With this post I want to go back to the story of how I ended up doing a PhD in Germany and I would say that we are almost close to the point where I made my choice for the following three years of my life. Few months after I started the Master of Science… Continue reading What is autophagy?
Unfortunately, my Erasmus time in Lyon only lasted four months and I did not have the chance to spend more time there and get to master properly the new techniques I had the chance to learn. However, even though it was such a short experience, it was quite sweet, in the way that I had… Continue reading What is the neuroblastoma?
For this week’s post I will finally go back on the story of how I ended up doing a PhD in Germany and I will tell you about what I did after I graduated from my Master’s in Neurobiology. Since I was still not sure about doing a PhD, I took advantage of the Erasmus… Continue reading How does the magnetic cortical stimulation work?
When I started this semi-scientific blog almost a year ago, I promised myself I would have kept the good habit of writing something related to science (either via talking about my “scientific” experiences through my years of study or via presenting scientific topics that caught my attention). Unfortunately, these past weeks have been very rough… Continue reading What happens when we meditate?
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?
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?
In my last week’s post (if you missed it, have a look here), while I was talking about how the first studies on memory started and the animal model used, I mentioned a particular structure of the brain called hippocampus. Since I have been mentioning different areas of the brain also while I was presenting… Continue reading Why is the hippocampus important in memory formation?
Coming back to my last semester of my last year of Master’s in Neurobiology, today I will talk about memory and in particular about the first pioneer studies by the neuroscientist and Nobel Laureate Erik Kandel, that wanted to study memory from a neurophysiological point of view and that demonstrated how learning leaves traces in… Continue reading How did we start to study memory?
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?
After the last few posts about my Neurobiology Master’s thesis, today I would like to follow up on the story of how I ended up doing a PhD in Germany and I will write about the first semester of my second and last year of Master’s. After that pretty hard first year, where I realized… Continue reading What is a prion?