Online learning

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In addition to trying to learn how the MEG works and how the brain works and how to put the two together, I’m beefing up my data analysis skills with a few MOOCs from Coursera. MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course, and they are all the rage recently. And not for nothing, as they will if not revolutionise university learning, at least help to¬†flip the lecture halls, level the playing field of higher education and help out thousands of PhD students around the world. We were just discussing this with a colleague, how many hours we could have saved as first your PhD students if we had these online courses back then! Filling in all the gaps in stats, basic psychology or whatever it is that you now realise you need but never learned as an undergrad is so easy with these open online courses. Continue reading

Learning the brain

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OK folk(s), Synchronised Minds turns a new page, along with me starting a new job. I’ll update the info to the about section etc. as soon as possible, but the news is that I’m now working at the Brain Research Unit of the O.V. Lounasmaa Laboratory in the Aalto University. I’m still working on the synchronised minds, although now moving into looking at synchronised brains as well as synchronised bodies, as an evidence of that mindsync. ūüôā

I’m working on a project called Brain2Brain, which is an ERC-funded attempt to develop two-person neuroscience (2PN); that is, methods and approaches to study dyads, interacting people, instead of isolated individuals. This is unbelievable exciting and to me a dream job. Although of course it is challenging, as I have not done neuroscientific studies before. I’ve been a participant in many of them, have read many of the papers and even taught my students about the findings, but of course planning and executing a brain study is a different thing. Luckily there is a lot of experienced people around me, so I don’t have to do these alone.

But, I have to learn a lot about the brain and how to study it. I think with the proliferation of neuroscience to all human sciences and also the growing public interest on the topic, it might be of more general interest to figure out how one can learn about the brain. Here are some resources that I’ve found useful in my attempt to gain a better understanding of how the brain works and how it can be studied. Continue reading