The Presence of the Frontal Opercula in Homo naledi

When it comes to the evolution of the human brain, size isn't everything. In fact, shape is a huge determinant. A new study from Hawks in PNAS suggests that morphology may proceeded size in the evolution of hominin brains. Hawks and team performed a comparative anatomy study of Homo and Australopithecus brains based on endocasts. Endocasts... Continue Reading →

The Genetics of DCC, Netrin & Mirror Movements Discovered

From Nobel Intent comes news of a discovery in the Mendelian genetics of Mirror Movements, a condition that causes people to involuntarily move both sides of their body when they intended to only move one. Aside from being medically relevant, interesting on a population genetics level, and involved an Iranian family, it also caught my... Continue Reading →

David Eagleman: Heaven, Hell and Synaesthesia

Following on from a recent post which linked to the Neuroanthropology website, I want to give brief mention to a neuroscientist by the name of David Eagleman, his research into synaesthesia and an excellent book he published earlier this year, 'Sum - Forty Tales from the Afterlives', a pocket-sized tome bristling with a glittering array... Continue Reading →

IL1RAPL1 Genotype & Intelligence

I'm kinda surprised that this paper, "A study on the correlation between IL1RAPL1 and human cognitive ability," hasn't made many waves in the press nor in the blogosphere. Aside from being controversial, it is a pretty fascinating study. But, I'm not completely shocked many have abstained from mentioning it... Like the genetics of race, the... Continue Reading →

Pragmatic Systems Evident in Some Autism Patients

Robert Stainton at the University of Western Ontario and Jessica de Villiers of The University of British Columbia have recently conducted a study which aims to measure and define pragmatic capabilities of autism patients, specifically those with Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD. Previously, one of the defining features of ASD patients was the deficiency or... Continue Reading →

Voice for the Voiceless

Michael Callahan of Ambient Corp. in Champaign, Ill. and the University of Illinois has recently introduced The Audeo, a thought-to-speech interfacing device which acquires and converts neurological signals into vocalizations. The device allows users to communicate with a computer much in the way voice recognition software does. However, instead of encrypting wave patterns detected in... Continue Reading →

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