We are developmental neuroscientists with the aim of spreading knowledge in a way that is fun and easily understandable for everyone. We want to break down the walls raised by complicated communication. Because science is meant for all! Willkommen Wir sind Wissenschaftler, die sich als Ziel genommen haben, Wissen auf eine witzige, einfache und verständliche... Continue Reading →

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Becoming MR Superheroes

Are you participating in a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) session? MRI is an important tool in today’s medicine and may be used for clinical and research purposes.  MRI techniques allow us to take detailed images of our body. Do you want to know more about how MRI works? Then follow our MR superheroes and their... Continue Reading →

Banksy, Dali and Engram Cells

01/28/2019 Guess of the day: „ What do Banksy’s artwork & engram cells have in common?“ #MondayMotivation (hint: past week's news is this week's art) Solution: Research published by Pignatelli, Ryan and colleagues in NeuroCellPress demonstrates how memory recall induces a transient increase in engram excitability. The cells can encode and switch between different memory functions,... Continue Reading →

The Story of Science Communication

This is the story of why we should all care and be careful about science communication. A visual summary of my latest #scicomm talk, including ivory towers, sleeping beauties and digital wildfires:   To understand science communication, we have to understand the core of science - our methods: the whole mechanistics of our striving to... Continue Reading →

My time at Flux, Berlin

Last week our neuroimaging team attended the annual Flux Society Congress in Berlin. For PhD student Réka Borbás this was one of the first international conferences and she describes her impressions and learning experiences within the following blog post. Réka Borbás (left), PhD student from Basel, Switzerland, together with Nora M. Raschle (middle) and Lynn... Continue Reading →

Neuroscience Challenges: Group Averages

Most of what we know from neuroscience studies today is based on data deriving from group averages. This can be a problem. Why? #MRI #challenges #scicomm #sciart #scitoons #cartoons #thread People are like sushi! Similar in some regards, different in others. Common group analyses are based on group averages that discount individual variability & have... Continue Reading →

Passion, Grit and Mental Health in Science

07/19/2018: Throughout the past year we have been privileged to interview a wide variety of academic experts in our special mentoring section of our blog. No matter what challenges were brought up, the fascination for science was undeniably present in all the stories. This is also true for this week’s interview with Jason Shepherd, Assistant Professor... Continue Reading →

Down the Memory Lane with Tomás Ryan

05/04/2018: This week’s interview is answered by Tomás Ryan, an Assistant Professor of Neuroscience at Trinity College Dublin (TCD), Ireland. From knowing Tomás personally, I can say that he is not only one of the most promising scientists in memory research, but also a genuine supporter of efforts in science communication, equality and early career support.... Continue Reading →

We are all born Scientists: This is Us

Do you know the band “We are Scientists”? Awesome music. It is also said that the band chose their name since they were once mistaken for scientists due to their looks. According to their own words, that included glasses, buzz-cut hair, jackass-attitude. They forgot to add the most important attribute that likely contributed to this... Continue Reading →

My Quest on becoming a Brain Detective

Our new addition to the expert's section this week: Gábor Csifcsák, a Hungarian postdoctoral research fellow working in Tromsø at the Arctic Universtiy of Norway.  His current work is focusing on a novel non-invasive paradigm with the goal of ameliorating cognitive symptoms in depression and chronic pain. In his interview he talks about challenges in... Continue Reading →

Did You Know? Learning Styles Are a Myth

The brain is very fascinating and equally as popular for propagating information. Not all of them are true. Neuromyths describe common misconceptions that may have once been based on a scientifc fact but were then misinterpreted. Neuromyths may also derive from misrepresentations based on originally scientific facts that were later deliberately distorted in order to serve... Continue Reading →

Truth Does Not Equal Virality

Solution: Our latest cartoon of the week was inspired by the 2017 publication of Qiu and colleagues, published in Nature Human Behaviour. This study questions a major challenge within the mainstream media or digital world to date: how can low quality information become widely popular or why do fake news eventually surpass the actual truth?... Continue Reading →

Did You Know…?

We have have experimented with GIFs some more and now officially have a new file format representing short science facts: Under "Did you know...?" we will be posting short educational .GIFs. Here is our first "Did you know...?" GIF!  

Studying the Developing Brain – A Swiss Postdoc in Australia

In our expert's section this week: Ines Mürner-Lavanchy, a Swiss postdoctoral research fellow currently working at the Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Ines works as a developmental neuroscientist and is conducting neuroimaging research studies with children born very prematurely. In her interview she talks about her fascination with... Continue Reading →

About Being in Science

12/18/2017: Sophie von Stumm is Associate Professor for Developmental Psychology at the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE). For our interview section, she talks about her own, not always straight-forward way into science. She highlights how trying to fit into the expected structures of science bears the risk of compromising ones’ own interests. Sophie... Continue Reading →

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