Brain geography

The February edition of National Geographic has an excellent article on how new technologies are revealing more about the structure of the brain, including a technique for making brains transparent which neuroscientists have described as ‘pretty badass’. Another study, at UCLA, used electrodes implanted directly into brain tissue  to study how the brain processes what […]

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Missing the gorilla

Many of you will be familiar with the video where two teams are throwing basketballs to each other and, in the middle of the match a man in a gorilla suit walks through the middle – but many people fail to notice because of a phenomenon called inattentional blindness. We often don’t see things that […]

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The opposite of prosopagnosia

This week there was a programme on TV about The Boy who can’t forget (see here ), about people who remember everything. They’re not the only ones with special recall. There are also people who don’t forget faces, they recognise anyone they have ever met (see Caroline Williams ‘Face savers’, New Scientist, September 15). It has been […]

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Media research and disability

Exergames are new video games based on using the Wii. They use physical activity not sight as input and have been developed for use in the fight against obesity. Now they have been adapted so that children with visual impairments can play them, important because these children as a result of sight problems do not […]

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