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?
Forgetting happens on a daily basis – from classmates’ names, to what we ate for lunch last week. Here you will learn how and why we forget things…hopefully you’ll remember some of it! Continue reading Forgetting – how and why and what is the role of the brain?
Could modern Neuroscience be used as a counter-terrorism measure, or help us predict and prevent criminal behavior? Or is this simply science fiction? Continue reading Will Neurocriminology make Minority Report real?
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