How maths helps us understand why music moves people Music is known to provoke the senses, give pleasure and sometimes move people to tears. Surely this has little to do with mathematical models which are so frequently associated with cold … Continue reading The ephemeral experience of music
Is video game addiction a real thing? It’s certainly common to hear parents complain that their children are “addicted” to video games. Some researchers even claim that these games are comparable to illegal drugs in terms of their influence on … Continue reading Gaming is not addictive
Brain Can Be Rewired To Make Better Choices, Says Award-Winning Study A ground-breaking research in the field of neuroscience offers an in-depth analysis of the brain’s reward system, highlighting its influence on the decision-making process. The study encompasses three decades … Continue reading Reward for your brain
It’s not just you. Time really does seem to fly by faster as we age When we were children, the summer holidays seemed to last forever, and the wait between Christmases felt like an eternity. So why is it that … Continue reading Time flies faster and faster every day
Everybody Loves Dopamine Dopamine is love. Dopamine is reward. Dopamine is addiction. Neuroscientists have a love/hate relationship with how this monoamine neurotransmitter is portrayed in the popular press. The word dopamine has become a shorthand for positive reinforcement, whether it’s … Continue reading Dopamine: reward or aversion?
Obesity Is Not Like Being “Addicted to Food” Is it possible to be “addicted” to food, much like an addiction to substances (e.g., alcohol, cocaine, opiates) or behaviors (gambling, shopping, Facebook)? An extensive and growing literature uses this terminology in … Continue reading Is food like crack?
Emotions Can Influence How We See Colors Literal associations between emotions and color abound. When we are depressed, for instance, we often talk about “feeling blue.” Emerging research suggests the associations we make between emotion and color may go beyond … Continue reading Does color perception depend on dopamine?