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Grigori Guitchounts

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    Neuroscience’s Existential Crisis

    We’re mapping the brain in amazing detail—but our brain can’t understand the picture.

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    Are We Wired to Be Outside?

    A neuroscientist searches for the roots of feeling innately connected to nature.

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    An Existential Crisis in Neuroscience

    We’re mapping the brain in amazing detail—but our brain can’t understand the picture.

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    An Existential Crisis in Neuroscience

    We’re mapping the brain in amazing detail—but our brain can’t understand the picture.

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    Are Animal Experiments Justified?

    A neuroscientist confronts his anguish over experimenting on animals.

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    A Brainless Breakthrough in Neuroscience

    Researchers recorded the activity of every neuron in a hydroid and correlated it with its behavior—a major conceptual and experimental breakthrough that might allow scientists to better understand how interactions among neurons control behavior.Photograph by Corvana / Wikicommons Rafael Yuste thinks neuroscientists have been looking at the brain too close. “It’s just like a TV […]

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    Why Neuroscientists Need to Study the Crow

    The neocortex is argued to be the seat of cognition, but crows don't have one.

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    Why Neuroscientists Need to Study the Crow

    The animals of neuroscience research are an eclectic bunch, and for good reason. Different model organisms—like zebra fish larvae, C. elegans worms, fruit flies, and mice—give researchers the opportunity to answer specific questions. The first two, for example, have transparent bodies, which let scientists easily peer into their brains; the last two have eminently tweakable […]