What do chocolate, TV and sports have in common? Apart from the fact that if you overindulge in the former two, you had better pick up the latter, all three also bring us a great deal of pleasure. Pleasure is essential to our well-being. It points us to the activities that are good for our … Continue reading Anhedonia: In search of pleasure
Have you been feeling anxious or depressed lately? It’s okay, 2016 has been tough on all of us. Despite the discomfort that comes with negative emotions, they are a crucial part of our lives. However, when emotions get out of balance, they can lead to some pretty poor decision making. In extreme cases it can get … Continue reading When Emotions are misleading: Effects of Anxiety and Depression on Decision Making
About two months ago, on August 13th, top class swimmer Michael Phelps won his 23rd Olympic gold medal overall in the men's 4 x 100 m medley relay in Rio de Janeiro. It was his 5th gold medal during the Rio games, a storybook comeback of the world’s most successful Olympic champion of all time. … Continue reading The athletic brain – how neuronal signals influence sports performance
Introduction Last summer was full of sports, starting with the UEFA Euro in France and carrying on with Olympics and Paralympics in Rio. It’s a lot of fun to watch sports, but it’s even more fun to do sports yourself. Remember this amazing feeling when you’re finishing your run and you feel like you’re on … Continue reading Runner’s high: the reason why running feels so great
I guess we all know those people who seem to have a super stressful life, yet just don’t seem to care. Others however, are stressed out by literally anything. How come there are such huge differences in how we deal with stressful situations? In this blog post I would like to give you some insight … Continue reading Stress – why it affects some people but not others and what you can do to belong to the second group
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?
What are the men in the picture feeling? It might seem like an easy question to you, but current research shows that people with schizophrenia might struggle with the answer. It is schizophrenia awareness week, so let's seize this opportunity and talk about schizophrenia and the research on social cognitive impairments associated with this condition. … Continue reading Impenetrable faces: Social cognition and schizophrenia