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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…

Dendrites: The Start of a Neuroscientific Revolution

For many years, neuroscience has used different tools to try to ‘listen’ to the conversations between neurons. Just as linguists try to decipher alien languages, scientists try to decode neuronal firing patterns. In this regard, it seems that dendrites have become very important…

How Movie Soundtracks Influence the Brain

Music is a universal language. It’s able to evoke memories, awaken feelings, and even help us during tough times, which is why it’s such an impactful element in the cinematographic world. Believe it or not, movie soundtracks influence our brain. Let’s…

The Suprachiasmatic Nucleus: Your Internal Clock

The suprachiasmatic nucleus is located in the anterior region of the hypothalamus and contains about 20,000 neurons. It works as your internal clock, regulating your sleep/wake cycles. Specifically, it receives stimuli through your retina which allows you to be more or…

Neuroarchitecture: The Environment’s Power Over the Brain

Although neuroarchitecture seems like a new discipline, it’s actually almost seventy years old. Its purpose is to create spaces of happiness, well-being, and productivity. In other words, buildings that reduce stress and anxiety. In this discipline, architects and neuroscientists work together…

The Swiss Army Knife Theory: Modularity of the Mind

The Swiss army knife theory is a controversial but curious explanation of how the mind works. According to this modular approach, our brain is composed of highly specialized “applications” to solve specific problems in the most effective way. Thus, our…

The Key to Finding Inspiration Anywhere

Inspiration is a state that involves cognitive, emotional and commitment aspects. Finding inspiration is important because it produces a powerful feeling of well-being and it’s crucial to the creative process. It’s not easy to define what inspiration is exactly. It’s pretty…

The Health Effects of Bullying

Bullying negatively affects our health. This behavior that hurts, humiliates, and invalidates people doesn’t just lead to anxiety or stress. Anyone who’s been bullied can develop depression, chronic pain, digestive problems, or even insomnia. They can even suffer these effects…

Nociceptors: All about Pain Receptors

We all experience pain. Sometimes, even our own organism causes pain by triggering inflammation. Now, although we all feel pain, we’re not well-informed on the sensory neurons that are involved in it. In this article, we’ll be talking about nociceptors,…

Polarized Thinking: A Cognitive Distortion

Polarized thinking is a cognitive distortion. In other words, it’s a reasoning mistake we make without realizing it. It makes us process information incorrectly and this leads to emotional distress. Cognitive distortions were described by Albert Ellis and Aaron Beck. In…

The Effects of Pesticides on the Brain

The effects of pesticides on the brain can be quite serious, especially when the individual is exposed to them for a long time. Each year, the chemical industry recalls hundreds of products from the market because they realized they had…

Alien Hand Syndrome

Alien hand syndrome (AHS) is an uncommon neurological disorder. However, due to the severe disabilities it causes, it’s a condition we should learn about. The body experience is a very complicated process. In fact, it involves multiple sensory signals. When there’s…

The Anxious Brain and the Worry Cycle

The anxious brain usually experiences more worry than fear. It feels exhausted and with limited resources, due to the repetitive worries and an ongoing feeling of threat and pressure. Neuroscience tells us that this is the result of amygdala hyperactivity.…

Dreams Originate in the “Hot Zone” in Your Brain

New research and new discoveries in sleep science are always fascinating. For many people, dreams are an important source of personal discovery. A research team of neuroscientists from the United States, Italy, and Switzerland have discovered what they call the…

Your Brain Can Heal You

Your brain changes with every new thought, new thing you learn, and new experience you have. This plastic, complex, and fascinating organ can be our ally when it comes to preventing and treating endless conditions. That’s why understanding that your…

What is Connectionism?

Understanding how the brain works is one of the biggest challenges in the field of psychology. Thus, different approaches and perspectives exist. In fact, there was a revolution after the emergence of cognitive psychology and the Turing machine. From then…