Brain Basics in Text Symbol Pictures

So I looked at fear last week and I will examine memory and trauma next. Before that, it will be useful to review how the brain works in a nutshell. The basics aren’t difficult. Here’s a little Brain 101 with a twist: neurons and synapses represented in text symbol pictures. The brain is a network … Continue reading Brain Basics in Text Symbol Pictures

This is Your Brain on Fear

For something so awkward and squishy-looking, the brain is a deliciously complex and efficient thing that commands and controls everything about us. In the spirit of Halloween, I look today at what the brain does when we are afraid (with the help of Ellen Degeneres and her team). When you experience something scary (or stressful), … Continue reading This is Your Brain on Fear

Where the 7 Billion Are and How Pictures of Nighttime Lights Can Be Useful

There are seven billion people in the world. Where is everybody, really? Discovering Maps The Population Reference Bureau (PRB) has a great interactive population density map that incorporates information on standards of living, such as life expectancy and income. This PRB map aggregates populations at the country level using data from official census results and multilateral institutions. … Continue reading Where the 7 Billion Are and How Pictures of Nighttime Lights Can Be Useful