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 … Continue reading


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 / … Continue reading


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 … Continue reading


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 … Continue reading


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 … Continue reading


Choice plot

If you have an agent (or multiple agents) that can choose between two mutually exclusive states (1 and 2), then its preference for either state can be plotted with achoice plot. I just made up the name… If the agent has equal probability -at any given time- to be in state 1 or 2, you … Continue reading


Star wreck

Are you a Star Wars fan? or a Star trek fan? Test your Reaction Times as you go through some iconic images of these two pillars of sci-fi! At the end your score tells you how your performance compares to the performance of a Jedi and Dr Spock… This a quick -silly- experiment made with AngularJS. … Continue reading