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Jason Zevin is a cognitive neuroscientist who has always been interested in neuroplasticity and language. His work has explored sensitive periods — how it gets harder to learn a new language as you get older — and how the neural basis of reading is shaped by the demands of different writing systems.
We can't go around knocking out genes to see what effects they have in people, or raising children in caves to find out at what age they irreversibly lose the ability to learn language, but cognitive neuroscience uses non-invasive imaging techniques that show us patterns of brain activityrelated to particular behaviors or states. That seemed pretty awesome, and I wanted in...... Read more »
Constantine-Paton, M., & Law, M. (1978) Eye-specific termination bands in tecta of three-eyed frogs. Science, 202(4368), 639-641. DOI: 10.1126/science.309179
Perhaps the most serious problem with the “nice lady on the subway” as implied audience for scientific communication is that it contributes to an environment in which over-interpretation of results is essentially standard. By accepting the assumption that the concepts we’re working with should be familiar and accessible to everyone, we invite the misapprehension that our results can speak directly to the kinds of questions ordinary people have about how their minds work. We can do better t........ Read more »
Aviezer, H., Trope, Y., & Todorov, A. (2012) Body Cues, Not Facial Expressions, Discriminate Between Intense Positive and Negative Emotions. Science, 338(6111), 1225-1229. DOI: 10.1126/science.1224313
Ontologies of cognitive tasks are anthropological facts about cognitive neuroscientists, and the conditions under which we observe the brain. ... Read more »
Laird AR, Fox PM, Eickhoff SB, Turner JA, Ray KL, McKay DR, Glahn DC, Beckmann CF, Smith SM, & Fox PT. (2011) Behavioral interpretations of intrinsic connectivity networks. Journal of cognitive neuroscience, 23(12), 4022-37. PMID: 21671731
Yarkoni, T., Poldrack, R., Nichols, T., Van Essen, D., & Wager, T. (2011) Large-scale automated synthesis of human functional neuroimaging data. Nature Methods, 8(8), 665-670. DOI: 10.1038/nmeth.1635
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