Diary of a human 'lab rat'
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By Alison Motluk FOR more than a decade, I have been reporting on the big advances in neuroscience. I have talked to the top names, attended their conferences, read their papers and visited their labs, but I have never been on the receiving end of their work – until now. Earlier this year, I volunteered to become effectively blind for a week, as part of a study to test what happens to a brain when it is suddenly deprived of light. This is my diary: Induction. I report to the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston, as instructed. To be honest, I am having second thoughts. I’m not sure I want to be blindfolded. What if I can’t hack it? I’m worried I’ll wake up in the middle of the night and not know where I am, that I won’t be able to find the bathroom, that they’ll discover a brain tumour – or worse, a very small, unimpressive brain. Why did I agree to do this? I realise there is no turning back as I meet the research team. Naomi Pitskell is the study coordinator, Lotfi Merabet will be running the show, and Marina Bedny plans to conduct some pilot tests on me. Over the next few hours they evaluate my hearing, vision and general neurological function. Miraculously, despite last night’s insomnia, all is normal. Others have done this before me, but that isn’t much consolation: