Brain Health

Medical News Today: Thirst: Our brains tell us when to stop drinking

When the water content of our blood drops, neurons in the brain tell us that we are thirsty. But how do we know when enough is enough? The water content in our body is tightly regulated. Dehydration can lead to dizziness, delirium, and unconsciousness. Drinking fluids restores this balance or homeostasis. (September 21, 2017) Read […]

NBC News: What happens to your brain when you go on a diet

You’d think we’d be dieting pros by now. There are countless experts telling you they know the secret to getting slim by eating this or avoiding that. And then there’s the old “calories in versus calories out” equation that seems so simple at the surface, but is much harder when put in practice. And with […]

TIME: Why people can’t agree on basic facts

Your brain is programmed to get a kick out of information. This makes our current digital era a celebration for your mind. While the agricultural age gave us easier access to nutrition, and the industrial age dramatically increased our quality of life, no other era has provided so much stimulation for our brains as the […]

Washington Post: This is your brain on art

If you think about it, having a great time at the theater defies logic in many ways. We’re surrounded by strangers, bombarded with unusual images and often faced with a wordless language of symbols. Yet, on a good night, we generally laugh more, cry more and enjoy ourselves more at a live performance than when […]

Forbes: How does the brain store and retrieve memories?

There are different forms of memories and they are also encoded in the brain in very different manners. For instance, working memory (like when you hold a few numbers or an address in your mind) is very different from long-term memory. One way in which working memory is stored is by keeping neural circuits that […]

Medical Xpress: The brain at work: Spotting half-hidden objects

How does a driver’s brain realize that a stop sign is behind a bush when only a red edge is showing? Or how can a monkey suspect that the yellow sliver in the leaves is a round piece of fruit? The human (and non-human) primate brain is remarkable in recognizing objects when the view is […]

New Scientist: Blind people repurpose the brain’s visual areas for language

People who are blind use parts of their brain that normally handle for vision to process language, as well as sounds – highlighting the brain’s extraordinary ability to requisition unused real estate for new functions. Neurons in the part of the brain normally responsible for vision synchronise their activity to the sounds of speech in […]

News-Medical: Research: Calculatory processes in the brain directly affected by language

People can intuitively recognize small numbers up to four; however, when calculating they depend on the assistance of language. In this respect, the fascinating research question ensues: how do multilingual people solve arithmetical tasks presented to them in different languages of which they have a very good command? (September 14, 2017) Read the full article […]

Medical News Today: Maladaptive daydreaming: Symptoms and management

Daydreaming is a regular part of daily life for most people. However, some individuals experience frequent and intrusive daydreams that can disrupt everyday tasks and their quality of life. This article will discuss what maladaptive daydreaming is, how to recognize it, and how it can be managed. (September 14, 2017) Read the full article here