BAW - Day 2

Brain Awareness Week continues, with today's neurosong: Kiln - Neuron.

Like the neuroword neurosong? Those are both neologisms I coined. With the proliferation of relatively new terms like neuroethics, neuroaesthetics, neuromarketing, neuroeconomics, neurophilosophy, and many more, it's easy to get swept up in the neurohype and be a little creative. For me it started with a sci fi series I wrote and titled Neuropunk. When I discovered the name was already in use (it's also a bad title because it's too similar to cyberpunk and that grand neuroword, William Gibson's Neuromancer) I came up with a bunch more and haven't stopped since.

To celebrate Brain Awareness Week I invite you to try your hand at neuroword neologisms. I'm hosting a contest: leave a comment with your original neuroword, definition and email address and at the end of the week the best will win a special set of 52 brain teaser puzzles on playing cards. Puzzles are great for neurofitness (Faith Popcorn coined that one) and fun besides.

Think one up, and enter!

[Contest is now over. The winner is...]

[And the other winner is...]


Blogger Neil H. said...

neurologism: a word created by prefixing "neuro" to almost any normal word (neuronexmachina@gmail.com)

neuromouse/pointer: A mouse pointer controlled via EEG or direct neural interfaces.

15/3/06 01:40  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

neurocracy - dominion of the brain over the rest of the body


15/3/06 08:12  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

neuronerd - a person employed, entertained, and/or infinitely intrigued by neuroscientific pursuits

15/3/06 15:13  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

neuropsyched - n., the condition of a person being extremely interested in neuroscience and related fields.

neurosci-fi - n., a genre of literature that is characterized by the application of fictional neuroscientific phenomena, ie the extensive use of Brain-Computer Interface, etc.

15/3/06 20:03  
Blogger razorsmile said...

neurocomedy: comedy generated and finetuned for maximum amusement via intereactive(sic) feedback loops between performer and audience.

neuroergonomics: the study and optimization of tools and environments for the maximum comfort of human brains.

neuroneurotic: condition of being perpetual uneasy about neuro-related issues.

neurohypochondriac: a person who constantly believes e suffers from illness(es) of the brain.

15/3/06 21:14  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

neurolicious: mentally or intellectually delectable

neuromatic: an artifact of the neurological implementation of consciousness, as in "neuromatic behavior" or a "neuromatic conclusion".

neurovisual: visual input originating from internal neuroimplants rather than from the eye.

neuroaccoustic: audio input originating from internal neuroimplants rather than from the ear.

neuropic: unable to see clearly due to an excess of neurovisual overlays or enhancements.

neurosatanist: one who believes the only way to escape eternal boredom in heaven is through destructive uploading before natural death.

neurosatanism: the practice of neurosatanists, esp. centered around the upload terminal as an alter of worship, and the ritual and usually involuntary uploading of human sacrifices.

16/3/06 07:59  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

neuromanticism: the discipline that investigates neural correlates of love

16/3/06 09:06  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neurosociety: A society in which neurotechnology is the primary driver of techno-economic and socio-political change. Our emerging neurosociety is developing from our information society which emerged from an industrial society and even earlier from an agricultural society.

Neuroceutical: A side-effect free neuropharmaceutical.

Neurocompetitive advantage: Competitive advantage derived from leveraging neurotechnology.

Neurotechnology: Drugs, devices and diagnostics to analyze and influence the nervous system including the brain.

16/3/06 09:25  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

neuroific: an amazing thing that is the direct result of the brain.

neurorotica or Neurotica: Discussing the activities of the human brain in a way that is intended to cause sexual arousal.

neurogoth: someone who findds the brain to be a disgusting and horrible thing... and thus has it's own unique beauty to it.

neuronist: someone who discriminates against those with a greater use of their brain.

neurophobia - fear of the brain. also, fear of using the brain.


16/3/06 13:44  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lots of neurowords: http://www.onelook.com/?w=neuro*&ls=b

How about neurodigitization: the process of translating data and information about a nervous system into a sequence of discrete symbols from a finite set.

16/3/06 15:29  
Blogger Jake Dunagan said...

neuropower- the governmentality that makes the mangement of the brain and thought as the central locus of power.

16/3/06 17:12  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A neurotopia is a society that posesses and implements a thorough, sensible, biology/brain-based understanding of human behavior, which increases the ability of said society to deal with the issues it faces.

16/3/06 21:36  
Blogger Mombo Dogface said...

Neuroholic: An addiction to using one's brain.

17/3/06 00:13  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neurorgasim: The brain at the peak of a pleasure fire.

Neurodor: What attracks the zombies

Neurosafe: Mindhacker protection

Neurowhine: The underlying sound the brain makes while mindhacking another to the point nearing ones own celebral devastation.

Neurolice, Neurotick, Neuroflea: You don't want any of them them

NeuroSTD: Even worse so becareful of who you connect with. It's a very dirty highway of information.

NeuroBSoD: It's not like Mr. Gates will have fixed the Blue Screen of Death by the time people integrate themselves with computers. I think I'll run Linux myself.

Neuroscreem: You'd rather have your ear drums popped

17/3/06 08:21  
Blogger tosca said...

neuropod: n., a capsule-like device used in a similar fashion as floatation devices of the 21st century.
The user sits within the neuropod and is gradually beamed into a virtual state of awareness.
- a network that is capable of independent thought but has no self awareness.

neuroleptic: A person whose mind can induce a state of subjective virtual reality.


17/3/06 11:03  
Blogger Emma said...

Neuroptic: nervous brain disorder often seen in alcoholics, typically triggered by a too-small drink dispenser

17/3/06 11:28  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

neuroluddite: one who is opposed to neurotechnology and neuroaugmentation

neuroaugmentation: essentially, Zack's neurotechnology. Modification of exisiting neurological structures.

neuromodification: like "body modification". Probably the same definition as neuroaugmentation but without the bias that such modification is positive.

17/3/06 13:06  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

neurollero: one who wrangles neurons, or someone whose esteemed position is denoted by the token of a neuron.

neurotrash: a group of attractive, progressive, and fashionable young neuroscientists of non-european heritage.

17/3/06 23:47  
Blogger razorsmile said...

And, while I'm at it:

neurorrhage - that which occurs when one reads something mindblowing.

18/3/06 22:23  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

neurosymbiotic - the symbiosis of nanotechnology and neurochemistry. to modify the synapse in a harmonious way.

19/3/06 09:46  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neurolan - Connecting over a local area connection via one's brain.




Neuro-ku - Really bad pun on an anime character.

19/3/06 16:58  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

neurosceptic: someone who doubts grand media claims made on behalf of neuroscience.

20/3/06 04:14  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neurogibberish- Seemingly impressive jargon used by some neuroscientists to hide lack of real findings

20/3/06 05:44  
Blogger Unknown said...

Neuro-tic: involuntary, even unconscious tendency to bring neuroscience into any conversation.

Neuriposte: making a comeback to based on pseudoscientific speculation as to their neuropsychological makeup: 'that's a very frontal thing to say', 'what a systematiser', 'it seems to me you've not developed your area BA10 :)'. See also Evolutaunt.

Neureality: The belief that we are stepping into a new stage of human existence defined by advances in neuroscience. 'Everything's different now.' Characterised by neuro-tics and when pushed, neuroripostes.

Neurrelavent: Best practise when dealing with a neuriposte or neuro-tic, e.g. 'that's neurrelavent and you're lowering our intelligence just by bringing it up'.

NB Mod delete if this is a double post!

Alex F

20/3/06 06:38  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

neuroneophyte -
1) An individual who learns one or two key vocabulary words related to neurology/physiopsychology and uses it for the basis of all related discussion (ie. Littering every sentence with the words "agonist" and "antagonist").

2) Any one who quotes Nietzsche, and considers it a relevant argument.

3) A woman who took two general psychology classes at college, reads pamphlets on dysthemia, and thinks she's qualified to diagnose and recommend medication to her Bunco friends.

4) Those who consider hemispheric processing relevant to every discussion/issue.

5) People who take piracetam and modafanil, think they are Jesus Christ incarnate, and try to get all of their coffee drinking friends to "make the switch."

I could go on for hours

20/3/06 08:19  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neurosophy: study of the most fundamental and general concepts and principles involved in neuro science

Neurocker: Neuro augmented musician

Neuropa/Neurope: the world of the future

Neurome: capital of Neuropa

Neurodollar: currency of Neuropa

Neurosseuse/Neurosseur: brainwave relaxation specialists

Neuroretro: future fashion trend involving historic brain implants and pre-nano body augmentation

20/3/06 10:01  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, forgot that one:

Neurolympics: the international games of neurosports

20/3/06 10:07  
Blogger Neil H. said...

I think this might be too late, but here's another one I just thought of:

neurocomm/neurophone: A hypothetical device which records and produces neural signals to allow for communication between others. For input, it could record nerve signals from the throat for subvocal speech. For output, it could use a cochlear implant to deliver a signal straight to the auditory nerves. You could also have it powered by the body's electricity, glucose, or recharged externally by induction. If you have it support Bluetooth, one could communicate with any Bluetooth device/phone without anything visible outside the skin.

20/3/06 12:01  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

neurofilk: A popular or folk song with lyrics revised or completely new neurolyrics and/or neuromusic, intended for humorous effect when read, and/or to be sung late at night at SfN or other neuroscience conventions.

neurolyrics: the neuroscience-related lyrics of a neurosong

neuromusic: music designed around neuroimaging data or otherwise thought to elicit consistently a certain brain state as measured by neuroimaging technology

neuro: an artificial neurolanguage for international use that rejects all existing words and is based instead on an abstract analysis of ideas

neurolanguage: A system of signs, symbols, gestures, or rules used in communicating about neuroscience

neuroaddict: one who prefixes every word with neuro-

20/3/06 12:09  
Blogger BenP said...

Neurofiction: story about neuroscience without any factual basis

20/3/06 13:51  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

neurodefenestration: Throwing your thoughts out the window.

neuronarcissism: The act of being in love with one's own thoughts.

20/3/06 14:15  
Blogger pHlute said...

Here’s a couple.

Neuropath: someone that doesn’t think well with others.

Neuromancy: the art of predicting the future via thought.

20/3/06 22:18  
Blogger spiodin said...

Neuraw (pronounced: nju'ro) - a condition or a set of conditions arising from a recent neuro implant. As in: "She is suffering from neuraw after the RFID stamp on Wednesday."

30/3/06 11:32  
Blogger spiodin said...

Neuraw (pronounced: nju'ro) - a condition or a set of conditions arising from a recent neuro implant. As in: "She is suffering from neuraw after the RFID stamp on Wednesday."

30/3/06 11:35  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

NeuroLove: a boundless state without any frontiers, that doesn't recognize any skin color, creed, or sex. (It's kind of romantic love)

BTW, I liked sharrons definition of neurocracy :)

30/3/06 12:51  
Blogger Kensai said...

neuroneuro: the equivalent of yada-yada in a neuroscience discussion. :p

3/4/06 09:01  

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