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