neuroscience

ICYMI: December 8 – December 14 on the Skepchick Network

ICYMI: December 8 – December 14 on the Skepchick Network

Teen Skepchick The Physics Philes, lesson 77: Return of Hooke’s Law Mindy continues her lessons in periodic motion. Mad Art Lab Lab Track: Make a Circuit with Me Ashley highlights a song from the 1970s that makes extensive use of electrical engineering imagery. A Brief Overview of Last Night’s Twitter Fiasco and Why Blocking is Important Elizabeth explains why changes to Twitter’... »

Brain Gender

Essentialist Neuroscience

Despite the best efforts of a few awesome scholars, essentialism is alive and well in the neurosciences. An article posted on Salon on August 5 describes the results of a study in Behavioral Brain Research wherein the authors reviewed research done on sex/gender (they conflate the two) differences in a decision-making experiment known as the Iowa Gambling Task (IGT). The review notes how research ... »

Video: Evo Psych panel at SkepchickCon 2013

Video: Evo Psych panel at SkepchickCon 2013

We are working away at video editing and transcription of the panels, workshops, and demos that were part of SkepchickCon, the science and skepticism track of CONvergence, held over this past July 4th weekend. I’ll post them as we finish them. The Evolutionary Psychology panel has apparently already been generating some discussion, based not on the content of the panel itself but on PZ’... »

ICYMI: March 24 – March 30 on the Skepchick Network

ICYMI: March 24 – March 30 on the Skepchick Network

Put down that morning paper. There’s nothing you need to know in there. (Other than people from Cyprus are called Cypriots. Who knew?) Just snuggle down and catch up on what you missed last week on the Skepchick Network. Teen Skepchick A Whole-Brain Activity Map, and the Obama Administration The Obama Administration announced a plan to fund a huge effort to map the human brain. But it won... »

Why Gender Differences Don’t Matter (and Other Myths)

Why Gender Differences Don’t Matter (and Other Myths)

Cross-posted at Queereka. A few days ago, Harriet Hall wrote a post on Science-Based Medicine titled “Gender Differences and Why They Don’t Matter So Much.” The article left a bad taste in my mouth for a number of reasons. Aside from what I feel is a gross misrepresentation of various criticisms of Michael Shermer (which I will leave to Ophelia and PZ to deal with as they see fit), the bulk of my ... »

Skepchick Quickies 7.18

Skepchick Quickies 7.18

On this date in 1955, Disneyland opened officially to the public. That’s not too interesting. However, the previous day was the special opening day for invited guestsonly, but it was a fantastic disaster. Thousands of people showed up with counterfeit tickets, ladies’ high heels sunk into the freshly-laid asphalt, and the water fountains were dry due to the plumbers’ strike. The ... »