Mind Your Brain

Category: RESEARCH


The perfect match

Pets and children make a great match. They don’t expect too much of each other and just enjoy one another’s company. Apart from this unconditional acceptance, recent research shows pets have a positive influence on a child’s development. Self-esteem is…

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The brain doesn’t like it hot

An adequate body temperature is essential for our survival. The brain is especially vulnerable to temperature changes. It won’t display its usual top performance when temperature is too high. Cooling of the brain on the other hand seems to have…

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The musical brain

The Mozart effect marked a turning point for the research into the impact of music on the human brain. The claim that listening to classical music could boost a child’s intelligence turned out to be a hoax, but many funds…

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Rise and shine

Sleep still is one of the greatest biological mysteries. After many decades of research, we know all about what causes us to feel sleepy, different types of sleep, electrical activity in our brains while we sleep, and the mechanisms of…

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All creatures great and small

Pet owners have known it all along: keeping a pet has a positive influence on your health. Only recently, the scientific community has shown interest in investigating this influence. Studies have shown that pet owners have lower blood pressure, are…

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Intangible intelligence

We still have no clue about which genes in the human genome might be involved in our intelligence. Earlier reports on this topic were wrong, researchers in the United States have concluded after investigation. Thanks to researchers in Australia, we…

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Hell on earth

Migraine is among the most disabling medical disorders. Every day, 3,000 migraine attacks occur for each million of general population. About fifteen percent of the global population will suffer migraine at some point in their lives. Prime migraine age ranges…

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With sensuous pleasure

What our eyes, ears, mouth, nose, and skin register is made into a coherent image of the outside world by our brain. Every sense is handled by its own part of the brain. Researchers discovered these parts are far more…

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Rise to stardom

Unknown, unloved. It seems to be the life story of the glial cells, the ‘other’ cells in the nervous system. A growing number of recent studies show a far more important role for the glial cells than just supporting neurones….

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Come clean

Wash your hands before coming to the table, your mother used to tell you. She was afraid you would contaminate your food with the bacteria stuck on your hands from playing outside. Hygiene is very important, also for the brain….

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