The Human Brain

This section gives you a wealth of information on the human brain. We clarify in short reviews various aspects of the brain from the regions, to the cells, to the chemicals that drive the brain.

The Brain Stem

The Brain Stem

The base of your brain The brain stem sits lower in the brain and is often considered the “primitive” part of the brain. This may be an...

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Serotonin

Serotonin

The mood modulator Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) may sound like gibberish to many but are in fact one of the most common...

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Thalamus

Thalamus

A Central Switch for Everything The Thalamus is one of those brain areas that crops up in everything – it is considered a central relay...

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Hormones

Hormones

Hormones and the Brain A short primer to understand differences between transmitters and hormones and how hormones are directly controlled...

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Norepinephrine

Norepinephrine

Colloquially called adrenaline – a powerful activator in the brain When we speak of adrenaline we think of high stress situations,...

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The Amygdala

The Amygdala

​Fear, or emotions, or attention? The Amygdala is one of those brain areas that gets a lot of attention. A lot. In fact, it may be one of...

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Visual Cortex

Visual Cortex

A huge part of the brain is involved in visual processing, and it is involved in just about everything we do The brain dedicates many...

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Cortisol – Stress or Activation

Cortisol – Stress or Activation

Cortisol is a key hormone in the human body and brain. But in a lot of popular literature, it is considered the stress hormone. This is not just the popular literature, a standard way to measure stress physiologically in academic research is to measure levels of cortisol in saliva. So is cortisol just the stress hormone?

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Brain Control Through Light

Brain Control Through Light

Genetically encoding neurons with genes from green algae may sound like a weird thing to do, but in the case of optogenetics this is precisely what enables unthinkable views of how the brain works. Fortunately, or unfortunately, this is only carried out on mice and rats – but the ability to research brain function is nothing short of astounding.

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