Neuroscience

Every day, neuroscience provides us with new fascinating answers to questions about our behaviour. In this section, we’ll take a journey through the basics of the brain’s neurobiology and biochemistry. You’ll also find what causes emotions and behaviours, as well as certain pathologies. Here, we present the latest discoveries and research on drugs and neuropsychiatry in a simple yet fascinating way.

A Brief History of Neuroscience

The history of neuroscience started many, many years ago. In the 5th century B.C., Alcmaeon of Croton was dissecting an animal when he discovered the optic nerve. His findings led him to theorize that thoughts and feelings reside in the…

The Human Connectome Project

The Human Connectome Project (HCP) was launched in July of 2009 as part of a 5-year, 21.3 million euro NIH (National Institutes of Health) plan. The goals of the project are to: Provide a compilation of neural data. Offer an…

Types of Synapses: Neural Communication

Our brain needs neurons to communicate for it to work properly. These interactions are known as synapses. But how exactly do they connect and how many types of synapses exist? There are basically two main forms of synaptic transmission: electrical…

The Sympathetic Nervous System

The sympathetic nervous system, a complex and fascinating part of the human body, is responsible for regulating situations that cause anxiety and stress. It reacts when your body senses danger. You probably aren’t aware of how often this system springs…

The Mystery of Consciousness

What exactly is consciousness? Scientists and philosophers have tried to solve the mystery of consciousness for a long time. Consciousness is everything you experience. The warmth of hugs, the sweetness of that strawberry ice cream you like so much, the…

How Do Sleep Disorders Affect Neurodegenerative Diseases?

Neurodegenerative diseases are conditions in which the central nervous system neurons stop working or slowly die, causing different neurological signs and symptoms. These conditions tend to worsen over time and are incurable. They may manifest due to a genetic component,…

Learn about the Guilt Area of the Brain

The guilt area of the brain is related to shame in a very intimate way.  However, it’s been proven that these areas don’t activate in certain people. Not surprisingly, this is the case of narcissists and those who’re capable of…

Measures of Dispersion in Statistics

Measures of dispersion play an important role in any data set. These measures go along with the measures of central tendency and show you the variability of your data.  Measures of central tendency will show you the different ways you can…

Learn All about Antipsychotics

People can only buy antipsychotics with a prescription. They’re approved for treating mental health problems characterized by psychotic symptomology. For example, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and some forms of bipolar disorder or severe depression. Some antipsychotics can also be used to…

Psychiatric Drugs in Children and Teenagers

Mental illnesses are one of the greatest epidemics of the 21st century. Countless statistics show the concerning rise in the consumption of anti-anxiety and antidepressive drugs. But what’s even more concerning is how it’s become quite common to prescribe psychiatric…

How Many Types of Love are There?

How many types of love are there? In order to answer this question, we’re going to go over a theory that anthropologist Helen Fisher developed. In this framework, there are three brain systems in charge of three different types of…

What Happens When You Stop Writing By Hand?

With the arrival of new technologies, pencil and paper have become obsolete. However, since the research shows that there are significant benefits to writing by hand, you have to ask yourself, what happens when you stop writing by hand? Are…

The Effects of Caffeine on Depression

Many people are not able to open up their curtain every morning without their daily cup of coffee. But, what are the actual effects of caffeine on someone’s mental health or depression? This question continues to be hotly debated. When…

The Science of Evil

Many researchers have tried to get closer to the concept of the science of evil in an attempt to find out the root causes of evil behavior. Neuroscience has been researching the brains of people who do evil things. Similarly, many…

Cognitive Characteristics of an Abuser

Neuroscience has allowed us to take a look at the main cognitive characteristics of an abuser in a romantic relationship. Now, they don’t correspond to a certain gender exclusively: they apply to men and women equally. In other words, these features…

The Neurobiology of Human Attachment

Attachment is a defining characteristic of mammals. Thus, research on the neurobiology of human attachment is also based on animal research. Recent studies suggest that attachment is based on the interaction of oxytocin and dopamine in the corpus striatum.  What…

Progesterone: Characteristics and Functions

Progesterone is a female hormone that belongs to the steroid family. A woman’s ovaries produce and release it. Along with estrogen, it’s one of the main hormones involved in a woman’s menstrual cycle and reproductive functions. Even though it plays…

Does Your Brain Have a “Happiness Zone”?

A recent study provided new insight into the human brain. Scientists seem to have found a “happiness zone” in the brain that responds to electrical stimulation. This discovery opens the door to several treatment possibilities for a variety of pathologies.…