Forgetting – how and why and what is the role of the brain?

Forgetting happens on a daily basis – we forget our former classmates’ names, what we ate for lunch one week ago and maybe even how we found our way to this article after surfing the Internet. In the following you will learn about the how and why of forgetting – and hopefully remember some of … Continue reading Forgetting – how and why and what is the role of the brain?

Shooting lasers into brains: A new sci-fi novel or something to get used to?

In 1979, Nobel laureate Francis Crick mused about how wonderful it would be to find a way to control just one type of brain cells while leaving others untouched1. Twenty years later, seeing all the shortcomings of electrophysiology (low precision in targeting cells) and pharmacological manipulations (too slow in comparison to real neurotransmission), he went … Continue reading Shooting lasers into brains: A new sci-fi novel or something to get used to?