24-Hour Service: The Circadian Clock

Have you ever woken up minutes before your alarm sounded?  This strange phenomenon isn’t just a bizarre coincidence!  Like most living things, we have an extremely accurate and powerful internal biological clock.  As its name implies, this circadian clock operates over “about a day” and is responsible for controlling our sleep-wake cycles, digestive activities, mood, and many other physiological processes.  In order to achieve such…

Melatonin

A hormone released by the pineal gland that promotes sleep and regulates circadian rhythms.

WIDE AWAKE at #SfN14

There’s always one person snoring through the talk you’re trying to listen to at SfN.  That person might even be you at some point during this meeting!  Whether you are sleepy because of the time change, or because you finished your poster at 3AM, or because you were up late catching up with friends and colleagues, sleep is an essential behavior that is regulated by…

Let There Be Light!

When I was an undergraduate student, I was an expert at pulling “all-nighter” study sessions prior to exams and project deadlines.  Once everything was said and done the next day, many of my classmates moved on to celebratory happy hours, while the only thing that could make me happy at the time was heading to bed!  Even after some rest, however, I was slow, lethargic, and felt misplaced.

Guest Contributors

Aside from the core team, Knowing Neurons also posts articles from guest contributors, many of whom are pursuing higher education in neuroscience.  If you would like to contribute to Knowing Neurons, please submit an abstract on our Contribute to KN page or email us at knowingneurons@gmail.com!  2017 contributors Amy Thomas Amy is a Science Communication MSc student from Imperial College London and holds an undergraduate degree in Neuroscience. She…