Why do some flavors make you feel warm, while others make you feel cool? These and other flavor-related questions are addressed in this explainer. Continue reading Why do flavors feel warming or cooling?
A recent study suggests that the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, which seems to have been written in part to challenge the culture of silence and stigma surrounding suicide, may have actually played a part in raising the suicide rate in the month following the release of the series online. Continue reading Can a TV show really raise the suicide rate?
by Alex Masurovsky To learn more about how grid cells work, researchers at the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig are thinking abstractly. Grid cells and place cells work together in the brain to allow an organism to keep track of where it is in a given space. They are found in the hippocampus, a key brain area for memory functioning. Research on these cells has … Continue reading Beyond navigation: the calibration of human grid cells
Sophia and I were hanging out and listening to Iggy Pop’s radio show, which is usually good entertainment, and we were drinking a little wine and talking… Continue reading A Burning Desire for Therapy
These colorful birds were used in a study of hierarchical recursive structures in the brain. Continue reading Colorful Birds
The movie got rather bad reviews from critics (justified as I would say), however it raises some interesting neuroscientific questions about what goes on in our brains after we die. Continue reading Flatliners: What is going on in your brain after you die?
Worries about our appearance are so common that they are considered normative. There are instances, however, when such concerns become pathological Continue reading Body Dysmorphic Disorder: When Does Preoccupation With Body Appearance Become Pathological?
I wake up to the gloomy Berlin mornings, and I feel as if my mind is filled with an amorphous gray fuzz that drowns away most of my usual hubbub of thoughts. Continue reading Spry in Summer, Weedy in Winter: Seasonal Affective Disorders
We age every day. Most of the time we don’t realize it. But the aging process is a relentless force of nature. What happens in our brains as we get older? Continue reading Life of Brain: How the Brain Matures over the Lifespan
Usually, when it comes to our early childhood, we have to blindly rely on our family members to tell us about our lives. Only a handful of occasions remain as “snapshot” memories, where we can remember a single event, but can’t normally place them into a specific context.Continue reading “Childhood Memories: A Blank Period In Our Lives”