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Quirks and Quarks Complete Show from CBC Radio

Canada's newest Nobel laureate, reading surgeons' minds, sniffing out shark water, a moon in an alien solar system and women and autism underdiagnosis

54:15 | Oct 5th, 2018

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Canada's latest Nobel winner is a 'laser jock' who loves the lab; Researchers are reading doctors' brains to see how good they are at surgery; 'Smelling' for shark DNA to see if it's safe to go back i...Show More


epekilis recommended:Nov 30th, 2018

I work in the field of professional credentialing. The second item about non invasive scanning to determine what part of the brain is being used to perform a task is a potential game changer in terms of test methodology.

mmFeb 23rd, 2019

@epekilis Fascinating. How do you see brain scanning applying in testing for professional credentialing?

epekilisFeb 23rd, 2019

The noninvasive scanning technology can distinguish between skills performed by a new learner versus skills performed with muscle memory; that is, with expertise. The signals come from different parts of the brain apparently.

epekilisFeb 23rd, 2019

@mm A key issue would be the degree of expertise required of a new practitioner at the point of licensure versus the degree of expertise required of a long-term practitioner in the quality assurance process.