top 10 innovations, neuroscience
Music Lessons Benefit Babies
Jef Akst | May 11, 2012
One year olds smile more and communicate better if they participate in interactive music classes with their parents.
Book Excerpt from Memoirs of an Addicted Brain: A Neuroscientist Examines His Former Life on Drugs
Marc Lewis | May 1, 2012
In Chapter 12, "The Opium Fields," author Marc Lewis recounts one night spent in the brain chemistry-bending grip of opium addiction.
Dopamine: Duality of Desire
Marc Lewis | May 1, 2012
Being an ex-drug-addict turned neuroscientist brings a unique insight into the physiological and phenomenological realities of addiction.
Contributors
The Scientist Staff | May 1, 2012
Meet some of the people featured in the April 2012 issue of The Scientist.
The Sound of Color
Jef Akst | May 1, 2012
A completely colorblind musician and painter perceives the world in a new way with help from technology.
Pigeon GPS Identified
Megan Scudellari | Apr 26, 2012
A population of neurons in pigeon brains encodes direction, intensity, and polarity of the Earth’s magnetic field.
New Brain Stem Cell
Cristina Luiggi | Apr 23, 2012
Progenitor cells discovered in the brain’s small blood vessels have the capacity to differentiate into neurons and other tissue types.
Brain Controls Paralyzed Muscles
Ed Yong | Apr 18, 2012
A new system decodes brain signals from the motor cortex of monkeys and translates them into basic arm movements, despite temporary paralysis.
Forgetting Drug Addiction
Cristina Luiggi | Apr 16, 2012
Researchers weaken the memories of drug use in recovering addicts.
Monkeys “Read” Writing
Megan Scudellari | Apr 12, 2012
Baboons are able to distinguish printed English words from nonsense sequences of letters—the first step in the reading process.