Let’s talk about nerves, baby! Vagus Nerve Stimulation opens new frontiers in medicine

In the last 200 years, medicine has achieved great advances. However, some conditions – e.g. Alzheimer’s and certain cardiovascular diseases – still lack adequate treatment, while others – like epilepsy, depression, and chronic pain – can be treatment resistant. This is where electrical nerve stimulation comes in. Electrical stimulation can be applied to different nerves[1], … Continue reading Let’s talk about nerves, baby! Vagus Nerve Stimulation opens new frontiers in medicine

Neuroplasticity – A brain with(out) boundaries

The human brain is able to modify itself. For years, it has been believed that the brain was unalterable. Or, rather, that after a critical developmental period in childhood, the adult brain was a static and unchangeable organ. Although it is true that our brain circuits have greater plasticity at an early age and that this … Continue reading Neuroplasticity – A brain with(out) boundaries

Synesthesia and the brain: yup, that tasted purple!

   “The Colour Out of Space”, a short story written by H. P. Lovecraft, depicts the impact of a meteorite crash in a fictional town, leaving behind globules of color that fall outside the range of the known visible spectrum. To quote a sentence, “the colour, which resembled some of the bands in the meteor’s … Continue reading Synesthesia and the brain: yup, that tasted purple!