Our latest paper: Respiratory cycle entrainment of septal neurons mediates the fast coupling of sniffing rate and hippocampal theta rhythm Take-home message: We suggest that the respiratory system entrains septal neurons, and this entrainment in turn results in the coupling of sniffing and hippocampal theta. Pharmacological inactivation of the medial septum decreases both theta and… Read More
http://blogs.hbr.org/2013/12/in-praise-of-doing-nothing/ What’s not to like about this advice?
[My book ‘Why Torture Doesn’t Work: The Neuroscience of Interrogation’ (Harvard UP) can be preordered from Amazon (.com) – more details at end of post] La Balzana, beautiful Siena, the extravagant, the eccentric, sitting atop a hill in Tuscany, is another world. Once a medieval town of wealth and consequence; later marooned, isolated and preserved by the Black Death and… Read More
Aerobic exercise has marked effects on cognitive function, even in an elderly group at risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Aerobic exercise may not be suitable for certain groups, especially the frail or those at risk of falls. Exercise mimetics may therefore prove an attractive for treatment option the frail, who would benefit from exercise-induced changes in peripheral and central function. The polyphenol, resveratrol, rose to… Read More
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson has been criticised for statements on life success, inequality and intelligence in a wide-ranging speech. IQ, despite what Boris seems to think, incompletely predicts life outcomes: one important review concludes that ‘…the magnitude of the effects of personality traits on mortality, divorce, and occupational attainment was indistinguishable from the effects of SES and cognitive ability on these… Read More