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The Effects of Religion on the Brain

No matter each person’s religious beliefs (or lack of them, for that matter); one can’t deny that the effects of religion on the brain must be interesting to learn about. In fact, some religious beliefs are based on scientific facts…

It’s Possible to Mold Your Thoughts

Thinking is like breathing: we generally do it without even realizing. Our thoughts also help us make decisions. In fact, without these internal mental processes, we’d have a really hard time getting through certain situations, especially uncertain ones. But did you…

Male Hysteria: Does It Truly Exist?

The concept of “hysteria” has radically changed over the years. It’s evolved into other different diagnoses. During the 19th century, it became a frequent diagnosis, especially in women. Back in the day, Freud’s mentor, Jean-Martin Charcot, described very clear cases…

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…

Bipolar Disorder in Children

Have you noticed that your child experiences very intense moods? Do they show extreme changes in behavior? Do they have very sad periods, and suddenly become very enthusiastic, sometimes with an exaggerated joy? If this type of behavior occurs daily,…

Metacognition: Components and Characteristics

Although the term metacognition is complex, you could summarize it as knowledge of knowledge itself. In other words, the ability to know and regulate how you think and what the conscious control of cognitive processes such as memory, attention, and…

Why Do We Like To Experience Fear?

Scary movies continue to gain followers as time goes by. Haunted houses, survival zombies, and scary experiences overall are now more fashionable than ever. And yet, if someone were to ask us why we like to experience fear, we simply…

Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP): What Is It?

Progressive supranuclear palsy is an extremely rare illness that affects fine motor skills, cognition, and emotions, among other things. For example, people who suffer from it can have difficulties moving, balancing, and talking. This condition affects approximately six people per…

Seven Reasons Why Seafood is Good for Your Brain

In the last few years, scientists have established that diet has a significant impact on how the brain works. In this regard, eating seafood benefits the brain in many ways. Dieticians consider seafood a great addition to your diet because…

How the Brain Works in Critical Situations

In critical situations, our brain activates a rapid response that sets in motion a series of behavioral and hormonal responses. Furthermore, this way of functioning is innate and differs from how the brain usually works. Our brain is the organ…

Six Curious Brain Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

For a long time, the brain was believed to be in charge of our entire body, including memories and emotions. Philosophers believed that the brain contained the soul. However, some very interesting things have been discovered throughout history. In this…

What are the Functions of the Hypothalamus?

The hypothalamus is an area of the brain that has many functions despite its small size. It plays an important role in the production of hormones. In addition, it helps stimulate many important processes. Thus, when the hypothalamus doesn’t work…

Herpes Simplex Virus and Cognitive Impairment

Researchers estimate that approximately 417 million people under the age of 50 have the herpes simplex virus. Now, what does this have to do with cognitive impairment? Although you may not believe it, they’re related. One study reports that certain…

What Are the Benefits of Humor?

Have you ever wondered about the benefits of humor? When we’re in a good mood, doubts and worries leave our minds and we’re left with a feeling of genuine contentment. Laughter is a mysterious gift we’re all born with. Although it…

Restless Legs Syndrome and the Motor Cortex

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is hard to describe. In fact, some people believe that their legs move on their own. However, what actually happens is that they have a constant need to move their lower limbs to make the unpleasant…

Brain Microbiome: Gut Bacteria in the Human Brain

During the last annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, researchers presented a report that showed how some gut bacteria lives in different regions of the brain, which seems to be the brain microbiome.…

Vitamin C Helps Reduce Stress

According to studies, vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, helps reduce stress and also improves cognitive processes. Moreover, it reduces blood cortisol levels. Likewise, it also impacts the nervous system because it favors the production of myelin in the…