Friday, January 27, 2006

Very cool math stuff

Following a link from Ars Mathematica, I found a seriously cool math blog - Philosophy of Real Mathematics. I'm adding it to my side bar. But that's not the point of this note. The point is this entry - Why Do People Get Ill? The following quote is from the second paragraph.

I was talking last summer to Niels Birbaumer, who worked in the early days on conditioning the autonomic nervous systems of rats, with psychsomatic theories in mind. He didn't need any convincing that our immune system may be significantly affected by our mental states. Niels is in charge of a brain imaging unit in Tübingen, and has done work on imaging musicians while they imagined they were playing. We discussed the possibility of doing similarly for mathematicians.

Now, how cool is this? If they do the brain imaging on mathematicians, I so want to be able to follow the study.

7 comments:

vw bug said...

If you do, keep us updated!

Harvey said...

Wonder what my brain looks like while I'm blogging? :-)

MathCogIdiocy said...

vw - if this study goes forward, no matter what happens I'll be watching the journals for papers. I think it could be fascinating.

Well, Harvey, your brain while blogging....um....love notes....um....nevermind. :-)

Teresa said...

Wow - that study was just made for you *grin*. Very very cool!

MathCogIdiocy said...

*grinning* back and dreaming of math and brain imaging. Okay, I am one sick puppy. LOL

Harvey said...

If they scanned my brain while I was blogging, they'd see that naked-lady outline like you see on some truckers' mudflaps :-)

MathCogIdiocy said...

Harvey -

LOL! Would that be like those cartoons of a dog's brain (or a cat's brain)?