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 and blobfish: How do we perceive what is human?
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
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?