Can I Trust My Brain?

The growing popularity of conspiracy theories raises questions about the psychological and physiological causes that lead to our tendency to believe in them. Why are some people more susceptible to conspiracy theories than the other? Let’s try to figure it out from a neuroscientific point of view! Continue reading Can I Trust My Brain?

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SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER (SAD): A “WINTER BLUES” IN OUR BRAIN?

Every winter the cycle repeats itself: we look outside our windows and despair to the sight of a cloudy winter sky, with no trace of the sunny days. But the familiar “winter blues” feelings might not be just a “phase”: for some people such periods of low light exposure represent a serious problem to face, and that’s where the term “seasonal affective disorder” (SAD) comes in place. Why does SAD start, and can a look at the neurobiology of the brain help us to understand it more? Continue reading SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER (SAD): A “WINTER BLUES” IN OUR BRAIN?

The Neuroscience of “Boys will be boys”: Exploring the link between testosterone and male aggression

Testosterone- the single word biological explanation accompanying the classic “Boys will be boys” slogan, oft-repeated as a rationalization for everything from mischief to bullying to violence to world wars. But how accurate is our perception of testosterone and its role in male behaviour? Continue reading The Neuroscience of “Boys will be boys”: Exploring the link between testosterone and male aggression

A BRIEF GAZE AT THE NEUROSCIENCE OF EYE GAZE

A BRIEF GAZE AT THE NEUROSCIENCE OF EYE GAZE The eyes are the window to your soul. ―William Shakespeare The eye has been frequently referred to as an opening, a portal into our souls. Making eye contact is a fundamental tool in establishing rapport between humans and some other animal species. It’s needed for all types of connections – social, romantic and professional. Surely there … Continue reading A BRIEF GAZE AT THE NEUROSCIENCE OF EYE GAZE

Discounting our knowledge: Thinking of animal research as moral decision making

Do you think animal research can be justified? Have you ever argued with someone who didn’t share your opinion and discovered that it was hard to convince that person? It seems there simply is no common ground in this discussion. But why? This article tackles this question from a moral decision-making perspective. Continue reading Discounting our knowledge: Thinking of animal research as moral decision making