I love following hashtags for events I can’t attend. So when I was asked to be the 'official' tweep at an upcoming workshop (Science, Misinformation & Alternative Facts at Macquarie University) I was in. I wanted to make sure that people not in the room would be able to benefit from the great content being … Continue reading Officially Tweepy: 10 tips for workshop tweeting
Ever been reading a paper and thought - gee I wish I could just click a button to experience what that's like? It's not always easy to imagine from the nitty gritty details of a methods section, just what it would be like to experience. Particularly just what strategies you might engage to be able to … Continue reading I’ve got rhythm …. don’t I?
Have you ever had an opportunity come up, where you thought “hmm, that would be great, but I could never do that”? An opportunity that makes you feel both delight and dread; passion and panic? That’s how I felt when I first saw this. https://twitter.com/SoapboxScience/status/686594133260120064 Who were these confident women and how could I possibly … Continue reading Opportunity in overalls (or a labcoat)
So now that I have Wonderwall playing in your head, think about the effortless way in which you just brought that song to mind from memory. How accurately do you think you were imaging the tempo? Kelly Jakubowski and colleagues from Music Mind & Brain at Goldsmiths University London have used familiar pop songs like this … Continue reading Musical Imagery can save lives
Our brains are amazing predicting machines. In fact, even if you were relaxing watching your favourite DVD on mute and not even paying attention to tones that are playing in the background, your brain is continually predicting what it will hear next. In what’s referred to as an Oddball paradigm, you can present a series … Continue reading Out of time or out of tune: your brain knows faster than you do
Your brain is a little like a radio station. Whilst we can’t tune into precise your thoughts, or the specific songs in your head, one recent finding from Takako Fujioka and colleagues is taking us one step closer with a greater understanding of how the brain is keeping the beat in music. Magnetoencephalography is one … Continue reading Discovering the Difference of the Downbeat
So I have this problem. I started a blog to write about science, but at this point, I haven’t actually written much about science. For starters there is so much to read and write about that I’m not sure where to start, and secondly, I wonder who am I really aiming this blog at? Obviously … Continue reading The #3MinutePaper Challenge