The Einstein Lab
This blog is a labor of love of the Einstein Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience, Gender, and Health at the University of Toronto. Here, we discuss how we contextualize and conduct our research, as we hope to make our science more accessible to general audiences.
What is Situated Neuroscience?
The brain is affected both by the methods by which it is studied and its interactions with the people studying it. Thus, when studying the brain, it is critical to take into account the situation under which the study occurs.
“Situated Neuroscience” is a term we have applied to the contextualizing of the study and participants.
It is based on an important science studies concept, “Situated Knowledges,” which proposes that rigorous science requires situating the participant, the researcher, and the methods of a given study.
- Estrogens and Alzheimer’s Disease: A Closer Look At Functional Neuroimaging In The Einstein LabAlzheimer’s Disease affects women more than men. While men over the age of 65 have a 1 in 11 chance of developing the disease, this number is increased dramatically for women over the age of 65, who have a 1Continue reading “Estrogens and Alzheimer’s Disease: A Closer Look At Functional Neuroimaging In The Einstein Lab”
- Oral Contraceptives and Memory: Diving Into the Cognitive Effects of the Birth Control PillThe birth control pill has a long and winding history. First envisioned by Nurse Margaret Sanger in the 1910s (she founded what would later be Planned Parenthood), the first oral contraceptive was created with the idea of empowering women byContinue reading “Oral Contraceptives and Memory: Diving Into the Cognitive Effects of the Birth Control Pill”
- How Sex-Based Analysis Can Drive Neuroscience Research ForwardHistorically, sex differences have captivated the interests of researchers from many realms of academia. Evolutionary biologists have come a long way in investigating the link between species survival, sexual dimorphism, and mate choice. Physiologists have been pivotal in elucidating theContinue reading “How Sex-Based Analysis Can Drive Neuroscience Research Forward”
 Einstein, G. (2012) Situated Neuroscience: Elucidating a Biology of Diversity. in: Bluhm, R., Maibom, H., & Jacobson, A.J. (Eds). Neurofeminism: Issues at the Intersection of Feminist Theory and Cognitive Science, New York: Palgrave McMillan, 145–174.Bluhm, R., Maibom, H., & Jacobson, A.J. (Eds). Neurofeminism: Issues at the Intersection of Feminist Theory and Cognitive Science, New York: Palgrave McMillan, 145–174.