Suzana Herculano-Houzel

Pleasure to learn

My daughter asked to change her ballet classes for tap dancing – so I decided to pay the price and take a class with her and her age mates. From the very first lessons, we learned how to transform the disorganized clop-clop of the metal plates under the shoes into the rhythmic sounds of the […]

Adolescence is a brain thing

Pick a book about the brain at random and you’ll probably read that most of the brain’s transformations take place during the first three years of life – or, with good grace, the first ten. After that… chaos: with the brain supposedly ready, adolescence would be that phase of life where everything would be fine […]

Neuroscientist on the dance floor!

This business of being a columnist is great for many reasons, but I like one in particular: having to write articles every two weeks is the perfect excuse to embark on research that runs parallel to the usual neuroscience subjects in the lab. And so I found myself taking lessons in… ballroom dancing. Neuroscientifically, of […]

Do you only use 10% of your brain?

I already knew the phrase, but I decided to ask. In a survey called “Do You Know Your Brain?”, I consulted just over two thousand lay people on various subjects. Among other things, did they agree that “we normally only use 10% of our brain”? Half of them did. I then repeated the question to […]

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