Sometimes, we feel hopeless. For some people this hopelessness is inescapable, or rather their brain tells them so. How can thought of ending one’s existence arise in our brain which is so trained on survival? In this post we want to look at the neurobiology that underlies this phenomenon. Continue reading The Dark Side of our Brain
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
The growing popularity of conspiracy theories raises questions about the psychological and physiological causes that lead to our tendency to believe in them. Why are some people more susceptible to conspiracy theories than the other? Let’s try to figure it out from a neuroscientific point of view! Continue reading Can I Trust My 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?
„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
The emerging field of Neuroeconomics is making fast advances in helping us understand the neural underpinning of how, for example, we make purchase decisions. Continue reading What money does in your brain: Insights from the field of Neuroeconomics
Do you believe in free will? – striking experiment results in real life underlying a sensational Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Netflix show Continue reading Ready-made Free Will: Decoding Voluntary Choices
The next generation of BCI-controlled prosthetics may come with a sense of touch – how researchers attempt to restore hand somatosensation in patients with brain-controlled robotic arms, and why it matters. Continue reading More than moving: Somatosensation in brain-controlled prosthetics
There is so much bacteria in your gut that they can easily outweigh your brain. In recent years, researchers have found that the bacteria in our gut communicate with the brain and vice versa. Now we want to know how this communication takes place, whether the food we eat is altering our gut bacteria, and what types of signals they are sending to the brain. Continue reading It’s a Gut Feeling: What is our Gut Bacteria telling our Brain?
Testosterone- the single word biological explanation accompanying the classic “Boys will be boys” slogan, oft-repeated as a rationalization for everything from mischief to bullying to violence to world wars. But how accurate is our perception of testosterone and its role in male behaviour? Continue reading The Neuroscience of “Boys will be boys”: Exploring the link between testosterone and male aggression