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Where Do Your Fears Lie?

This is a guest post in our #NPGsfn11 blog series and posted on behalf of Tara LeGates. It is something we have all experienced and the memories it produces are some of the strongest and longest-lasting we know. Fear is evolutionarily-conserved and significantly influences behavior in response to danger. However, chronic fear, or fear elicited by non-threatening cues, is maladaptive and the hallmark of several disorders such as anxiety, phobias, and posttramatic stress disorder. Knowledge of the circuitry underlying fear will hopefully assist in the understanding and treatment of these types of disorders. Andreas Lüthi presented some of his eloquent  … Read more

SfN Is My Nerd Disneyland

This is a guest post in our #NPGsfn11 blog series and posted on behalf of Bradley Voytek. Meet the electric brain. A pinnacle of modern science! This marvel comes complete with a “centrencephalic system”, eyes, ears, medial and lateral geniculate, corpora quadrigemina, and visual cortex. (click to enlarge) The text reads: A giant electrified model of the human brain’s control system is demonstrated by Dr. A.G. Macleod, at the meeting of the American Medical Association in New York, on June 26, 1961. The maze of twisting tubes and blinking lights traces the way the brain receives information and turns it  … Read more

The business of universities

Universities are strange two-headed beasts: they are places where much of the research we publish is conducted, but they are also educational institutes, whose job is to train students (not all of whom go on to become scientists, or necessarily contribute to the research side of the enterprise). Added to the mix now is that many universities are now effectively businesses, having to provide their own operating revenues in the face of tighter funding.  Read more

NN Joins Neuroscience Peer Review Consortium

When the community is overburdened by peer review, it’s everybody’s problem. As of today, Nature Neuroscience has become part of the solution by joining the Neuroscience Peer Review Consortium, a flexible system that allows voluntary participation by authors, referees and editors. Here are more details, from our April editorial:  … Read more

Job opening at the journal…

If anyone has happened to check the “About the Editors” section on our webpage, you may have noticed that I am in the midst of my second stint at the journal. I worked here back in 2001 in between completing a master’s degree in the UK and a PhD at MIT, and then returned this year while I looked into postdoc options. I will be leaving at the end of January to start a postdoc in Andrew Oxenham’s lab at the University of Minnesota, and so the journal is looking for someone to take my place.  Read more

Tuesday thoughts

Today was the fourth day of SFN 2006, and I find myself seriously frustrated with the setup of the meeting this year – there seems to have been little to no thought put into where to schedule the various concurrent sessions. Usually there are multiple slide sessions each morning or afternoon that are of interest. The natural thing to do is to skip back and forth between sessions to catch the most interesting talks, but here in Atlanta this is all but impossible given the distance separating even closely related sessions. The Atlanta convention center consists of three connected buildings, each of which has multiple levels connected with escalators.  Read more

Redesigning scientific publishing

The most striking news for me at the®evolution in Scientific Publishing session yesterday was that fewer than 100 people showed up, even though prominent posters advertising the discussion greeted all attendees on their way into the meeting. I guess neuroscience journal editors are going to have to figure out how to navigate the brave new world of scientific publishing without much help from readers.  Read more