The athletic brain – how neuronal signals influence sports performance

In Rio 2016, Michael Phelps won his 23rd Olympic gold medal. It was his 5th gold medal during the Rio games, a storybook comeback of the world’s most successful Olympic champion of all time. I had to imagine where he keeps all these medals and how incredibly huge his trophy case has to be. But then I looked at the white wall in my small flat… no trophy case, no medals. Man, what am I doing wrong? Continue reading The athletic brain – how neuronal signals influence sports performance

Stress – why it affects some people but not others and what you can do to belong to the second group

Why are people affected by stress differently? Let’s discuss the behavioral and neural mechanisms of stress, how these can differ between individuals, and what you can do to improve your own capacity to deal with stress. Continue reading Stress – why it affects some people but not others and what you can do to belong to the second group

It’s a Gut Feeling: What is our Gut Bacteria telling our Brain?

There is so much bacteria in your gut that they can easily outweigh your brain. In recent years, researchers have found that the bacteria in our gut communicate with the brain and vice versa. Now we want to know how this communication takes place, whether the food we eat is altering our gut bacteria, and what types of signals they are sending to the brain. Continue reading It’s a Gut Feeling: What is our Gut Bacteria telling our Brain?