Beyond the horrific 3d bar plot

A fundamental skill that every scientist must possess is the ability to thrash other people’s work (AKA peer review). So today I’ll be thrashing a plot I found in the annual report of the University of Toronto’s Collaborative Program In Neuroscience (CPIN). CPIN plots the distribution of students across the afferent institutes using the dreadful 3D bar more …


Life is too short

Indeed, life is too short! I don’t have the time to curate my “made-from-scratch” blog so… back to WordPress! – – updating the content right now… Both the blog and the portfolio will be merged in this website. I will miss the level of control and the seamless dance between Python / Javascript / HTML / CSS / more …


Tweet analytics

Tweet analytics of the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience – 2011


Snow walking

Made with inkscape.


Automatic reporting

Automatic reporting for web-app usage ( – the smart abstract discovery tool) – Click image to enlarge – Made with R


Dashboard-Behavioral data

Data visualization of individual learning performance and group performance distribution – data visualization made with R – The R Project for Statistical Computing


The memory trace, the engram, and the big confusion

I firmly believe that many untold assumptions about how the brain works bias the questions we address in memory research. To me, understanding how the brain forms persistent memories is one of the most fascinating goals of neuroscience research. Two (or one?) key concepts in memory research I’ve recently come across many papers using two more …


Leap of faith in memory research

We live in a chaotic world where life-saving information rapidly dissipates together with our chances of surviving in such a harsh environment. Nonetheless, the nervous system features an astonishing degree of behavioral and neural plasticity allowing us [i] to rapidly respond to the changes in the environment and [ii] to transform labile events into persistent more …


What’s in your biscuit?

Maria is the second-most-awesome biscuit in the world. It’s simple and tasty. I do believe that my food should taste of … well food (not sugar, salt, bbq sauce or stuff like that). Food is all about experiencing the food and its ingredients. We should be able to appreciate the exquisitely unique taste that results more …