A piece I did for the Irish Examiner a little while back: We drink too much in Ireland. As a nation, we consistently place highly in the global heavy drinking league. Excess alcohol consumption causes many problems. It is, for example, the major cause of death in men aged 35 to 50 in Ireland. A HSE report… Read More
[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] Royal Irish Academy | About | Science Series via Royal Irish Academy | About | Science Series. This links to a podcast of an unusual interdisciplinary evening, featuring a neuroscientist (me), a political scientist (Richard… Read More
The Brain Prize 2013: the optogenetics revolution: ‘The 2013 Grete Lundbeck European Brain Research Prize was awarded to Ernst Bamberg, Edward Boyden, Karl Deisseroth, Peter Hegemann, Gero Miesenböck, and Georg Nagel ‘for their invention and refinement of optogenetics’.’ A great post on optogenetics from Kevin Mitchell. Optogenetics is transforming neuroscience.
Here’s an old and difficult to access paper (Download: Commins & O’Mara Psychobiol) of ours from Psychobiology – from the days before all journals were online. Hard to remember those days now… Psychobiology evolved into Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience (see past titles here – scroll to bottom). (This is the longest title on any paper I have ever published…) Commins,… Read More
Originally posted on Why Evolution Is True:
If this video is real, it’s one of the most amazing bird films I’ve seen. It was posted three days ago, apparently from France, and already has nearly 2.4 million views. It seems to show footage from a camera mounted on the back of an eagle, and really…
Take-home message: We show here that mixing tasks that involve executive control (the n-back task, requiring continual updating and discarding of information held presently ‘in mind’) inhibits dramatically performance on an explicit memory task (associative memory: face-name pair learning), but not performance on control recognition memory tasks. We therefore provide further behavioural evidence that memory subsystems… Read More
The anterior thalamus provides a subcortical circuit supporting memory and spatial navigation. Front Syst Neurosci. 2013 Aug 30;7:45. Jankowski MM, Ronnqvist KC, Tsanov M, Vann SD, Wright NF, Erichsen JT, Aggleton JP, O’Mara SM. Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience, Trinity College Dublin Dublin 2, Ireland. Abstract The anterior thalamic nuclei (ATN), a central component of Papez‘ circuit, are generally assumed to be key… Read More