The Neurobiology of Social Aggression Duke-NUS researchers have discovered that a growth factor protein, called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), and its receptor, tropomyosin receptor kinase B (TrkB) affects social dominance in mice. The research has implications for understanding the neurobiology … Continue reading Brain and social hierarchies
A long-overlooked brain region may be key to complex thought The ornately folded outer layer of the human brain, the cerebral cortex, has long received nearly all the credit for our ability to perform complex cognitive tasks such as composing … Continue reading The secrets of thalamus
Yes, the brain is a computer… Neuroscience is a funny discipline which can demand a level of interdisciplinary knowledge that is hard to achieve. At its heart, neuroscience is concerned with understanding the organ that is responsible for generating our … Continue reading Is everything a computer?
How Reliable Are the Memories of Sexual Assault Victims? Editorial note: If Jim Hopper had been permitted to provide his expert testimony at the September 27, 2018 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation, these would have been his … Continue reading What our brain encodes
Procrastinator’s brains are different than those who get things done Daydreaming is important — studies have repeatedly said as much — but maybe you shouldn’t daydream too much, as a recent study by researchers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum has come to … Continue reading When the amygdala shrinks
There is no such thing as a computational person When our summer intern Daniel first joined the lab, he seemed terrified of MATLAB. And I can’t blame him — encountering a programming language in the wild is intimidating, especially when you sign … Continue reading Coding on the fly
Musical pleasures Can a melody provide us with pleasure? Plato certainly thought so, as do many today. But it’s incredibly difficult to discern just how this comes to pass. Is it something about the flow and shape of a tune … Continue reading Music and emotion