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How your body knows to shout ‘ouch’

Ouch! — we often can't help shouting when stubbing a toe or getting a finger squashed in a door. These are everyday experiences that elicit pain. But how do we actually recognize those experiences as painful? Why is pain precious? Pain sensing begins with specialized nerve... click to read more

  • Lou Beaulieu-Laroche | PhD Student at McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA
Views 1051
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Mar 5, 2021
Our blood may be making us smarter

There is nothing subtle about the immune system. T cells, potent immune cells found in the blood, can kill just about anything. In response to a viral infection, T cells move in, kill any of your cells that have a virus inside them, coordinate a... click to read more

Views 1401
Reading time 4 min
published on Mar 1, 2021
What makes us different - chance in brain development and its consequences for individuality

Why are we all different? This is one of the oldest and most contested scientific questions. Naturally, the brain is often the focus of these discussions, as it is the control center for our body and behavior. The debate of "nature vs nurture" tried to... click to read more

  • Gerit A. Linneweber | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Division of Neurobiology, Institute for Biology, Free University, Berlin, Germany
Views 1665
Reading time 3 min
published on Jan 14, 2021
A contributing gene for cannabis dependence

It's easy to see how certain traits can be linked back to your genetics, such as your hair color or height. It's also undeniable that some mental health disorders, such as schizophrenia, have a strong genetic link. More recently, substance use disorder - a category... click to read more

  • Caitlin E. Burgdorf | PhD graduate at Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, NY 10065, USA
  • Anjali M. Rajadhyaksha | Professor, Associate Dean of Program Development at Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, NY 10065, USA
  • Francis S. Lee | Chair and Psychiatrist-in-Chief Mortimer D. Sackler, M.D. Professor at Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, NY 10065, USA
Views 1711
Reading time 3 min
published on Dec 8, 2020
Why extreme lack of sleep can kill you

Most of us are familiar with the unpleasant changes to our mood, and our ability to think, even after a single sleepless night. An alarming fact is that up to 50% of adults worldwide are estimated to regularly skimp on sleep. Sleep ensures proper brain function,... click to read more

  • Yosef Kaplan Dor | Research Fellow at Department of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  • Alexandra Vaccaro | Research Associate at Department of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  • Dragana Rogulja | Principal Investigator at Department of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Views 1716
Reading time 3 min
published on Nov 30, 2020