Is psychosis just a dream? Links between schizophrenia and dreaming

„The lunatic is a wakeful dreamer.“          -Immanuel Kant Immanuel Kant was not the first and not the last one hinting at a relationship between mental disorder and dreaming. Others, such as Schopenhauer were more specific in their statements, linking the dream state not to mental disorders in general, but to the condition of psychosis („A dream is a short-lasting psychosis, and a psychosis is … Continue reading Is psychosis just a dream? Links between schizophrenia and dreaming

How does your brain stop unwanted thoughts?

Neuroscience might have the answer: GABA, a neurotransmitter that plays a major role in suppressing unwanted thoughts and memories. And there’s good news: You can actually help your brain to improve this process! Continue reading How does your brain stop unwanted thoughts?

Impenetrable faces: Social cognition and schizophrenia

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