Brain facts

What happens when a metal bar gets stuck between our cheek and forehead?

In this week post I will present to you the case of Phineas Gage, an American railroad worker whose case change drastically the knowledge of the frontal lobes (you can see one of his pictures below). The famous picture of Phineas Gage, holding the metal bar that pierced is skull. From neuroscienze.net This incredible story… Continue reading What happens when a metal bar gets stuck between our cheek and forehead?

Brain facts

How can we start fearing something even before consciously realising it?

Following up on last week’s new theme (have a look here if you missed it), today I will introduce to you a new area of the brain: the amygdala. The amygdala is an almond-shaped cluster of nuclei located deep and medially within the temporal lobes of the brain in complex vertebrates, including humans (see picture… Continue reading How can we start fearing something even before consciously realising it?

News from the scientific world

Who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2019?

Since this past Monday the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet assigned the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, I will take another break from the posts about my university years and I will talk about the three scientists that will share the prize and their discoveries that made them Nobel Laureates. The three scientists that will share the… Continue reading Who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2019?

University years

How is Coca-Cola using Pavlovian conditioning?

In March 2015 I finally started my last semester of the Master´s in Neurobiology. Courses-wise, the semester was actually not so intense, we just had two courses, but I finally got repaid of all the efforts I had to put into getting myself around Physics, Neurophysiology and some not-so-nice professors: I was eventually connecting all… Continue reading How is Coca-Cola using Pavlovian conditioning?