October 2009 Blog Posts (15)

An International Research Group in Cognitive Neuroscience

Dear Sir/Madame,

Hello! I would like to bring to your kind attention to our previous correspondence regarding an International Interdisciplinary research design wherein we try to minimize the bias of zones of time, geography and culture to a minimum and evolve a general consensus on the basic principles underlying Neural Dynamics. Recently, I had gone to the European Federation of Neurological Societies (EFNS) Congress 2009 scheduled from September 12 to 15, 2009 at Florence, Italy to… Continue

Added by Amitabh Dube on October 21, 2009 at 6:34am — No Comments

Steadiness in Stroke & Classifying Spasms

Tuesday morning was one of those blocks of time where I actually had very little going on and only a couple of posters to visit. The posters I did visit brought me from my dissertation question of how the nervous system changes with age to the question of what happens with neurological disorders.

Control of constant low-level isometric force after stroke- #568.20

Dr. McNulty's study was not… Continue

Added by Mike Pascoe on October 20, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

Surface EMG Decomposition & Dynamic Clamping


At 11:30 a.m. I attended a symposium titled "Decomposition of Surface EMG Signals into Constituent Action Potentials". This symposium consisted of an introductory presentation Dr. Carlo J. De Luca covering the physiology of surface EMG and the motor unit action potentials that comprise this signal. Following that the microphone was handed over the Dr. Hamid Nawab who discussed further the technical aspects of the decomposition algorithms that analyze the surface… Continue

Added by Mike Pascoe on October 19, 2009 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Variability in Measures of Hand Movements

Greater amount of visual feedback alters muscle activity and reduces force variability during constant isometric contractions.- 354.1

My Monday morning began with a stroll down the poster aisles, stopping first at the poster of Sim Baweja. The relation between visual feedback and force variability is unknown. Some have suggested that either too much or too little feedback can have a negative impact on force control (U-shaped function). Sim had subjects match a force target on… Continue

Added by Mike Pascoe on October 19, 2009 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Tendon Tap Responses in Stroke Patients.

Heteronymous Ia afferent connections in the upper limb following stroke- 271.4

My favorite poster of the Sunday afternoon session was discovered by pure chance. I was walking through the Theme D posters when the first word of the poster title "Heteronymous" caught my eye. Although I've done some work on heteronymous reflex modulation in healthy adults, I never knew what happened to these pathways with stroke. Thanks to Gwyn Lewis, I have a better idea : )

Gwyn's… Continue

Added by Mike Pascoe on October 18, 2009 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Fatigue in Neck Muscles & Trapezius Activity During Rest

The velocity recovery function in sternocleidomastoid muscle fibers and its dependence on fatigue- 179.22

My poster presentation was during Sunday morning's session. I don't typically stray very far from my own poser during the time it is up but I was able to review the work of a few posters in my area. Immediately next to me was a poster by Dr. Deborah Falla. Dr. Falla sought to investigate how muscle fatigue would alter the velocity recovery function of sternocleidomastoid… Continue

Added by Mike Pascoe on October 18, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Becoming Batman and Backyard Brains

Saturday afternoon was the official start of the poster presentations and a reminder of how massive this conference is.

Backyard brains: You too can do neurophysiology in your garage- # 20.1

"What would you say if I told you that you could record neuronal spikes for under $100?" As soon as I heard this I knew I was in the presence of Tim Marzullo, co-founder of Backyard Brains. Last year was… Continue

Added by Mike Pascoe on October 17, 2009 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Magic, the Brain, and the Mind - Synopsis

Presidential Welcome

This Dialogue began with a welcome to the conference by the President of SfN, Tom Carew. Highlights of this years' conference made by Tom include:

- First time held in Chicago

- 29,009 attendees as of this morning

- 40,000 members of the society as of last week

- 500 of the original 1,100 charter members… Continue

Added by Mike Pascoe on October 17, 2009 at 1:48pm — No Comments

Magic, the Brain, and the Mind

Well I got to the convention center this morning to discovered why I have nothing in my itinerary planner for this morning, nothing is happening yet!

I am set up in the special lecture area waiting for the Dialogues Between Neuroscience and Society to begin at 11 am.

My favorite twitter comment on this event is "I wonder if there will be an interlude of magic by Penn and Teller"!

A report is soon to follow :… Continue

Added by Mike Pascoe on October 17, 2009 at 11:35am — No Comments

Open Journal of Neuroscience

The Advances & Alternative Thinking in Neuroscience (AATN) is a non-profitable, electronically-published (free-of-access) bulletin, published every three months (four times a year). The purpose of AATN is to serve as an objective, scientific forum for the young scientists and the university students to keep up-to-date with current basic and clinical research developments in the fields of Neuroscience, and to encourage their scientific orientation towards these fields

Enjoy… Continue

Added by Charalampos Dokos on October 17, 2009 at 6:24am — No Comments

SfN 2.0

Wow. I am amazed at the torrent of information about SfN on twitter at the moment. Not quite a "trending topic" (such as #ballonboy, happening just up the highway from Boulder), but definitely some new tweets to read after every refresh.

This made me realize that SfN has clearly entered a "2.0 stage". By this I mean that neuroscientists are now… Continue

Added by Mike Pascoe on October 16, 2009 at 1:47am — No Comments

Meet your NeuroBlogger

Hello, my name is Mike Pascoe and I am very excited to be blogging from SfN Chicago! You're probably asking yourself - who is this guy?

I am a PhD student in the Department of Integrative Physiology at the University of Colorado at Boulder. I work in the… Continue

Added by Mike Pascoe on October 14, 2009 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Best Poster Ever...

Hopefully at this point (4 days to go) you have made a good dent in the process of creating your Neuroscience poster.

For seasoned veterans, this is an easy task, completed in only a few hours. For others, merely deciding which software to use can delay typing that first word.

I've made my fare share of posters and in 2007 my lab-mates asked me to offer my suggestions on creating a great conference poster. Using the… Continue

Added by Mike Pascoe on October 12, 2009 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Blue Brain Computer Interface

Blue Brain Computer Interface

Imagine your motor cortex fully activated while you have full muscle tone but both what your cortex says you are experiencing and what you are actually experiencing are not what you body is actually doing. You were trained to do this on a brain computer interface. Highly Skilled lucid dreamers in intense sessions and brain tomography on the level of seismic tomography make this all possible. Accessing the brain thru non-invasive means is vital in Berlin where… Continue

Added by gary lynn maloney on October 9, 2009 at 5:30pm — No Comments

I've been endlessly scoring digit-symbol coding protocols (fun...), a subtest of the WAIS-IV, for the past few weeks at my new neuropsych externship so the following article seems particularly releva…

I've been endlessly scoring digit-symbol coding protocols (fun...), a subtest of the WAIS-IV, for the past few weeks at my new neuropsych externship so the following article seems particularly relevant. In a recent study by… Continue

Added by William Lu on October 6, 2009 at 12:30am — No Comments

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