Humans Computers And Everything in Between: Towards Synthetic Telepathy

by Linda Xu When you imagine telepathy, your mind probably jumps immediately to science fiction: the Vulcans of Star Trek, Legilimency in Harry Potter, or the huge variety of superheroes and super-villains who possess powers of telekinesis or mind control. Twenty years ago, these concepts would have been mere fictional speculation, but today, in neuroscience … Continue reading Humans Computers And Everything in Between: Towards Synthetic Telepathy

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A Commentary on Medical Education

by Lauren Claus The practice of medicine is filled with intimate and delicate moments; physicians are entrusted with tasks such as delivering a painful diagnosis, encouraging a patient to embark on a weight loss program, or calming the anxieties of new parents-to-be. These situations all require strong interpersonal skills, a comforting demeanor, and a deep … Continue reading A Commentary on Medical Education

Overstepping your Passion? The Science of Obsession

by Carrie Sha The famous late nineteenth-century writer Franz Kafka once counseled, “Follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.” Although his advice seems to be a simple call for following our passions, it can easily lead us astray. After all, Shakespeare’s Hamlet was haunted by “what dreams may come after we have shuffled off this mortal … Continue reading Overstepping your Passion? The Science of Obsession

Psychoactive Fungi: The World Before and After Psilocybin

by Tristan Wang In 1960, on a summer day in Cuernavaca, Mexico, Harvard psychology professor Timothy Leary and several friends ingested a bowlful of psilocybin mushrooms, an experience that Leary later described as “the deepest religious experience of my life.” Upon returning to Harvard, Leary and his associate, Richard Alpert, immediately formed the “Harvard Psilocybin … Continue reading Psychoactive Fungi: The World Before and After Psilocybin

Politics of HIV/AIDS and the Singing Brain

by Quang Nguyen Globally, over 35 million people were living with HIV in 2012 (1). In addition to severe physical and immunological deterioration associated with the progression of the illness, HIV/AIDS also creates a significant neuropsychological burden on those infected and their social networks. This additional suffering contributes to the decreases in medical adherence, increases … Continue reading Politics of HIV/AIDS and the Singing Brain