Whose Insight is it Anyway.

We all have brains. Forgive the mundane. However, let’s re-familiarize with ala Brain Extraordinaire. There is no instance in our annual innovation reviews or daily social media existence, we miss highlighting the extraordinary prowess of the brain as an information processing system. Our logical mind. We exalt it. “I think, therefore I am”. And things that our rational mind finds fiddly, we ask Siri for … Continue reading Whose Insight is it Anyway.

Time Perception in Schizophrenia: Do schizophrenic patients perceive time differently?

Time perception distortions in schizophrenia is an increasingly known phenomenon, which dates back to the beginning of the last century. This article addresses time perception in schizophrenia from a neuroscientific perspective. Continue reading Time Perception in Schizophrenia: Do schizophrenic patients perceive time differently?

Meet the Organoids: Growing Human Brains in a Petri Dish

As Madeline Lancaster lifts a clear plastic dish into the light, roughly a dozen clumps of tissue the size of small baroque pearls bob in a peach­colored liquid. These are cerebral organoids, which possess certain features of a human brain in the first trimester of development—including lobes of cortex (Russ Juskalian, MIT Technology Review). Continue reading Meet the Organoids: Growing Human Brains in a Petri Dish

SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER (SAD): A “WINTER BLUES” IN OUR BRAIN?

Every winter the cycle repeats itself: we look outside our windows and despair to the sight of a cloudy winter sky, with no trace of the sunny days. But the familiar “winter blues” feelings might not be just a “phase”: for some people such periods of low light exposure represent a serious problem to face, and that’s where the term “seasonal affective disorder” (SAD) comes in place. Why does SAD start, and can a look at the neurobiology of the brain help us to understand it more? Continue reading SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER (SAD): A “WINTER BLUES” IN OUR BRAIN?

Is psychosis just a dream? Links between schizophrenia and dreaming

„The lunatic is a wakeful dreamer.“          -Immanuel Kant Immanuel Kant was not the first and not the last one hinting at a relationship between mental disorder and dreaming. Others, such as Schopenhauer were more specific in their statements, linking the dream state not to mental disorders in general, but to the condition of psychosis („A dream is a short-lasting psychosis, and a psychosis is … Continue reading Is psychosis just a dream? Links between schizophrenia and dreaming