1. So important in grad school.

    So important in grad school.

  2. "When you truly believe in what you are doing, it shows. And it pays. Winners in life are those who are excited about where they’re going."
  3. s-c-i-guy:

Hair cells: the sound-sensing cells in the ear
These cells get their name from the hairlike structures that extend from them into the fluid-filled tube of the inner ear. When sound reaches the ear, the hairs bend and the cells convert this movement into signals that are relayed to the brain. When we pump up the music in our cars or join tens of thousands of cheering fans at a football stadium, the noise can make the hairs bend so far that they actually break, resulting in long-term hearing loss. 
Image courtesy of Henning Horn, Brian Burke and Colin Stewart, Institute of Medical Biology, Agency for Science, Technology, and Research, Singapore. 
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    s-c-i-guy:

    Hair cells: the sound-sensing cells in the ear

    These cells get their name from the hairlike structures that extend from them into the fluid-filled tube of the inner ear. When sound reaches the ear, the hairs bend and the cells convert this movement into signals that are relayed to the brain. When we pump up the music in our cars or join tens of thousands of cheering fans at a football stadium, the noise can make the hairs bend so far that they actually break, resulting in long-term hearing loss.

    Image courtesy of Henning Horn, Brian Burke and Colin Stewart, Institute of Medical Biology, Agency for Science, Technology, and Research, Singapore.

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  4. Hi! 

I’m not sure whether you can work in research without the Masters or PhD if I’m being honest. I volunteered as a research assistant during undergrad, but I’m assuming jobs that pay MAY want you to have the research background. It might be different for lab technicians? I’m not sure as I’ve just gone down the research route and everyone I work with in the lab and uni is either doing their phd or has it already. 

I think it’s important to point out that I had no real idea about a narrow research interest before I started my phd, it was 3 months in that I narrowed it slightly. And I didn’t do a Masters either is it’s not like I specialised before. In my experience (and I must stress, it’s only mine I can comment on) it’s ok to have a general idea and discussions with supervisors can narrow it. I also wasn’t sure I was cut out for a PhD but I love it, and I’m just learning as I go. I felt that the only requirement was that I was passionate about research and willing to learn and work hard, and the rest just fell into place. So If you’re just worried about being good enough for a phd on some level, don’t be, because everyone feels the same and it all usually works out. And I guess in the UK our PhDs are shorter (~3 years max) so it’s less of a time consideration, so I can see why 5+ years seems daunting. I would say try and volunteer or get a job in a lab and see if you like it and see what happens.

I’m sorry I can’t be more help, feel free to message me if you have any further questions!

Or maybe someone else can offer some advice?

    Hi!

    I’m not sure whether you can work in research without the Masters or PhD if I’m being honest. I volunteered as a research assistant during undergrad, but I’m assuming jobs that pay MAY want you to have the research background. It might be different for lab technicians? I’m not sure as I’ve just gone down the research route and everyone I work with in the lab and uni is either doing their phd or has it already.

    I think it’s important to point out that I had no real idea about a narrow research interest before I started my phd, it was 3 months in that I narrowed it slightly. And I didn’t do a Masters either is it’s not like I specialised before. In my experience (and I must stress, it’s only mine I can comment on) it’s ok to have a general idea and discussions with supervisors can narrow it. I also wasn’t sure I was cut out for a PhD but I love it, and I’m just learning as I go. I felt that the only requirement was that I was passionate about research and willing to learn and work hard, and the rest just fell into place. So If you’re just worried about being good enough for a phd on some level, don’t be, because everyone feels the same and it all usually works out. And I guess in the UK our PhDs are shorter (~3 years max) so it’s less of a time consideration, so I can see why 5+ years seems daunting. I would say try and volunteer or get a job in a lab and see if you like it and see what happens.

    I’m sorry I can’t be more help, feel free to message me if you have any further questions!

    Or maybe someone else can offer some advice?
  5. neurosciencestuff:

    Tiny chip mimics brain, delivers supercomputer speed

    Researchers Thursday unveiled a powerful new postage-stamp size chip delivering supercomputer performance using a process that mimics the human brain.

    The so-called “neurosynaptic” chip is a breakthrough that opens a wide new range of computing possibilities from self-driving cars to artificial intelligence systems that can installed on a smartphone, the scientists say.

    The researchers from IBM, Cornell Tech and collaborators from around the world said they took an entirely new approach in design compared with previous computer architecture, moving toward a system called “cognitive computing.”

    "We have taken inspiration from the cerebral cortex to design this chip," said IBM chief scientist for brain-inspired computing, Dharmendra Modha, referring to the command center of the brain.

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  6. WAKING UP IN THE MORNING

    whatshouldwecallgradschool:

    HOW I WISH I FELT:

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    HOW I ACTUALLY FEEL:

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  7. "Perception is never purely in the present—it has to draw on experience of the past; this is why Gerald M. Edelman speaks of “the remembered present.” We all have detailed memories of how things have previously looked and sounded, and these memories are recalled and admixed with every new perception. Such perceptions must be especially powerful in a strongly musical person, a habitual concertgoer like Dr. Jorgensen, and imagery is surely recruited to complement one’s perceptions, especially if perceptual input is limited. “Every act of perception,” Edelman writes, “is to some degree an act of creation, and every act of memory is to some degree an act of imagination.” In this way the brain’s experience and knowledge are called upon, as well as its adaptability and resilience."
    Oliver Sacks, Musicophilia (via neuroexplorations)
  8. "The brain is a complex system, but that doesn’t mean it’s incomprehensible. Our neural circuits were carved by natural selection to solve problems that our ancestors faced during our species’ evolutionary history. Your brain has been molded by evolutionary pressures just as your spleen and eyes have been. And so has your consciousness. Consciousness developed because it was advantageous, but advantageous only in limited amounts."
    David Eagleman, Incognito (via neuroexplorations)
  9. biocanvas:

Human cortical neural stem cells
Cortical neurons are located in the cerebral cortex of the brain, a region responsible for memory, thought, language, and consciousness. Neural stem cells are “immature” cells committed to become neurons and helper cells of the brain. Neurons are the liaison between our brain and the world. When we eat a lemon, neurons connected to our taste buds tell the brain that it’s sour. Messages from the brain can also be sent elsewhere, as when neurons command muscles to contract while lifting a heavy object.
Image by Kimmy Lorrain, BrainCells, Inc.

    biocanvas:

    Human cortical neural stem cells

    Cortical neurons are located in the cerebral cortex of the brain, a region responsible for memory, thought, language, and consciousness. Neural stem cells are “immature” cells committed to become neurons and helper cells of the brain. Neurons are the liaison between our brain and the world. When we eat a lemon, neurons connected to our taste buds tell the brain that it’s sour. Messages from the brain can also be sent elsewhere, as when neurons command muscles to contract while lifting a heavy object.

    Image by Kimmy Lorrain, BrainCells, Inc.

About me

Hi, and welcome to my blog! This is where I collect things that I find interesting about the brain, neuroscience, pyschology and more recently, grad school.

Ok so first, a bit about my background. I did a B.Sc. (Hons) in Psychology, and now I am a first year neuroscience and neuroimaging Ph.D. student. In my PhD I look at the underlying brain mechanisms of multisensory perception, using functional imaging, psychophysics and computational modelling.

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