Brain

We discover more and more fascinating things about the brain every day. Here we’ve made available information about the latest studies and how you can better understand your processes, anatomy, pathologies, and curiosities related to this sophisticated organ.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Yawning Cools the Brain

Under normal conditions, scientists estimate that people yawn approximately 28 times a day. You spend approximately four minutes every day on this seemingly unnecessary and often uncontrollable activity. You’ll spend your whole life yawning, starting during the fifth month of…

Neuroesthetics: Where Neurology and Art Meet

For centuries, there have been many questions such as “What’s art?”, “How do we perceive beauty?”, and “What defines something as beautiful?”. These questions have inspired many debates. Well, approximately 10 years ago, a discipline called neuroesthetics arrived on the…

The Blue Brain Project: A Reconstruction of the Brain

Just like astrophysicists look outside of our planet to discover how space works, neuroscientists look inside the human body to unravel the brain. Such an ambitious goal, a common aspiration among scientists for decades, is now an actual research project.…

Intracranial Aneurysm

An intracranial aneurysm is a dilation of a brain artery wall. The most challenging aspect of these vascular conditions is that they tend to present no symptoms. So little by little, and without the affected person noticing it, this area…

What Happens to Our Neurons during Sleep?

When we sleep poorly, we tend to feel tired. Not getting a good night’s sleep can have serious consequences for our health, both physically and psychologically. That’s why sleeping well is fundamental, as well as essential for every species with…

The Neurobiology of Intuition or Your Gut Feelings

The neurobiology of intuition exists and we’ve learned something very interesting about it. Most people base a lot of the decisions they make on their gut feelings. It’s basically just an inner voice in touch with your identity and everything…

Our Amazing Cranial Nerves and How They Work

Cranial nerves are often referred to as cranial nerve pairs. This is simply because they come in pairs, one in each hemisphere of the brain. The complexity of the nervous system is astounding. Its multiple connections make this system one…