Bipolar disorder 

By Gio Chang  Bipolar disorder is a condition which all of us have probably heard about but don’t understand very much about. Many people think of them simply as mood swings that we experience in our day to day lives. However, it is a type of mental illness that, surprisingly, impacts quite a large portion of populations. In fact, around 2.8% of theContinue reading “Bipolar disorder “

Eternal youth and the prospect of ageing

By Themis Halka “I feel like I’m 100 years old today” – expressions using chronological age as a reference for physiological and psychological wellbeing are quite common in our societies (Gendron et al., 2018). If it doesn’t shock, it certainly highlights this association we make between ageing and loss of capacities, resulting in a generalContinue reading “Eternal youth and the prospect of ageing”

Exploring the inner-GPS System of the brain

By Esha Kulkarni Like the GPS System in our smartphones, the human brain is suggested to also consist of an inner control system, or an ‘inner GPS system’. This GPS system is thought to be responsible for spatial orientation, recognizing  its surroundings, creating a cognitive map, finding  directions, and retaining spatial memory (Chaparro, 2021). MammalianContinue reading Exploring the inner-GPS System of the brain

Inside the mind of serial killers – are they born to kill?

By Luciano Marinelli Serial killers have always intrigued society and have inspired multiple series and documentaries, providing valuable insights on their motivations and psychology. Are these individuals born to kill, or are they just victims of harsh circumstances? The psychology of serial killers, and its neuroscientific basis, has long been studied by psychologists and socialContinue reading “Inside the mind of serial killers – are they born to kill?”

Why Do We Love Sugar and Sweets?

By Shiyi Liang Throughout the world, the consumption of sugar gives people great pleasure. But this sense of pleasure makes people crave even more sugar and can build sugar addiction. Emotions associated with sugar withdrawal for those who are addicted include feeling depressed, inactive, and anxious. It has been suggested that sugar is more addictiveContinue reading “Why Do We Love Sugar and Sweets?”

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS): A novel therapy for treating obstinate depression

By Alice Barocco Major depressive disorder (MDD), more commonly known as clinical depression, currently impacts the lives of more than 264 million people worldwide. Affecting adolescents as young as 12 years old to adults 50 and older, clinical depression is the leading cause of disability in the world (WHO, 2020). From the Latin word deprimere,Continue reading “Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS): A novel therapy for treating obstinate depression”

Dissociative identity disorders: What is it and how is it caused?

By Gio Chang Dissociation is a mental process in which an individual may disconnect from their thoughts, memories, feelings, and the surroundings (Wiginton, 2019). This is something that everyone would have experienced before, but dissociative disorders, on the other hand, are a group of mental disorders in which people have severe dissociations such that thereContinue reading “Dissociative identity disorders: What is it and how is it caused?”

The Emerging Field of Cancer Neuroscience

                                                                    By Lingyi Wang  It’s well known that the nervous system plays an important role in maintaining health and wellbeing for vertebrate organisms. Just like blood vessels distributed throughout the body, in most animals, all tissues and organs (except for cartilages and lens) are surrounded by a network of nerves, namely the peripheral nervous system (PNS).Continue reading “The Emerging Field of Cancer Neuroscience”

Axonal Regeneration: PNS vs CNS

By Marina Artemiou The term neuroregeneration refers to the regrowth or repair of nervous tissues by the generation of new neurons, glial cells, axons, myelin, or synapses. In nerve injuries that lead to axonal disruption or nerve transection, the nerve becomes divided into a proximal segment which is still attached to cell body, and aContinue reading “Axonal Regeneration: PNS vs CNS”

The motivations behind our actions: Are human beings innately good or bad?

By Naveesha Karunanayaka The question of whether humans are innately good or bad may arise when contemplating news stories from recent decades. The disregard for others and horrifying events caused by intentional human action make it difficult to believe we are born good. In exploring this, babies are a good research starting point when lookingContinue reading “The motivations behind our actions: Are human beings innately good or bad?”