I bet most of you envision scientific conferences as a gathering of uber-nerds discussing the latest research in a language (some of my friends tell me it sounds vaguely like Klingon) only they can understand.
But scientists aren’t the only people attending conferences. Science journalists and bloggers are also flocking to these meetings equipped with a mastery of the English language, the ability to elegantly distill the most important and fascinating information from long and complicated lectures into 140 characters, and a smart phone. With the advent of social media, we now have the ability to communicate our thoughts and experiences in real-time.
With that, I present to you the top twelve tweets by science journalists attending the Society for Neuroscience Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, from October 13-17, 2012. It’s almost as if you were there in real life.
“Google search that” is the new “test your hypotheses” #sfn12
fascinating results in probing consciousness in vegetative patients . Turns out they may be more aware than they appear to be. #sfn12
“In life, you never get to do the control experiment” – rothmann. #Sfn12
happy to be sitting in a talk about synesthetes-people whose sensory perceptions become scrambled to the point of hearing colors, etc.#sfn12
Totally ready to hear about the neuroethics of smart drugs. Was hoping they’d be passing some out at the door, but no luck.#sfn12
Boosting working memory can boost intelligence – Sahakian.#sfn12
“We run the risk of becoming a homogenous society.” – Sahakian. Must be careful not to over narrow our definition of “intelligence.” #sfn12
Pharmaceuticals are fleeing the central nervous system. Steve Hyman. #sfn12