Differences between the extroverted brain and the introverted brain

By Jenny Tang  An extroverted person is one who feels “charged” after social interaction (Mesurado et al., 2014), whereas an introvert feels “charged” through its absence, feeling that social interaction is draining. Introversion and extroversion are not simply theoretical concepts, but can be physically observed through the use of imaging to understand their function.      TheContinue reading “Differences between the extroverted brain and the introverted brain”

How we engage in mutual cooperation: the neuroscience of trust

By Luciano Marinelli Throughout life, many decisions are made within the context of social interactions, hence will affect both us and other people. Difficult social decisions often involve an internal conflict between following our own interests and that of others. These decisions require a good amount of trust, especially when engaging in reciprocal exchange, inContinue reading “How we engage in mutual cooperation: the neuroscience of trust”

(Half) Awake and Afraid – Sleep Paralysis

By Sophya Yeoh The thought of suddenly being trapped and unable to move is terrifying, especially when one is in the safest possible place they can be – their own bed. That is the reality for those suffering from sleep paralysis (SP) – the inability to move or speak when one is just falling asleepContinue reading “(Half) Awake and Afraid – Sleep Paralysis”

Love: A Cocktail of Chemicals

By Nick Bitterlich Love is a sensation most people have experienced in one form or another; be it from loving a significant other, one’s parents, or a best friend. An array of feelings is associated with love, commonly including exhilaration, euphoria, a racing heart, anxiety, or “butterflies”. Scientists have been questioning the nature of theContinue reading “Love: A Cocktail of Chemicals”

The First Step After Paralysis

By Sashini Ranawana It is often easy to take for granted the ability to detect sensory stimuli and bring about voluntary movement. This, however, is not an option for individuals suffering from any one of the numerous forms of paralysis, where the disruption of neuronal signalling between the central nervous system (CNS) and peripheral nervousContinue reading “The First Step After Paralysis”

This Is Your Brain on Psychedelics

By Marina Artemiou “This Is Your Brain on Drugs” was a large-scale US anti-narcotics campaign by Partnership for a Drug-Free America (PDFA) launched in 1987. Ever since, it has been widely remembered for featuring one specific, indelible image: an egg, sizzling in a frying pan, representing “your brain on drugs”. Despite the criticism, ridicule, andContinue reading “This Is Your Brain on Psychedelics”

Kindchenschema: The science of cute

By Iulia Kis Even though the English language (and many others) lack a word for the feeling associated with interacting with cute things, there is certainly a specific emotion characteristic to it. This has yet to be pinpointed and thoroughly described, but, ever since ethologist Lorenz Konrad first described what he called the ‘Kindchenschema’ inContinue reading “Kindchenschema: The science of cute”

Quantum memory: An interesting unison of biology and physics

By Killian Robinson In traditional computers, data is represented as an extraordinary array of 0’s and 1’s, these 0’s and 1’s are known as bits. Data can be stored as a combination of 0’s and 1’s, 8 of them for example is a ‘byte’, with megabytes being 8 million bits or 1 million bytes. TheseContinue reading “Quantum memory: An interesting unison of biology and physics”

What Is Love: The Biology of Love and Affection

By Sabino Pastor Mendez Pair bonding and affection are not exclusive to humans. Rodents establish mother-offspring bonds although these are nonselective and short lived. Rodent mothers care for any infant in their surroundings and this attachment is limited to the nest and dependent on pregnancy hormones. Still, monogamous prairie voles display mating-based recognition and formContinue reading “What Is Love: The Biology of Love and Affection”

Behind the closed doors of our adaptive unconscious

By Ceara Harper Although understanding varies greatly, it is highly accepted that the ‘unconscious mind’ controls subliminal information processing, which has the potential to influence higher mental processes (Bargh 2006). The ‘adaptive unconscious’ can be thought of as a sub-section to this level of thinking. Malcom Gladwell refers to the adaptive unconscious in his brilliantContinue reading “Behind the closed doors of our adaptive unconscious”