Oxytocin and the Brain
Oxytocin is a pretty serious drug. The hormone is most well-known for its uses during labor – it is naturally released in large doses during labor and is also administered on-site as a way to begin or speed up the process. The hormone is also associated with trust and... Read more
Learning from Cerebral Organoids
Cerebral organoids are arguably the coolest thing happening in neuroscience. It all starts with pluripotent stem cells – which are an amazing advancement in their own right. These are adult cells that have been genetically modified to behave as stem cells. Ever wonder why the debate over the ethical... Read more
Where Do Your Wandering Thoughts Come From?
Several years ago, I attended a ten-day silent retreat in Thailand. As someone who had never really meditated before, it was an eye opener. Ten days with only your thoughts to entertain you, and strict directions to think about nothing but breathing, teaches you a thing or two about... Read more
One Gene Linked to Both Happiness and Sadness
Sara and Chloe grew up in a poor neighborhood. They often ate top ramen and saw the electricity in their homes go out more than once. Both their parents worked multiple jobs and couldn’t be home very often. Both girls were often left alone. They attended state-subsidized day care... Read more
Getting Nootropics Past the Blood Brain Barrier
If you’re a habitual user of vitamins, you have likely experienced the quintessential vitamin-buyers’ conversation. You’re standing in whichever store you frequent, pursuing the vitamin choices when some well-meaning stranger decides to offer a helping hand. The helping hand is usually delivered with a snicker and air of superiority... Read more
Recovering from Stroke: Can Nootropics Help?
A good number of nootropics are regularly prescribed for neurodegenerative diseases. Alzheimer’s patients are often given nootropics. Parkinson’s disease can be fought with nootropics. And why not?  The research backing these drugs for neurodegenerative disease is strong. Stroke, however, is a different story. I was in my mid-twenties when... Read more
DNA Found to Influence Family Size
If you’re like most people, you believe that family matters are strictly decided by personal preferences. How many children you have, when you have them and whether you even have them at all are very personal decisions. They have a huge impact on how our lives play out, and... Read more
Manipulating the Brain for Sensation
Nathan Copeland was only eighteen years old when a car accident robbed him of movement and sensation below the chest. Confined to a wheelchair for the last ten years, Nathan was an ideal candidate for an extraordinary device. He wore a neural implant for six months in the successful... Read more
Nootropics and Traumatic Brain Injury
There are more than 200,000 traumatic brain injuries diagnosed in the United States each year. While you might expect this type of injury to occur with our soldiers and football players, it impacts a much wider segment of the population. Falling off the monkey bars, taking a tumble off... Read more
The Brains of Babes
Having a baby is a full time job. My little Luke is six months old and the barrage of extra activities is overwhelming. Some of it is expected, but not all of it. I expected the middle-of-the-night feedings, diaper disasters and countless hours singing nursery rhymes. I didn’t expect... Read more
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