Built Different

Alzheimer’s and depression are more commonly diagnosed in women, while Parkinson’s is more commonly diagnosed in men. Why is that? Alzheimer’s, depression, and Parkinson’s are just a few examples of disorders that affect females and males differently. Recent research found differences in male and female brains that might account for these sex differences in pathology.Continue reading “Built Different”

Los Sentimientos que Permanecen: Lo Bueno vs. Lo Malo

English translation can be found here. ¿Porque son tan poderosas las cosas malas sobre las buenas? La respuesta se puede encontrar en la evolución. Terminaste una cena deliciosa. Cuando caminaste a tu casa, un ave se cagó encima de tu cabeza. Ahora la noche bonita entera se arruino. Muchos científicos han estudiado este fenómeno enContinue reading “Los Sentimientos que Permanecen: Lo Bueno vs. Lo Malo”

Going on Autopilot? Thank Your Place Cells

Have you ever found yourself at work in the morning without any specific memories from the commute? How did you manage to get there without thinking about it? Does your brain know how to get you there effortlessly? Pretty much! There are “place cells” in your brain who’s job is to take over in theseContinue reading “Going on Autopilot? Thank Your Place Cells”

Sleeping One Hemisphere at a Time

Unihemispheric sleep has got to be one of the coolest adaptations around. Animals like dolphins have evolved to breathe air but live under water. This makes sleep a risky endeavor, unless you develop a mechanism that allows you to always be a little bit awake. By keeping one hemisphere of their brain awake at allContinue reading “Sleeping One Hemisphere at a Time”