Archive for May, 2008

Phoenix Lander Descent Photo

It might not seem immediately obvious, but the above picture is off-the-scale awesome. The two white blobs in the photo represent the Phoenix Mars lander and its parachute as it was descending into the martian atmosphere. But, wait, where did the photo come from? Well, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter just happened to be passing by […]

May 27, 2008 • Posted in: Miscellany • No Comments

Brain Art: AAL Patchwork

This is a rendering done in Slicer of the numerous brain regions defined in the Automated Anatomical Labeling (AAL) digital brain atlas. The AAL atlas was constructed through the identification of major and minor sulci on a T1 MRI with subsequent labeling based on anatomical location. It doesn’t have any relationship to cortical cytoarchitecture, but […]

May 27, 2008 • Posted in: CogNeuro, MRI • 3 Comments

Quote of the Week – Bohr

“The very fact that knowledge is itself the basis for civilization points directly to openness as the way to overcome the present crisis.” – To the United Nations, by Niels Bohr, 1950

May 24, 2008 • Posted in: Quotes • No Comments

The minds of robots

The Sage Center sponsored a talk this afternoon by Daniela Rus entitled “Do Robots Have a Mind?”. Dr. Rus is a Professor at MIT in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) department. She is also a Co-Director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory Center for Robotics (CSAIL). Her talk focused mostly on […]

May 23, 2008 • Posted in: CogNeuro, Psychology • No Comments

Dissertation: Thesis Online

Most of my dissertation experiments will hopefully have a future in peer-reviewed neuroscience journals. The bad news is that it will take a few years to rewrite each experiment and get it out the door. If you are curious about internal state information processing or want to know more about interoceptive development I thought I […]

Determinants of Free Decisions

I recently went over “Unconscious determinants of free decisions in the human brain” for a presentation during our weekly lab meeting. The article’s first author is Chun Siong Soon, who is an old friend from time he spent at Dartmouth several years ago. I also saw the senior author, John-Dylan Haynes, present the research at […]

May 11, 2008 • Posted in: CogNeuro, MRI, Psychology • No Comments

Quote of the Week – Planck

“An experiment is a question which science poses to Nature, and a measurement is the recording of Nature’s answer.” – Max Planck

May 1, 2008 • Posted in: Quotes • No Comments