Many people get short-tempered when they have not eaten for a while; they become ‘hangry’. This is not merely posturing but a survival mechanism that motivates you to start looking for food.
Have you noticed how, depending on the context, sometimes time flies, and other times it seems to drag? Unravelling the mystery of how the brain keeps track of time is key to understanding how our state of mind affects not only what we perceive but how we perceive it.
Odds are that after having a meal you get tired: that’s the after-dinner dip. This is because your body and brain enter a resting state, but fortunately you can turn it off yourself!
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you wanted to say something, but simply could not find the words you were looking for? That’s what people with aphasia experience all the time.
If someone else tickles you, it feels much more intense than when you try to tickle yourself. This is because your brain is already predicting what your own tickles will feel like.
Working from home is challenging, but it can teach you to be very efficient by working in short cycles, taking good breaks, and by integrating work and private life instead of separating them.
Do you know that sudden feeling of familiarity when you sense something and it seems like you have already experienced it before? The French call it déjà vu. And neuroscientists from around the world try to define its nature.