Mind Your Brain

Category: BRAIN


Informed circles

Isn’t it fantastic that we are able to think about how we are able to think. Our brains are so ingeniously formed that we even have the ability to get to such an abstraction level. Most people take our thinking…

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Changing subtly

Our brain is amazingly adept in standing up to the ravages of time. Many – especially young – people think growing old brings along only distress and misery. But ageing isn’t synonymous with general decline. Our brain is very good…

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Forgive and forget

Memory is in the center of attention these days. Especially since the number of people with dementia which causes memory to fail, is growing. Everybody would be afraid of losing one’s memory. But what about the hell people go through…

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A stroke of bad luck

A stroke can be such a nice thing. Caressing your partner, petting your dog or cat, making a beautiful painting with brush strokes. Unfortunately, we use the same word for one of the worst things that can happen to you….

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A trip down memory lane

Our memory is by no means infallible. It is in fact extremely biased. You could even argue that nothing that has been stored in one’s memory is an actual description of events. It is reality as your brain with its…

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Actors or directors?

Our brain isn’t populated only by neurones. In fact, they are a minority. Other brain cells, called glial cells, are far more numerous. Unfortunately, they have long suffered from the ‘neuron doctrine’. All attention and research efforts went to the…

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Will we lose our way?

It is hard to imagine life without our navigational equipment. Just a short time ago, we had to have a map, a city guide, and stop to ask for directions to get to our destination. Now, almost every car has…

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Protect and serve

A lot of attention has been given lately to the brain in sports. A heated debate about possible health effects of concussions on American football players has been going on for years. Until finally, the National Football League acknowledged that…

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Two minds, but a single brain

On the outside, our brain looks a lot like a walnut: two halves with twisted surfaces and a connective band in between. Both brain halves contain essentially the same components, but they are not identical. The size of the different…

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The big picture

Let’s get to know the architecture of our brain a little bit better. Although we talk about our grey mass, the brain actually isn’t grey, but a soft pink. The human brain has about the size of two clenched fists…

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