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New hope for free will?

Did you decide of your own free will to read this article? Or is your decision the inevitable result of interactions between brain cells that...

Serotonin = happy?

As you may know depression is one of the most common mental health disorders and affects millions of people globally. Either you or someone around...

A fish with a tiny brain

A human's brain contains about 100 billion neurons that are interconnected in many ways. This makes it rather complicated to study. It would be handy...

Dope-amine, or what?

Do you know the feeling that you get when eating your favourite meal, or of drinking your first beer on a Friday evening? Supposedly, this...

The Mountain in the Sea

Ray Nayler’s recent science-fiction novel “The Mountain in the Sea” is an imaginative dive into the depths of neuroscientific theories on consciousness, language development and...

To fast or not to fast

What is intermittent fasting?Fasting has been part of human history for millennia. During our hunter-gatherer ages, we would run into times where food was scarce,...

Horror, my brain and I

Horror, my brain and I   It’s spooky season. Isn’t there a better time to cuddle up in front of your TV and watch a horror...

Who's afraid of....?

You're biking home alone through the dark and you're afraid someone will chase you. You are afraid of spiders, heights or small spaces. Do these...

Meditation against depression

A new study shows that a breathing-based meditation technique helps people with severe depression in whom even medication has no effect. More than half of...

Meditating mice?

It's nothing new, of course, but totally contemporary again: meditating. It is said to be good for body and mind, to provide relief, peace in...

Babies smell their mother's fears

If your mom is afraid of spiders, then there's a good chance you are too. We already know from previous research that parents' fears are...

Brain Basics 

At Brainmatters we are fascinated by the brain. But if you were to see a brain lying on a table, it wouldn't look all that...

Love on the brain

When talking about new impressions, a topic that cannot be left undiscussed is love. What happens in our brain when we see a potential partner...

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