Tag Archives: neuroscience


“Brain scans revealed that people with no symptoms of Alzheimer’s who engaged in cognitively stimulating activities throughout their lives had fewer deposits of beta-amyloid, a destructive protein that is the hallmark of the disease.

While previous research has suggested that engaging in mentally stimulating activities – such as reading, writing and playing games – may help stave off Alzheimer’s later in life, this new study identifies the biological target at play. This discovery could guide future research into effective prevention strategies.”

–Sarah Yang. “Lifelong Brain-stimulating Habits Linked to Lower Alzheimer’s Protein Levels.” UC Berkeley NewsCenter. January 23, 2012. Web.

Zombies on the UCB Brain

One of my students in Introduction to Public Speaking is going to give a speech on zombies, and another student sent me the following link about a UCB scientist giving a talk on the neuroscience of the zombie brain. Zombies: one of the many reasons that I love UC Berkeley!

Nerd Nite SF: “Scanning the Zombie Brain” by Dr. Bradley Voytek, 1/19/11 from nerdniteSF on Vimeo.