Most of the neurons in our brains are developed before we are even born, but our brains are constantly changing. From childhood and adolescence into adulthood our brains become more and more specialized, learning more complex skills and behaviors.
In the brain there are two main categories of cells: neurons and glia. Neurons are the ones that carry information through the brain, while the function of glia cells is to support the neurons and their environment.
The world’s strongest MR scanner, at a strength of 14 tesla (T), will be built at the Donders Institute. I got the opportunity to have a chat with Professor David Norris, who is leading the project, about the new scanner and the road to get it running.
Some people are experts on remembering, and they say that anyone can train to be as good. The key is to use a technique called the ‘memory palace’, and now there is scientific evidence that this can be really effective even long term.
People who have faced death report seeing a white light at the end of a tunnel, experiencing their life flashing before their eyes, or feeling like they have left their physical body. What might be causing these experiences?
MRI can give us a detailed picture of brain anatomy, a map of communication pathways, and even a measure of different chemicals in the brain. Read on to find out how.
A ‘coffee nap’, which is just drinking a cup of coffee and then taking a nap, supposedly makes you feel a lot more energized than a coffee or a nap alone. I have tried and absolutely love it. But how does it actually work?
Whether it is preferred to say that someone is a ‘person with autism’ or an ‘autistic person’ is controversial. Even among the people concerned, very different opinions coexist. How do we decide what the right naming is and why?