Catching Schizophrenia
behavior / medicine / Neuroscience / parasites

Catching Schizophrenia

By: Ian Cohn Edited by: Bryce Harlan To many, the idea of mind control seems like science fiction. The small parasite Toxoplasma gondii, however, known to alter behavior in rats, may possess the ability to change behavior in humans as well, giving it mind-altering capabilities usually reserved for super-advanced futuristic humans. T. gondii is a … Continue reading

Neuroscience’s Take on the Supernatural: Are Near Death Experiences Real?
Aditya Nair / Biology / blood / brains / Neurons / Neuroscience / Popular / Science

Neuroscience’s Take on the Supernatural: Are Near Death Experiences Real?

By: Aditya Nair It’s a tale that seems as old as history. Those among us who have come very close to dying report extraordinarily vivid visions involving some combination of seeing the dead, passing through a tunnel, feeling dissociated from the body, and extreme emotional states among many other phenomena collectively referred to as near … Continue reading

How Love Works: Part 2 – Neurotransmitters and Genetic Factors
Aditya Nair / Biochemistry / Biology / brains / gene / Genetics / Neuroscience / Science / This is Your Brain

How Love Works: Part 2 – Neurotransmitters and Genetic Factors

By: Aditya Nair Edited by: Bryce Harlan Now that we’ve gone over some of the reasons why the development of love may have been an evolutionary advantage, let’s move on to the nitty-gritty aspects of love. What do we know about what actually happens in the brain when we fall in love? We turn to … Continue reading

What are the Biological Consequences of Staying Up All Night?
Neuroscience / Tiago Palmisano

What are the Biological Consequences of Staying Up All Night?

Author: Tiago Palmisano Editor: Aishwarya Raja “Sleep is a waste of time.” It’s an opinion that, as a college student, I’ve been forced to occasionally consider when it’s midnight and a looming pile of work clashes with the possibility of a good night’s rest. And unfortunately, sleep deprivation is not limited to the overloaded college … Continue reading

Eating Away at the Immune System: The Novel Role of the Gut in Multiple Sclerosis
Alexander Bernstein / Neuroscience

Eating Away at the Immune System: The Novel Role of the Gut in Multiple Sclerosis

Author: Alexander Bernstein Editor: Arianna Winchester Simply described as an autoimmune disease in which the body’s own defense mechanisms attack and degrade the protective myelin sheaths that cover axons in the nervous system, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is estimated to effect some 250,000 to 350,000 people in the United States alone. The debilitating symptoms of the disorder … Continue reading

Advances in Predicting Dementia
Alexander Bernstein / Alzheimer's Disease / Neuroscience

Advances in Predicting Dementia

By: Alexander Bernstein Defined by the Alzheimer’s Association as “decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life,” dementia is a crippling condition that affects more than 35 million people worldwide. One of the most common causes of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease has been, up until very recently, quite difficult to diagnose, typically requiring … Continue reading

A Quantum Explanation for Consciousness?
Neuroscience / physics / Quantum Mechanics / stream of consciousness

A Quantum Explanation for Consciousness?

By: Aditya Nair One of the most baffling problems in science is that of consciousness. How exactly does our brain create consciousness? What brain mechanisms allow for the development of thoughts? Is consciousness a physical phenomenon? Probing the boundaries of our very existence itself, scientists have been pushing at this question for hundreds of years, … Continue reading

Secrets of the Brain Becoming Clear with New CLARITY
Neuroscience

Secrets of the Brain Becoming Clear with New CLARITY

Ever since the Obama Administration announced its backing of a new $100 million initiative to map the connections of the brain’s 85 to 100 billion neurons, skeptics have questioned whether neuroscientists have the tools available to achieve the massive feat. Now, researchers at Stanford University are reporting in the journal Nature a new technology that … Continue reading

How Does Adderall Work?: A PSA
Neuroscience

How Does Adderall Work?: A PSA

Why the sudden media spotlight on adderall? Seriously, it seems like it’s been all over the news lately. In the past six months, the New York Times has published a slew of occasionally terrifying articles about adderall, ritalin, and other attention-enhancing drugs. People condemn it and praise it, scoff at it and crave it, but I’m mostly just left wondering, “Isn’t adderall made … Continue reading

Monet on the Brain
Biology / Neuroscience

Monet on the Brain

By Emma Meyers Lately, I’ve been making my way through Columbia alum Jonah Lehrer’s science-meets-art book Proust Was a Neuroscientist. In it, Lehrer lauds the many artists, writers, and composers who, through their art, tapped into the human brain in ways modern neuroscientists are only recently discovering. Despite whatever controversy now surrounds Lehrer’s name, the … Continue reading