Shooting lasers into brains: A new sci-fi novel or something to get used to?

In 1979, Nobel laureate Francis Crick mused about how wonderful it would be to find a way to control just one type of brain cells while leaving others untouched1. Twenty years later, seeing all the shortcomings of electrophysiology (low precision in targeting cells) and pharmacological manipulations (too slow in comparison to real neurotransmission), he went … Continue reading Shooting lasers into brains: A new sci-fi novel or something to get used to?

When Neuroscience Meets Architecture

In developed countries, people spend around 90% of their time in enclosed spaces.[1] Have you ever thought about how much time you spend indoors and how the design of those places influences your behavior, well-being, and productivity? Can classroom design influence learning? Are you more productive in a shared or private environment? Would you like … Continue reading When Neuroscience Meets Architecture

Second Blooming: Age-related Positivity Effect

"To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent-  that is to triumph over old age."  Thomas Bailey Aldrich [1] By examining the faces on famous paintings in galleries, we conventionally see wisdom, nobleness, and dignity; but also melancholy, loneliness, and fatigue. Happy, vigorous, and cheerful characters are rarely found in canvases. Particularly, … Continue reading Second Blooming: Age-related Positivity Effect

It’s a Gut Feeling: What is our Gut Bacteria telling our Brain?

You have probably heard and given the sage advice to appreciate the little things in life. The message of the next few paragraphs is exactly that but I am referring to bacteria, the invisible but invincible little buggers. We may take showers, wash our hands, clean our homes and yet they are everywhere; on us, … Continue reading It’s a Gut Feeling: What is our Gut Bacteria telling our Brain?

The Mind, The Brain and Immunity

With a few quick google searches it is easy to find an assortment of dubious claims about mind over body healing. Energy channels, psychic healing and think-yourself-healthy self-help websites are a dime for every dozen duped, desperate or misinformed reader. However, discussions about the mind influencing the body’s functions, and the health of the body … Continue reading The Mind, The Brain and Immunity