AI and Brain Link Roundup – Week 16.5

This is a ~weekly Link Roundup of the most interesting content I found in the past week. News and Resources for Artificial Intelligence, Neuroscience. Towards deep learning with segregated dendrites – Deep learning has led to significant advances in artificial intelligence, in part, by adopting strategies motivated by neurophysiology. However, it is unclear whether … Continue reading


Week 16: Link Roundup

This is a ~weekly Link Roundup of the most interesting content I found in the past week. News and Resources for Artificial Intelligence, Data Visualization, and Neuroscience & Psychology. 10 things marketers need to know about AI | CIO – ai-enabled marketing isn’t just about cute chatbots. here’s what cmos, cios and others need … Continue reading


Biased Analysis in Behavior Research

The study of apparent behavior One of the most intriguing experiments in the history of psychology is the one performed by Heider and Simmel – Heider, F, & Simmel, M. (1944):  “An experimental study of apparent behavior“. American Journal of Psychology, 57, 243–259. In brief, the authors showed some geometric shapes moving around the screen … Continue reading


Live Calcium Imaging in Freely Moving Subjects: The Dark Ages of Neuroscience?

In 2011 Mark Schnitzer’s Lab in Stanford came up with a brilliant technology: a miniaturized integrated microscope that can be implanted on a mouse head (read the paper here) to observe cell activity while the mouse is free to move around and perform behavioral tasks. This technology is now available thanks to Inscopix, Doric, and … Continue reading


Running and Pain

After more than 16 years of inactivity I’ve finally decided to do something about my health! I’ve started running (or jogging – read more about the putative differences between running and jogging). I’m following a strict schedule with the intention to -eventually- train for triathlon :-O … you know what they say: Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss you’ll … Continue reading


Colors of War: the Sky is Gone from Aleppo’s Pictures

The sky is a fundamental part of many landscape pictures. The sky, in particular a blue, open sky and its blueness are usually synonyms of happiness, freedom, oxygen, deep breath and lightness. According to Color Wheel Pro: Blue is the color of the sky and sea. It is often associated with depth and stability. It symbolizes trust, … Continue reading


Mental Model of USA Geography

As a small-town european kid not very interested in geography, this is what the US geography (biased by movies/comics) looked like in my mind: New York was sitting in the center of this circle and Los Angeles was to be found somewhere along the circumference (preferably on the west side of the circle). With time (and … Continue reading


Hubbian, SfN and the Infamous Cease & Desist

AKA: How we pissed off the most important neuroscience conference in the world The annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) is amazing: fresh content, amazing speakers, a galaxy of satellite meetings, social events and neuro-twitter VIPs social gatherings (sfn banter). However, the program is HUGE and finding the right stuff (abstracts, events, people …) is a daunting task that … Continue reading


Brain Tissue and Color-Depth

The Amygdala The neurons of the central nucleus of the Amygdala fire whenever we experience fear.   The Hippocampus The neurons of the CA1 field of the hippocampus help us find our way (e.g. spatial navigation… but they do much more than this!) Do neurons come in different colours? Neurons are not colourful. they appear grey/white-ish under a regular … Continue reading