‘All right, Mr. Glas*, we’ll switch you on now.’ The young neurologist is carrying an old-fashioned electronic device the size of a first-generation mobile phone. ‘I’m just going to check your battery status.’ Mr. Glas nods. The 68-year old man is exhausted. He travelled all the way to Berlin from a village in Brandenburg. Now, … Continue reading Tuning decisions with deep brain stimulation
“...in trying to keep his ideal world as upright as possible, it is terminated... inevitably leading to a collapse, Ben is diagnosed with burnout... Now the battle begins, against depression, self-doubt and prejudice. But also, the path to independent life begins...”  These words are from the play, “Das Burnout”, which premiered last year … Continue reading Investigating Burnout – Getting Burned Out?
Numerous psychological differences have been found between males and females, such as differences in cognitive abilities, personality, and rates of certain psychiatric disorders. However, do these differences tell us about evolutionary differences between biological males and females (nature), or just gender differences between men and women, girls and boys (nurture)? Are the brains of males … Continue reading Everything you always wanted to know about sex (differences), but were afraid to ask
The impact of chronodisruption Biological rhythms represent a key means to ensure physiological order and avoid pathological disorders.  Nowadays, our society is increasingly leading a 24/7 lifestyle. People tend to spend more and more time indoors, rarely exposed to solar light and other environmental stimulations. In addition, irregular sleeping behaviors, intense shift-works, misalignment of social … Continue reading Tick-tock, tick-tock… What’s the time in your body?
Forgetting happens on a daily basis – we forget our former classmates’ names, what we ate for lunch one week ago and maybe even how we found our way to this article after surfing the Internet. In the following you will learn about the how and why of forgetting – and hopefully remember some of … Continue reading Forgetting – how and why and what is the role of the brain?
Since the ISIS attacks in Paris on November 13th 2015, successive terrorist attacks have occurred throughout Europe and other parts of the world. People across the world are horrified by terrorists represented by ISIS and demand solutions to prevent future terrorist attacks by any means. It seems that counter-terrorism is now an immediate problem … Continue reading Will Neurocriminology make Minority Report real?
Are you a wise person? In a rather informal survey using a smartphone app, I asked 159 people that exact question and surprisingly 37% of them would indeed call themselves wise. Now here comes the truly shocking news. I also asked another question: Did you know that there is quantitative research on the topic … Continue reading No Neuroscience of Wisdom: Time to wise up?
What do chocolate, TV and sports have in common? Apart from the fact that if you overindulge in the former two, you had better pick up the latter, all three also bring us a great deal of pleasure. Pleasure is essential to our well-being. It points us to the activities that are good for our … Continue reading Anhedonia: In search of pleasure
Will you let a computer drive your car? Are self-driving cars, or autonomous cars safe enough to be on the road? Set aside the question of whether cars can deal with ethical problems, driving itself is a highly complex task that requires constant sampling and processing of information from the environment. To teach machines to … Continue reading When smartphones are smarter than us: deep learning and neuroscience
Have you been feeling anxious or depressed lately? It’s okay, 2016 has been tough on all of us. Despite the discomfort that comes with negative emotions, they are a crucial part of our lives. However, when emotions get out of balance, they can lead to some pretty poor decision making. In extreme cases it can get … Continue reading When Emotions are misleading: Effects of Anxiety and Depression on Decision Making