Posts Tagged ‘anatomy’

De humani corporis fabrica

March 26, 2019

De humani corporis fabrica

in 1543, long before Gray’s Anatomy, Our Bodies Ourselves, or Dr. Oz, Andreas Vesalius had a best-selling medical book, De humani corporis fabrica (“Fabric of the Human Body”). While Amazon has the facsimile, Atlas Obscura visited the New York Academy of Medicine to look at an original edition:


Male & Female Brains Are Different

June 28, 2017
Male & Female Brains Are Different

              Above: The male brain.

Research at the University of Edinburgh indicates that that the brains of men and women are shaped differently. While men’s brains are bigger overall, brains of women tend to have thicker cortices, which are associated with intelligence. We’re going to ask some women to look into that for us and tell us what it all means.


“Women have bigger brain regions associated with intelligence,” Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz


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Tea Party Brain

January 8, 2011

Tea Party Brain

A scientific study at Britain’s University College London finds that conservative brains have a larger “fear center” and smaller center of courage and optimism. No wonder the Tea Party hates science and foreigners.

Brain scans found that political conservatives tend to have a larger amygdala,  often called  the “primitive brain,”  the structure responsible for emotions like fear. Conservatives also seem to have a smaller anterior cingulate,  the part of the brain responsible for courage and optimism.

If this news makes you want to check your own amygdala, you can’t miss it. It’s that almond-shaped mass in the temporal lobes adjacent to the hippocampus.


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