My aim with this blog is to explore the space of metaphor and analogy.

The first post serves as an introduction, and explains what I mean by Axis, Praxis.


I’m a neuroscientist at Boston University. I study the expression and modulation of emotion in neural circuits that center on the amygdala. My work aims to bridge the gap between artificial neural networks and real neuroanatomy. My PhD thesis was on interval timing — I developed a computational model of reinforcement learning-driven flexible timing in the basal ganglia circuit.

I blog about neuroscience at neurologism.com.

Here’s my Quora profile — feel free to ask me a question!


Before entering the messy world of neuroscience I studied physics — I received a bachelor’s degree from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, and a master’s from IIT Bombay. Most of my schooling (1992-2001) happened in Coonoor. Prior to that my family lived in the US. Now I’m back in the USSA!

When I’m not thinking about the brain I am thinking about metaphysics, religion, mysticism, politics, and pop culture.


5 Responses to About

  1. Maureen Ellis says:

    I’m enjoying reading your work and appreciate it enormously. It furthers my own PhD understanding of the personal and professional development of critical global educators. Thank you.

  2. A post shared by Quora https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-most-important-idea-in-human-history/answer/Yohan-John?ref=fb_page led me to your blog. It’s so fascinating that we know so less about metaphors when they’re so closely related to us.
    Thanks for sharing your views and knowledge. We crave for knowledge and we do find it, in thoughts of people like you!

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