If I were to tell you that you could learn to control your brain’s activity you might be at least somewhat sceptical. However, learning to regulate neural activity is not unlike learning to control other physiological processes. Take your heartbeat for example. If you lay your hand flat on your chest you can easily monitor your current heartbeat. If I were to ask you now … Continue reading Face your fear with neurofeedback
My body belongs to my self! How ownership illusions can deepen our understanding of self-consciousness. Continue reading Some Body I Call My Self
The internet didn’t invent conspiracy theories. But by exploiting an evolutionary feature of our brain, it has helped plunged us into a post-truth world of alternative facts. Continue reading You want the Truth? Your brain can’t handle the truth!
Some units in the brain are highly specialized. Communication between them is the key for integrating information into our conscious perception. But what happens if such integration fails, and how can the consequences be misinterpreted. Continue reading Two Ghosts in the Machine
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
Deep brain stimulation is one of the most exciting and rapidly expanding fields in neurosurgery, being used to treat psychiatric disorders including Parkinson’s disease, depression, and OCD. But it’s also giving researchers a unique insight into how our brains make decisions. Continue reading Tuning decisions with deep brain stimulation
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?
Tackling the age-old question: Are differences between the sexes reflective of nature or nurture? Continue reading Everything you always wanted to know about sex (differences), but were afraid to ask
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?