Two days ago it was S. Valentine’s day and as I promised in my previous post, this week I will talk about monogamy and falling in love in humans and their possible molecular correlates. However, if you also want to have a more comprehensive view about monogamy in animals and you missed my previous post… Continue reading How does our brain fall in love?
The closer I get to the end of my Phd contract here in Germany, the heavier the workload as a PhD student and, consequently, I did not have any time to think nor write in the past weeks. Apart from the usual work with experiments, these past weeks I had to be an assistant for… Continue reading Which is the hormone of monogamy?
On this post I will continue writing about neurotransmitters (see this post for a quick explanation of the term neurotransmitter) and today I will focus on dopamine, a neurotransmitter involved in movement, or better, motor control (unfortunately, defects in the dopaminergic systems are well known by Parkinson patients and their families) as well as executive… Continue reading What about the “molecule of motivation”?
Following up on my neuromodulators topic (have a look at my previous posts about serotonin and oxytocin), today I will talk about the “stress” or “fight-or-flight” hormone: adrenaline. Experiencing a stressful event usually triggers the release of adrenaline, the “stress hormone”, that in turn produces well-orchestrated physiological changes. The stress response begins in the brain,… Continue reading What is the “fight-or-flight” response?
Following up on chemical messengers used by the brain and their modulators, today I will talk about oxytocin, the “love molecule”. Oxytocin is a neuromodulator, that is, as I already written on my previous post about serotonin, a molecule able to modulate the transmission of information among neurons. However, oxytocin is also a hormone (basically,… Continue reading What about the love molecule?
Unfortunately, my period of depression is still on and despite few moments of calm and tranquility, as soon as something happens, I fall right back down into it and getting back to a positive view and to quiet seas were to swim happily before finally being able to touch dry land and get out of… Continue reading Which is the “molecule of happiness”?