Lizabeth (editor) is a philosopher with a fascination for human beings and all things they tend to get themselves involved in. By writing blogs about popular science, she wants to reveal the remarkable facts and practical knowledge that are both hidden in scientific research. She loves reading books, spending time with friends and enjoying good dinners with them.
Brain-to-brain interface transmits information from one rat to another. “I have no doubt that human brain nets will be possible in the future, but I certainly won’t see this in my lifetime.” This quote sounds like the grotesque fantasy of some mad scientist, right? Well, think again. It was actually said by Miguel Nicolelis, a …Continue Reading
Research on empathy suggests we can’t share joy as easily as distress. Empathy, our capacity to register someone else’s emotional states and respond to these, is a many researched phenomenon in neuroscience. In the past years, it has become clear that empathy involves a neural circuit consisting of the medial prefrontal cortex (MPFC), the superior …Continue Reading
In social networks, women show a preference for stability while men are more competitive. Although we are not always aware of it in our daily communication, our interactive behaviour gives rise to complex social behaviouristic patterns. These complex forms of interaction, also named multiplex networks, like communication, trade networks or friendship, form the backbone structure of human …Continue Reading
Poor sleepers have a harder time counting their blessings. It may not be taken as a surprise anymore that sleeping well has a positive influence on many aspects of our daily life. Recently another, more surprising positive effect of sleep has been found. By sleeping well, your ‘prosocial behavior’, expressing gratitude and giving attention to …Continue Reading
The process of aging usually involves a decrease in the flexibility of one’s cognitive capacities. For example, elderly people often experience more trouble with switching between tasks that both require a significant amount of attention. Recent research has no shown that lifelong bilingualism has a positive effect on this process: people who are born and raised …Continue Reading