Me: John Kubie.
I’m a Neuroscientist working at Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY (depts of Cell Biology and Physiology/Pharmacology).
My areas of concentration are Hippocampus, Navigation, Learning and Memory. Earlier work was on the olfactory systems in salamanders and snakes.
In the past few years I’ve been reading and writing more broadly on Consciousness, Morality, Decision Making and a few other brain/behavior topics. (Its been tough to tie these into the hippocampus, but I’m working at it.)
I try to keep up on popular press coverage of Neuroscience. I have great respect for a few science journalists, but mostly I’m concerned about press coverage and popular books in Neuroscience. I’ll likely use this space to write brief reviews and reactions.
The photo above is a photoshopped picture of a human brain dissection. In teaching med students for about 25 years I’ve cut and dissected many brains. The picture is a lateral view of a dissection down to white matter, anterior to the left. The corona radiata is the arc of white matter connecting superior cortex to deeper structures. The corona is continuous with the internal capsule, which is the shadowed cavitation below. There is no real break between these strucures. Collectively, the corona radiata/internal capule system connects neocortex to deeper brain structures.