…

What happens in our brain when we are talking to someone?

I recently came across with a TED post about how our brain is in communication according to the findings of Uri Hasson’s lab. Across a different pipeline of studies, Hasson and colleagues show that when we are listening to someone our brain responses become coupled to the speaker ones. That means that our brains produce…

Our brain is rhythmic and interacts with the rhythms of our environment

This week at the weekly seminar of my research group we’ve read and discussed the following paper: Curr Biol. 2019 Sep 23;29(18):R890-R905. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2019.07.075. A New Unifying Account of the Roles of Neuronal Entrainment Lakatos P, Gross J, Thut G. Abstract. Rhythms are a fundamental and defining feature of neuronal activity in animals including humans. This rhythmic brain…

Gravity explained by an astrophysicist in 5 Levels of Difficulty

I’m delighted to share this video from Wired magazine that I fell in love with it from the very second I started watching it. I thought that I couldn’t just enjoy it myself and have to share it. I hope you like it as much as I did! It’s a quasi-interview/conversation on astrophysics by an…