Entries by John Pinel

Seizure Types

  Several different seizure types were described in Chapter 10 of .  The purpose of this blog post is to provide you with one or more video examples of each seizure type. Partial Seizures Let’s begin with partial seizures.  If you recall, partial seizures are seizures that do not involve the entire brain.  There are […]

Examples of Amazing Savants

  Remarkably, individuals with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) are more likely to be savants: intellectually handicapped individuals who display amazing and specific cognitive or artistic abilities (e.g., feats of memory, naming the day of the week for any future or past date, identifying prime numbers, drawing, and playing musical instruments).  Roughly 10% of individuals with ASD display some savant abilities–these cases account […]

The David Reimer Story

  In Chapter 13, you learned of the Case of the Twin Who Lost His Penis. The real name of the twin in that case study is David Reimer.  The following video, from the BBC series Horizons, is an excellent documentary of the life and experiences of David and his family.   <coming soon> <coming […]

Animal Research

  Ethical issues are never straightforward. Is the stress on nonhuman animals caused by being research subjects outweighed by the potential benefits of the research? Web sites addressing this question often fall into one of two categories: those that argue that the ethics of research on nonhuman animals is a complex issue that needs careful […]

Change Blindness

  Chapter 7 of introduced you to the change blindness phenomenon.  However, to really appreciate the phenomenon, you need video–something that is easy in a blog post but not so easy in a printed textbook. As you learned, in demonstrations of change blindness, participants are asked to identify the differences between two alternating images–the images […]

Characterizing Visual System Receptive Fields

  In Chapter 6 of , you read about the results of scientific work that sought to characterize the receptive fields of visual system neurons.  This blog post provides a more detailed explanation of how vision neuroscientists characterize the receptive fields of neurons. An obvious place to start any discussion of receptive field mapping methods […]