Do you have a default state? That is, in your mind (or is it your brain?)? How network dynamics help to answer the question of the many defaults. Continue reading A tale of the default state of the brain
Why this question is essentially equivalent to the mind-body problem and what we can learn about it from philosophy, machine learning and even mathematics. Continue reading Can we ever understand the brain?
Whether it’s the presence of an all-knowing being, a comforting origin story, or fables that tell us something about ourselves, humans seem to love religion! Can we figure out why? Continue reading Hard-Wired for Religion
Ever stood in awe of North Korea’s cheerleaders, or chuckled at old pictures of mom’s perm and dad’s extravagant mustache, wondering how much of your behavior is a product of your immediate social environment? Continue reading Same same but different: Social norms and the brain
How do we see humanness in others, and why do we dehumanise? Continue reading Notpeople, blobfish and emotional desk lamps
Even though we are shunned from all external inputs during sleep, we are able to experience complex and sometimes even bizarre dream worlds. How does the brain accomplish this extraordinary feat? Continue reading How Our Brains Dream
Are hallucination an infallible sign of psychosis? Not quite. Let’s have a look at this fascinating phenomenon which is more common than thought. Continue reading The Hallucinating Brain
Recent findings reveal the causes of infantile amnesia. Do you remember how you learned to walk or speak? Do you have any memories about experiences before the age of three at all? No? Don’t worry, this phenomenon applies to all of us and is known as infantile amnesia. Infantile amnesia refers to the inability of adults to recall memories of early childhood. This fact seems … Continue reading Blanks for the memories: Why we can’t remember our first years of life.
Rudimentary mind-reading is possible! How neuroscientists can decode what you are seeing. Continue reading Is mind-reading science (fiction)?
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