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”

Human Eye Structure Makes No Sense…Or Does It?

When you take in visual information, it goes all the way to the back of the eye before you even start to process it. This seems counterintuitive. Wouldn’t it make more sense to start processing information at the outer edge of your eye and move inward toward the rest of the brain? Visual processing ifContinue reading “Human Eye Structure Makes No Sense…Or Does It?”

Midnight Snacks Could Be the Death of You

There’s nothing as harmless as a midnight snack, right? As it turns out, what you eat is only part of the equation for a healthy lifestyle. When you have those snacks is also a huge factor in keeping you healthy. I was fortunate enough to attend a seminar held by Dr. Joseph Takahashi, a collaboratorContinue reading “Midnight Snacks Could Be the Death of You”