Research

All advances in neuroscience come from scientific discoveries and studies. In this section, you’ll be kept up-to-date with the latest research on this fascinating field.

How Generosity Affects the Brain

In general, being generous is a pleasant experience. In fact, one of the main reasons why people are generous with others is that it feels good. Experts call it the “warm glow” effect. Recent research has taken a closer look…

Can You Reverse Memory Loss?

A well-known fact of human life is that memory tends to deteriorate with age. However, recent studies show that there might be a way to reverse memory loss. New techniques such as transcranial magnetic stimulation may be able to reverse…

Neuroscience: Can You Inherit Knowledge?

A recent study conducted at Tel Aviv University has called into question one of the underlying principles of biology: the Weismann barrier. This study is just the first step for further research into whether it’s possible to inherit knowledge. A team…

The Negativity Bias according to Science

The negativity bias refers to the human tendency to think about what wasn’t good, instead of reflecting on what was. Hence, our pleasant and positive memories are overcome by silly unpleasant encounters. The value we give to all that’s negative…

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…

The 97 Previously Unknown Areas of the Brain

The brain continues to be a fascinating research subject. The more we learn, the more questions and surprises emerge. For example, researchers at the University of Washington made a new map of the brain that shows 97 previously unknown areas…

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…

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…

Neuroscience and the Consumer’s Brain

Selling more and better is one of the goals of capitalism. This is why companies strive to ensure that consumers want to buy their products. Advertising, marketing campaigns, and persuasion techniques are used to improve sales. And if this weren’t…

Is Intelligence Really a Genetic Trait?

What determines a person’s intelligence? Many experts and studies state that your IQ is mainly a matter of your genetic makeup. Nevertheless, the relationship isn’t always as direct or as clear as it would appear. The truth is that there…

Biopsychology Research Methods

Biopsychology research methods have evolved in the last decades. Although there are several biopsychology research methods, in this article, we’ll focus on those that study what happens in the brain under certain conditions. Authors such as Dewsbury (1991) define biopsychology…

Exercise and Mental Health: How Much Is Too Much?

Exercise and mental health directly impact your overall health. Many studies suggest that exercise helps people cope with mental health problems and that it significantly boosts their well-being. However, a recent study confirmed a hypothesis that should come as a warning…

Avoid Bad Research Practices with Pre-Registration

Investigations must be carried out in ethical ways. Researchers have to comply with ethical standards that ensure the validity of their research. However, in the past, some researchers have used bad research practices. These practices mainly consist of committing small infractions…

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…

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. 

Brain Tsunami: What Goes on in Your Brain Before You Die

A team of neurologists at the Hospital Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin (Germany) and the University of Cincinnati (United States) have made one of the biggest neurological discoveries of the year. The brain, right before death, creates a huge wave of electrical activity.…

Consciousness From a Neuroscience Perspective

Consciousness has always been a controversial, hard-to-research topic. For a lot of the 20th century, people systematically rejected research on consciousness, in both the psychological and scientific fields. One big reason was that behavioral perspectives back then demanded evidence for everything.…

Neuroscience: A Way to Understand How the Mind Acts

The goal of neuroscience has traditionally been to understand how the nervous system functions. Both functionally and structurally, this discipline wants to know how the brain is organized. Recently, it has gone further, wanting not only to learn how the…