Author Archives: Aditi Newadkar

Let There Be Sound

Let There Be Sound

The cochlear implant, approved by the FDA in 1984, was considered a medical marvel. It gifted people who were afflicted with sensorineural hearing loss the ability to hear again. Cochlear implants take advantage of the tonotopy of the cochlea, where sound waves are converted into digital signals by a sound processor, which is typically placed… Continue Reading

Monkey See, Monkey Do

Monkey See, Monkey Do

The American Psychological Association (APA) has established its “Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct,” which includes 10 main standards that psychologists must maintain. The preamble of this ethics code contains the mission statement to “[increase] scientific and professional knowledge of behavior,” and additionally asserts that “Psychologists respect and protect civil and human rights.”… Continue Reading

Robo sapiens

Robo sapiens

Artificial intelligence (AI) has been quickly making its way into our society. Big tech companies like Google and Apple have already been hiring neuroscientists to coordinate their AI research, as they are deriving the patterns and algorithms of AI from the human brain. In January 2015, Stephen Hawking famously wrote a letter discussing his fears… Continue Reading

MD- Licensed to Kill?

MD- Licensed to Kill?

You are standing in a crowded cable car, driving down a hill. In front of you, the tracks diverge. You notice that there are five people standing in the direction that your cable car is headed, and they don’t move. You also see that there is a lever in front of you, in the cable car,… Continue Reading

The Criminal Mind

The Criminal Mind

In the spring of 2014, Olympian Oscar Pistorius was on trial for the brutal killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Stenkamp. During the trial, witnesses presented their testimonies, the forensics teams analyzed DNA from blood samples, and scientists of many different backgrounds explained their take on the logistics of the murder, all standard forms of evidence… Continue Reading