Indiana University Research & Creative Activity


Volume 30 Number 2
Spring 2008

Table of Contents

Editor's Notes

The Last Page

by Sarita Soni, IU Vice Provost for Research

Captain Kidd

Ghost Particles and the Mystery of Mass

There Be Pirates

Police Work

spinning top

by Elisabeth Andrews

More children than every before are being diagnosed with autism. What's behind the prevalence?

by Amy Cornell

A mother ponders the enigma of her child's epileptic seizures.


by Tracy James

Your toddler's first word may seem simple, but how toddlers figure out what words mean is a complicated scientific question.

by Eric Schoch

Powerful brain-imaging technologies are revealing new ways to halt diseases that rob us of our memories.

by Elizabeth Rosdeitcher

What are the boundaries between body and mind?

by David Bricker

The answer to the most basic question of consciousness--what we mean by mind--may lie in the continuing evolution of complex networks in our brains.

by Douglas Hofstadter

In these excerpts from his newest book, Pulitzer Prize-winner Hofstadter ruminates on how a strange loop of symbols, patterns, and experiences creates an "I."

by Steve Hinnefeld

The same neurochemical system that responds to active ingredients in marijuana may play a role in new treatments for disease.

by Jeremy Shere

Learning to control pain instead of being controlled by it means starting at the molecular level.

by Mary Hardin

Addiction and mental illness are often intertwined--in fact, they could be caused by the same brain alterations.

by Ryan Piurek

It's not your imagination--stress really can shake up your brain.

by Jeremy Shere

Prayer is an ancient and nearly universal human experience, but what are we really doing when we pray?