In December, researchers were able to reverse the effects of Alzheimer’s disease in mice using a flashing light. What’s more, this might tell us something about what consciousness entails in the human brain, and what gamma waves may have to do with it. Continue reading I See the Light! Waving Hello to Consciousness
Sometimes, depression doesn’t start in the brain!
How our immune system can trigger symptoms of depressive disorders. Continue reading Sick of it! Depression and the immune system
Experiencing excessive work-related stress and fatigue is common, but it takes a physical and emotional toll that is often underestimated. What is the mechanism behind burnout, and what distinguishes it from a mental disorder? Continue reading Investigating Burnout – Getting Burned Out?
With the 24/7 lifestyle becoming more and more prevalent, and people spending much less time outside, the ‘chronodisruption’ of our circadian rhythms will become an important factor in western health. Continue reading Tick-tock, tick-tock… What’s the time in your body?
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
What happens in your body when you experience runner’s high, and, in particular – what happens in your brain? Can this effect be beneficial in the long run (pun intended)? Continue reading Runner’s high: the reason why running feels so great
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
Optogenetics is being used more and more in neuroscience research. What is it and how can it be applied? Continue reading Shooting lasers into brains: A new sci-fi novel or something to get used to?
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?
Discussions about the mind influencing the body’s functions, and the health of the body influencing the mind, have been a persistent part of folk medicine for centuries. The question then soon arises, to what extent, if at all, is there a scientific basis to such claims, removed from all the woohoo of alternative medicine? Continue reading The Mind, The Brain and Immunity