We consider wisdom to be the pinnacle of human cognition. So why does cognitive neuroscience have such a difficult time characterising what makes us wise? Continue reading No Neuroscience of Wisdom: Time to wise up?
The diminished ability to experience pleasure is called anhedonia, and it is a core symptom of depression. For a very long time, we thought that people with anhedonia have reduced capacity to like, i.e. feel less when they are doing something enjoyable, but recent research has shown that it might not be as simple as that. Continue reading Anhedonia: In search of pleasure
From self driving cars to beating Grandmasters in Chess and Go. The next generation of Artificial Intelligence will be defined by it’s ability to learn rather than its brute force computing power. Continue reading When smartphones are smarter than us: deep learning and neuroscience
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. Continue reading When Emotions are misleading: Effects of Anxiety and Depression on Decision Making
To answer this question, first we must look at what we are asking: what do we mean by “feel”? and what is “pain”? Continue reading Do insects feel pain?
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
Think about the wondrous fact that by reading this, these arbitrary symbols create words, then images and knowledge in your head. Impressive, isn’t it?
Have you ever wondered whether people also think in words or how meaning is stored in the brain? And if these “words” can be read? Continue reading Meaningful connections – On how the brain makes sense
What is it about this social exchange of information that is so appealing for us Homo Sapiens? As we will see, this social evolution may well be hardwired into the very fabric of our brains. Continue reading Homo Sapiens: The Social Animal
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