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To achieve goals, we definitively need our neurons

Every day we are choosing and performing actions to achieve goals. These goal-directed behaviors are motivated by the idea of goals in memory or mind. What were your last goal-directed actions? Maybe it was to purchase a croissant or repair your bike. Any of us... click to read more

  • Julien Courtin | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Mar 10, 2023
The Impact of SARS-CoV-2 on the Brain: It Is All in Your Head

Although severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is associated with respiratory illness, infection can cause a variety of neurological complications. In fact, many individuals report neurological symptoms during infection in the absence of fever, cough, shortness of breath, and/or other symptoms more typical of... click to read more

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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Feb 15, 2023
Heart Disease And Brain Blood Flow Regulation: Prelude To Dementia

The brain regulates changes in its own blood flow depending on how active its cells (neurons) are, by a mechanism called neurovascular coupling. When neurons become active, they send messages to nearby blood vessels causing them to dilate and bring in more blood. This increased... click to read more

  • Osman Shabir | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom
Views 2502
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jul 25, 2022
What’s on your mind? A sneak-peek of your wandering thoughts

If you get a glimpse into all the thoughts you’ve had today, it will likely reveal pockets of time when they were focused on your ongoing task (for example when you rush through an assignment to meet a deadline); when they aimlessly wandered from one... click to read more

  • Julia W. Y. Kam | Assistant Professor at Department of Psychology, Hotchkiss Brain Institute, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada
  • Caitlin Mills | Assistant Professor at Department of Psychology, University of New Hampshire, Durham, United States
Views 4084
Reading time 4 min
published on Mar 18, 2022
Finding the one: what prairie voles can tell us about the drive to seek out our romantic partner

As humans, we fall in love and "couple-up", something scientists refer to as a pair bond. This is unusual among mammals, most of whom are promiscuous - typically mating and moving on. Fewer than 10% of mammalian species share our ability to form pair bonds,... click to read more

  • William M. Sheeran | MD/PhD Student at Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado, USA
  • David S.W. Protter | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado, USA
  • Zoe R. Donaldson | Assistant Professor at Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado, USA; Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado, USA
Views 6001
Reading time 5 min
published on Jun 3, 2021