Dr. Michael Merzenich Wins the 2016 Kavli Prize in Neuroscience

Posit Science’s very own Dr. Michael Merzenich has been awarded the 2016 Kavli Prize in Neuroscience for his work in discovering adult brain plasticity and applying its principles to improve the human condition! The Kavli Prize––a partnership between The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, The Kavli Foundation, and The Norwegian Ministry of Education and…

Why Can’t Our Brains Figure Out Magic Tricks?

As intellectually mature adults, we know that when we see a magic trick successfully pulled off, it’s not really magic that gets us, but some sort of trick that makes us think we’re seeing something that didn’t––and couldn’t––really happen. Knowing this, though, doesn’t make a magic trick any less entertaining or amazing. So why can’t…

Why Do We Play, and What’s It Good For?

 I really enjoyed this video featuring the work of Jaak Panksepp, who studies the brain science of playing. Why do we like to play? What part of the brain is involved? Why is play important for our development, and even necessary for survival? This video digs in to the brain on play – with surprising…

Hey Lucy – You Already Use Way More Than 10% of Your Brain!

By now, you may have seen commercials or trailers for a new summer blockbuster movie Lucy, starring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman. The premise of the movie is that the title character, played by Johansson, is exposed to a substance that gives her access to ALL of her brain power. The tagline of the film…