Posts Tagged: neuroscience

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

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

Insomnia May Be In Your DNA

Insomnia May Be In Your DNA

If you have insomnia, you may have more in common with Madonna, George Clooney, Lady Gaga and Kim Cattrall than you thought. In a Netherlands study, researchers asked 113,000 participants if they had trouble falling asleep every night. Those who responded “usually” were classified as having insomnia. Researchers then took insomnia DNA and found seven genes that those suffering had in… 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

Teen Scientist Develops Potential Treatment for Brain Injury

Teen Scientist Develops Potential Treatment for Brain Injury

The Regeneron Science Talent Search (STS) is often called the Junior Nobel Prize. Founded in 1942, it is the nation’s most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. This year, 1,749 students competed for a spot among the 300 Regeneron STS Scholars – out of which only 40 finalists were chosen. These top… Read more

Facebook: Protecting Users from Themselves

Facebook: Protecting Users from Themselves

Social media has become intertwined with most aspects of the lives of today’s teens. Suicide and self-harm are not excluded from this. More and more young adults have posted suicidal messages on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Live.me. This past January, Naika Venant, a 14-year-old from Florida, died of suicide and broadcasted it on Facebook… Read more

Left Brain/Right Brain and Other Pop Psychology Myths

Left Brain/Right Brain and Other Pop Psychology Myths

I’m an INTP, left-brained, kinetic learner! Or maybe not? Every science has unique myths around it. And let’s face it: many facts and theories get oversimplified or lost in translation. Not every scientist is an expert in every scientific field. Psychology in particular has a tendency to be misinterpreted, leading to an entire subfield: pop… Read more