7 Quick Takes – Are Faces Innate? (The Psychology Edition)

Another busy week, though I’m hoping it will calm down a little. What have I been up to? Uni work, mostly. Read on for Psychology in bulk. Catch up with Quick Takes at This Ain’t the Lyceum. ~1~ If you’re interested in Psychology, I did a seminar presentation today for my Science of Emotion module, … Continue reading 7 Quick Takes – Are Faces Innate? (The Psychology Edition)

Whodunnit On a Sky Cruiser: A Review of MURDER OUT OF THE BLUE

1908. A gruesome death on board the Sky Liner RMS Macedonia exposes the clash of class, secrets and sexuality in upper class Edwardian society. On her journey home Maliha Anderson, Anglo-Indian daughter of a Scottish engineer and a Brahmin scholar, hopes to make peace with her past, her future and what she sees in the … Continue reading Whodunnit On a Sky Cruiser: A Review of MURDER OUT OF THE BLUE

Steampunk Spotlight: AG Carpenter

*bounces off walls* Hullo, readers. D’you remember that Steampunk Spotlight I created, like, a couple of months ago? Well, I have another steampunk author on the wings here – the lovely AG Carpenter. Follow her blog and Twitter for all her updates. What I love best about this interview is actually its length and the … Continue reading Steampunk Spotlight: AG Carpenter

Nanoshrinking, Star Trek, and A Good Dalek

I don't really review TV programs and the such, but sometimes I like to discuss these things. I'm going to be briefly looking at last Saturday's episode of Doctor Who, Into the Dalek, which does include some plot and arc spoilers, so come back once you've watched the episode. Partly inspired by the Twitter conversations I've … Continue reading Nanoshrinking, Star Trek, and A Good Dalek

A Steampunk Thought

For your Thursday (and my laziness), I have decided to quote a piece from the Victorian Steampunk Society’s website about what Steampunk is. As I have said before, there is no absolute definition of Steampunk, in my own opinion. Part of the great advantage of the Steampunk genre is its variety, in that one can … Continue reading A Steampunk Thought

Uncanny Mutations and Astonishing Mutants

The Wellcome Collection blog looks at X-Men and mutation. As a big X-Men fan, and with Peter (and Octavia)’s psychic ability being a recessive genetic element of my trilogy, things about ‘real’ mutations fascinate me.

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X-Men: Days of Future Past is now in cinemas, billed as the most action packed and ambitious film in the X-Men saga. What better time to use the classic, long-running comic series as inspiration for a post about mutations whilst taking a look at some of the other aspects that make these superheroes more than just men in tights.

Before we go any further: what exactly is mutation and how does it happen? Joel Carlin explains:

“Mutation is a change in the sequence of an organism’s DNA. Mutations can be caused by high-energy sources such as radiation or by chemicals in the environment. They can also appear spontaneously during the replication of DNA.” (Carlin, 2011)

It is this latter method that the writers of the X-Men comics employ as an explanation for their superhuman characters’ astonishing abilities. In real life, as in the comics, mutations can be expressed in a…

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Do You Spurn Those Who Say Humanities and Sciences Conflict? I Need You!

As you may know, I'm restless to the point of not even being able to settle on one subject to study at university. On the other hand, I am a proud joint honours student. As such, I believe that my interests in each of my disciplines - from my three A Levels: Philosophy and Ethics, … Continue reading Do You Spurn Those Who Say Humanities and Sciences Conflict? I Need You!

Describe How Synaptic Signals Become Action Potentials in a Neuron.

So...I meant to post yesterday and failed spectacularly. However, I did spend my day helping with filming and editing, so that's a plus. Anyway, onto the post. A psychology post today for you. With pictures and a video (neither by me, I hasten to add)! This is hopefully helping me revise. First of all: the … Continue reading Describe How Synaptic Signals Become Action Potentials in a Neuron.

An Essay on Cognitive Forgetting

Something a little different on the blog for you to contemplate over. I wrote this assignment essay a couple of weeks ago, and I wanted to share it, with the very minimal editing since I handed it in, as part of my Revision Pitstop section of this blog. It's about memory and cognition - more importantly, … Continue reading An Essay on Cognitive Forgetting

Honda’s 3D Ad and Perception Cues

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLHxYCQoQSM You many have seen this recent Honda car advert, where we are fooled into thinking the surroundings are real or the car ‘magical’ when, in fact, science is the basis and what we are seeing on the screen is a visual illusion. I was introduced to the video in my perception lectures last term … Continue reading Honda’s 3D Ad and Perception Cues