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Chris Robinson

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Assistant Professor, Psychology

Occupation: Assistant Professor (The Ohio State University)

Location: Heath, OH

Birthday: 08/18

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Joanne Manaster118,819Join Jeff and Joanne on Read Science! as we speak with one of the authors of Evolving Ourselves about the future of our biological selves, Dr. Steve Gullans. Our hangout will be May 14th, noon EDT.  Learn more about the book: http://www.evolving-ourselves.com/#about About our guest: Steve Gullans, PhD, is a venture capitalist, scientist and entrepreneur.  He co-founded Excel Venture Management to work with entrepreneurs developing technologies for medicine, energy, agriculture, and social networking.  For 18 years, Dr. Gullans was a professor at Harvard Medical School applying cutting-edge technologies to understanding diseases such as cancer, ALS, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s. His discoveries led to the founding of several biotech companies.  He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has published more than 130 scientific papers in journals such as Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and The New England Journal of Medicine.Science Books2015-05-14 18:00:0010  
Jason West Jones9,702*Album Release Party:  JWJ Songs From The Milk Jam LP* The Album is being released Monday the 15th! : ) *Every Friday @ 8pm West Coast Time* *Remember folks, this Hang Out On Air is open to everyone. You are all welcome to come and go as you please. There is no set format. I am working hard so anyone can come in, and have fun. Maybe say what is on their mind ect. This is a whole new concept for the HOA* Thanks to everyone who is checking this out, and or is coming on. Though this is pretty much a newer HOA. The concept behind it has been around for a long time. A no stress, very free flowing appreciation of people who love to play music in any form or style. And if you are new to Hang Outs On Air? You could not ask for a better group with more patience If anyone is wondering what this is? This is an HOA jam for musicians. There is no set format. This is  a blank  canvas. No one is running the show, not even me. The only rule is respect for the creative process. JWJ is Part of " PANGAEA'S PEOPLE (Global Arts Network) TM. 2014 " http://www.reverbnation.com/page_object/page_object_bio/534632 http://www.reverbnation.com/label/label_releases/19996 Disclaimer.  http://www.reverbnation.com/c/fr5/label_19996?eid=L19996_13551398_  http://tinyurl.com/nk5mqwo        My free music on Google Play http://reverbnation.com/drivenmadness      My free music on Reverbnation My youtube channel     http://youtube.com/drivenmadnessband I like to jam on Fridays. That is what I am doing, and I have over 170 non profit songs that I have written to choose from.  You can ask questions or make request if you know my music. More over, chances are I will be very spontaneous blah blah blah. Have a great blah...  *I do welcome other musicians!! You need to have decent audio gear though, or at least something you would want to use, if you wanted to go back and listen to yourself. Thanks* - JWJ     #TheMilkJam The Milk Jam *Show 25* HOA2014-12-13 05:00:0026  
Jeffrey Hellman25,486We'll be rockin out again this week. I hope you will join us.One More Saturday Night 11-8-142014-11-09 04:00:0018  
Jeffrey Hellman25,486One More Saturday Night is a show dedicated to fans of live music. The show has been given permission, by Ice Nine Publishing, for anyone to perform songs from their catalog. We really appreciate this. The show is also a place for folks to come and talk about their experiences on the road, and at concerts by the Grateful Dead. So many of us have had our lives and consciousness  changed and improved because we were there. So many of us discovered we were part of a family we didn't know existed until we met our brothers and sisters on the road when we needed them most. So, One More Saturday Night is a show that celebrates the stories, music and values given to us with the music, from the Grateful Dead. We welcome all musicians and songwriters. Performers on the show may play any original material they hold the rights to as well as any song from the Ice Nine catalog. All stories are welcome too.One More Saturday Night 10-25-142014-10-26 03:00:489  
Jason West Jones9,702*Every Friday @ 8pm West Coast Time* *Remember folks, this Hang Out On Air is open to everyone. You are all welcome to come and go as you please. There is no set format. I am working hard so anyone can come in, and have fun. Maybe say what is on their mind ect. This is a whole new concept for the HOA* Thanks to everyone who is checking this out, and or is coming on. Though this is pretty much a newer HOA. The concept behind it has been around for a long time. A no stress, very free flowing appreciation of people who love to play music in any form or style. And if you are new to Hang Outs On Air? You could not ask for a better group with more patience* If anyone is wondering what this is? This is an HOA jam for musicians. There is no set format. This is  a blank  canvas. No one is running the show, not even me. The only rule is respect for the creative process. JWJ is Part of " PANGAEA'S PEOPLE (Global Arts Network) TM. 2014 " http://www.reverbnation.com/page_object/page_object_bio/534632 http://www.reverbnation.com/label/label_releases/19996 Disclaimer.  http://www.reverbnation.com/c/fr5/label_19996?eid=L19996_13551398_  http://tinyurl.com/nk5mqwo        My free music on Google Play http://reverbnation.com/drivenmadness      My free music on Reverbnation My youtube channel     http://youtube.com/drivenmadnessband I like to jam on Fridays. That is what I am doing, and I have over 170 non profit songs that I have written to choose from.  You can ask questions or make request if you know my music. More over, chances are I will be very spontaneous blah blah blah. Have a great blah...  *I do welcome other musicians!! You need to have decent audio gear though, or at least something you would want to use, if you wanted to go back and listen to yourself. Thanks - JWJ*     #TheMilkJamThe Milk Jam *Show 18* HOA2014-10-25 05:00:0024  
Jeffrey Hellman25,486Now with Line 6 500x HD...Studio reboot redux2014-09-03 04:25:1016  
Jeffrey Hellman25,486I messed up the Q&A app last week, very sorry. We'll use it again this week, only this time I'll have it open in the hangout so we can see your requests and messages from outside the hangout. While we won't necessarly choose our songs from the following show setlist, I wanted to point out that this show will be available in early September and it is truly special: http://www.dead.net/store/1990s/wake-find-out-nassau-coliseum-32990-3-cd?intcmp=home/bigbanner2 This week the shows happens on the anniversary of Jerry's passing. Its always been a difficult day, but we'll try and Sing Your Blues Away and find some solace in the music he left us with. One More Saturday Night 8-9-142014-08-10 04:00:0024  
Android Headlines325,741The Nexus program is rising from the grave.The Android Headlines Show Episode 702014-08-01 03:30:0045  
My Music Hangout34,281*The Aston Family Music Hangout* Calling all music fans! Please join @106050675641651299878 on Sunday, June 29th at 1pm EST for an intimate hangout with *The Aston Family*! @115426241049772555652 and her son @114871590987938514928 will be playing some of their music for us and we will have discussion in between songs. Sue's son Lee might also make an appearance. This show will be produced by @109267076309480704067.  We have given away special backstage passes in advance for this special event to: @114960466077967141907 @109057163018759143790 and @101696764219780312734 Links: http://www.sueaston.com http://www.danaston.com Set List: Nancy's Garden Flight Pale Jacket Homecoming  Way Home Alsia Lee on classical guitar (cover song Cavatina) Dance of the Red Glove *Support Our Efforts By Becoming Our Patron!* http://www.patreon.com/MyMusicHangout Presented By: @106050675641651299878    Executive Producer: @117778937939543425499   Subscribe to My Music Hangout on YouTube:  https://youtube.com/user/MyMusicHangout My Music Hangout Website: http://www.MyMusicHangout.com #MyMusicHangout    #music   #indiemusic   #SueAston   #DanAston   #hangoutsonair  The Aston Family Music Hangout2014-06-29 19:00:00237  
Joanne Manaster118,819Join @104733415626297507218  and +Joanne Manaster for this episode of @115923395996980624785 where their guest @109710318485682657052 tells us all about teaching the general public a bit of physics here and there. Oh, and all dogs are welcome!   Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 12:30pm EDT, 11:30 CDT --About one hour longRead Science! "My Dog Knows Physics" Episode2014-06-19 19:30:0035  
Jason West Jones9,702I am your humble host, Jason. This month we are featuring an artist I am very proud to have on  LIVE ALBUMS ON G+ HOA.  "Jonathan Blackshire" host of "The Song Show" here on G+, and also a very talented artist, will be with us to record his first LIVE LP. This will be our 2nd program, and we ask that you stop in & check it out.   Special Thanks to Shawn White for the Album Cover.LIVE ALBUMS ON G+ HOA *Jonathan Blackshire*2014-05-13 02:30:0033  
Jeffrey Hellman25,486One More Saturday Night is a show dedicated to fans of live music. The show has been given permission, by Ice Nine Publishing, for anyone to perform songs from their catalog. We really appreciate this. The show is also a place for folks to come and talk about their experiences on the road, and at concerts by the Grateful Dead. So many of us have had our lives and consciousness  changed and improved because we were there. So many of us discovered we were part of a family we didn't know existed until we met our brothers and sisters on the road when we needed them most. So, One More Saturday Night is a show that celebrates the stories, music and values given to us with the music, from the Grateful Dead. We welcome all musicians and songwriters. Performers on the show may play any original material they hold the rights to as well as any song from the Ice Nine catalog. All stories are welcome too. If you are not familiar with Google Hangouts or how to use them, I can show you how it is done. All you need is a laptop or computer with a webcam and a decent internet connection. The rest is easy. I can be contacted by leaving a comment on the youtube page where this video is being viewed or at icloudrules@gmail.com I hope you will join us this time on, One More Saturday Night.One More Saturday Night 4-19-142014-04-20 04:00:0032  
Chris Robinson56,131Pancake breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee. Your entry donation will raise money for cancer research. Pancakes for Pelotonia: http://goo.gl/LQ6AxW _Pelotonia is a grassroots bike tour with one goal: to end cancer. In its first two years, Pelotonia has raised more than $12.3 million for innovative and life saving cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute and Pelotonia proudly directs 100% of every dollar raised to research. Driven by the passion of its riders and volunteers, their families and friends, Pelotonia's annual cycling experience will be a place of hope, energy and determination. It is a community of people coming together to chase down cancer and defeat it._Pancakes for Pelotonia2014-04-19 08:00:0012  
Jeffrey Hellman25,486One More Saturday Night is a show dedicated to fans of live music. The show has been given permission, by Ice Nine Publishing, for anyone to perform songs from their catalog. We really appreciate this. The show is also a place for folks to come and talk about their experiences on the road, and at concerts by the Grateful Dead. So many of us have had our lives and consciousness  changed and improved because we were there. So many of us discovered we were part of a family we didn't know existed until we met our brothers and sisters on the road when we needed them most. So, One More Saturday Night is a show that celebrates the stories, music and values given to us with the music, from the Grateful Dead. We welcome all musicians and songwriters. Performers on the show may play any original material they hold the rights to as well as any song from the Ice Nine catalog. All stories are welcome too. If you are not familiar with Google Hangouts or how to use them, I can show you how it is done. All you need is a laptop or computer with a webcam and a decent internet connection. The rest is easy. I can be contacted by leaving a comment on the youtube page where this video is being viewed or at icloudrules@gmail.com I hope you will join us next time, One More Saturday Night.One More Saturday Night 4-5-142014-04-06 04:00:0025  
Jeffrey Hellman25,486There never was or ever will be anything like a Grateful Dead concert. All musicians and fans are invited to come and share the music and stories about the life and times of the Grateful Dead. We have permission for anyone to perform any song from the Ice Nine catalogue in this Hangout on Air. So please join us, we'll be very happy to see you.One More Saturday Night 3-29-142014-03-30 04:00:0012  
Jeffrey Hellman25,486We are gathering again this Saturday at 7 PM PST. There will be songs to fill the air and stories to be shared. Why not join us and tell us about something wonderful that happened at a Grateful Dead Concert. One More Saturday Night 3-22-142014-03-23 03:00:0017  
Jeffrey Hellman25,486One More Saturday Night Share your favorite moments of Grateful Dead history Saturdays at 7 PM PST  A Google Plus hangout on air gratefully dedicated to reminiscing and honoring our favorite memories of life on the road with the Dead. Every person I have ever talked to who was part of the traveling community that sprung up for every tour, has a special experience or two that happened to them on the way to, outside of or during a concert along the way. Help which appeared when they needed it most and could least expect it. Chance encounters with long lost friends, miracle tickets, food for the hungry, gas money from an unexpected source; all of these and many more are part of what helped us see and understand that there was much more to the psychedelic lifestyle than meets the eye. All of this could then be found in the joyous moments in the music that washed over those of us who were able to complete the journey and find our way inside the hall.  Please join us and share those memories this Saturday, one more time, One More Saturday Night.One More Saturday Night 2-22-142014-02-23 04:00:0010  
Jeffrey Hellman25,486One More Saturday Night Share your favorite moments of Grateful Dead history Saturdays at 7 PM PST  A Google Plus hangout on air gratefully dedicated to reminiscing and honoring our favorite memories of life on the road with the Dead. Every person I have ever talked to who was part of the traveling community that sprung up for every tour, has a special experience or two that happened to them on the way to, outside of or during a concert along the way. Help which appeared when they needed it most and could least expect it. Chance encounters with long lost friends, miracle tickets, food for the hungry, gas money from an unexpected source; all of these and many more are part of what helped us see and understand that there was much more to the psychedelic lifestyle than meets the eye. All of this could then be found in the joyous moments in the music that washed over those of us who were able to complete the journey and find our way inside the hall.  Please join us and share those memories this Saturday, one more time, One More Saturday Night.One More Saturday Night 2-15-142014-02-16 04:00:006  
Jeffrey Hellman25,486One More Saturday Night #12 going live at 7 PM tonight...One More Saturday Night #122014-01-05 04:00:0018  
Google+12,658,878The Google+ team will be sharing a few updates. RSVP to this event to watch the broadcast live.A Morning with Google+2013-10-29 17:30:0033670  
Billy Wilson1,550,338Come watch another episode of my fun weekly on air G+ variety show @108595299975404341987, that brings together the best of everything on G+ in a hangout! This week I'll have joining me Photographer @107073852799630124249; Guinness World Record Holder @105350396156550184511; @104723167398398004122 who's looking at making a documentary of his travels back across Canada; Community Builder & Psychology Lecturer @102370347732140106252; and Special Musical Guest @114974169019892621930 ! You can talk with us and other people watching the show by commenting on this event once the show is live! The episode will be live on this event and the recording will be available immediately afterwards. You can watch previous episodes here: http://goo.gl/ceHtHTSBW #26: Photography, World Record Holder, Live Music and More (On Air Hangout)2012-09-29 04:00:0088  

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2015-04-02 17:57:53 (198 comments; 33 reshares; 168 +1s)Open 

Dear +Google+, Please fix the porn problem. I can't even check my G+ stream without one of these sex event posts showing up (see left pic)!  Many of the large communities are getting bombarded with these posts. The problem is that anyone can spam up to five communities at the same time (see right pic), and these events automatically appear in everyone's stream. Given that some of these monster communities have over a million followers, with many kids in these communities, this gives spammers a very diverse and large audience. Please give moderators more control by either: (a) making it impossible for non-mods to post community events or (b) hiding community events from the public until they are approved by a moderator. Thanks in advance.

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2016-03-16 23:45:16 (54 comments; 114 reshares; 74 +1s)Open 

#MyElectionFear  is that Trump will win the election, destroy the U.S., and ignite WW3. What's your #myelectionfear  ?
#dumptrump     #nevertrump     #election2016 #makedonalddrumpfagain  
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2015-04-02 17:57:53 (198 comments; 33 reshares; 168 +1s)Open 

Dear +Google+, Please fix the porn problem. I can't even check my G+ stream without one of these sex event posts showing up (see left pic)!  Many of the large communities are getting bombarded with these posts. The problem is that anyone can spam up to five communities at the same time (see right pic), and these events automatically appear in everyone's stream. Given that some of these monster communities have over a million followers, with many kids in these communities, this gives spammers a very diverse and large audience. Please give moderators more control by either: (a) making it impossible for non-mods to post community events or (b) hiding community events from the public until they are approved by a moderator. Thanks in advance.

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2016-04-08 17:37:34 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Treating anorexia, which is characterised by self-starvation and an inability to maintain an adequate body weight, seems absurdly simple on the surface: just eat and gain weight. But we know it's not this simple, because anorexia is the deadliest of all psychiatric disorders. What have we learned over the past several decades about the neuroscience behind this illness? How can we use this knowledge to treat anorexia, particularly in adults? Join us for a #MosaicHangout   as we chat with author Carrie Arnold about her latest feature on Mosaic. 

This hangout will be hosted by Dr +Buddhini Samarasinghe, and will be broadcast on 8th April at 6pm UK time. If you can't watch it live, be sure to catch up on YouTube afterwards (https://www.youtube.com/mosaicscience).

Read Carrie's article on +Mosaic  here:http://mosaicscience.com/story/adult-anorexia-treatment. Join theco... more »

Treating anorexia, which is characterised by self-starvation and an inability to maintain an adequate body weight, seems absurdly simple on the surface: just eat and gain weight. But we know it's not this simple, because anorexia is the deadliest of all psychiatric disorders. What have we learned over the past several decades about the neuroscience behind this illness? How can we use this knowledge to treat anorexia, particularly in adults? Join us for a #MosaicHangout   as we chat with author Carrie Arnold about her latest feature on Mosaic. 

This hangout will be hosted by Dr +Buddhini Samarasinghe, and will be broadcast on 8th April at 6pm UK time. If you can't watch it live, be sure to catch up on YouTube afterwards (https://www.youtube.com/mosaicscience).

Read Carrie's article on +Mosaic  here:http://mosaicscience.com/story/adult-anorexia-treatment. Join the conversation using #MosaicHangout  ___

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2016-03-31 13:56:33 (17 comments; 0 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

How do Europeans feel about Donald Trump versus Hillary Clinton? I think this study pretty much explains it. It's like night and day.

Mind you, In Europe, both Hillary and Trump would be considered right wing politicians (and Sanders would be considered somewhere in the middle).

https://yougov.co.uk/news/2016/03/31/europe-hillary-clinton/

How do Europeans feel about Donald Trump versus Hillary Clinton? I think this study pretty much explains it. It's like night and day.

Mind you, In Europe, both Hillary and Trump would be considered right wing politicians (and Sanders would be considered somewhere in the middle).

https://yougov.co.uk/news/2016/03/31/europe-hillary-clinton/___

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2016-03-29 17:01:40 (3 comments; 10 reshares; 27 +1s)Open 

Great open letter from, +Stephanie Cegielski, Trump's former strategist. But like Hercules, Donald Trump is a work of fiction. No matter how many times he repeats it, Trump would not be the "best" at being a president, being in shape, fighting terrorism, selling steaks, and whatever other "best" claim he has made in the last 15 minutes. He would be the best at something, though. He is the best at looking out for Donald Trump — at all costs. Don’t let our country pay that price.

Great open letter from, +Stephanie Cegielski, Trump's former strategist. But like Hercules, Donald Trump is a work of fiction. No matter how many times he repeats it, Trump would not be the "best" at being a president, being in shape, fighting terrorism, selling steaks, and whatever other "best" claim he has made in the last 15 minutes. He would be the best at something, though. He is the best at looking out for Donald Trump — at all costs. Don’t let our country pay that price.___

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2016-03-16 23:45:16 (54 comments; 114 reshares; 74 +1s)Open 

#MyElectionFear  is that Trump will win the election, destroy the U.S., and ignite WW3. What's your #myelectionfear  ?
#dumptrump     #nevertrump     #election2016 #makedonalddrumpfagain  
Image Source: http://goo.gl/HigNWT

#MyElectionFear  is that Trump will win the election, destroy the U.S., and ignite WW3. What's your #myelectionfear  ?
#dumptrump     #nevertrump     #election2016 #makedonalddrumpfagain  
Image Source: http://goo.gl/HigNWT___

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2016-03-15 16:18:29 (33 comments; 46 reshares; 34 +1s)Open 

Looks like I'm going to be a republican for a few years, but it was worth it! Please vote!  #dumptrump   #nevertrump   #election2016   #makedonalddrumpfagain  

Image: http://imgur.com/gallery/nRJjlkw

Looks like I'm going to be a republican for a few years, but it was worth it! Please vote!  #dumptrump   #nevertrump   #election2016   #makedonalddrumpfagain  

Image: http://imgur.com/gallery/nRJjlkw___

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2016-03-14 14:54:21 (2 comments; 5 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

Pi Approximation Challenge
+Niles Johnson held an +OhioStateNewark  #PiApproximationChallenge at +Newark Earthworks Center. We measured a giant circle made by native Americans about 2000 years ago! It was really great to see the kids measure the 3000+ foot circumference and 1000+ foot diameter and calculate Pi at 3.1474!! Great event, Niles! You can view pictures/videos of the event and learn about Newark Earthworks by clicking on the links below.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newark_Earthworks 
http://www.ancientohiotrail.org/sites/newark 

#PiDay #PiMeasurement

Pi Approximation Challenge
+Niles Johnson held an +OhioStateNewark  #PiApproximationChallenge at +Newark Earthworks Center. We measured a giant circle made by native Americans about 2000 years ago! It was really great to see the kids measure the 3000+ foot circumference and 1000+ foot diameter and calculate Pi at 3.1474!! Great event, Niles! You can view pictures/videos of the event and learn about Newark Earthworks by clicking on the links below.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newark_Earthworks 
http://www.ancientohiotrail.org/sites/newark 

#PiDay #PiMeasurement___

2016-02-26 18:11:58 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Psychedelic Therapy

Can psychedelic drugs like LSD and MDMA help patients going through mental health therapy? These drugs began life as medicines, and yet psychedelic therapy is now on the fringes of both psychiatry and society. Intriguingly, new clinical trials are starting to reevaluate the impact these drugs can have in helping patients reconnect with their feelings and the difficult experiences in their life. 

Join us for a Mosaic Hangout on air as we speak to Sam Wong about this mind-bending topic. Sam is a science journalist who has recently written an article for Mosaic about this topic. This HOA will be hosted by Dr +Buddhini Samarasinghe. You can tune in on Saturday 27th February at 12 PM UK time. The hangout will be available for viewing on our YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/mosaicscience) after the event.

Article:ht... more »

Psychedelic Therapy

Can psychedelic drugs like LSD and MDMA help patients going through mental health therapy? These drugs began life as medicines, and yet psychedelic therapy is now on the fringes of both psychiatry and society. Intriguingly, new clinical trials are starting to reevaluate the impact these drugs can have in helping patients reconnect with their feelings and the difficult experiences in their life. 

Join us for a Mosaic Hangout on air as we speak to Sam Wong about this mind-bending topic. Sam is a science journalist who has recently written an article for Mosaic about this topic. This HOA will be hosted by Dr +Buddhini Samarasinghe. You can tune in on Saturday 27th February at 12 PM UK time. The hangout will be available for viewing on our YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/mosaicscience) after the event.

Article: http://mosaicscience.com/story/psychedelic-therapy

Join the conversation using #MosaicHangout___

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2016-02-24 13:43:52 (5 comments; 3 reshares; 37 +1s)Open 

Great talk by Neil deGrasse Tyson of +StarTalk Radio at the Palace Theatre in Columbus, OH 2/23/16. Apologize for photo quality - low light, phone camera, no flash...

Great talk by Neil deGrasse Tyson of +StarTalk Radio at the Palace Theatre in Columbus, OH 2/23/16. Apologize for photo quality - low light, phone camera, no flash...___

2016-01-20 19:19:28 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

Menstruation and menopause are two fundamental biological processes in every woman's lifetime. However, both these subjects are shrouded with secrecy, and it's often difficult to have open conversations about them because of cultural taboos. But what are the consequences of silence? What are the economic impacts, the social injustices, and the health risks? Why is it so difficult to find consensus on what menopause is, and what its purpose is? 

Join us for a +Mosaic  and +Science on Google+  Hangout on air as we speak to author Rose George about these under-reported topics. Rose wrote two fascinating articles for Mosaic about menstruation and menopause, and we will be exploring these subjects in-depth. 
 
This HOA will be hosted by Dr +Buddhini Samarasinghe. You can tune in on Saturday 23rd January at 3 PM UK time. The hangout will be available for viewing on our YouTubechan... more »

Menstruation and menopause are two fundamental biological processes in every woman's lifetime. However, both these subjects are shrouded with secrecy, and it's often difficult to have open conversations about them because of cultural taboos. But what are the consequences of silence? What are the economic impacts, the social injustices, and the health risks? Why is it so difficult to find consensus on what menopause is, and what its purpose is? 

Join us for a +Mosaic  and +Science on Google+  Hangout on air as we speak to author Rose George about these under-reported topics. Rose wrote two fascinating articles for Mosaic about menstruation and menopause, and we will be exploring these subjects in-depth. 
 
This HOA will be hosted by Dr +Buddhini Samarasinghe. You can tune in on Saturday 23rd January at 3 PM UK time. The hangout will be available for viewing on our YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/ScienceHangouts) after the event.

Rose's articles: http://mosaicscience.com/story/blood-speaks and http://mosaicscience.com/story/menopause

Join the conversation using #MosaicHangout    ___

2016-01-14 16:02:33 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

Great list of Science HOAs. Thanks, +Johnathan Chung! 

A Sample of Science Hangouts in January 2016

Some recent and upcoming science-related Google+ Hangouts On Air (recorded and live video broadcasts):

• January 7, 2016 - Sigma Xi scientific research society and winners of the 2015 Student Research Showcase (https://www.sigmaxi.org/meetings-events/student-research-showcase) discussed some online presentation tips for students entering this year's virtual research presentation competition: 
https://plus.google.com/events/cv82ei4s5mfrnkbvbtiaf5lj6c8

• January 11, 2016 - American Scientist talked about their latest cover feature  (http://www.americanscientist.org/issues/feature/2016/1/fire-in-microgravity) with scientists from academia and NASA about the characteristics and behavior of fire in a microgravity environment: 
https://plus.google.com/events/cnult62qpe27a2q36vtdab5sljg

• January 14, 2016 - NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory will talk about the ultra-precise Deep Space Atomic Clock launching later this year to boost future deep space communications: 
https://plus.google.com/+NASAJPL/posts/LfycEd9EKcx

• January 19, 2016 - The Kavli Foundation will discuss the Unified Microbiome Initiative, a proposed national effort to map the human microbiome: https://plus.google.com/events/c6hpms1mls7t42t7iht4kahu1vk

• January 22, 2016 - OpenWorm Journal Club will talk about some progress in understanding how the brain activity of the C. elegans worm controls its body and how motor commands and actions are assembled and organized into more complex behavior: 
https://plus.google.com/events/c11opqt00i45pb127mtbnphhj6o

(PDF of the recent study published in the journal Cell:  https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Manuel_Zimmer/publication/283014614_Global_Brain_Dynamics_Embed_the_Motor_Command_Sequence_of_Caenorhabditis_elegans/links/562a1d6408ae518e347eff44.pdf)

January 26, 2016 - The U.S. NIH National Cancer Institute will discuss how cancer prevention researchers are embracing the principles of precision medicine and exploring novel ways to prevent and detect cancer early in high-risk populations: 
https://plus.google.com/events/c13sl1un39hdkotcgte4nj3f2h8


Feel free to share links to other upcoming Hangouts On Air in January hosted by scientific societies, organizations, institutes, media, classrooms, or outreach programs in the comments below.___Great list of Science HOAs. Thanks, +Johnathan Chung! 

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2015-11-29 01:44:35 (10 comments; 2 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

Processed meat and Cancer: What is the Risk?

Yesterday I hosted a Hangout with two scientists to talk about the links between diet and cancer, on the back of the "omg bacon gives you cancer" stories that broke out a few weeks ago. As part of my job as a science communicator at CRUK, I get access to researchers who study this, so I was very pleased to chat with Dr Kathryn Bradbury, a nutritional epidemiologist, and Professor Owen Sansom, a molecular biologist. It was a good mix of research interests because we were able to approach this question from a population/clinical angle, but then also dive into the mechanism behind what we see, i.e. how exactly does red and processed meat increase cancer risk. You can watch the full video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jS1QW74wJRw. Joining me was my colleague Dr Kat Arney, who co-hosts these cancer Hangouts with... more »

Processed meat and Cancer: What is the Risk?

Yesterday I hosted a Hangout with two scientists to talk about the links between diet and cancer, on the back of the "omg bacon gives you cancer" stories that broke out a few weeks ago. As part of my job as a science communicator at CRUK, I get access to researchers who study this, so I was very pleased to chat with Dr Kathryn Bradbury, a nutritional epidemiologist, and Professor Owen Sansom, a molecular biologist. It was a good mix of research interests because we were able to approach this question from a population/clinical angle, but then also dive into the mechanism behind what we see, i.e. how exactly does red and processed meat increase cancer risk. You can watch the full video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jS1QW74wJRw. Joining me was my colleague Dr Kat Arney, who co-hosts these cancer Hangouts with me. 

First we discussed how we find out what things in the diet are linked to cancer - Kathryn explained how we design studies looking at hundreds of thousands of people from the general population. We ask them questions about their diet and lifestyle, and then we follow them up over many years to see who develops cancer. Then we look back and see what effect their diets had on their cancer development, for example did vegetarians get less cancer than those who ate lots of red and processed meat. Having large-scale population based studies like this is the only way we can gather evidence for the risk factors for cancer; lots of people mean better statistical analyses, which means the data is more rigorous, rather than the anecdotal "oh my neighbour drank a miracle kale juice cleanser every day and he never got cancer" theories. 

Owen talked about the mechanisms for cancer development, particularly bowel cancer, and how it is linked to the molecules found in red and processed meat. The cells lining our gut get completely replaced every 3-4 days, so they are cells with a high rate of cell division. These cells are also exposed to cancer-causing chemicals (i.e. carcinogens) from the food we eat, depending on our diet. With red and processed meat, eating a lot of it means that the gut cells are also exposed to a lot of the carcinogens found in them. For example red and processed meats have a lot of nitroso products, and these can be carcinogenic. How exactly does that work? These chemicals cause mutations to the DNA in the cells lining the gut. Owen also talked about how it can cause more mutations in key tumour-suppressor genes (i.e. genes that normally suppress cancer, but when these genes are mutated it leads to cancer - I discussed one such pathway here https://goo.gl/6CSn10). Haem iron from red meat is also a culprit because it has shown to cause DNA damage. Intriguingly, Owen also brought up how the bacterial population in our gut (i.e. our microbiome) can change depending on what we eat, which in turn can have an impact on whether the cells lining our gut can end up with mutations that can lead to cancer. 

Finally we finished up by talking about cancer prevention. We know that 4 in 9 cancers are linked to preventable causes, so what are the things we can do to lower our cancer risk? The answers were unsurprising; give up smoking (if you smoke), reduce instances of sun-burn, eat a well-balanced diet with moderate amounts of red and processed meat (i.e. bacon with every meal every day is probably a bad idea), along with physical activity. 

Of course this is much easier said than done, because people often want quick-fix miracle cures/pills/whatever that lets them keep living unhealthy lives without feeling bad for it. Unfortunately there are no such shortcuts that are scientifically valid. Listening to Kathryn and Owen discuss the cancer risk from red and processed meat, along with the mechanistic explanation of 'how' was incredibly useful, and I hope you enjoy watching this Hangout :)___

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2015-11-10 01:21:05 (1 comments; 4 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

Bizarre & Curious Quest of Killian Cog - +The Midland Theatre 11.8.15

Bizarre & Curious Quest of Killian Cog - +The Midland Theatre 11.8.15___

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2015-10-30 21:23:53 (8 comments; 13 reshares; 58 +1s)Open 

Ostracod Fireworks

When an ostracod is swallowed, it emits a burst of light, making the cardinal fish spit it out.

"They've been called fish fireworks, and their glowing displays are like nighttime light shows on the water. Ostracods are a very old species of crustacean with a trait called bioluminescence. That's a fancy way of saying they light up, like fireflies. But unlike fireflies, ostracods have extracellular bioluminescence. They shoot light out of their bodies and into the water. The behavior is part mating ritual, part defense mechanism.

There are ostracods in every world ocean that are luminescent, but only in the Carribbean do you find these ones that have these complex patterns, and it's probably related to the closing of the Panama Isthmus about 3 million years ago. It could startle their predators visually, or it could actually bring in... more »

Ostracod Fireworks

When an ostracod is swallowed, it emits a burst of light, making the cardinal fish spit it out.

"They've been called fish fireworks, and their glowing displays are like nighttime light shows on the water. Ostracods are a very old species of crustacean with a trait called bioluminescence. That's a fancy way of saying they light up, like fireflies. But unlike fireflies, ostracods have extracellular bioluminescence. They shoot light out of their bodies and into the water. The behavior is part mating ritual, part defense mechanism.

There are ostracods in every world ocean that are luminescent, but only in the Carribbean do you find these ones that have these complex patterns, and it's probably related to the closing of the Panama Isthmus about 3 million years ago. It could startle their predators visually, or it could actually bring in the predator of their attacker, which is called the burglar alarm effect.

In this gif the tiny ostracod is almost eaten by the much larger fish, but the cardinal fish spits the ostracod out once the ostracod begins to emit light. Exactly why this causes the cardinal fish to spit the ostracods isn't known, but there are theories."

✪ Source:
http://kcur.org/post/tiny-glow-dark-crustaceans-gain-notoriety-ku-biologist#stream/0

✪ Watch the BBC short clip here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/28838200

✪ And some info about Crustaceans:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crustacean

✪✪✪ HT: +Magnus Fahlén  Thanks! ✪✪✪___

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2015-10-29 19:12:38 (4 comments; 6 reshares; 23 +1s)Open 

College textbook prices are out of control, so I am considering adopting a free, open-source Introduction to Psychology textbook from +OpenStax College.  Does anyone have any experience using Openstax, either from a student's or teacher's perspective? Do you know of any other free but good textbooks that you could recommend? Thanks in advance!

College textbook prices are out of control, so I am considering adopting a free, open-source Introduction to Psychology textbook from +OpenStax College.  Does anyone have any experience using Openstax, either from a student's or teacher's perspective? Do you know of any other free but good textbooks that you could recommend? Thanks in advance!___

2015-10-16 14:58:28 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

What is p53 and why is it described as the 'guardian of the genome'? How is p53 linked to cancer? Join us for a +Mosaic and +Science on Google+ Hangout on air as we speak to +Sue Armstrong about all things p53!

Sue is the author of the popular science book "P53: The Gene that Cracked the Cancer Code" and she recently authored a fascinating article on Mosaic Science about "Brazil's Cancer Curse" (read more at http://mosaicscience.com/story/brazils-cancer-curse).
 
This HOA will be hosted by Dr +Buddhini Samarasinghe. You can tune in on Sunday October 18th at 6 PM UK time. The hangout will be available for viewing on our YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/ScienceHangouts) after the event.

Join the conversation using #MosaicHOA  
Sue's book: http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/p53-9781472910516/

What is p53 and why is it described as the 'guardian of the genome'? How is p53 linked to cancer? Join us for a +Mosaic and +Science on Google+ Hangout on air as we speak to +Sue Armstrong about all things p53!

Sue is the author of the popular science book "P53: The Gene that Cracked the Cancer Code" and she recently authored a fascinating article on Mosaic Science about "Brazil's Cancer Curse" (read more at http://mosaicscience.com/story/brazils-cancer-curse).
 
This HOA will be hosted by Dr +Buddhini Samarasinghe. You can tune in on Sunday October 18th at 6 PM UK time. The hangout will be available for viewing on our YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/ScienceHangouts) after the event.

Join the conversation using #MosaicHOA  
Sue's book: http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/p53-9781472910516/___

2015-10-06 19:38:26 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

How do we tackle cancer in kids and teens? What are the differences between children’s cancers and adult’s cancers? What are the big research challenges we face at the moment? Join us for a +Cancer Research UK and +Science on Google+ Hangout on Air as we speak to Professor +Pamela Kearns and Professor +Richard Gilbertson about childhood cancers.

Pam is a Professor of Clinical Paediatric Oncology at the University of Birmingham. She is also the Director of the Cancer research UK Clinical Trials Unit, which is one of the largest cancer trials units in the UK. Her research focuses on the development of new therapies for childhood leukaemias. Richard is a world renowned expert in childhood brain tumours, and is the new director of the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute. He has led international efforts that have dramatically advanced our understanding of the biology of several commonchildh... more »

How do we tackle cancer in kids and teens? What are the differences between children’s cancers and adult’s cancers? What are the big research challenges we face at the moment? Join us for a +Cancer Research UK and +Science on Google+ Hangout on Air as we speak to Professor +Pamela Kearns and Professor +Richard Gilbertson about childhood cancers.

Pam is a Professor of Clinical Paediatric Oncology at the University of Birmingham. She is also the Director of the Cancer research UK Clinical Trials Unit, which is one of the largest cancer trials units in the UK. Her research focuses on the development of new therapies for childhood leukaemias. Richard is a world renowned expert in childhood brain tumours, and is the new director of the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute. He has led international efforts that have dramatically advanced our understanding of the biology of several common childhood brain tumours.
 
This HOA will be hosted by Dr +Buddhini Samarasinghe and Dr +Kat Arney  You can tune in on Wednesday September 23rd at 4 PM UK time. The hangout will be available for viewing on our YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/ScienceHangouts) after the event.___

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2015-08-10 15:37:20 (8 comments; 2 reshares; 25 +1s)Open 

National Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio
The National Air Force Museum is really cool (and free)! You should definitely check it out if you are in the Dayton area. The lighting was really tricky inside the museum so some of the pictures are noisy/blurry. I am sharing many of these pics because the planes are really cool, not because I am proud of the picture quality.

National Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio
The National Air Force Museum is really cool (and free)! You should definitely check it out if you are in the Dayton area. The lighting was really tricky inside the museum so some of the pictures are noisy/blurry. I am sharing many of these pics because the planes are really cool, not because I am proud of the picture quality.___

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2015-08-06 16:08:10 (9 comments; 1 reshares; 28 +1s)Open 

Barbara McClintock on $10

Put a scientist on the $10 bill, sign the petition: barbaraonthebill.com/  
Scientists rarely seek fame. Barbara McClintock was no exception. After a life time of following her passion in a male-dominated environment, she finally began to receive the recognition that she deserved, wanted or not. Since the late 1960s, with the discovery of jumping genes in other organisms, scientists realized that jumping genes were in nearly every organism and began giving McClintock public credit for her first publications. The full recognition came when McClintock was 80 years old. She was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, the only woman to win that award unshared, and only person to win the award for studying higher order plants.

Read her story: http://www.barbaraonthebill.com/barbara/ 

Barbara McClintock on $10

Put a scientist on the $10 bill, sign the petition: barbaraonthebill.com/  
Scientists rarely seek fame. Barbara McClintock was no exception. After a life time of following her passion in a male-dominated environment, she finally began to receive the recognition that she deserved, wanted or not. Since the late 1960s, with the discovery of jumping genes in other organisms, scientists realized that jumping genes were in nearly every organism and began giving McClintock public credit for her first publications. The full recognition came when McClintock was 80 years old. She was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, the only woman to win that award unshared, and only person to win the award for studying higher order plants.

Read her story: http://www.barbaraonthebill.com/barbara/ ___

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2015-08-05 11:40:19 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

Great collaborative effort with my spider buddies, George Uetz & Dave Clark!

Great collaborative effort with my spider buddies, George Uetz & Dave Clark!___

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2015-07-31 06:16:17 (13 comments; 5 reshares; 53 +1s)Open 

Here are a few pics of the #bluemoon, as seen in central Ohio. Pictures were taken with a handheld Panasonic FZ35.

Here are a few pics of the #bluemoon, as seen in central Ohio. Pictures were taken with a handheld Panasonic FZ35.___

2015-07-24 14:55:14 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

What does the immune system have to do with cancer? What exactly is immunotherapy? Join us for a +Cancer Research UK and +Science on Google+ Hangout on Air as we speak to Professor +Frances Balkwill and Professor +Ben Willcox about cancer immunotherapy. 

Fran is a Professor of Cancer Biology at Queen Mary University in London and is a fantastic science communicator. Her research focuses on the links between cancer and inflammation. Ben is a Professor of Molecular Immunology at the University of Birmingham and his work focuses on understanding immune receptor recognition. 
 
This HOA will be hosted by Dr +Buddhini Samarasinghe  and Dr +Kat Arney . You can tune in on Friday July 24th at 4 PM UK time. The hangout will be available for viewing on our YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/ScienceHangouts) after the event.

What does the immune system have to do with cancer? What exactly is immunotherapy? Join us for a +Cancer Research UK and +Science on Google+ Hangout on Air as we speak to Professor +Frances Balkwill and Professor +Ben Willcox about cancer immunotherapy. 

Fran is a Professor of Cancer Biology at Queen Mary University in London and is a fantastic science communicator. Her research focuses on the links between cancer and inflammation. Ben is a Professor of Molecular Immunology at the University of Birmingham and his work focuses on understanding immune receptor recognition. 
 
This HOA will be hosted by Dr +Buddhini Samarasinghe  and Dr +Kat Arney . You can tune in on Friday July 24th at 4 PM UK time. The hangout will be available for viewing on our YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/ScienceHangouts) after the event.___

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2015-07-08 19:53:20 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

In 10 minutes we'll be discussing dating violence and dating violence prevention programs with Drs. +Kelly Cahill Roberts and +Nathaniel Swigger. Feel free to use the Q & A app if you have any questions.

In 10 minutes we'll be discussing dating violence and dating violence prevention programs with Drs. +Kelly Cahill Roberts and +Nathaniel Swigger. Feel free to use the Q & A app if you have any questions.___

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2015-07-07 22:14:30 (13 comments; 7 reshares; 61 +1s)Open 

Grateful Dead Pics Soldier Field 7.5.15
Pics from 7.3 show: https://goo.gl/GSv3Xd  
Stream 7.3 show: https://goo.gl/Kb7eES
Stream 7.4 show: https://goo.gl/dbxyd5
Stream 7.5 show: https://goo.gl/jKZkTh
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#GD50   #faretheewell   #gratefuldead   #Dead50  

Grateful Dead Pics Soldier Field 7.5.15
Pics from 7.3 show: https://goo.gl/GSv3Xd  
Stream 7.3 show: https://goo.gl/Kb7eES
Stream 7.4 show: https://goo.gl/dbxyd5
Stream 7.5 show: https://goo.gl/jKZkTh
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#GD50   #faretheewell   #gratefuldead   #Dead50  ___

2015-07-07 19:03:48 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

Hope you can join us tomorrow. We'll be talking about dating violence and examining the long term effects of prevention programs.

Please join us on July 8th for a +Science on Google+ HOA with Drs. Kelly Cahill Roberts and +Nathaniel Swigger, Associate Professor of Political Science at +OhioStateNewark. We will be discussing dating violence and dating violence prevention programs. Feel free to post your comments on this event post or by using the Q & A app during the event.

Fund or learn more about the prevention program here: https://goo.gl/0SEPbt ___Hope you can join us tomorrow. We'll be talking about dating violence and examining the long term effects of prevention programs.

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2015-07-04 16:48:12 (26 comments; 8 reshares; 84 +1s)Open 

Grateful Dead @ Soldier Field 7.3.15
Here are a few pictures from the first show at Soldier Field.  #GD50   #faretheewell   #gratefuldead   #Dead50   

Grateful Dead @ Soldier Field 7.3.15
Here are a few pictures from the first show at Soldier Field.  #GD50   #faretheewell   #gratefuldead   #Dead50   ___

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2015-07-02 16:28:02 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

This might be worth it if you're new to Uber. Use my Uber promo code, 9v3y5, and get $20 off your first Uber ride. Redeem it at https://www.uber.com/invite/9v3y5

This might be worth it if you're new to Uber. Use my Uber promo code, 9v3y5, and get $20 off your first Uber ride. Redeem it at https://www.uber.com/invite/9v3y5___

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2015-06-17 13:49:50 (1 comments; 5 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

Two days left to support this great project examining the long term impact of a dating violence prevention program. 

Two days left to support this great project examining the long term impact of a dating violence prevention program. ___

2015-05-05 19:23:20 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

Please join us on 5/5 for a +Science on Google+ HOA with Dr.+Miguel Nicolelis, Professor of Neurobiology, Biomedical Engineering, Psychology, and Neuroscience at +Duke University, and founder of Duke's Center for Neuroengineering. Dr. Nicolelis is a pioneer in neuronal population coding (simultaneously recording from hundreds to thousands of neurons), Brain Machine Interface (controlling robotic or avatar limbs with thoughts), neuroprosthetics (prosthetic limbs that directly communicate with sensory and motor cortices), and Brain to Brain Interface (tactile or visual information encoded by rat 1 is decoded by rat 2). Dr. Nicolelis has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles, with many of these publications appearing in high impact journals such as Nature, Science, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (see below for a short list of publications). More recently, Dr. Nicolelis’rese... more »

Please join us on 5/5 for a +Science on Google+ HOA with Dr.+Miguel Nicolelis, Professor of Neurobiology, Biomedical Engineering, Psychology, and Neuroscience at +Duke University, and founder of Duke's Center for Neuroengineering. Dr. Nicolelis is a pioneer in neuronal population coding (simultaneously recording from hundreds to thousands of neurons), Brain Machine Interface (controlling robotic or avatar limbs with thoughts), neuroprosthetics (prosthetic limbs that directly communicate with sensory and motor cortices), and Brain to Brain Interface (tactile or visual information encoded by rat 1 is decoded by rat 2). Dr. Nicolelis has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles, with many of these publications appearing in high impact journals such as Nature, Science, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (see below for a short list of publications). More recently, Dr. Nicolelis’ research made it possible for a quadriplegic child to use his mind to control a bionic exoskeleton and kickoff the opening game at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

RSVP “yes” to add this event to your calendar. We will open up the Q & A app so feel free to post your questions on this event post or by using the app during the hangout.

Relevant Links:
Faculty page: http://goo.gl/qs8NfM 
Lab page: http://www.nicolelislab.net 
2012 Ted Talk: http://goo.gl/kxCxT8 
2014 Ted Talk: http://goo.gl/23OqmV 
Book: http://goo.gl/x7Kg5J 

Relevant Readings (see http://goo.gl/nQadag for a more exhaustive list):

Schwarz D, Lebedev MA, Tate A, Hanson T, Lehew G, Melloy J, Dimitrov D, Nicolelis MAL. Chronic, Wireless Recordings of Large Scale Brain Activity in Freely Moving Rhesus Monkeys. Nat. Methods doi:10.1038/nmeth.2936, 2014.

Thomson EE, Carra R, Nicolelis MAL. Perceiving Invisible Light through a Somatosensory Cortical Prosthesis. Nat. Commun.10.1038/ncomms2497, 2013.

Ifft P, Shokur S, Li Z, Lebedev MA, Nicolelis MAL. A Brain-Machine Interface Enables Bimanual Arm Movements in Monkeys. Sci. Transl. Med. 5: 210, DOI:10.1126/scitranslmed.3006159, 2013.

Shokur S, O’Doherty J.E., Winans J.A., Bleuler H., Lebedev M.A., Nicolelis M.A.L. Expanding the primate body schema in sensorimotor cortex by virtual touches of an avatar. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 110: 15121-6, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1308459110, 2013.

O’Doherty JE, Lebedev MA, Ifft PJ, Zhuang KZ, Shokur S, Bleuler H, Nicolelis MAL. Active tactile exploration enabled by a brain-machine-brain interface. Nature 479: 228-231, 2011.

Fuentes R, Petersson P, Siesser WB, Caron MG, Nicolelis MAL. Spinal Cord Stimulation Restores Locomotion in Animal Models of Parkinson’s disease. Science 323: 1578-82, 2009.

Pereira A, Ribeiro S, Wiest M, Moore LC, Pantoja J, Lin S-C, Nicolelis MAL. Processing of tactile information by the  hippocampus. PNAS 104: 18286-18291 (Epub) November 2007.

Krupa DJ, Wiest, MC, Laubach M, Nicolelis MAL Layer specific somatosensory cortical activation during active tactile discrimination   Science 304: 1989-1992, 2004.

Nicolelis MAL, Dimitrov DF, Carmena J, Crist R, Lehew G, Kralik J, Wise S. Chronic, multi-site, multi-electrode recordings in macaque monkeys. PNAS 100: 11041-11046, 2003.

Nicolelis MAL. Actions from thoughts. Nature 409: 403-407, 2001.

Image Sources:
http://goo.gl/9pCg8d
http://goo.gl/FlChhV___

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2015-05-04 12:37:51 (10 comments; 23 reshares; 26 +1s)Open 

Dr. +Miguel Nicolelis is a pioneer in neuronal population coding (simultaneously recording from hundreds to thousands of neurons), Brain Machine Interface (controlling robotic or avatar limbs with thoughts), neuroprosthetics (prosthetic limbs that directly communicate with sensory and motor cortices), and Brain to Brain Interface (tactile or visual information encoded by rat 1 is decoded by rat 2). Check out this video if you are not familiar with his work. We will be hanging out with Dr. Nicolelis tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 (ET). Here's the link (http://goo.gl/Wlv006) if you would like to watch the HOA

Dr. +Miguel Nicolelis is a pioneer in neuronal population coding (simultaneously recording from hundreds to thousands of neurons), Brain Machine Interface (controlling robotic or avatar limbs with thoughts), neuroprosthetics (prosthetic limbs that directly communicate with sensory and motor cortices), and Brain to Brain Interface (tactile or visual information encoded by rat 1 is decoded by rat 2). Check out this video if you are not familiar with his work. We will be hanging out with Dr. Nicolelis tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 (ET). Here's the link (http://goo.gl/Wlv006) if you would like to watch the HOA___

2015-04-29 20:17:16 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

This should be a really interesting HOA. Click on the video below if you are not familiar with +Miguel Nicolelis' research.  

Please join us on 5/5 for a +Science on Google+ HOA with Dr.+Miguel Nicolelis, Professor of Neurobiology, Biomedical Engineering, Psychology, and Neuroscience at +Duke University, and founder of Duke's Center for Neuroengineering. Dr. Nicolelis is a pioneer in neuronal population coding (simultaneously recording from hundreds to thousands of neurons), Brain Machine Interface (controlling robotic or avatar limbs with thoughts), neuroprosthetics (prosthetic limbs that directly communicate with sensory and motor cortices), and Brain to Brain Interface (tactile or visual information encoded by rat 1 is decoded by rat 2). Dr. Nicolelis has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles, with many of these publications appearing in high impact journals such as Nature, Science, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (see below for a short list of publications). More recently, Dr. Nicolelis’ research made it possible for a quadriplegic child to use his mind to control a bionic exoskeleton and kickoff the opening game at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

RSVP “yes” to add this event to your calendar. We will open up the Q & A app so feel free to post your questions on this event post or by using the app during the hangout.

Relevant Links:
Faculty page: http://goo.gl/qs8NfM 
Lab page: http://www.nicolelislab.net 
2012 Ted Talk: http://goo.gl/kxCxT8 
2014 Ted Talk: http://goo.gl/23OqmV 
Book: http://goo.gl/x7Kg5J 

Relevant Readings (see http://goo.gl/nQadag for a more exhaustive list):

Schwarz D, Lebedev MA, Tate A, Hanson T, Lehew G, Melloy J, Dimitrov D, Nicolelis MAL. Chronic, Wireless Recordings of Large Scale Brain Activity in Freely Moving Rhesus Monkeys. Nat. Methods doi:10.1038/nmeth.2936, 2014.

Thomson EE, Carra R, Nicolelis MAL. Perceiving Invisible Light through a Somatosensory Cortical Prosthesis. Nat. Commun.10.1038/ncomms2497, 2013.

Ifft P, Shokur S, Li Z, Lebedev MA, Nicolelis MAL. A Brain-Machine Interface Enables Bimanual Arm Movements in Monkeys. Sci. Transl. Med. 5: 210, DOI:10.1126/scitranslmed.3006159, 2013.

Shokur S, O’Doherty J.E., Winans J.A., Bleuler H., Lebedev M.A., Nicolelis M.A.L. Expanding the primate body schema in sensorimotor cortex by virtual touches of an avatar. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 110: 15121-6, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1308459110, 2013.

O’Doherty JE, Lebedev MA, Ifft PJ, Zhuang KZ, Shokur S, Bleuler H, Nicolelis MAL. Active tactile exploration enabled by a brain-machine-brain interface. Nature 479: 228-231, 2011.

Fuentes R, Petersson P, Siesser WB, Caron MG, Nicolelis MAL. Spinal Cord Stimulation Restores Locomotion in Animal Models of Parkinson’s disease. Science 323: 1578-82, 2009.

Pereira A, Ribeiro S, Wiest M, Moore LC, Pantoja J, Lin S-C, Nicolelis MAL. Processing of tactile information by the  hippocampus. PNAS 104: 18286-18291 (Epub) November 2007.

Krupa DJ, Wiest, MC, Laubach M, Nicolelis MAL Layer specific somatosensory cortical activation during active tactile discrimination   Science 304: 1989-1992, 2004.

Nicolelis MAL, Dimitrov DF, Carmena J, Crist R, Lehew G, Kralik J, Wise S. Chronic, multi-site, multi-electrode recordings in macaque monkeys. PNAS 100: 11041-11046, 2003.

Nicolelis MAL. Actions from thoughts. Nature 409: 403-407, 2001.___This should be a really interesting HOA. Click on the video below if you are not familiar with +Miguel Nicolelis' research.  

2015-04-27 00:43:24 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

Moderating a large community is a thankless job, which consists of many hours of spam removal and lots of verbal abuse from angry community members. Thanks to the +Science on G+​ mods for making this a great community!

+Science on G+ is a well-curated and high quality community which is populated by science posts. Since we take the time to curate each and every post, look at content, check stories and references and ask for references and links for every story, it is verifiable science. The posts in the community are a repertoire of knowledge which is reaching encyclopedic proportions which links across many topics and includes scientific journals, organizations, writers, scientists and people who just love the journey of discovery which is science.

Our strength has been our mods network, and I send this out as a hat-tip to them and the stellar work they put in to bring you the best science content which you can trust. You will not find memes in this community, nor will you find jokes. But you will find science which is amazing and fascinating.

Do share this post widely if you like science. I urge you to support us.

Thanks!___Moderating a large community is a thankless job, which consists of many hours of spam removal and lots of verbal abuse from angry community members. Thanks to the +Science on G+​ mods for making this a great community!

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2015-04-27 00:11:32 (18 comments; 4 reshares; 45 +1s)Open 

Anyone out there using IE?

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!___Anyone out there using IE?

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2015-04-10 16:22:17 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

One of my undergraduate students will be presenting this research at the Midwestern Psychological Association. Feel free to comment below if you have questions.

Heart Rate Variability Predicts Attentional Control
The current research will be presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association in April. See text below for a summary or click on picture to view full poster.

Summary of Research
The current study examined: (a) how auditory and visual distractors would affect performance on a visual selective attention task, and (b) if variability in resting heart rate could predict attentional control (i.e., more variability in heart rate = better selective attention).

Using two different flanker tasks, participants had to focus on animals inside of a box and quickly press "1" if they saw a bird and "3" if they saw a dog. Participants were also instructed to ignore the pictures of animals outside the box (visual distractor condition) or ignore the animal sounds (auditory distracter condition).

Sometimes the distracting pictures and sounds provided the same information as inside the box (e.g.,  bird inside the box and bird outside of box) and other times the distracting stimuli were incompatible (e.g., a bird was presented inside the box but a dog was presented outside of the box). Participants who are better at selectively attending to the animals inside of the box should be less distracted by the incompatible distractors (see Figures in poster for examples of trials).

We also manipulated cognitive load. On low load conditions, there was only one animal in the box. On high load conditions, there were six animals in the box. Thus, the high load condition should take longer to process and consume more attentional resources.

Heart rate was assessed in a five minute baseline before the experiment proper. Heart Rate Variability (variability in beat to beat intervals) was collected and computed using +MindWare Technologies LTD software and hardware.

Auditory and visual distractors were equally distracting, and incompatible distractors only slowed down responses in the high load condition (when there were more stimuli to process). Furthermore, participants with more variability in their heart rate were less influenced by the incompatible distractors (i.e,. they had better attentional control).

The current research is consistent with the neurovisceral integration model, which posits that the areas of the brain responsible for top down attentional control and emotion regulation (e.g., prefrontal cortex) are also indirectly connected to the heart via the vagus nerve (e.g., prefrontal inhibition on subcortical areas adds short term variability in heart rate). 

Future research will determine if HRV can predict attentional control in toddlers and young children. 

Please use the following reference if you want to cite this work:
Dunifon, C., & Robinson, C.W. (2015, April). Heart rate variability associated with attentional control in high-load flanker tasks. Poster presented at the Annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.___One of my undergraduate students will be presenting this research at the Midwestern Psychological Association. Feel free to comment below if you have questions.

2015-04-08 19:38:53 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

We'll be discussing foraging theory, cooperative breeding, autonomous cars, and collective decision-making processes in ants and honeybees. Should be fun! Hope you can join us!

Dr. Theodore (Ted) P. Pavlic, Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering at +Arizona State University. +Ted Pavlic received his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2010 from The Ohio State University where he learned to combine behavioral ecology and control theory to build algorithms that allow automation to make flexible decisions that are rational with respect to the current environment. Inspiration came from optimal foraging theory and cooperative breeding, and target applications ranged from military to the sustainable built environment. From 2010 to 2012, he worked as a postdoctoral scholar in Computer Science and Engineering studying cyber-physical systems of the future composed of fully autonomous and human driven cars operating in parallel in the cities of the near future. Since 2012, he has worked as a research scientist at Arizona State University in the social-insect laboratory of Stephen Pratt studying the collective decision-making processes of ants and honeybees. Not only have these studies inspired novel stochastic programming techniques for swarm robotics, but these animal models are also providing insights into the information structures that emerged at the origins of life. In August of 2015, he will join the engineering faculty of Arizona State University where he will use a variety of theoretical, computational, and empirical methods to study decision-making and organization across a wide range of artificial and natural systems. Potential graduate students interested in trans-disciplinary explorations of decision making are welcome to contact him to discuss opportunities.

Links
Personal website in desperate need of updating:
http://www.tedpavlic.com/

Current host (Stephen Pratt) laboratory for ant work: 
http://pratt.lab.asu.edu/

Collaborator (Sara Imari Walker) laboratory for info. theory work:
http://emergence.asu.edu/

Recommended Readings
Sean Wilson, Theodore P. Pavlic, Ganesh P. Kumar, Aurélie Buffin, Stephen C. Pratt, and Spring Berman. Design of ant-inspired stochastic control policies for collective transport by robotic swarms. Swarm Intelligence, 8(4):303–327, December 2014.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11721-014-0100-8

Theodore P. Pavlic, Alyssa M. Adams, Paul C. W. Davies, and Sara Imari Walker. Self-referencing cellular automata: A model of the evolution of information control in biological systems. In: Proceedings of the Fourteenth International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems (ALIFE 14), pages 522–529, July 31 – August 2, 2014.
http://dx.doi.org/10.7551/978-0-262-32621-6-ch083

Theodore P. Pavlic and Stephen C. Pratt. Superorganismic behavior via human computation. In: Pietro Michelucci, editor, Handbook of Human Computation, pages 911–960. Springer, 2013.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8806-4_74___We'll be discussing foraging theory, cooperative breeding, autonomous cars, and collective decision-making processes in ants and honeybees. Should be fun! Hope you can join us!

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2015-04-07 19:52:01 (15 comments; 3 reshares; 33 +1s)Open 

+Google+ - Please Fix the Ghost Communities
Do you find it odd that the largest community on G+ has 5.8 MILLION followers and the owner and mod are not even on Google+? Now it makes sense why the fb community and some of the other monster communities are filled with porn and spam - no one can remove posts or ban spammers! See also this relevant post, http://goo.gl/xv24wm.

+Google+ - Please Fix the Ghost Communities
Do you find it odd that the largest community on G+ has 5.8 MILLION followers and the owner and mod are not even on Google+? Now it makes sense why the fb community and some of the other monster communities are filled with porn and spam - no one can remove posts or ban spammers! See also this relevant post, http://goo.gl/xv24wm.___

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2015-04-06 14:09:55 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

In 5 minutes we’ll be discussing Developmental Robotics with Dr. +Matthew Schlesinger, Associate Professor of Psychology from SIU. Hope you can join us!

In 5 minutes we’ll be discussing Developmental Robotics with Dr. +Matthew Schlesinger, Associate Professor of Psychology from SIU. Hope you can join us!___

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2015-04-02 17:57:53 (198 comments; 33 reshares; 168 +1s)Open 

Dear +Google+, Please fix the porn problem. I can't even check my G+ stream without one of these sex event posts showing up (see left pic)!  Many of the large communities are getting bombarded with these posts. The problem is that anyone can spam up to five communities at the same time (see right pic), and these events automatically appear in everyone's stream. Given that some of these monster communities have over a million followers, with many kids in these communities, this gives spammers a very diverse and large audience. Please give moderators more control by either: (a) making it impossible for non-mods to post community events or (b) hiding community events from the public until they are approved by a moderator. Thanks in advance.

Dear +Google+, Please fix the porn problem. I can't even check my G+ stream without one of these sex event posts showing up (see left pic)!  Many of the large communities are getting bombarded with these posts. The problem is that anyone can spam up to five communities at the same time (see right pic), and these events automatically appear in everyone's stream. Given that some of these monster communities have over a million followers, with many kids in these communities, this gives spammers a very diverse and large audience. Please give moderators more control by either: (a) making it impossible for non-mods to post community events or (b) hiding community events from the public until they are approved by a moderator. Thanks in advance.___

2015-03-29 12:52:55 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Hope you can join us on 4/6! RSVP “yes” if you want to add this event to your calendar.

Please join us on 4/6 for a Developmental Science HOA with Dr.+Matthew Schlesinger, Associate Professor of Psychology at Southern Illinois University and director of the SIU Vision Lab. Matthew Schlesinger received his graduate degree in cognitive development from the University of California at Berkeley in 1995. After spending a year as a visiting lecturer in psychology at Berkeley, Dr. Schlesinger received a Fulbright fellowship to study artificial life models of sensorimotor cognition with Domenico Parisi at the Italian National Research Council in Rome. Dr. Schlesinger continued his postdoctoral work in 1998-2000 with a multi-disciplinary team of researchers at the University of Massachusetts, studying machine-learning approaches to adaptive motor control.  He is currently involved in three areas of research:  (1) visual attention and spatial working memory in infants, children, and adults, (2) neural network models of early visual processing and oculomotor control, and (3) neural substrates of working memory and spatial-directed attention. 

RSVP “yes” if you want to add this event to your calendar.

Relevant Links:
Faculty page: http://goo.gl/JZro2y 
Lab page: http://goo.gl/5mxvZA 
Developmental Robotics Book: http://goo.gl/NEpoBg 
ICDL-EpiRob Conference:  http://goo.gl/KfnvG 

Relevant Readings:
Schlesinger, M., Johnson, S.P., & Amso, D.  (2014).  Prediction-learning in infants as a mechanism for gaze control during object exploration. Frontiers in Perception Science, 5, 1-12.  http://goo.gl/ZiXuDo 

Schlesinger, M., & McMurray, B. (2012). The past, present, and future of computational models of cognitive development. Cognitive Development, 27, 326-348.  http://goo.gl/T8Bgnd 

Schlesinger, M., Johnson, S.P., & Amso, D.  (2014).  Learnability of infants’ center-of-gaze sequences predicts their habituation and posthabituation looking time. In Proceedings of the Fourth Joint IEEE Conference on Development and Learning and on Epigenetic Robotics (pp. 267-272). New York: IEEE. http://goo.gl/qEc54G___Hope you can join us on 4/6! RSVP “yes” if you want to add this event to your calendar.

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2015-03-26 18:11:14 (18 comments; 26 reshares; 30 +1s)Open 

Here comes the first wave of personal robots. Will you be buying one? See also +Cynthia Breazeal's Ted Talk, http://goo.gl/dgewTT.

Read more: http://www.jibo.com http://goo.gl/EQAtys

Here comes the first wave of personal robots. Will you be buying one? See also +Cynthia Breazeal's Ted Talk, http://goo.gl/dgewTT.

Read more: http://www.jibo.com http://goo.gl/EQAtys___

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2015-03-24 17:05:20 (5 comments; 13 reshares; 61 +1s)Open 

Truth!

Truth!___

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2015-03-24 16:24:30 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

Cool finding. Anyone have 7-tesla magnets and a cryocooler that I can borrow? On a more serious note, it is interesting to think about potential applications. What would you do if you could use magnets to control heat and sound?

Researchers at The Ohio State University have discovered how to control heat with a magnetic field. In the March 23 issue of the journal Nature Materials, they describe how a magnetic field roughly the size of a medical MRI reduced the amount of heat flowing through a semiconductor by 12 percent. The study is the first ever to prove that acoustic phonons—the elemental particles that transmit both heat and sound—have magnetic properties.___Cool finding. Anyone have 7-tesla magnets and a cryocooler that I can borrow? On a more serious note, it is interesting to think about potential applications. What would you do if you could use magnets to control heat and sound?

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2015-03-16 18:45:13 (7 comments; 3 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

Auditory Dominance in Adults
The current research will be presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association in April. See text below for a short summary or click on picture to view full poster.

Summary of Research
Adults had to quickly determine if two sounds, two pictures, or two A-V pairings were exactly the same or different.

Presenting the pictures and sounds together slowed down visual discrimination times but had no effect on auditory discrimination times (see Figure 2). 

In Experiment 2 we extended the finding to linguistic stimuli (i.e., spoken words also slowed down visual processing). See Figure 3. We also instructed adults in Study 2 to ignore the sounds/words and only respond to the visual information. Even though attention was directed to visual information, sounds and words both slowed down responding to visual information. 
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Auditory Dominance in Adults
The current research will be presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association in April. See text below for a short summary or click on picture to view full poster.

Summary of Research
Adults had to quickly determine if two sounds, two pictures, or two A-V pairings were exactly the same or different.

Presenting the pictures and sounds together slowed down visual discrimination times but had no effect on auditory discrimination times (see Figure 2). 

In Experiment 2 we extended the finding to linguistic stimuli (i.e., spoken words also slowed down visual processing). See Figure 3. We also instructed adults in Study 2 to ignore the sounds/words and only respond to the visual information. Even though attention was directed to visual information, sounds and words both slowed down responding to visual information. 

While the adult literature consistently points to visual dominance, the current study provides novel support showing that sounds and words can also attenuate visual processing. 

Please use the following reference if you want to cite this work:
Dunifon, C., & Robinson, C.W. (2015, April). Pay attention to the pictures: Auditory dominance not under attentional control. Poster presented at the Annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.___

2015-03-05 19:08:12 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

This is a nice training workshop if you're interested in learning about Heart Rate Variability and ways to incorporate HRV into your research.

Gary G. Berntson Heart Rate Variability Seminar registration is open for June 2015.

Visit our website for seminar outline and registration -___This is a nice training workshop if you're interested in learning about Heart Rate Variability and ways to incorporate HRV into your research.

2015-03-04 17:04:07 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

Here are the links if you want to learn more about language research opportunities at +The Ohio State University. 

Paid Research Program: http://bln.osu.edu/REU_Main.htm
Lab: http://bln.osu.edu/LanguagePod.php

Please join us on 3/4 for a Developmental Science HOA with Dr.+Laura Wagner, Associate Professor of Psychology at +The Ohio State University and director of the Developmental Language and Cognition Lab. Dr. Wagner studies how children acquire language, and in particular, how they learn about meaning. Her research has looks at various dimensions of meaning, including children's understanding of temporal and event semantics (especially the linguistic category of aspect), and their understanding of social indexical meanings coded in dialect and register. She conducts her studies at her lab on OSU's campus, and also at the Columbus Center of Science and Industry (+COSI). We will enable the Q & A app prior to the HOA so feel free to posts your questions on the event post or by using the app. RSVP “yes” to add this event to your calendar.

Relevant Links:
Faculty page: http://goo.gl/la3xYa 
Lab page: http://goo.gl/CduTn0 
Buckeye Language Network: http://goo.gl/YA6dNW 

Relevant Readings:
Wagner, L., Clopper, C. G., & Pate, J. (2014).  Children’s perception of dialect variation. Journal of Child Language, 41, 1062 – 1084. http://goo.gl/aFFmPc

Clopper, C., Rohrbeck, K. L. & Wagner, L. (2013). Perception of talker age by young adults with High-Functioning Autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 43, 134 - 146. http://goo.gl/oyf8uD 

Wagner, L. (2010). Acquisition of Semantics. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science, 1 (4), 519 - 526. http://goo.gl/8H9rct ___Here are the links if you want to learn more about language research opportunities at +The Ohio State University. 

Paid Research Program: http://bln.osu.edu/REU_Main.htm
Lab: http://bln.osu.edu/LanguagePod.php

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2015-03-02 22:38:39 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

Hotels or Airbnb?
For the last 2 weeks I have been trying to book a hotel room in downtown Chicago for the Fourth of July weekend. Many of the hotels near the downtown area do not have rooms available or they run $400-800 a night. My friends referred me to +Airbnb​, and I am currently looking into a loft right off of Michigan Ave for $250! It really seems like a nice (and interesting) way to travel, and it is a lot cheaper. 

I have provided a link below that will give you $25 off your first trip! Disclaimer: Using the link below to create an account will also give me $25 credit if you use the service for travel and $75 if you host.

I am new to +Airbnb​ and would like to hear from you. Have you used this service to find a room or house? Have you used this service to host and share your house with others? What are your thoughts?

Hotels or Airbnb?
For the last 2 weeks I have been trying to book a hotel room in downtown Chicago for the Fourth of July weekend. Many of the hotels near the downtown area do not have rooms available or they run $400-800 a night. My friends referred me to +Airbnb​, and I am currently looking into a loft right off of Michigan Ave for $250! It really seems like a nice (and interesting) way to travel, and it is a lot cheaper. 

I have provided a link below that will give you $25 off your first trip! Disclaimer: Using the link below to create an account will also give me $25 credit if you use the service for travel and $75 if you host.

I am new to +Airbnb​ and would like to hear from you. Have you used this service to find a room or house? Have you used this service to host and share your house with others? What are your thoughts?___

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2015-02-25 19:27:14 (3 comments; 24 reshares; 53 +1s)Open 

Ames Illusion
An Ames room is a distorted room that is used to create an optical illusion. Likely influenced by the writings of Hermann Helmholtz, it was invented by American ophthalmologist Adelbert Ames, Jr. in 1934, and constructed in the following year. An Ames room is viewed with one eye through a pinhole such as to avoid any clues from stereopsis, and it is constructed so that from the front it appears to be an ordinary cubic-shaped room, with a back wall and two side walls parallel to each other and perpendicular to the horizontally level floor and ceiling. However, this is a trick of perspective and the true shape of the room is trapezoidal: the walls are slanted and the ceiling and floor are at an incline, and the right corner is much closer to the front-positioned observer than the left corner (or vice versa). Source: http://goo.gl/kkeT

GIF created by +Andrey Mashnich more »

Ames Illusion
An Ames room is a distorted room that is used to create an optical illusion. Likely influenced by the writings of Hermann Helmholtz, it was invented by American ophthalmologist Adelbert Ames, Jr. in 1934, and constructed in the following year. An Ames room is viewed with one eye through a pinhole such as to avoid any clues from stereopsis, and it is constructed so that from the front it appears to be an ordinary cubic-shaped room, with a back wall and two side walls parallel to each other and perpendicular to the horizontally level floor and ceiling. However, this is a trick of perspective and the true shape of the room is trapezoidal: the walls are slanted and the ceiling and floor are at an incline, and the right corner is much closer to the front-positioned observer than the left corner (or vice versa). Source: http://goo.gl/kkeT

GIF created by +Andrey Mashnich 
See also http://goo.gl/FUjTp for an explanation.___

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2015-02-24 20:50:51 (18 comments; 3 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

Heart Rate Variability and AV Processing in Infants
We recently presented these preliminary data at the International Conference on Infant Studies. Summary is below or you can click on poster and scroll with mouse wheel to enlarge.

Summary
*Infants were presented with alternating old and new sounds (E1) or old and new AV pairings (E2), and we recorded infants' heart rates.

*Heart rate slowed down more for novel sounds and novel images, suggesting that heart rate can be used to measure AV discrimination in young infants.

*Infants with more variable heart beats (i.e., increased variability in beat to beat intervals) at the beginning of the study were more likely to detect changes in auditory and visual information.

*Current research is examining if heart rate variability can be used to predict selective and divided attention abilities in... more »

Heart Rate Variability and AV Processing in Infants
We recently presented these preliminary data at the International Conference on Infant Studies. Summary is below or you can click on poster and scroll with mouse wheel to enlarge.

Summary
*Infants were presented with alternating old and new sounds (E1) or old and new AV pairings (E2), and we recorded infants' heart rates.

*Heart rate slowed down more for novel sounds and novel images, suggesting that heart rate can be used to measure AV discrimination in young infants.

*Infants with more variable heart beats (i.e., increased variability in beat to beat intervals) at the beginning of the study were more likely to detect changes in auditory and visual information.

*Current research is examining if heart rate variability can be used to predict selective and divided attention abilities in young children. 

Robinson, C. W., Miser, T., Williams. D., Thayer, J. F., & Sloutsky, V. M. (2014, July). Heart Rate Variability as a Predictor of Infants’ Auditory and Visual Processing. Poster presented at the Biennial International Conference for Infant Studies, Berlin, Germany.___

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2015-02-23 22:24:48 (6 comments; 2 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

Thanks, +Google​!

Thanks, +Google​!___

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2015-02-23 17:22:35 (1 comments; 9 reshares; 40 +1s)Open 

Impossible motion: magnet-like slopes
This illusion took first prize in the 6th Annual Best Illusion of the Year Contest. Click on the following link to see the top 10 finalists: http://goo.gl/TbEy.

Impossible motion: magnet-like slopes
This illusion took first prize in the 6th Annual Best Illusion of the Year Contest. Click on the following link to see the top 10 finalists: http://goo.gl/TbEy.___

2015-02-23 00:16:06 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Musicians on G+ Soundcloud Circle #1
View Soundcloud profiles here, http://goo.gl/keauUR. Please fill out this form (http://goo.gl/sOqjnx) if you want to add your profile to the next Soundcloud circle.

Musicians on G+ Soundcloud Circle #1
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