“...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?
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
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
To answer this question, first we must look at what we are asking: what do we mean by “feel”? and what is “pain”? When discussing the subject of pain, researchers make the distinction between nociception – “the sensory nervous systems response to harmful or potentially harmful stimuli” , and pain – the subjective experience of … Continue reading Do insects feel pain?
"To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent- that is to triumph over old age." Thomas Bailey Aldrich  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
Almost every student can relate to that unpleasant feeling of having to listen to a monotonous lecture in a dreary course, which makes every fiber of your being scream in protest “I want to get out of here!! Please make it stop!” You might then let your mind wander, letting your attention slip away, and … Continue reading Turning the Spotlight on Boredom
With the U.S. Presidential Elections looming around the corner, you don’t have to be American to find yourself following the campaigns, be it voluntarily or involuntarily. You might have had a myriad of thoughts, ranging from “Haha, there’s no way he’s running for President!” to “Haha, there’s no way anyone would vote for him!” to … Continue reading Does “Neuropolitics” Make Neuroscience Great Again?