Neuroscience

Defining neural ‘representation’

Neuroscientists frequently say that neural activity ‘represents’ certain phenomena, PIK Professor Konrad Kording and postdoc Ben Baker led a study that took a philosophical approach to tease out what the term means.

Marilyn Perkins

Exploring what it means to be curious

In a new book “Curious Minds: The Power of Connection,” Penn’s Dani S. Bassett and twin sibling Perry Zurn weave together history, linguistics, network science, neuroscience, and philosophy to unpack the concept of curiosity.

Katherine Unger Baillie



In the News


Smithsonian Magazine

Second death tied to experimental Alzheimer’s treatment

Jason Karlawish of the Perelman School of Medicine notes the benefits and risks of experimental Alzheimer’s drug lecanemab.

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The New York Times

Elon Musk hopes to test a brain implant in humans next year

Daniel Yoshor of the Perelman School of Medicine says that Elon Musk’s Neuralink implant has impressive hardware but does not represent a dramatic advance in restoring or enhancing brain function.

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The New York Times

Alzheimer’s drug may benefit some patients, new data shows

Jason Karlawish of the Perelman School of Medicine says that the new data on experimental Alzheimer’s drug lecanemab show reason for both optimism and caution.

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The Washington Post

What it’s like to live with brain fog

Dennis Kolson of the Perelman School of Medicine says that long-COVID patients uniformly appreciate the chance to talk with a physician who understands their symptoms.

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The Scientist

The smell of food affects metabolism in fasting mice

Minhong Ma of the Perelman School of Medicine says that a Japanese study on food odors offers new insights into metabolic adaptation.

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Business Insider

Two women stopped binge eating after an implant started zapping their brains with electricity, a small study found

A study by Casey Halpern of the Perelman School of Medicine and colleagues found that electric shocks to the brain took away the cravings of two patients with binge eating disorder.

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