How Musicians & the Temporal Lobe Have Eerily Intertwined in Melodic then Uncinate Fits

It would appear that evolutionarily, music became something we did spontaneously. Our ancestors, with very limited language, appreciated music. One of the differences between the developed brains of Homo sapiens and those of the great apes is the increase in area allocated to processing auditory information… the temporal lobe. This basic function may be a…

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Is Bigger Always Better?

The size of one’s brain, or certain brain areas, has been extensively studied and implicated in relation to intelligence. It’s presumptuous, but bigger is always better… right? Wet brain weight at autopsy, as well as three-dimensional imaging studies, have suggested that larger brain size may correlate with excelling in academics and life achievements, even after…

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Why Do Some Discourage Spine Surgery?

“To see others suffer does one good” – Friedrich Nietzsche Schadenfreude, the enjoyment of another’s misfortune, first appeared in English writing in 1853. Other languages have similar phrases. The Japanese have the proverb, meshiuma- “The misfortunes of others taste like honey.” The French have, “joie maligne”. The Danish talk of, “skadefryd”. The Hebrew saying is,…

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Artificial Intelligence in Neurosurgery

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a broad term that describes any task performed by a computer than normally requires human intelligence. Machine learning is a type of AI in which computers learn from existing data, without explicit programming, to predict new data points. Deep learning is a subfield of this, which deals with especially messy data…

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