Posts Tagged: brain

I’ve Bean Thinking: What are the Effects of Coffee on Memory?

I’ve Bean Thinking: What are the Effects of Coffee on Memory?

Nowadays, with over 400 billion cups consumed every year, coffee is one of the world’s most popular drinks. The sweet aroma of ground beans is familiar to any time of the day. Many people look forward to starting off their morning, sipping the warm liquid out of their favorite beach themed mug. Teenagers gather in… Read more

Mirror Neurons: Underlying Human Empathy

Mirror Neurons: Underlying Human Empathy

Most people can recall feeling embarrassed due to a situation they witnessed, or sad after seeing someone else cry. What causes these second-hand emotions? It turns out cells called mirror neurons play a role in our reactions in these sorts of scenarios. What are mirror neurons? Neuronal cells make up the circuitry of the brain…. Read more

The Psychology of Dreaming

The Psychology of Dreaming

   Dreaming, a term conservatively defined as the various thoughts, memories, and emotions that occur during sleep, is a phenomenon that has stumped psychologists for decades. Why? Because the reasoning behind why dreams occur is extremely elusive, leaving psychologists with an incredibly large unanswered question. Though a definite explanation has yet to be discovered, psychologists continue to… Read more

Fossil Fuels – Could They Cause Dementia?

Fossil Fuels – Could They Cause Dementia?

        Fossil fuels have long been known to cause tons of adverse health effects, including reduced lung function, irregular heartbeat, and asthma attacks — in fact, their combustion is known to cause the deaths of over 20,000 people a year in the US. The culprit is often referred to as PM2.5, particles… Read more

Can Stress Make You Sick?

Can Stress Make You Sick?

When I was 13 years old, my mother was diagnosed with a non-aggressive form of Breast Cancer. At the time, I did not see the magnitude of the sickness. Instead, I simply accepted her explanation – that the reason she became ill was due to the amount of stress she was putting herself through. As… Read more

Twitching While Falling Asleep? Here’s Why

Twitching While Falling Asleep? Here’s Why

Have you ever been jolted awake by the feeling of falling off a cliff right before you’re about to fall asleep? Or perhaps your body shook uncontrollably as you were closing your eyes? There is a very high chance you might have—in fact, about 70% of people have experienced this at one or multiples times in their lives. Sudden, involuntary… Read more

Finding Sick People With Only Sight and Smell

Finding Sick People With Only Sight and Smell

When you see a stranger coughing in the bus on your way home, you know that he is sick. You avoid him. However, research reveals that symptoms don’t have to be this explicit for our brain to detect illness. In a study, participants were divided into two. One group was injected bacteria that gave participants… Read more

Want to be Smarter? Learn a New Language!

Want to be Smarter? Learn a New Language!

My cousin, a French immigrant, can speak five different languages, all attributed with different levels of fluency. Her French and English? Perfectly fluid. Her Spanish and Mandarin? Good but very limited. Her Creole? Could definitely use some work. I, on the other hand, a first-generation American, can speak English fluently with some proficiency in French…. Read more

Risk Avoidance Due to Your Brain Anatomy

Risk Avoidance Due to Your Brain Anatomy

Typically, it has been observed that older adults are less likely to engage in risk behavior. Risk behavior can involve danger, harm, or loss. Additionally, risk behavior can include anything that is potentially detrimental to your health or overall well-being. In the past, researchers have identified the influence of a brain structure on taking risks. It… Read more

Food Portion Sizes and Brain Activation

Food Portion Sizes and Brain Activation

A growing number of children and adolescents are being diagnosed with obesity in the United States. The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines obesity as having excess body fat, and it says that being “overweight” includes excess body weight from a number of factors. Additionally, food portion sizes have been increasing in recent… Read more