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.Continue reading
Beer and wine are quite possibly the oldest known man-made beverages. Anthropologists have discovered beer jugs that date back to the Neolithic period (10,000 B.C.), and Egyptian pictographs clearly show that wine was a common beverage as early as 4,000 B.C. Throughout history, alcohol has been used for both celebratory and practical reasons. Today, consuming alcohol is a way to mark special occasions, socialize with friends, relax after a long week, and (sadly) ease the pain of rejection.Continue reading
Life is a continuum of learning motor skills to achieve goals. At a young age, children learn how sit up, walk, jump, and then cut with scissors. Later, they may learn how to play soccer or piano, but they will probably not be as proficient as professional athletes and musicians unless they dedicate their lives to perfecting that skill. So, how does practice make us more perfect? Here are suggested guidelines for efficient motor skill learning that neuroscience studies have proposed.Continue reading
What do you do when you take a break from work? In your leisure time, what is something that you routinely find yourself doing? What is your default solution to the eternal problem of boredom?
What if I told you that your choice of leisure time activity is linked to how you may handle memory loss when you get older?Continue reading
Based on the recent statistics, one in eight individuals over the age of 65 has Alzheimer’s disease, and for every 68 seconds that pass, yet another individual in the United States develops the disease.Continue reading
Have you been at a restaurant and heard a bell ring in the kitchen to notify servers that a plate of food was ready to be served? Most likely, hearing that bell made you feel stomach growl; you probably salivated at the thought of the server bringing that plate of food to your table! How does the sound of this bell bring out such feeling and behavior?Continue reading
How many neural processes are going on within your body as you read this sentence? The answer to this question is hard to fathom, I know, but give it a shot. Try to imagine all the physiological events that are being controlled by your nervous system at this very moment. Our nervous systems control a dizzying array of sensory, motor, and cognitive processes simultaneously, without us granting them “permission” to do so. In fact, most of our neural functions require no mental energy on our part whatsoever! For this reason, it is extremely easy to take these basic processes for granted. However, if we were to witness the suffering of an individual with multiple sclerosis, we might begin to appreciate these things a little more.Continue reading