Women's Brains on Steroids?! WUT!?

Oct 04 2010 Published by under Behavioral Neuro, Neuroanatomy, Neuroscience

This post was chosen as an Editor's Selection for ResearchBlogging.org

Sci got an email from one of her lovely readers recently about an article that appeared in Scientific American. I usually have a lot of respect for Scientific American, but I have to say I feel they really dropped the ball on this one. So today, I present to you: what Sci Am said, the REAL story, and WTF is up with that.

Let's take it from the top.

Women's Brains on Steroids: Birth control pills appear to remodel brain structure

wooOOOooo. That poor attractive girl with a confused look. Those big PILLS. Science is HARD, you guys. Hard and SCARY.

Are you scared yet? You should be.

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What does that MRI signal MEAN, anyway?

Jun 16 2010 Published by under Behavioral Neuro, Neuroanatomy, Neuroscience

Sci was incredibly excited to see this paper come out. It's got lots of stuff going for it, and all its powers combined were enough to send Sci bouncing around in her seat and sending emails to Ed Yong saying "OMG COOL PAPER!!".
What's it got, you say? It's got the meaning of life, the universe, and that pesky MRI signal.
ResearchBlogging.org Lee et al. "Global and local fMRI signals driven by neurons defined optogenetically by type and wiring" Nature, 2010.

Ah, the pretty brain picture. But what does it MEAN?

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