My final year undergraduate project focusing on attention capture by an emotionally-charged olfactory stimulus, in mice, which is currently ongoing. Once it is completed, this research is aimed for publication, but for now, here is the link to its pre-print version available on BioRxiv.
What is fear? Why are we sometimes afraid? Can fear be inhibited? What produces fear – the brain or the heart? It is definitely the brain! More exactly, something in the brain – a tiny, almond-shaped structure, which sits anteriorly to the hippocampus, called the amygdala. This small part of our brain is to blame for … More Fear and the amygdala
After seeing this article’s title, you might have thought: “That sounds rather boring. I mean, what is so interesting about the nose?” Perhaps the “memory” part aroused your curiosity, though. If that’s so, you might find the following reading worth having a look at, as you could discover some surprising things about the “nose”. I’d like to … More Smells, learning and memory
Remember when we talked about memory? One very important aspect you should never forget is that there are many types of memory (stored in different areas of the brain). Today I’d like to discuss a particular and very important type of memory, known as spatial memory. As a matter of fact, I’m going to be even more specific: … More Spatial memory, grid cells and…honeycomb?!
In the previous article we talked about empathy, as the capacity to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes and understand them. We discussed about the structures involved, in a quite simplistic manner, but as it turns out things are not that simple. What makes the brain so fascinating (and hard to study as well) is the fact … More Let’s not forget about memory!