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December, 2014

Reaction to “Equal ≠ The Same: Sex Differences in the Human Brain”

A recent Cerebrum article by Larry Cahill about sex differences in the human brain has prompted a group of women academicians to respond and for the author to reply to their response. We encourage you to evaluate both points of view, as well as the o Read More...

December, 2014

You Say You Want a Revolution?

Editor’s Note: From their roles directing the W.M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience at Rutgers University, Wise Young and Patricia Morton have been on the front lines of spinal-cord-injury research for most of their careers. In this article Read More...

November, 2014

Review: Madness and Memory: The Discovery of Prions—A New Biological Principal of Disease

In his review of Madness and Memory by Stanley B. Prusiner, M.D., Guy McKhann (scientific consultant for the Dana Foundation) leans on his own longtime relationship with the author and many of the scientists and institutions that played a role in the Read More...

November, 2014

The Brain-Games Conundrum: Does Cognitive Training Really Sharpen the Mind?

Editor’s Note: Few topics in the world of neuroscience evoke as much debate as the effectiveness of cognitive training. Do you misplace your keys regularly? Forget appointments? Have trouble remembering names? No worries. A host of companies promise Read More...

October, 2014

With A Little Help from Our Friends: How the Brain Processes Empathy

Editor’s Note: Why are certain individuals born with a brain that is wired to help others? What daily habits or life experiences reinforce compassion but also selfishness, narcissism, and psychopathy? Social neuroscience models have assumed that peop Read More...

September, 2014

Brain-to-Brain Interfaces: When Reality Meets Science Fiction

Editor’s Note: Every memory that we have, act that we perform, and feeling that we experience creates brainstorms—interactions of millions of cells that produce electrical signals. Neuroscientists are now able to record those signals, extract the kin Read More...

September, 2014

Truth, Justice, and the NFL Way

Our reviewer, Philip E. Stieg, a neuro-trauma consultant on the sidelines of NFL games, is no stranger to the violence of football. In his review of League of Denial by Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru, Stieg finds the sports-concussion crisis to Read More...

August, 2014

The Time of Your Life

Editor’s Note: The circadian rhythm—the 24-hour cycle of the physiological processes of living beings—is instrumental in determining the sleeping and feeding patterns of all animals, including humans. Clear patterns of brain-wave activity, hormone pr Read More...

July, 2014

Funny Science

In Robert Provine’s review of Ha: The Science of When We Laugh and Why and The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny, he leans on his own analysis of simple instincts such as laughing and yawning and his research for his own book, L Read More...

July, 2014

The Age Gauge: Older Fathers Having Children

Editor’s Note: In recent years, scientists have debated the existence of a link between a father’s age and his child’s vulnerability to psychiatric problems. Our authors led a research team that produced a paper that analyzed data on all individuals Read More...

June, 2014

One of a Kind: The Neurobiology of Individuality

Editor’s Note: What processes in the brain are responsible for individuality? Mounting imaging evidence suggests that brain circuits involved in our emotional responses are highly plastic and change with experience, affecting our temperament. Moreove Read More...

May, 2014

Welcome to the Machine

In Jerome Kagan’s review of The Future of the Mind by physicist and futurist Michio Kaku, Kagan leans on his own experience as co-director of the Harvard Mind/Brain/Behavior Interfaculty Initiative to explore a book that imagines a world where we wil Read More...

May, 2014

Rich Man, Poor Man: Socioeconomic Adversity and Brain Development

Editor’s Note: Here’s a disturbing statistic that made headlines this past January: The richest 85 people in the world now hold as much wealth as the poorest half. Keeping in mind the goal of closing the ever-widening gap between the haves and the ha Read More...

April, 2014

Equal ≠ The Same: Sex Differences in the Human Brain

Editor’s Note: While advances in brain imaging confirm that men and women think in their own way and that their brains are different, the biomedical community mainly uses male animals as testing subjects with the assumption that sex differences in th Read More...

March, 2014

Mapping Your Every Move

Editor’s Note: In 2005, authors May-Britt Moser and Edvard I. Moser discovered grid cells, which are types of neurons that are central to how the brain calculates location and navigation. Since that time, they have worked to learn how grid cells comm Read More...

February, 2014

Standing in His Shoes

In Temple Grandin's review of The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida, she relates her own experience living with and studying autism to better understand the mind of a remarkable 13-year-old Japanese boy with severe autism. Structured as a series of qu Read More...

February, 2014

Solving the Mystery of Memory

Editor’s Note: The word “memory” is derived from the ancient Greek myth of Mnemosyne, the mother of the Muses, who was “said to know everything, past, present, and future.” Memory is essential to our existence, and one of neuroscience’s primary missi Read More...

January, 2014

Your Brain Under the Microscope: The Promise of Stem Cells

Editor’s Note: Until recently, scientists primarily worked with two kinds of stem cells from animals and humans: embryonic stem cells and non-embryonic “somatic” or “adult” stem cells. Scientists are just now beginning to improve their understandi Read More...

About Cerebrum

Bill Glovin, editor
Carolyn Asbury, Ph.D., consultant

Scientific Advisory Board
Joseph T. Coyle, M.D., Harvard Medical School
Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Pierre J. Magistretti, M.D., Ph.D., University of Lausanne Medical School and Hospital
Robert Malenka, M.D., Ph.D., Stanford University School of Medicine
Bruce S. McEwen, Ph.D., The Rockefeller University
Donald Price, M.D., The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

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