Depression and walks in the woods

2022-02-10T18:52:24+01:0021 January 2022|Categories: Medicine and Research|Tags: , , , |

Depression is serious business! There are diseases that do not leave scars, that do not require plaster, crutches or patches, but that cannot for this reason be ignored. Psychiatric disorders are this: they are invisible to anyone without an experienced eye, but there are, and they are dangerous. DEPRESSION, for example, is often underestimated! Because it is so easy to say to a depressed person “go for a walk in the countryside!”? Simple: because you have no idea what depression is. Good, let's explain it, but not in an easy way, not with cartoons that confuse depression and sadness, [...]

Where satiety is born?

2021-07-14T12:59:22+02:0013 July 2021|Categories: Food and Health|Tags: , , , |

The sense of satiety induces man not to eat continuously and puts a brake on his need, often excessive, of food. Hunger and satiety affect everyone's eating behavior, but what exactly do they depend on? Satiety is a signal triggered by the brain when it receives too much sugar. In fact, after a meal, when glucose levels momentarily rise, the signal reaches our brain, more precisely to astrocytes, the cells needed to support neurons. The astrocytes, at this point, they change shape and retract by activating some specific neurons of the hypothalamus, a structure of the central nervous system located in the [...]

Interlocutors on the same “wavelength”: brain synchronization between speaker and listener

2019-06-27T17:21:51+02:0030 January 2018|Categories: No Category|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Author, Author, Author; Author, Author, Author. Author, Author, Author, who had to take turns talking and listening in the absence of eye contact, Author. The study is part of a theoretical and methodological paradigm called "two-person neuroscience", where the study unit are two interacting participants, and not a single, isolated one running a [...]

From birds to bats: new animal models for the genetics of language

2021-03-14T13:00:57+01:0017 January 2017|Categories: Nature|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Human language is still today one of the most complex aspects of cognition to study and understand. What are the biological bases that allow a child to acquire at least one language only by being exposed to it? When did this ability emerge in the human species? Which genes and molecular processes are involved? How the competence of a language is implemented at the neural level? These are some of the questions that linguists have, psychologists, biology, paleoanthropologists and neuroscientists have been asking themselves for at least half a century [1]. In the second half of the 90s in some members of a British family, the so-called "KE family", one was identified [...]

Huntington New Hope

2017-07-12T17:13:40+02:0011 June 2016|Categories: No Category|Tags: |

Healthy glial cell transplantation significantly extends life and slows the onset of disabling symptoms in mice genetically predisposed to develop an experimental version of human Huntington's disease. Huntington's chorea is a disease that causes loss of body coordination with the appearance of involuntary movements (hence the name Correa which means dance) then, progressing, progressively more and more severe psychiatric disorders. It normally appears between 35 e i 45 years of age and is incurable, leading to death of patients, on average, and also define the maximum time with which the material must degrade 20 years from the appearance of the first symptoms. […]

The mask of health: neurological changes in psychopathic individuals

2017-07-12T17:20:40+02:0010 March 2016|Categories: No Category|Tags: , , , , |

What is a psychopath? Although Hollywood and numerous novels have helped to create an image of such individuals familiar to the general public, the answer to this question requires in-depth knowledge that is free from the stereotypical perception of the topic. Far from being a generic term used to indicate any mental illness, psychopathy, often diagnosed as antisocial personality disorder, it is in fact defined by many experts as a disorder characterized by peculiar pathological manifestations. Although there are several schools of thought, these scholars report that in the psychopath there are in fact three precise central nuclei that allow their identification: the empathic deficit, hypertrophic cognition e [...]

The waves of the mind

2017-07-12T17:33:41+02:0017 January 2016|Categories: No Category|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Recent research has shown for the first time the possibility for neurons to influence each other at a distance by means of their weak electric field. This mode of transmission can occur both in a physiological way, in the propagation of theta waves of the REM phase, than in a pathological condition in the spread of epileptic seizures. […]

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