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.

What is a Neuropsychological Evaluation?

Neuropsychological or cognitive evaluation is a diagnostic method designed specifically to explore people’s cognitive function. It provides valuable information that might not show up in other kinds of studies. As such, healthcare providers use it as a complement to neuroimaging or…

Psychopharmacology: Characteristics and History

It wasn’t until the 19th century that French and German scientists began to study human behavior in adaptive terms. A new paradigm emerged that labeled problems as “disorders”. That was the beginning of the attempt to control behavioral symptoms with psychopharmacology. This…

How to Increase BDNF, A Key Protein for Healthy Brain Cells

Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is a powerful protein that stimulates the production of new brain cells and strengthens existing ones. More specifically, releasing BDNF activates a series of genes that develop new cells and brain pathways. Thus, having high BDNF…

The Enteric Nervous System: The Second Brain

The enteric nervous system is often considered our ‘second brain’. It’s a complex network of more than a hundred million neurons that cover specific areas such as the small intestine and colon. Additionally, this system is capable of acting independently of…

Happiness is Located in Your Left Brain Hemisphere

Contrary to popular belief, our feelings and emotions don’t reside in our heart but in our brain. Recent studies show that a great part of our happiness is located in our left brain hemisphere. Each time we’re feeling excited, full…

The Differences Between the CAT Scan and the MRI Scan

Neuropsychology is the specialized branch of psychology responsible for the study of brain functioning and its relationship with human behavior. This branch seeks the possible existent correlations between the functions of the brain and behavior. To do this, it uses…

The Orbitofrontal Cortex: The Base of Our Social Behavior

The orbitofrontal cortex is one of the most interesting parts of the brain. It’s related to our personality, our emotions, and, most importantly, our social behavior. The information we’ve gotten about this area is very revealing and would explain many…

Can Mental Illnesses be Inherited?

Can mental illnesses be inherited? Many people have asked this question, especially if they have family who suffers from mental disorders. In addition, a lot of research shows that some mental disorders have a genetic component. 

Neurotransmitters: Types and Functioning

We’ve all heard about how neurons communicate with each other through electric impulses. It’s true that some of the synapses are purely electric, however, chemical elements mediate most of those connections. These chemical substances are called neurotransmitters. Neurons are capable…

Why Does the Brain Age? The Answer is in Your Genes

The brain ages just like any other structure or system in your body. However, there are people who seem to be more affected by the passage of time than others. We aren’t just talking about physical changes. Some people’s abilities change…

The Brain of a Gifted Child

The brain of a gifted or high capability child has its advantages, but also its limitations. These children process information rapidly, have a high analytical capacity, and sophisticated critical eye. However, they don’t always achieve their potential or develop a strong…

How to be a Good Negotiator

In some ways, we are especially prepared for the art of being a good negotiator. Most children are already relentless negotiators. They know their cards. They know that they have the possibility of satisfying the desires of others (for example,…

7 Enigmas of the Human Brain

We are constantly studying the human brain. However, so many mysteries remain that science still has not managed to answer. A few things have been uncovered, though, and they’re incredibly fascinating. The human brain represents only 2% of the human body…