Respiratory cycle entrainment of septal neurons mediates the fast coupling of sniffing rate and hippocampal theta rhythm

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

Reflections on the representations and implications of torture from medieval Siena (the Museo della Tortura) and London (the London Dungeon)

[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

Resveratrol as an exercise mimetic – direct comparisons with aerobic exercise, and positive effects on cognitive function: Our posters from Society for Neuroscience ’11, ’12, ’13

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

Contra Boris Johnson, IQ doesn’t ensure life success: Non-cognitive skills and poverty matter greatly, too

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