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.

How Does the Body Perceive Pain and Temperature?

Have you ever wondered why you’re capable of feeling pain? Or how you can tell when things are hot or cold? How do humans acquire this skill that’s so important to our survival? In this article, we’ll talk about the…

The Olfactory Bulb: Function and Characteristics

Smells have the power to evoke fond memories. Not only can your sense of smell transport you to the past, but it also helps you make important decisions every day. Today, we’re going to talk about an essential part of your…

The Four Types of Attention

Understanding that there are multiple types of attention is important. Most people believe attention is the ability to focus. Anytime someone is distracted or simply not listening to you, you say they’re “not paying attention”. But here’s our question: is…

Isolated Brain – Living without a Body

Recent studies made us question whether an isolated brain can have a life of its own after the body dies. Can it be alive on its own? Let’s find out. Our brain is the “operating center” of our body, it…

Victor Leborgne – A Case in Neuroscience

The brain of Victor Leborgne is probably the most studied in the history of neuroscience. It’s still preserved in the Musee Dupuytren in Paris and scientists have examined it thousands of times. However, until a few years ago, there was…

Specific Language Impairment in Children

People of all ages and walks of life can have language problems. From very complex issues that make communication impossible, to simple things such as confusing the letter “r” with the letter “l”. Most of these problems are especially common…

The Neocortex: Its Structure and Functions

Everything that we are, feel, and, more importantly, what we can become, is stored in our brain. Much of our evolutionary success is thanks to the neocortex, also called the isocortex. It’s a newly-discovered and extensive region that makes sophisticated processes…

Agomelatine: An Atypical Antidepressant

Agomelatine is an effective antidepressant with high response and remission rates. It’s relatively safe and most people tend to take well to it. It differs from other antidepressants because it impacts your circadian rhythms.  Agomelatine, also sold as Valdoxan, is…

Disappointment and Your Brain – Why It Hurts

We’ve all wondered why a let down hurts so much. Don’t be too surprised to know that disappointment significantly alters the balance of that neuronal universe contained within your brain. So much so, that neurologists say that the mechanisms of depression…

Enkephalin: A Pain-Relieving Neurotransmitter

People have been studying the role of enkephalin in pain transmission for over three decades. Enkephalin is a hormone that acts as a neurotransmitter that allows neurons to communicate. It’s a hormone your brain produces in certain areas such as the pituitary…

The Hindbrain: Structure and Functions

Throughout history, scientists have categorized the brain into several parts to try and better understand its functionality and development. One of those parts is the hindbrain, or rhombencephalon, a region that comes from the caudal primary embryonic vesicle. The hindbrain…

What Happens to Your Brain Before You Die

One of humanity’s greatest mysteries is what happens to the brain before you die. Scientists the world over have looked for the answer to this question, but no one has managed to come up with a clear answer. In 2018,…

Dysexecutive Syndrome: When the Frontal Lobe Fails

Dysexecutive syndrome (DES) stems from damage to the frontal lobe, more specifically in the prefrontal region. This part of your brain processes the most complex executive functions. Consequently, damage to the prefrontal area causes memory problems, attention problems, issues with…

Brain Plasticity: Characteristics and Types

The term “brain plasticity”, also known as neuroplasticity, is related to our nervous system’s ability to modify itself both functionally and structurally. This happens naturally as time goes on, but also in response to injuries. In a literal sense, plasticity is a…

Seven Ways to Grow New Neurons at Any Age

A lot of people think that we lose neurons as we age and that there’s nothing we can do to stop it or any way to get them back. However, that’s not entirely true because we actually can grow new…

Hippocampal Formation: Structure and Functions

Cognitive processes, such as learning and memory, are crucial to human beings. The hippocampus plays a fundamental role in these processes, which is one of the hippocampal formation regions. Hippocampal formation is a C-shaped prominent structure, located in the lower…

Ajovy: A New Drug for Migraine Prevention

Migraine prevention is one of our society’s important challenges since it’s one of the most common disabling illnesses nowadays. That’s when Ajovy (fremanezumab) comes in. It’s a new drug that can help treat this problem. Migraine isn’t simply a headache,…