Sunday, January 30, 2011

Controlling the brain, with lasers!

It's about time I started talking about what I actually work on!  I'll have much more to say (and sing!) about my own specific projects later... but for today I'll just briefly highlight one of the most exciting techniques our lab uses:  optogenetics.  My neuroscience friends are already well-acquainted with this super-hot new technique.  But for the uninitiated, allow me to introduce you to biology's latest & greatest fad!

First, check out this recent news story featuring our lab!


This news piece aired after the publication of a high-profile study led by Lex Kravitz, a postdoctoral fellow in our lab.  If you're interested, you can read the whole paper here.  It's

Friday, January 7, 2011

Psychic Powers!

Every so often there's excitement about possible scientific evidence of extrasensory perception (ESP).  But then attempts to replicate the findings fail, or critical flaws in the experiments are discovered.  So over the years, most of these results have been disproved and discredited.   

Claims of psychic powers are nothing
new, but proof has been lacking...

However, now there's compelling new evidence from a study published in a prestigious scientific journal and led by Daryl Bem, a well-respected psychologist at Cornell University.  In their article entitled Feeling the Future, the authors claim to demonstrate "anomalous retroactive influences on cognition and affect."  Translation: proof of ESP.  

Not surprisingly, this article is attracting a lot of attention.  I'll give a brief summary and then point out some of the major criticisms.  I'll also throw in some info about other ways we can "sense" the