Some units in the brain are highly specialized. Communication between them is the key for integrating information into our conscious perception. But what happens if such integration fails, and how can the consequences be misinterpreted. Continue reading Two Ghosts in the Machine
Deep brain stimulation is one of the most exciting and rapidly expanding fields in neurosurgery, being used to treat psychiatric disorders including Parkinson’s disease, depression, and OCD. But it’s also giving researchers a unique insight into how our brains make decisions. Continue reading Tuning decisions with deep brain stimulation
Forgetting happens on a daily basis – from classmates’ names, to what we ate for lunch last week. Here you will learn how and why we forget things…hopefully you’ll remember some of it! Continue reading Forgetting – how and why and what is the role of the brain?
To answer this question, first we must look at what we are asking: what do we mean by “feel”? and what is “pain”? Continue reading Do insects feel pain?
Think about the wondrous fact that by reading this, these arbitrary symbols create words, then images and knowledge in your head. Impressive, isn’t it?
Have you ever wondered whether people also think in words or how meaning is stored in the brain? And if these “words” can be read? Continue reading Meaningful connections – On how the brain makes sense
For years, it has been believed that the brain was unalterable after a critical developmental period in childhood. In fact, the human brain is able to modify itself well into adulthood, and research is discovering better ways for us to harness this power to improve our lives. Continue reading Neuroplasticity – A brain with(out) boundaries
In everyday language, a sound can be “sweet”, and a taste can be “light”. For some people, this association across different senses is exceptionally more vivid and real– the stimulation of one sense causes unusual experiences in other senses. What is going on within the brains of synesthetes to cause this swap? Continue reading Synesthesia and the brain: yup, that tasted purple!
Memory is often represented as something fixed, like an episode shot on a videotape, but it is seldom like that. In particular, social context can change our memories, highlighting the influence of social pressure in creating false beliefs. Continue reading How can other people influence our memories?
Oxytocin is a hormone involved in a host of processes, like birth and lactation, but you have probably heard of it as the “love hormone”. In fact, this popular image of oxytocin may need an update. Continue reading Oxytocin – The Story of a Misunderstood Hormone